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Bayern roll past Hagen for fourth straight win

Bryce Taylor and John Bryant scored 20 points each as FC Bayern Basketball crushed the Phoenix Hagen 113-80 at the Audi Dome.

Bayern won their fourth game in a row while handing the visiting Firebirds their sixth consecutive loss and the fourth allowing 100 or more points during this current streak.

After a fast start thanks to hot shooting, Bayern built a 15-point lead after the first quarter. Hagen shook off their slow start and got back to within four points, however Munich finished the second quarter on a 20-5 run to secure the halftime lead. Bayern did not let up in the second half and cruised to the win.

Bayern will host the WALTER Tigers from Tübingen next Sunday, April 10th. Tip-off scheduled at 17:00 CEST from the Audi Dome.

Scoring by quarter (FCBB - HAGEN): 31-16, 28-24, 30-24, 24-16

FC Bayern Team: John Bryant (20 points/4-for-4 3ptFG), Bryce Taylor (20/4-for-6 3ptr), Maxi Kleber (13), Nihad Djedovic (12/4 rebounds), Justin Cobbs (12/7 assists), Anton Gavel (10), Alex Renfroe (7/8 ast), Vitalis Chikoko (7/6 reb), Deon Thompson (6), Karim Jallow (5), and Daniel Mayr (1). DNP: Chad Toppert.

POSTGAME REACTION

Svetislav Pesic, Head Coach, FCBB: "We had a couple of minutes in the game where we fell asleep but we quickly found our rhythm again. The offense could not be at fault today. We made our shots, all the players were able to get in the game. I am very concerned about the twenty-one turnovers that we cannot afford."

Maximilian Kleber, Power Forward, FCBB: "Hagen is a tough team to play against as they take a lot of shots. It is important to keep at our physical peak to prevent their second chance opportunities. Everything went well for us in the first quarter. That was a good test for the playoffs, as it will be a more physical situation at that point."

Ingo Freyer, Head Coach, Hagen: "We expected Bayern to come out and play physical. However it was unfortunate that my players were surprised at that in the first quarter. We can see for ourselves how focused Bayern played for 40 minutes. I will be glad if we can deliver this kind of focus and toughness in our last games of the season."

GAME HIGHLIGHTS

1st Quarter

FCBB Head Coach Svetislav Pesic starting lineup against the Phoenix Hagen included Alex Renfroe, Anton Gavel, Bryce Taylor, John Bryant and Deon Thompson, whose former team the North Carolina Tarheels made the NCAA Championship game at the Final Four in Houston. Thompson missed his first shot, but made up for it with a baby hook to tie the game at 2-2 and started a 10-0 run (10-2, 3' minutes). Taylor stole the ball and no one on the vistors's side came back to stop the Munich captain from scoring the easy layup, Hagen Head Coach Ingo Freyer called timeout (12-4, 4'). His team couldn't buy a basket, however Bayern continued their hot start. Taylor and Bryant sank back-to-bank three-pointers to extend the early lead, and Gavel converted all three free throws for the twenty-point cushion (24-4, 6'). Hagen's offense finally woke up, outscoring the Reds 10-4 to end the first quarter, but Munich led 31-16.

2nd Quarter

Justin Cobbs' trey earned Bayern the 36-21 lead, however the defense could not stop Ivan Elliot who scored Hagen's next 16 points, including four three-pointers to get his team back to within four points (39-35, 16'). Taylor sparked the Munich offense with a three-pointer and then a steal after the Phoenix timeout that led to an easy score for Renfroe on the fastbreak. Bryant's picks at the top-of-arc freed up Renfroe and Cobbs to knock down consecutive treys. Maxi Kleber completed the three-point-play and Bayern raced towards halftime on a 20-5 run to build the 59-40 lead at the break.

3rd Quarter

Munich's offense didn't not pump the brakes in the second half, taking advantage of their aggressive defense. Gavel stole the ball at half court and took it home with the reverse layup. Later with a defender's hand in his face, he hit the three-pointer (68-44, 24'). Vitalis Chikoko displayed some range with his first three-pointer in a Munich uniform, and Nihad Djedovic finished a personal 7-0 run with a three-ball, Bayern were cruising (81-53, 27'). The Phoenix's offense rose up near the end of the quarter again with a 7-0 run however Taylor and Djedovic were on-target once more from distance to douse the Firebirds' chances and finish the third quarter up 89-64.

4th Quarter

With the game in hand, both teams opened up at the beginning of the final quarter. David Bell and Bryant exchanged three-pointers (97-70, 33') and Taylor's score built the lead to thirty points (103-73, 34'). Munich eased up the rest of the way as they win their fourth straight in the Bundesliga and continue their hold on the second seed for the postseason.

UPCOMING GAMES

Beko BBL, Gameday 29:
Sunday, April 10th, 17:00 CEST, Audi Dome
FC Bayern Basketball vs WALTER Tigers Tübingen

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