Created on 2016-02-01 at 10:00 AM
FC Bayern Basketball bounced back from the tough Eurocup loss on Wednesday against Bilbao with an easy 88-68 win against the Giessen 46ers.
Munich enjoyed their eighth consecutive BEKO Basketball Bundesliga win without captain Bryce Taylor (thigh) and Dusko Savanovic, who took the night off.
Nihad Djedovic led five Bayern ballers in double-figures with 19 points, 15 coming in the first half to help Bayern built a 26-point lead at halftime.
Bayern will look to clinch a spot into the next round of the Eurocup on Wednesday against Banvit Bandirma from Turkey. Tip-off for the Last 32 game is at 20:00 CET at the Audi Dome.
Scoring by quarter (FCBB - GIES): 25-17, 28-10, 14-17, 21-24
FC Bayern Team: Nihad Djedovic (19 points), John Bryant (17/5 rebounds), Alex Renfroe (14/4 three-pointers), Deon Thompson (12), Justin Cobbs (10/5 assists), Paul Zipser (7/8 reb), Maximilian Kleber (5/8 reb), Anton Gavel (2), Dejan Kovacevic (2), Daniel Mayr, Karim Jallow and Sebastian Schmitt.
Svetislav Pesic, Head Coach, FCBB: "We played well the first twenty minutes. We were able to execute our gameplan. I am pleased that we were able to especially control the defensive rebounds. That is very important in basketball. Overall, we saw a focused and convincing performance by our team. Many players also gained some valuable minutes."
Maximilian Kleber, Forward, FCBB: "We started well and built a huge lead over the game. That is positive. For me it was good to get some playing time. Not everything worked on offense, that is normal after a long break. But I give it my all every minute for the team and I am satisfied by the overall performance of the team.
Dennis Wucherer, Head Coach, Giessen: "Congratulations to Bayern Munich on the deserved victory. In the second quarter, we especially could not find the open man. In a few possessions, we made some mental mistakes that is not indicative of my team. Coupled with the fact with we could not hit our free-throws, we were quickly behind by 20 points. We used the second half to prepare for the important games we have coming up."
FCBB Head Coach Svetislav Pesic welcomed the Giessen 46ers from Hessen with Maximilian Kleber, making his debut in the starting five, joining Alex Renfroe, Anton Gavel, Nihad Djedovic, and John Bryant. The Reds were ready to run right from the tip won by Kleber, Gavel controlled the ball and he dished off to a streaking Renfroe already heading uncovered to the basket for the slam dunk and 2-0 lead. The visitors kept close, staying close and tied up the game at 9-9 after five minutes. Djedovic scored the final seven points of a 9-0 Bayern run, twice off Giessen turnovers, timeout 46ers (18-9, 6' minutes). Djedovic added a three-pointer soon after, Deon Thompson scored on a turnaround jumper and Paul Zipser increased the lead to ten points (25-15, 9'). Munich led 25-17 after the first 10 minutes.
Bayern only scored three points in the first three minutes of the second quarter, so Coach Pesic called timeout (28-21, 13'). Renfroe came out and sank a three-pointer, and Zipser followed with a score, the 46ers had to call time (33-21, 15'). Renfroe added another three-ball (36-21, 16') and consecutive three-point-plays by Zipser and Djedovic helped extend the Munich lead to twenty points (44-24, 18'). When Giessen look to get back into the game, Munich always had an answer. Justin Cobbs answered a three-pointer from the visitors with a long distance make of his own (49-27, 19'). The 17-3 run to finish the quarter built a 53-27 lead for Bayern heading into the locker rooms.
Munich started a new quarter once again stumbling around, Thompson finally scoring with a baby hook shot in the paint after two-and-a-half minutes (55-31, 23'). Yet another three-pointer from the 46ers was answered by Bayern, this time Renfroe jacked one up from downtown (60-36, 24'). Djedovic drove through the lane and scored the layup (62-38, 26'). Bryant finished the scoring for the Red in the quarter, five consecutive points including a posting up, spinning, scoring on the jumper and the foul (67-41, 29'). Giessen would need a major final quarter to come back from the 67-44 deficit.
Thompson ensured a quick start and Bayern's easy lap to the finish line with a couple of quick scores (71-46, 32'). Maximilian Kleber enjoyed a shooter's bounce of the front rim and the ball went in for three (74-48, 33'). Cobbs scored with a hoop and the harm, the free throw was good (81-58, 37'). Thompson iced Munich's team-record eight consecutive BBL win with a three-point-play (86-61, 38'). Munich hold on to second place in the standings, two games behind the leaders the Brose Baskets, Bayern's opponent in the Top Four semifinals on February 20th..
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Wednesday, 3rd February, 20:00 CET, Audi Dome
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Beko BBL, Gameday 21:
Sunday, 7th February, 17:00 CET
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Eurocup, Last 32, Game 6:
Wednesday, 10th February, 19:30 CET
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Beko BBL, Gameday 22:
Saturday, 13th February, 18:30 CET, Audi Dome
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