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Bayern declaw Tigers 95-70

FC Bayern Basketball notched their fifth consecutive win in the Basketball Bundesliga with a 95-70 romp of the WALTER Tigers Tübingen.

Nihad Djedovic led Munich with 17 points demonstrating a full recovery after his injury layoff. John Bryant added 15 points and 6 rebounds, while Alex Renfroe also notched 15 points while dishing out 5 assists.

Bayern enjoyed a hot start shooting from the field and applied an aggressive defensive that forced turnovers to bury the Tigers early. The win keeps the Reds in second place behind the Brose Baskets Bamberg, who have won 20 in a row themselves. The teams will face each other before the playoffs on Sunday, April 24th in the Audi Dome.

Munich travel to face MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg (Saturday, April 16th) and the Crailsheim Merlins (Friday, April 24th) before returning to the Audi Dome for the last home game in the regular season against the defending league champs.

Scoring by quarter (FCBB - TUB): 28-13, 23-15, 22-24, 22-18

FC Bayern Team: Nihad Djedovic (17 points), Alex Renfroe (15/5 assists), John Bryant (15/6 rebounds), Deon Thompson (11/5 reb), Dusko Savanovic (10), Maxi Kleber (8), Anton Gavel (7), Chad Toppert (6), Justin Cobbs(2), Bryce Taylor (2), Paul Zipser (2/5 reb). DNP: Daniel Mayr.


Svetislav Pesic, Head Coach, FCBB: "We played a perfect game the first 20 minutes. Perhaps Tübingen showed us too much respect at the beginning today, but overall we put forth a good attitude and the necessary focus today. Now it is important that we continue our work, practice and most of all remain healthy for the tasks ahead."

Tyron McCoy, Head Coach, Tübingen: "Today was almost like a training game for Bayern. They controlled the game from the beginning. We could not find our line and were extremely overwhelmed by their aggressive defense. I would ultimately hope we could also defend that way. We will have to play better in the next games, if we want to maintain our chances to avoid regulation."


1st Quarter

FCBB Head Coach Svetislav Pesic started Alex Renfroe, Anton Gavel, Paul Zipser, Maxi Kleber and Deon Thompson against the struggling WALTER Tigers Tübingen, losers of eight of their last ten games. The visitors kept pace early tying the game at 4-4 (3' minutes) but Thompson blocked former Bayern player Bogdan Radosavljevic that started a fastbreak finished by Zipser. Kleber then picked Aleksandar Nadjfeji's pocket, another former Red victimized, and took it the rest of the way for the slam (11-6, 5'). The timeout didn't help the Tigers, Munich continued to build their lead. Dusko Savanovic, John Bryant, and Gavel knocked down consecutive three-pointers, the visitors had to call timeout again (24-11, 8'). Bryant scored a bucket, then set a pick to clear the path for Nihad Djedovic through the lane for the layup. Bayern built a 28-13 lead after the first quarter.

2nd Quarter

A slow start for Bayern in the second quarter as they committed three early turnovers, but Djedovic scored to increase the lead to 17 (30-13, 12'). Tübingen took advanage with a 7-0 run get back to 30-20. Bryant stopped the series with a basket and then converted a three-point play (35-20, 15'). The Munich defense continued to force the action which created fast scoring opportunities the other way. Ziper's block, then Kleber's tipped pass helped their teammates score fastbreak points (41-22, 18'). Chad Toppert sank back-to-back treys to ensure a comfortable 51-28 lead into the halftime break.

3rd Quarter

Munich were intent to put the game away early in the second half, however Tübingen would not fold, this time a 10-0 spurt reduced their deficit down to only 17 points (55-38, 24'). Djedovic and Savanovic knocked down treys to recover that large lead (69-43, 28'). Toarlyn Fitzpatrick countered with a pair of long distance makes for the Tigers and Coach Pesic called timeout to make sure his team didn't lose focus (69-49, 29'). Justin Cobbs layup high off the glass ended the run and Munich led 73-52 heading into the final 10 minutes.

4th Quarter

Bryant scored his second three-pointer of the game and tipped in an offensive rebound to keep the Tigers at bay who were attempting to claw their way back into the game (80-65, 35'). Thompson finished a three-point-play and Renfroe iced the game with a trey to cage the Tigers 95-70 for their fifth consecutive win.


Beko BBL, Gameday 30:
Saturday, April 16th, 18:30 CEST
FC Bayern Basketball at MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg

Beko BBL, Gameday 31:
Friday, April 22nd, 20:30 CEST
FC Bayern Basketball at Crailsheim Merlins

Beko BBL, Gameday 32:
Sunday, April 24th, 17:00 CEST, Audi Dome
FC Bayern Basketball vs Brose Baskets Bamberg