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FC Bayern Basketball could not overcome the inside-out combination of Frantz Massenat and Chris Otule as they lost 93-90 to Mitteldeutscher BC in the BEKO Basketball Bundesliga.

Point guard Massenat scored 24 points and dished out 6 assists and center Otule added 22 points, 5 rebounds and 3 blocks to control the paint to negate the balanced Munich attack with six players in double-figures. A back-and-forth affair throughout the matchup between the two clubs turned when the Wolves were able to score from the three-point-line and in the paint.

Justin Cobbs led Bayern with 16 points with Dusko Savanovic contributing 14 points. Vitalis Chikoko made an impressive debut in red scoring 13 points. Head Coach Svetislav Pesic was without the services of Alex Renfroe due to suspension and both Nihad Djedovic and Paul Zipser sat out with respective injuries.

Bayern return home to the Audi Dome for consecutive games. On Sunday, March 13th Munich host the FRAPORT Skyliners, tip-off at 15:00 CET. The Reds' Eurocup quest continues on Tuesday, March 15th when they host Galatasaray Basket Istanbul in the Quarterfinals, starting at 20:00 CET.

Scoring by quarter (FCBB - MBC): 19-23, 32-24, 23-28, 16-18

FC Bayern Team: Justin Cobbs (16 points/5 assists), Dusko Savanovic (14), Bryce Taylor (13/6 rebounds), Vitalis Chikoko (13/4 reb), Anton Gavel (12/6 rebounds/5 ast), John Bryant (10), Karim Jallow (5/3 steals), Deon Thompson (4), Chad Toppert (3), and Maximilian Kleber. DNP: Paul Zipser.


Svetislav Pesic, Head Coach, FCBB: "MBC deserved the win. At the beginning MBC did not believe they could win, and we did not think we could lose. Our opponent developed their self-confidence and we played below our talent level. We have shown that we can play much better defense in the past than we did today. MBC want to stay in the Bundesliga - the players and the coach did not give up. We played practically all game under our expectations today. Congratulations and respect to MBC for the win and good luck for the next games."

Predrag Krunic, Head Coach, MBC: "Of course I'm happy. The boys earned this win, because they believed in it. Of course the great atmosphere in the arena helped. This win against such a strong team is good for our morale."


1st Quarter

After busy last weeks with games in the BBL, Eurocup and BEKO Cup, FC Bayern Basketball had a few days to recover before traveling to take on last-place Mitteldeutscher BC. Head Coach Svetislav Pesic lineup choices for the game would be limited without the suspended Alex Renfroe and the injured Nihad Djedovic and Paul Zipser. Pesic's starting five included Justin Cobbs, Anton Gavel, Bryce Taylor, Dusko Savanovic and John Bryant. The Wolves jumped out to the early lead and Coach Pesic called timeout to fix the issues immediately (4-8, 3'). Taylor knocked down a three-pointer to get Munich to within 8-7 but Chris Otule was controlling the paint, scoring eight points, and point guard Frantz Massenat displayed range with a trey to help MBC build an 8-point lead (13-21, 8'). Bryant helped turn the tide to get Bayern back to a two-point deficit but consecutive turnovers prevented a chance to take the lead, and Mitteldeutscher hit free-throws to finish the quarter up 23-19.

2nd Quarter

Savanovic took advantage of a second-chance thanks to Karim Jallow's offensive rebound by hitting a three-pointer, and Jallow followed up with a score as well (24-25, 11'). Vitalis Chikoko made his debut for Bayern and scored his first points right away (28-29, 13'). James Southerland continued MBC's control of the paint with consecutive dunks but Savanovic converted a three-point-play as Bayern finally caught up (35-35, 15'). Gavel continued the momentum shift with a three-pointer for the 38-35 lead and Chikoko's consecutive baskets built a four-point lead (42-38, 17'). A couple of turnovers prevented Munich from extending the lead but Chikoko finished the quarter with a score and Bayern led 51-47 at halftime.

3rd Quarter

Bayern came out of the lockers more in sync, taking adavantage of MBC turnovers and extending their lead (59-51, 24'). Otule was the protagonist for the Wolves' comeback, his scoring and defense on the blocks was part of a 9-0 scoring run to take the lead, Coach Pesic called timeout (59-60, 25'). Massenat and Taylor exchanged three-pointers (64-63, 26'), Cobbs and Otule continued the back-and-forth as the teams battled to stay tied at 69-all (29'). Chikoko scored for the lead, Taylor stole the ball, kept possession after Gavel's three-pointer miss, to allow Gavel to make good on his next shot from distance (74-69, 30'). However, consecutive three-pointers by MBC including one by Massenat, and the hosts took a 75-74 lead into the final 10 minutes.

4th Quarter

The Wolves kept the scoring run going to start the fourth, Otule with a dunk, Marcus Hatten was good from distance, Coach Pesic called time as the deficit increased (74-80, 31'). Taylor connected from beyond-the-arc to counter Massenat's trey, timeout MBC (79-83, 33'). Munich' run continued to tie the game at 83-apiece (35'). The Wolves shook it off and could smell blood after a 10-2 run to open up a late lead, timeout Reds (85-93, 38'). Chad Toppert came off the bench to score his first points for Munich with a three pointer and Gavel added a basket, timeout MBC (90-93, 39'). Mitteldeutscher were not able to put away their guests but Bayern were also not able to score to tie the game, both Taylor and Cobbs missed three-point attempts. The Wolves ran out the clock, holding off Bayern 93-90.


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