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Bayern roll past Ludwigsburg

FC Bayern Basketball served notice to all Basketball Bundesliga playoff-bound teams with the 100-71 blowout of MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg on Saturday evening.

With their sixth consecutive win, the Reds looked focused and healthy heading towards the postseason. Bayern built a 21-point halftime lead in their usual method, with a stifling defense and quick-attack offense to dominate this matchup.

Bryce Taylor scored a game-high 23 points as Bayern cruised to the victory in the second half. Both John Bryant (15 points / 8 rebounds) and Nihad Djedovic (14 / 7) contributed in a complete team effort that dismantled Ludwigsburg before the playoffs.

Munich will travel to Crailsheim to face the Merlins on Friday, April 22nd before their regular season home finale on Sunday, April 24th against defending BBL Champs the Brose Baskets Bamberg. Last year's finalists tip-off at 17:00 CEST from the Audi Dome.

Scoring by quarter (FCBB - LUBU): 30-23, 26-12, 18-18, 26-18

FC Bayern Team: Bryce Taylor (23 points), John Bryant (15/8 rebounds), Nihad Djedovic (14/7), Maximilian Kleber (12/6), Paul Zipser (8/5), Alex Renfroe (8/5 assists), Justin Cobbs (7/4 ast), Anton Gavel (4/5 ast), Vitalis Chikoko (4/4 reb), Chad Toppert (3), Dusko Savanovic (2), and Daniel Mayr.

POSTGAME REACTION

Svetislav Pesic, Head Coach, FCBB: "Everyone saw that we delivered an excellent, perfect game today. One does not need to look at the statistics to know it, we simply made a good impression. Only five turnovers is a record for this season, and against a team with an agressive defense. We were always in control and always knew what we wanted. We also controlled (Jon) Brockman on the offensive rebound, as he is one of the best in Europe. The team needed a real challenge after playing the last three games against Bonn, Hagen and Tübingen who did not have the level of team defense and intensity like Ludwigsburg. They were very motivated and focused, also had respect. One may have the impression that it is already playoff time, but we still have four tough games left in the regular season, three of them on the road and the home game against Bamberg."

Bryce Taylor, Shooting Guard, FCBB: "We played very aggressive, we played a good game, we were focused on defense. We are two weeks away from the end of the regular season, and have three away games to play. This was great preparation for the playoffs. We want to use this to get better week by week."

John Patrick, Head Coach, Ludwigsburg: "One does not have to look at the statistics, the body language and focus from Bayern was all that was needed to be seen. I am disappointed that only four or five players were ready to play this big game. We had some that were afraid to play against Bayern."

GAME HIGHLIGHTS

1st Quarter

Alex Renfroe, Anton Gavel, Dusko Savanovic, team captain Bryce Taylor, and John Bryant were named the starters for the top Bundesliga game of the weekend between two playoff-bound teams looking to solidify their seedings. The game tipped off and was fast-paced and instense in the opening minutes. Both teams were shooting well and quickly moving the ball up-and-down the court, exchanging leads. Taylor and Bryant were the key players for Munich on offense (12-10, 4' minutes). "Big Country" Bryant's block on defense started an 8-0 scoring spurt to help Bayern pull away in the final minutes of the first quarter (25-19, 8'). Justin Cobbs added a three-pointer and Nihad Djedovic finished a fastbreak layup to confirm the 30-23 lead.

2nd Quarter

Ludwigsburg continued to enjoy the hot hand from beyond-the-arc and cut their deficit down to three points (34-31, 13'). Bryant hit the long jumper, and Djedovic converted a rare four-point-play after sinking the fall away trey while being fouled (40-31, 15'). The Reds went on yet another scoring run, this time 22-4 to break the game wide open, punctuated by a tomahawk jam by Taylor (56-35, 19'). Bayern shot 66% from the field, and led in all statistical categories to build the 21-point lead at the break.

3rd Quarter

Renfroe and Taylor shook off slow starts by both teams sinking three-pointers to maintain the huge Munich lead (65-43, 26'). Djedovic displayed his many weapons, first finishing a transition layup on the break, then swishing a three-pointer (72-46, 29'). Bayern were in control, leading 74-53 heading to the final quarter.

4th Quarter

Deon Thompson did not dress, so Bayern's other big men earned some playing time. Vitalis Chikoko grabbed the offensive rebound for the score, and Maxi Kleber sank a three-pointer and a pair of free throws (81-53, 32'). The lead kept growing as the hosts could not answer whatever Munich threw at them. Renfroe nailed a trey (86-59, 35') and Paul Zipser's free throws confirmed a 30-point advantage (89-59, 37'). The only goal left was to get to 100 points, and Chad Toppert beat the final buzzer with a three-pointer, Bayern left Ludwigsburg to lick their wounds with the 100-71 win and made a statement to the rest of the league.

UPCOMING GAMES

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

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