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Clutch win

Bayern edge past Banvit 85-83

Alex Renfroe scored 14 points including the game winning bucket with four seconds left as FC Bayern Basketball defeated Banvit Bandirma 85-83 in the teams' Eurocup Last 32 opener.

Bayern were able to control the opening two quarters to build a 10-point halftime lead at the soldout Kara Ali Acar Sport Hall. Banvit were bouyed by the home crowd and battled back to take the lead. Bayern's crunch time experience in the Euroleague carried over to stave off the tough road challenge leading to the clutch victory.

Paul Zipser was perfect from the field (6-for-6) and joined Renfroe as the team's top scorer also with 14 points. Dusko Savanovic and Bryce Taylor each added 12 points, while Deon Thompson (10 points/8 rebounds) and Anton Gavel (10 pts/3 three-pointers) rounded out the six Munich players in double-figures.

After the BEKO Basketball Bundesliga's All Star Day this weekend (five Bayern players will participate in the annual exhibition), Munich will host Game 2 of their Group G schedule, welcoming ratiopharm ulm back to Munich after their BBL matchup only 10 days earlier. The game tips off at 20:00 CET on Wednesday, January 13th at the Audi Dome.

Scoring by quarter (FCBB - BANV): 25-22, 22-15, 21-28, 17-18

FC Bayern Team: Alex Renfroe (14 points/4 assists), Paul Zipser (14/5 rebounds), Dusko Savanovic (12/4 reb), Bryce Taylor (12/4 reb), Deon Thompson (10/8 reb), Anton Gavel (10/3 3ptrs), John Bryant (6), Nihad Djedovic (4/4 ast), Justin Cobbs (3), and Andreas Seiferth. DNP: Daniel Mayr and Sebastian Schmitt.

POSTGAME REACTION

Svetislav Pesic, Head Coach, FCBB: "Our travel here was difficult, this trip was not easy. Despite that, our team delivered the correct attitude, thus I congratulate the players. The fourth quarter was very important as we did not bring enough energy. But it was important to demonstrate character, we defended very well, especially against their point guard (Courtney) Fortson. This was an important win for us."

Alex Renfroe, Point Guard, FCBB: "This feels great to finally win a tough and close game. On the last basket I just wanted to attack. I also saw Dusko (Savanovic), he was looking for the ball. But I stopped, spinned and then I was open."

GAME HIGHLIGHTS

1st Quarter

FCBB Head Coach Svetislav Pesic named Alex Renfroe, Anton Gavel, Bryce Taylor, Dusko Savanovic and John Bryant as the starting five for the Eurocup Last 32 opening game in Turkey. Bryant scored Bayern's first points to tie the game at 2-2 but Banvit were accurate early from three-point range to take the 8-4 lead. Renfroe and Gavel countered with long balls themselves to get the lead back (10-8, 3' minutes). Over the next minutes, both teams exchanged baskets and the lead, a sign of things to come in this even matchup. With Banvit up 19-16, Bayern went on a 9-0 run, started by Deon Thompson, and Gavel's three-pointer turned the lead back to Munich (21-19, 8'). Paul Zipser and Renfroe scored (25-19, 9') to ensure Bayern finished ahead 25-22 after the first quarter.

2nd Quarter

Banvit started the second period on a 5-0 run, continuing the run from the end of the first quarter, to take the lead, but Zipser stopped the run with a three-ball (28-27, 12'). Banvit were not going away and got back in front 31-28, however the Reds were up to the challenge on the road. Bayern's big men anchored a 10-0 run - Bryant started it, Thompson finished it - to get the lead back and extend it (38-31, 16'). Banvit's timeout didn't help them, Savanovic scored five consecutive points including a trey (43-32, 19'), and Thompson finished the quarter scoring the final four points for the ten-point halftime lead (47-37, 20').

3rd Quarter

Bayern learned from their Euroleague heartbreaks that no lead would be safe and they continued to build on it right away. Bryant opened the second half with a bucket, and Renfroe followed up with a steal, Bryant picked up the loose ball and fired the outlet pass to Taylor who took it home for the slam (51-39, 22'). Savanovic added a three-pointer and Munich were poised to run away with the game (54-41, 24'). Banvit began to chip away at the 13-point deficit thanks to their accuracy from beyond-the-arc. Dominique Johnson's second three-pointer within a minute did not make Coach Pesic happy and he called timeout (64-58, 28'). Gavel sank a three-pointer to provide some breathing room but Johnson and Courtney Fortson kept the pressure on at the end of the quarter and Banvit were now within three points (68-65, 30').

4th Quarter

Keith Simmons opened the final stanza with a three-pointer and Banvit's comeback was complete, tying the game at 68-all. His teammate Nusret Yildrim converted a three-point play for the Turkish side's first lead since early in the second quarter (68-71, 31'). Munich did not falter, instead displaying crunch-time fortitude gained from all those games in the autumn. Taylor sparked the turnaround with a fastbreak dunk finish and Zipser was all open for the three-pointer and the lead (73-71, 33'). Renfroe would later beat his man off the dribble, drove through the lane for the score (77-71, 35'). Taylor completed the 9-0 run and all seemed to point to a Bayern win. Banvit were not going to make it easy.

After Zipser's tough layup for the 81-75 lead (37'), Yildrim answered with a three-pointer, and after a Munich turnover, Banvit scored to get within one-point and Coach Pesic called timeout (81-80, 38'). Renfroe answered the call with yet another strong drive to make it 83-80 and was poised to clinch the game with his next attempt, but he missed. Banvit took advantage, and Johnson tied the game with a three-pointer (83-83, 39'). On Bayern's next possession, Taylor missed but grabbed a the key offensive rebound to maintain possession. As the seconds ticked away, Renfroe drove the lane, found no one, spun around and scored to take the lead, 85-83 with four seconds left! After the timeout to set up the final shot, Banvit's three-point attempt to win the game got stuck between the rim and backboard, Bayern ball and the huge opening road win was secured.

UPCOMING GAMES

Eurocup, Last 32, Game 2:
Wednesday, 13th January, 20:00 CET, Audi Dome
FC Bayern Basketball vs ratiopharm ulm

Beko BBL, Gameday 18:
Sunday, 17th January, 17:00 CET Audi Dome
FC Bayern Basketball vs Eisbären Bremerhaven