Created on 2016-01-17 at 17:30 PM
FC Bayern Basketball continued their climb up the Basketball Bundesliga standings after their 96-86 win against the Eisbären (Polar Bears) Bremerhaven. Bayern (14-4) now sit in second place thanks to a seven-game win streak in Germany's top flight.
Bryce Taylor led Munich with 19 points, sinking five three-pointers including his last one in crunch-time. Bayern took advantage of 13 first half turnovers by Bremerhaven to build a 14-point halftime lead. The Polar Bears crept back in the second hafl but Taylor's steal and slam dunk shut the door on the visitors.
Bayern look to hold on to the top spot in Eurocup Last 32 Group G when they travel to Spain to face Dominion Bilbao Basket on Wednesday, January 20th (tip-off 20:30 CET). Their road trip continues next Sunday, January 24th against BG Gottingen, hoping to extend their BBL win streak to eight games at 17:00 CET.
Scoring by quarter (FCBB - BHVN): 27-24, 30-19, 19-25, 20-18
FC Bayern Team: Bryce Taylor (19 points/5 three-pointers), Nihad Djedovic (12), Alex Renfroe (11/5 rebounds/8 assists), John Bryant (11/8 reb), Deon Thompson (9), Dusko Savanovic (8/5 reb), Anton Gavel (7), Justin Cobbs (7), Paul Zipser (7), Maximilian Kleber (5). DNP: Daniel Mayr and Sebastian Schmitt.
Svetislav Pesic, Head Coach, FCBB: "The offense could always run better, but with 96 points scored, one cannot complain. I would also like to wish for 22 assists, 11 made three-pointers and a 57% field goal percentage for every game. We eased up too much in the third quarter, that is very dangerous in the Bundesliga. Too me that was too much arrogance on our part. It is here that we have to improve if we want to determine our own destiny."
Chris Harris, Head Coach, Bremerhaven: "It was an incredibly difficult game for us. We did pretty much everything wrong today that we could do wrong. We allowed Bayern to run and gave up too many fastbreaks. We were able to get back into the game as our zone defense influenced the action, but against this opponent everything must go right. That was not the case today."
FCBB Head Coach Svetislav Pesic selected Alex Renfroe, Anton Gavel, Bryce Taylor, Dusko Savanovic and Deon Thompson as the starting five against struggling Bremerhaven who were situated near the bottom of the standings. After the Polar Bears won the tip and opened the scoring, turnovers in three consecutive possessions sparked Bayern to a 7-0 run to take the lead. After Savanovic grabbed a pair of offensive rebounds to score, Taylor sank a three-pointer, timeout Bremerhaven (7-2, 2' minutes). They gathered themselves, ended the turnovers in time to tie the game at 9-all, but Gavel knocked down a trey (12-9, 4'). Kyle Fogg recovered from his turnovers that cost his team early and scored six consecutive points including a three-pointer to give Bremerhaven the 17-16 lead (7'). Free-throws by Savanovic and Justin Cobbs kept Bayern in front, and after a perfectly executed fullcourt press that forced the Bears into a turnover, Renfroe's three-pointer broke the 22-all tie and Bayern took a 27-24 lead after the first quarter.
Bayern's offense continued the run to start the second quarter, three-pointers by Paul Zipser and Nihad Djedovic extended the lead to double digits (37-24, 12'). Turnovers continued to plague the visitors, and the Reds made them pay. After Taylor's jumper made it 44-31, Maximilian Kleber made his Bayern debut finishing off yet another Bear turnover with a fastbreak dunk, then added a three-pointer (49-33, 16'). Bremerhaven continued to scratch and fight to stay close, but they played as if they had paws with claws, turning the ball over - 13 in the first half alone - that prevented any serious comeback. Thompson scored consecutive buckets (55-39, 18') and the Reds enjoyed a comfortable 57-43 lead at halftime.
The break iced both teams on this snowy evening in Munich, almost four minutes ticked off the game clock before the first field goal by either side. Renfroe finally cleaned up the loose ball on the rim with a put-back slam (59-44, 24'). A pair of three-pointers by Taylor could not stop the Polar Bears' 11-3 run to get within eight points (65-57, 26'). Fogg heated up at the end of the quarter, sinking a set of three-pointers to keep Bremerhaven within striking distance, but Bayern still led 76-68.
The Polar Bears were now charging hard to begin the fourth quarter. A 7-0 run got them to within 78-75, but Renfroe stopped the bleeding with a three-pointer (81-75, 34'). Munich then displayed their new crunch-time confidence after Taylor's three-pointer (86-79, 35'), Bryant's post move and bucket (88-81) and Taylor's steal and slam dunk finish to ice the Bears (90-81, 36'). Munich converted the necessary free-throws to win their seventh BBL game in a row and their eighth overall.
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Wednesday, 20th January, 20:30 CET
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Beko BBL, Gameday 19:
Sunday, 24th January, 17:00 CET
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Wednesday, 27th January, 20:00 CET, Audi Dome
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Sunday, 31st January, 17:00 CET, Audi Dome
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