Created on 2015-12-05 at 10:30 AM
FC Bayern Basketball defeated SIG Strasbourg 82-69 to win their second consecutive Euroleague game and take an important step to make the Top 16.
Bayern's mix of offensive accuracy built a double-digit lead and defensive aggression to maintain that lead was the key in the soldout Strasbourg Arena. The Reds were led by their big men Friday night - John Bryant led all scorers with 17 points and Deon Thompson added 14 points and 8 rebounds. Munich's record now stands at 4-4 and their positive point differential has the team on track to make the next round.
Bayern will now face two tough challenges. First, a direct trip to Bamberg to face defending BEKO Basketball Bundesliga champs Brose Baskets. Tip-off is Sunday, December 6th at 17:00 CET. After a well-deserved rest, the Reds return home on Friday, December 11th to host Real Madrid Baloncesto, who are still alive to repeat as Euroleague winners. The clash of European football royalty spills onto the basketball court, tip off at 20:00 CET at the Audi Dome.
Scoring by quarter (FCBB - SIG): 21-15, 27-14, 18-11, 16-29
FC Bayern Team: John Bryant (17 points), Deon Thompson (14/8 rebounds), Nihad Djedovic (10), K.C. Rivers (10), Bryce Taylor (9/4 assists), Alex Renfroe (8/7 ast), Dusko Savanovic (7/10 reb), Paul Zipser (4), Anton Gavel 3/5 ast), Vasilije Micic. DNP: Andreas Seiferth and Daniel Mayr.
Svetislav Pesic, Head Coach, FCBB: "We showed 35 minutes of excellent basketball today. We defended well and controlled the perimeter. Our big men - Deon (Thompson), Dusko (Savanovic), and John (Bryant) - dominated the rebounds, and as a team, we had an excellent shooting percentage for 35 minutes. This is the first week in December and that was not the last game. I do hope that we have many more Euroleague games to play."
Marko Pesic, General Manager, FCBB: "That was an amazing team performance, especially on defense. For 35 minutes, we played the best basketball of the season so far. That gives us courage for the next challenges, which will not be easy."
John Bryant, Center, FCBB: "Our defense was the deciding factor. If you defend well, that helps create your offense. Now we have some big games ahead of us."
Alex Renfroe returned to the starting lineup, next to FCBB Head Coach Svetislav Pesic's choice of Bryce Taylor, Nihad Djedovic, Dusko Savanovic and Deon Thompson to continue their overall winning streak and even their Group A record. The key to Bayern's current win streak lately has been a fast start to the game, so when Savanovic committed early turnovers and the hosts jumped out to a 4-0 lead, there was cause to be nervous. After Taylor grabbed an offensive rebound and Djedovic scored the Reds' first points (2-4, 3'), the offense got on track. Taylor dunked it home to finish a fastbreak, Thompson's consecutive dunks earned the lead, and the center showed his range with a long-range jumper (10-4, 5'). SIG were tough at the beginning, keeping it close at 12-8 on their home court.
However, Bayern found a hot spot on the near-side wing behind the three-point line. Savanovic recovered from his stumbling start and nailed a trey from that spot (15-8, 6'). River followed beating the shot clock with a quick release from the exact same place. (18-8, 8'). Taylor finished the 9-0 run with a gift from the basketball gods, getting a shooter's bounce as his three-point attempt fell in (21-8, 9'). Strasbourg finished the quarter on a 7-0 run to prevent Munich from running away with the game early, but the lead remained with the visitors at 21-15.
After Savanovic scored on an offensive rebound to get the lead back up to 10 points (27-17, 13'), Anton Gavel sank a three-pointer and Renfroe drove baseline, with his first step, he lost his defender and he slammed it home for the 15-point lead (32-17, 14'). A short burst by Strasbourg punctuated by an alley-oop dunk by Bangaly Fofana got Coach Pesic's attention and he called timeout (32-21, 15'). Djedovic led the response. First, the Bosnian for three, later he passed it off to Bryant on a pick-and-roll for the score and then finished off a fastbreak started by a nice outlet pass from Thompson with a layup, timeout SIG (41-23, 18'). Bryant added a couple of jumpers to build the lead to 45-27, and as the clock wound down, Renfroe - yes, from the hot spot on the wing - beat the clock for a three-pointer. Bayern built yet another comfortable halftime lead, 48-29 while also leading in all the key categories - 15-10 in assists, 20-12 rebounds, and 6-0 in three-pointers.
The break did not deter the Bayern offense, as Thompson connected on consecutive jumpers to build a 20-point lead (53-33, 24'). Bryant then took over, scoring Bayern's next seven points to keep the lead at 20+ (62-40, 28'). Bayern's defense was key, holding Strasbourg to 11 points and maintaining a comfortable 66-40 lead heading into the final period.
After Mardy Collins' three-pointer to start the final quarter, one had to consider Bayern's meltdowns in the fourth quarter so far in the Euroleague Regular Season. However, Bryant matching trey and Zipser's block served notice of their preparation to play till the victorious end (69-43, 31'). The lead allowed Munich to play more aggressive on defense and frustrate Strasbourg who could never mount any comeback. Thompson's jumper (72-52, 35') and Savanovic's offensive rebound tip-in (74-53, 36') held the lead. Taylor's free throws to make it 80-60 with two minutes left effectively clinched the win. SIG finished on a little run, but nothing that would threaten Bayern's second consecutive road win, 82-69 in France, that would keep their goal to reach the Top 16 in the Euroleague alive.
Beko BBL, Gameday 11:
Sunday, 6th December, 17:00 CET
FC Bayern Basketball at Brose Baskets
Turkish Airlines Euroleague, Regular Season, Round 9:
Friday, 11th December, 20:00 CET, Audi Dome
FC Bayern Basketball vs Real Madrid Baloncesto
Beko BBL, Gameday 12:
Sunday, 13th December, 17:00 CET
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