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Part III

Bayern dominate Berlin 96-65

Bryce Taylor scored 19 points, Dusko Savanovic and Justin Cobbs added 16 points each as FC Bayern Basketball dominated ALBA Berlin 96-65 in the BEKO Basketball Bundesliga on Sunday.

Munich avenged the loss in last week's Cup Final displaying a complete performance on both sides of the ball from start-to-finish. Bayern started quickly, jumping out to a double-digit lead early and finished with a flourish. Bayern hold onto second place in the league with their third consecutive win.

Bayern and ALBA will complete their mid-season series - four consecutive games in all competitions - with the second leg of their Eurocup Last 16 matchup. The first game ended in an 82-all tie last week in Berlin, thus the winner Tuesday night in the Audi Dome will continue on in the competition. Tip-off is at 20:00 CET.

Scoring by quarter (FCBB - ALBA): 30-14, 25-19, 14-19, 27-13

FC Bayern Team: Bryce Taylor (19 points/3 three-pointers), Justin Cobbs (16/5 assists), Dusko Savanovic (16), John Bryant (14/5 rebounds), Deon Thompson (14), Paul Zipser (11), Anton Gavel (3/5 ast), Alex Renfroe (3), Sebastian Schmitt, Daniel Mayr, and Karim Jallow. DNP: Maximilian Kleber.


Svetislav Pesic, Head Coach, FCBB: "We played well today. In contrast, ALBA were lacking in their performance like in the past games. This is normal, after all, you can only play the way your opponent allows. Today we prepared well on the defensive side and always were in control of the game, especially controlling (Jordan) Taylor and (Elmedin) Kikanovic. However, the game is over now and we will analyze the game and try to win on Tuesday."

Sasa Obradovic, Head Coach, ALBA: "We played soft from the beginning, without any intention to win the game. I don't understand how you can start underestimating (your opponent). We were not ready to play the game. Just one team was there, this is unacceptable for me. It's not easy to expect to win against Bayern Munich four times. Today it didn't work out. We will start the game different (on Tuesday)."


1st Quarter

For the third game in a week against ALBA Berlin, FCBB Head Coach Svetislav Pesic called on Justin Cobbs, Anton Gavel, Paul Zipser, Deon Thompson and John Bryant to earn the first win this season against ALBA and gain momentum for Tuesday. Munich wanted to get a fast start and they did. Cobbs started the break grabbing the rebound, pushed the ball up the floor, and fed Zipser for the two-handed jam (4-0, 1' minute). Bayern would display smooth ball movement early, Bryant fed Thompson for the dunk, timeout Berlin (9-2, 4'). Munich would continue to pour it on and ALBA were happy to turn the ball over - Zipser connected from distance for a three-pointer, Bryant followed his own miss for a layup and later took a sweet dish from Gavel for an easy score. Finally when Bryce Taylor hit a trey, ALBA had to call time (23-9, 8'). Taylor's hot hand swished consecutive shots including a trey from the corner, Bayern led 30-14 after the first ten minutes.

2nd Quarter

Berlin's offense steadied itself to begin the second quarter however they weren't able to cut into the deficit. They didn't do themselves any favors by continuing to pile up their turnovers. Thompson hit an easy open jumper to extend the lead to 20 points (44-24, 16'). Bryant's reverse layup ended a 5-0 spurt by Berlin, and Dusko Savanovic's three-pointer restored the 20-point lead before halftime. An efficient offensive performance and domination on defense added up to a 55-33 halftime lead for the Reds.

3rd Quarter

The trend continued in the third quarter - ALBA turned the ball over, Bayern would capitalize. Savanovic's trey from downtown started a Munich run, Taylor hit the catch-and-shot jumper and Bryant slammed it home to complete the 8-0 run (66-40, 26'). ALBA would outscore the Reds 12-3 the rest of the quarter however the lead was safe, Munich led 69-52 heading into the home stretch.

4th Quarter

After playing close games the last week, Berlin let their emotions get the best of them in this game that was slipping away. Down 21 points, Akeem Vargas committed an unsportsmanlike foul by ramming his shoulder into Zipser as he drove to the hoop. While complaining about the call, both Vargas and Berlin Head Coach Sasa Obradovic were assessed technical fouls. Cobbs converted both free-throws and in the ensuing possession, Alex Renfroe hit a three-ball from the corner to complete the 6-point possession (79-54, 34').

After the made shot, Zipser and Dragan Miloslavljevic got tangled up, which led to both teams scuffling on the court. Zipser had to sit thanks to his fifth foul, Renfroe in protecting his teammate was disqualified along with Miloslavljevic. Alex King converted his free-throws and sank a three-pointer to get the lead back down to 20 points for ALBA, but Bayern finished with a flurry. Cobb, Taylor and Cobb again were good from beyond-the-arc to complete the convincing 96-65 win. These two teams will play the second leg of the Eurocup Last 16 on Tuesday with the winner moving on in the completion.


Eurocup, Last 16, Game 2:
Tuesday, March 1st, 20:00 CET, Audi Dome
FC Bayern Basketball vs ALBA Berlin

Beko BBL, Gameday 24:
Sunday, March 6th, 17:00 CET
FC Bayern Basketball at Mitteldeutscher BC

Beko BBL, Gameday 25:
Sunday, March 13th, 17:00 CET, Audi Dome
FC Bayern Basketball vs FRAPORT Skyliners