Created on 2016-03-19 at 16:00 PM
FC Bayern Basketball avoided the recent upset madness expected in March by overcoming a fiesty medi bayreuth with a 92-69 win and remain in second place in the BEKO Basketball Bundesliga.
Bayreuth stole all the momentum from a strong Munich start by finishing the first half on an 11-0 run to tie the game at halftime. However Bayern refocused themselves and finished the game dominating the second half on both the scoreboard (54-31) and hustle board (33-23 rebounds, 24-12 assists). Seven Munich players scored in double figures, led by Paul Zipser with 13 points. Justin Cobbs was perfect from the field adding 12 points, while both Maxi Kleber and Bryce Taylor contributed 12 points and 5 rebounds each.
Bayern take the momentum from this win along with a 10-point advantage into the second leg of their Eurocup Quarterfinal against Galatasaray Basket. Tip-off is at 19:00 CET from Istanbul.
Scoring by quarter (FCBB - BAYR): 26-16, 12-22, 28-15, 26-16
FC Bayern Team: Paul Zipser (13 points/6 rebounds), Justin Cobbs (12), Bryce Taylor (12/5 reb), Maximilian Kleber (12/5 reb), Dusko Savanovic (11/3 steals), Vitalis Chikoko (11), Anton Gavel (11/4 assists), John Bryant (8/6 reb/4 ast), Alex Renfroe (2/7 ast), and Chad Toppert.
Svetislav Pesic, Head Coach, FCBB: "We always get a team here that is prepared and ready to battle. Therefore we prepared well. We could have had a better result in the first 20 minutes, however with the 11 points lead, we committed five turnovers due to our satisfied attitude, and that gave the hosts belief. But in the second half we were very focused, we only had three turnovers. Thank also our work on the rebounds that allowed us to bring forth our individual quality to the forefront and dominate the second half."
Maximilian Kleber, Forward, FCBB: "The coach was not happy with us in the first half. After the halftime break we had more energy on the court. That was the difference to be able to win. We will need our full strength in Istanbul on Tuesday, so it was good that we were able to rotate a lot. Personally I am satisfied with my defense. I will need a little more time to find my rhythm on offense after the long injury time off."
FCBB Head Coach Svetislav Pesic chose Vitalis Chikoko to make his starting five debut to join Anton Gavel, Alex Renfroe, Bryce Taylor and Dusko Savanovic on the court at the Oberfranken Arena against medi bayreuth. After Taylor hit a jumper for Munich's first points, Chikoko converted the three-point-play for the lead (5-3, 2' minutes). Bayreuth tied it, but Taylor drove baseline for the slam to spark a 7-0 run. Gavel drove through the lane and Savanovic was left open for three (12-5, 5'). Consecutive turnovers for the home side led to easy baskets for Bayern, thus Bayreuth called timeout (16-7, 6'). Taylor made it rain with a trey, as did John Bryant, and the Munich lead extended out to double-figures (23-11, 9'). Maxi Kleber finished a hoop-and-one at the end of the quarter, and Bayern led 26-16.
Bayreuth came out scoring to start the second quarter, but Justin Cobbs hit a three-pointer from the top of the arc, and followed that with a layup (31-20, 13'). Chikoko took the pass from Renfroe and slammed it home to get the lead back up to 10 points (35-25, 15'). After Gavel got the favorable call on a drive, scoring both the hoop and harm, Bayern looked to run away, now up 38-27 (17'). After a timeout, Bayreuth's defense stepped up, taking in consecutive Munich turnovers for scores, including Daniel Mullings slamming home the fastbreak dunk. Coach Pesic called timeout (38-31, 18') but Mullings stole the ball and stuffed it home again to get Bayreuth to within 38-33. A pair of free throws brought the hosts closer and set up Mullings to strike once more, a three-pointer before the halftime buzzer tied the game at 38-all.
Bayern had lost all momentum giving up the 11-0 run to end the first half, but never gave up the lead. The Reds corrected themselves and worked to regain control of the game. Taylor swished a trey to after a couple of more ties (45-42, 22'). Bayreuth kept up the back-and-forth action by matching scores until Savanovic scored consecutive baskets to start an 8-0 run and Bayreuth called timeout (56-46, 26'). After Cobbs beat the shot clock to keep the 10-point lead, Gavel and Kleber made sure Munich took a 66-53 lead heading to the fourth quarter.
Paul Zipser and Kleber controlled the opening minutes of the fourth quarter, the German National teammates scored all of Bayern's first 12 points showing off their skills, including dunks by Kleber demonstrating he's almost at full strength (78-61, 35'). Chikoko controlled the paint with consecutive baskets underneath, and Cobbs' open three-pointer extended the Reds' lead to 20 points (86-66, 37'). Even with the game at hand, Chikoko secured the 92-69 victory with a block.
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