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Thompson, Savanovic return

Bayern stomp Lions 91-70

Deon Thompson scored 24 points and Dusko Savanovic returned to the lineup adding 19 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists as FC Bayern Basketball defeated the Basketball Löwen Braunschweig 91-70 in the BEKO Basketball Bundesliga.

Bayern climbed back into second place after they lost their win streak last week. Alex Renfroe poured in 14 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists, while Paul Zipser contributed 12 points in the victory. Key stats in the win were Bayern's advantages in field goal percentage (56%-45%) and rebounds (40-27).

Bayern take a trip to face BG Göttingen on Tuesday to make up a game that was rescheduled. The Reds will host the BBL Top 4 next weekend with a clash against the Brose Baskets Bamberg on Saturday, February 20th. After they tip off at 16:00 CET, the FRAPORT Skyliners and ALBA Berlin will follow. The losers of each game will face each other on Sunday followed by the winners playing for the BEKO Cup.

Scoring by quarter (FCBB - BRAU): 26-12, 19-17, 21-22, 25-17

FC Bayern Team: Deon Thompson (24 points), Dusko Savanovic (19//7 rebounds/5 assists), Alex Renfroe (14/7 reb/7 ast), Paul Zipser (12/3 three-pointers), John Bryant (7/9 reb), Justin Cobbs (7), Anton Gavel (6/5 ast), Karim Jallow (2), Maximilian Kleber. DNP: Daniel Mayr.

POSTGAME REACTION

Svetislav Pesic, Head Coach, FCBB: "We played a solid game. Braunschweig played well and always came back. Our offense played at their usual level, not only because of the good field goal percentage and the 28 assists. We were not consequent enough on defense over the 40 minutes as we eased up at times. We have to compensate for our injury problems, and today we did a good job. This was a focused performance."

Raoul Korner, Head Coach, Braunschweig: "Congratulations to Coach (Svetislav) Pesic and his team for the well-earned win. We were not able to match up with them physically the entire game. We were able to once again battle back in the third quarter but the final push did not happen. If you want to disrupt a team like Bayern at home, you have to play at the limit, not only with consequence but consistently."

GAME HIGHLIGHTS

1st Quarter

FCBB Head Coach Svetislav Pesic could only muster 10 dressed players to host the Basketball Löwen Braunschweig who sat in 9th place in the BBL standings. Alex Renfroe, Anton Gavel, Paul Zipser, Maximilian Kleber and Deon Thompson filled out Coach Pesic's starting five. Thompson scored the first four points for Bayern but the Lions kept up at 4-4. Renfroe and Zipser revved up the offense, knocking down consecutive three-pointers (10-4, 5' minutes). Dusko Savanovic returned from an injury layoff and converted a three-point-play, Thompson scored again and Justin Cobbs sank a trey to complete the 14-3 run to extend the lead (18-7, 7'). The scoring continued as Thompson made a basket, stole the ball on the next Lions' possession and assisted Cobbs for the hoop (22-10, 9'). Bayern led 26-12 after the first ten minutes.

2nd Quarter

Braunschweig started the second quarter with a little run, but Bryant converted a three-point-play (31-18, 13'). Keaton Grant got hot for the visitors with his second consecutive make, this time a three-pointer. But Savanovic countered with a hoop and free-throw (34-23, 15'). Slowly but surely, the Reds were building the lead against the Lions, Bryant's consecutive scores forced Braunschweig to call timeout (42-26, 18'). They were able to get a three-ball out of the huddle, but Savanovic swished from downtown and the 45-29 halftime lead.

3rd Quarter

Bayern started the second half looking to bury the Lions and Gavel scored to build a 20-point lead (53-33, 23'). But the fiesty felines from Lower Saxony woke up. Grant made back-to-back treys around a Munich turnover. Coach Pesic called timeout to stop the run, but Braunschweig completed a 14-0 sprint to cut the deficit. Savanovic came to the rescue with a three-pointer from the wing (56-47, 27'). The Reds finished the quarter with a surge to keep the hungry Lions at bay and take a 66-53 lead into the final period.

4th Quarter

Thompson provided the offensive spark to start the fourth quarter with consecutive three-point-plays and the comfortable returned for Bayern (74-55, 33'). Braunschweig made a final run, and they started with a harmless 6-0 spurt, and Coach Pesic called for time (74-61, 35'). Zipser was accurate from distance but Grant countered with a consecutive three ball, he finished with 21 points. Munich had to call time again (77-67, 36'). Coach drew up the play, Gavel drove, dished out to Zipser who was once again spot on from beyond-the-arc (80-67, 37'). Thompson and his teammates made sure the Lions would not counter this time, first a bucket, and then a rim-rattlin' dunk by the former North Carolina Tarheel to punctuate the inevitable win (84-69, 39'). Bayern displayed their closing-out skills with the 14-3 run at the end for the 91-70 win.

UPCOMING GAMES

Beko BBL, Gameday 19*:
Tuesday, February 16th, 19:30 CET
FC Bayern Basketball at BG Göttingen
*game moved from earlier date

BEKO BBL, Top Four, Day 1, Audi Dome, Munich
Saturday, February 20th

Game One: Brose Baskets Bamberg vs FC Bayern Basketball, 16:00 CET
Game Two: ALBA Berlin vs FRAPORT Skyliners, 19:00 CET

BEKO BBL, Top Four, Day 2, Audi Dome, Munich
Sunday, February 21st

Third Place: Game One Loser vs Game Two Loser, 12:00 CET
Cup Championship: Game One Winner vs Game Two Winner, 14:45 CET