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Derby loss

Bayern fall to Bamberg in playoff test

FC Bayern Basketball lost an intense and dramatic derby matchup against the Brose Baskets 97-90 in overtime.

The sold-out Audi Dome witnessed the Bavarian rivals battle shot for shot, point for point in a game fit for the playoffs. Munich were able to build a 14-point lead after three quarters, but the Baskets chipped away to draw even late in the fourth quarter and take the lead.

The Reds tied it up thanks to a tip-in by Maxi Kleber with less than a second left on the game clock to send the game into overtime. Bayern's offense went cold in the extra period as Bamberg's defense held up to take the win and clinch the top seed overall for the postseason. Dusko Savanovic scored 16 points to lead Munich, but the Reds could not overcome last year's MVP Bradley Wanamaker, who poured in 29 points.

With two games left in the regular season, Bayern dropped to third-place in the Bundesliga standings and hope to secure the second seed and homecourt advantage for the first two rounds. The Reds will travel to Würzburg for another Bavarian derby against the s.Oliver Baskets (Friday, April 29th, 20:00 CEST) and followed by the season finale and possible battle for that second seed against the EWE Baskets in Oldenburg (Sunday, May 1st, 17:00 CEST).

Bayern will host quarterfinal playoffs games on Saturday, May 7th and 14th.

Scoring by quarter (FCBB - BAMB): 20-20, 21-21, 27-13, 15-29, 7-14

FC Bayern Team: Dusko Savanovic (16 points/3 three-point-FGs), John Bryant (15), Bryce Taylor (14), Nihad Djedovic (13/6 rebounds), Maxi Kleber (10/7 reb), Justin Cobbs (7), Alex Renfroe (7/6 reb/9 assists), Paul Zipser (5), Deon Thompson (3/5 reb), and Anton Gavel. DNP: Chad Toppert and Daniel Mayr.


Svetislav Pesic, Head Coach, FCBB: "It was a deserved victory for Bamberg today. Our problem today was that we couldn't control the game to the end. Bamberg were simply calmer in the overtime and made better decisions on offense."

Andrea Trinchieri, Head Coach, Bamberg: "The game was fun to watch. There were many comebacks. We had to work very hard to find a way to turn the game in our favor. We did not give up and displayed a lot of character, especially in the overtime. Now we have a four-game lead (in the standings) and the homecourt advantage for the entire playoffs, that was always our goal."


1st Quarter

Bayern Basketball and the Brose Baskets came out to warm up as the soldout crowd created a playoff-type atmosphere for the regular season home finale in the Audi Dome. FCBB Head Coach Svetislav Pesic called on Justin Cobbs, Nihad Djedovic, Bryce Taylor, Maxi Kleber and John Bryant as the starting five for what could be a Bundesliga Finals rematch in a few weeks. The defending champs jumped out to a quick lead forcing Coach Pesic to call an early timeout (4-10, 4' minutes). Bryant scored quickly with a baseline drive under the basket for the reverse layup to spark Munich. Kleber completed a 7-0 run with a three-pointer for the lead (13-12, 6'). The German national also converted a three-point play but Bamberg knocked down a pair of treys to get the lead back (16-18, 9'). The Reds chipped away and drew even at the end of the first quarter (20-20, 10').

2nd Quarter

Munich's defense continued to force Bamberg into tough shots and turnovers, which created opportunities on offense. Taylor swished a pair of jumpers and Savanovic drained a three-pointer, Bamberg Head Coach Andrea Trinchieri had to call a timeout (29-20, 14'). The visitors finally scored after a six-minute drought, but Djedovic connected from beyond-the-arc and a 12-point lead (34-22, 16'). Last year's BBL MVP Bradley Wanamaker took over for this team's scoring, he dropped in nine points over the next two minutes to get Bamberg back to within 36-31 (18'). Bryant's putback layup maintained the lead, however a pair of treys by Bamberg evened up the game once again (38-38, 19'). Paul Zipser was on-target from distance but Nicolaos Zisis was fouled in three-point-land and hit all free throws to ensure a tie game at halftime (41-41, 20').

3rd Quarter

Both clubs continued the trend from the first half as they started the second half. Bryant scored a bucket and a three-pointer for the lead (49-43, 23'); Wanamaker led his team back, this time with the hoop-and-the-harm (49-48, 24'). The momentum shifted after Taylor hit a three-pointer, and Savanovic followed sinking consecutive treys, the quick 9-0 scoring burst opened up the game once again for the Reds (58-48, 25'). Djedovic drove through the lane and dished out to Cobbs who swished from downtown, Bayern were looking strong, building a double-digit lead (63-51, 28'). Free throws took Bayern to a 17-point lead right before the end of the quarter, but Zisis was on target for a trey at the buzzer. Munich would take a 68-54 lead into the fourth quarter.

4th Quarter

Bamberg came out and scored the first six points of the final quarter of regulation, the 9-0 overall run forced Coach Pesic to call time (68-60, 33'). Despite a couple of turnovers, Djedovic kept Munich in the lead, swished a three-pointer as the shot clock expired, timeout Baskets (73-64, 35'). The turning point came when Alex Renfroe committed not only a foul but also a technical foul, which led to his fifth foul. After he took a seat on the bench, Wanamaker completed the five-point possession for Bamberg to get within 75-74 (37').

Soon after, the Baskets tied it up 77-77 with a three-pointer and Wanamaker gave the visitors their first lead since the beginning of the third quarter (79-81, 39'). However his teammates missed two key free throws that set up a final try for Munich to either tie or win the game, and Kleber came up with the huge offensive rebound, tip-in score off Djedovic's missed shot, tie game with :00.2 seconds left! Bamberg's final attempt was no good, the teams were headed to overtime! (83-83, 40')


Munich came out completely out of sync in the extra period, missing their first three attempts. Nicolo Melli didn't help matters contributing three block shots on the Reds. Meanwhile, Zisis scored six consecutive points to help build a lead for Bamberg (85-91, 44'). Despite Taylor's catch-and-shoot three-pointer to get the Reds to within 93-90, the Baskets stopped any further run by Bayern and hit their free throws to escape with the 97-90 win.


Beko BBL, Gameday 33:
Friday, April 29th, 20:00 CEST
FC Bayern Basketball at s.Oliver Baskets

Beko BBL, Gameday 34:
Sunday, May 1st, 17:00 CEST
FC Bayern Basketball at EWE Baskets Oldenburg

BEKO BBL Playoffs, Quarterfinals
FC Bayern Basketball vs TBD
Best-of-five series

Game 1 - Saturday, May 7th, 19:30 CEST, Audi Dome
Game 2 - TBD
Game 3 - Saturday, May 14th, 20:30 CEST, Audi Dome
Game 4*
Game 5* - Audi Dome

*if necessary