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Holding Court

Bayern win 1st leg 99-89 vs. Galatasaray

FC Bayern Basketball defeated Galatasaray Istanbul 99-89 in the first leg of the Eurocup Quarterfinals thanks to a complete team performance.

Munich will travel to Turkey with a 10-point advantage for the second leg next week by leading most of the game and holding off furious second half rallies. Five Bayern players finished in double-figures, led by Deon Thompson with 20 points scoring key baskets in crunchtime. Dusko Savanovic returned to the lineup and added 19 points, while Alex Renfroe was perfect from beyond the three-point-line (4-for-4) and finished with 17 points.

Bayern will now play the rest of March on the road, starting with a visit to the Oberfrankenhalle against medi bayreuth on Saturday night, March 19th. The Reds will travel to Istanbul to face Galatasaray Basket for the second leg of the Eurocup quarterfinals on Tuesday, March 22nd and look to advance to the semifinals. After a trip to Bonn on a rare Monday night game, Munich will return to the Audi Dome to host Phoenix Hagen on Sunday, April 3rd.

Scoring by quarter (FCBB - GALA): 29-22, 21-22, 24-23, 25-22

FC Bayern Team: Deon Thompson (20 points/9 rebounds), Dusko Savanovic (19/3-for-4 3ptFG), Alex Renfroe (17/4-for-4 3ptFG/5 assists), John Bryant (13/9 reb), Bryce Taylor (10), Maximilian Kleber (9), Anton Gavel (4), Justin Cobbs (4), Paul Zipser (3/5 reb). DNP: Karim Jallow, Daniel Mayr and Sebastian Schmitt.

POSTGAME REACTION

Svetislav Pesic, Head Coach, FCBB: "Congratulations to my players. We wanted to apply a lot of pressure to the guards today. That worked great and created opportunities for the fastbreak. We experienced quality basketball today. I was hoping for that before the game. A 10-point lead gives us hope and self-confidence for the return matchup, we want to write history and we have a good chance. But at this moment, Galatasaray is of course the best team in Europe."

Ergin Ataman, Head Coach, Galatasaray: "Congratulations to Bayern and especially the referee Aare Halliko. It's not a regular basketball game with hand-checking and pushing all game. That took us out of our normal basketball. But I'm very happy with my players, because until the last minute, they stayed in the game. Bayern played very smart on offense today. Dusko Savanovic played a great game. The game could have been closer at the end. We have almost a 20-point advantage at home against our opponents this season in the Eurocup. Today we didn't make our open shots, that will be different in the second leg in Istanbul."

GAME HIGHLIGHTS

1st Quarter

FCBB Head Coach Svetislav Pesic sent Justin Cobbs, Anton Gavel, Bryce Taylor, Dusko Savanovic and John Bryant to the floor as the starting five for the first leg of the Eurocup quarterfinal matchup against Galatasaray Basket. Down 3-0 from the start, Munich responded with a 10-0 run highlighted by an Alex Renfroe three-pointer and Bryant finishing a three-point play (10-3, 3' minutes). Maximilian Kleber cleaned up the rim with a dunk and was fouled, he converted the three points the hard way (18-12, 6'). Renfroe was active again, tipping in an offensive rebound, then sinking a three-pointer (27-19, 9'). Kleber's free throws gave Munich a ten-point lead, but Galatasaray three-pointer cut into the lead. Bayern led 29-22 after the first frantic ten minutes.

2nd Quarter

After Deon Thompson opened the quarter with an offensive tip-in, Savanovic was left open and he drained the trey (34-22, 11'). Savanovic and Gavel kept Munich up by 10 points but Galatasaray's easy baskets forced Coach Pesic to call timeout (38-32, 14'). Stephane Lasme exerted his control of the paint, perfect from the field including a slam dunk finish and the visitors kept chipping away, but Savanovic and Taylor knocked down treys as part of an 8-0 run to get back some breathing room (48-36, 18'). Blake Schilb finished the quarter with a pair of three's around a Bayern timeout but Thompson hit a jumper and Munich took a 50-44 lead into halftime.

3rd Quarter

Bayern came out aggressive in the second half, first Savanovic with a zip-pass into the paint to Thompson for the score. After Taylor swished a catch-and-shoot, Thompson followed with yet another offensive rebound/tip-in bucket. Renfroe's three-pointer built the lead to 12 points with no end in sight to Munich's momentum (61-49, 25'). Vladimir Micov woke up and drained three of Galatasaray's four consecutive three-pointers, the 12-0 run tied the game and Coach Pesic had to call time (61-61, 27'). The Reds stood unwavered, Paul Zipser knocked down a trey, and Bryant with the hoop-and-one, the lead was back up for the home side (69-63, 29'). Cobbs shot at the buzzer to mark the end of the third quarter confirmed the 74-67 lead into the final period.

4th Quarter

Micov and Schilb continued to be thorn's on Bayern's side, they sparked a run to get Galatasaray to within one point (78-77, 34'). In crunchtime, Bayern delivered. Savanovic nailed a three-pointer, then saved possession and handed it off to Gavel who drove to the basket and scooped it in as the shot clock expired (85-79, 36'). Taylor was on-target for three, and after he missed his next shot, Bryant beat all the defenders to the ball in the paint, laid it up and was fouled. His bonus free-throw gave Bayern a 10-point cushion once again (91-81, 37'). The Turkish side didn't mail it in, they crept back to within four points with a little more than a minute left, when Thompson closed out the game. After he scored, the American made a crucial block on the other end to set up Renfroe's basket. And the former North Carolina Tarheel closed out the scoring for the 99-89 win.

UPCOMING GAMES

Beko BBL, Gameday 26:
Saturday, March 19th, 20:30 CET
FC Bayern Basketball at medi bayreuth

Eurocup, Quarterfinals, Game 2
Tuesday, March 22nd, 19:00 CET
FC Bayern Basketball at Galatasaray Basket

Beko BBL, Gameday 27:
Monday, March 28th, 17:00 CET
FC Bayern Basketball at Telekom Baskets Bonn

Beko BBL, Gameday 28:
Sunday, April 3rd, 17:00 CET, Audi Dome
FC Bayern Basketball vs Phoenix Hagen