Created on 2016-05-09 at 11:30 AM
Bayern Basketball shook off a slow start to overwhelm MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg 97-80 in Game 1 of the Basketball Bundesliga playoffs quarterfinals.
John Bryant sparked the Bayern offense by scoring 12 of his 19 points in the second quarter to recover from the early deficit and Nihad Djedovic shifted the Reds into a higher gear in the third quarter to bury Ludwigsburg with a barrage of three pointers. The Bosnian led all scorers with 22 points.
The teams head to Ludwigsburg for Game 2 on Tuesday, May 10th and return to Munich on Saturday, May 14th for Game 3. Games 4 and 5 will be played if necessary.
Scoring by quarter (FCBB - LUBU): 21-27, 28-15, 34-21, 14-17
FC Bayern Team: Nihad Djedovic (22 points/3-for-4 3ptFG), John Bryant (19/5 rebounds), Bryce Taylor (13/6 reb), Maxi Kleber (11/9 reb/3-for-4 3ptFG), Paul Zipser (11), Deon Thompson (11), Alex Renfroe (7/8 assists), Anton Gavel (3), Vitalis Chikoko. DNP: Sebastian Schmitt, Justin Cobbs and Karim Jallow.
FC BAYERN BASKETBALL VS MHP RIESEN LUDWIGSBURG
BEKO BBL Playoffs, Quarterfinals
Bayern lead best-of-five series 1-0
Game 1 - at FCBB 97, LUBU 80
Game 2 - Tuesday, May 10th, 20:00 CEST, Ludwigsburg
Game 3 - Saturday, May 14th, 20:30 CEST, Audi Dome
Game 4* - Tuesday, May 17th, 20:30 CEST, Ludwigsburg
Game 5* - Thursday, May 19th, 20:30 CEST, Audi Dome
Svetislav Pesic, Head Coach, FCBB: "Today was a typical playoff game against an opponent that displayed a lot of character. One can only control the game against such teams when they show full commitment. We did not start well, however Ludwigsburg was very self-confident and aggressive. In the third quarter we once again had good balance on offense that we have displayed the entire season. However, we must control the game even more on defense. Overall it was a good game for us, but it was only the first in this series."
John Patrick, Head Coach, Ludwigsburg: "Congratulations to Bayern and Coach Pesic for the deserved victory. Bayern won today's game from the free throw line. With aggressive plays and good steals from (Nihad) Djedovic and (Bryce) Taylor, they destroyed our offense in the second quarter. We had good phases in the first and last quarters, but in the second and the beginning of the third quarters, we simply gave up too many fastbreak points."
Nihad Djedovic, Small Forward, FCBB: "I felt good today, everything went from there and I played well. We were ready and focused. That wasn't a perfect game for us, we know that but we won and that's what counts, we are up 1-0. We have more quality but we worked hard, and (in the third quarter), we were focused coming in, made our shots, Ludwigsburg couldn't stop us and we took advantage. We want to play well and win. The most important thing in the playoffs is to win."
FCBB Head Coach Svetislav Pesic chose Alex Renfroe, Anton Gavel, Bryce Taylor, Maxi Kleber, and John Bryant as the starting five for the 2016 BBL Playoffs opener. After Ludwigsburg took the opening tip-off in for the dunk, Bryant sank a three-pointer for Munich's first points of the postseason (3-2, 1'minute). Renfroe knocked down another triple for the 8-7 lead but the Bayern offense could not find their rhythm. Meanwhile a 6-0 run by the visitors forced Coach Pesic to call timeout (8-13, 4'). Bayern's defense forced turnovers at the end of the quarter and Taylor tried his best to keep his team close (15-20, 8') but their poor shooting percentage (38%) made sure Ludwigsburg held a 27-21 lead after the first quarter (10').
Bayern's defense continued to create opportunities for the offense to get back on track by forcing consecutive turnovers by Ludwigsburg to highlight a 6-0 scoring run for Munich that tied the game, timeout by the visitors (29-29, 12'). Ludwigsburg regained their composure and built a five-point lead. After a Taylor steal, Anton Gavel's long pass to Kleber finished the break with an easy layin, and Bryant converted a three-point-play, tie game once again (36-36, 16'). Bryant wasn't done, he pounded the Ludwigburg defense into submission in the paint with a nice post up move for the lead, and then added a nice spin move to create space for a baseline jumper for the lead. The Californian followed that with a three-pointer (43-39, 18'). "Big Country" put a stamp on his huge quarter with a block to start a fastbreak the other way. Djedovic ended Bayern's run with a three-pointer for the ten-point lead (49-39). Munich took a 49-42 lead into the locker rooms at halftime (20').
Ludwigsburg started the second half cutting their deficit down to 49-46, but Djedovic answered by connecting on consecutive triples (55-46, 22'). Ludwigsburg gifted the Reds with a technical foul and after Taylor hit the extra free throw, Kleber rained in a trey for the ten-point lead again, timeout visitors (59-49, 24'). Kleber wasn't done, the German national player hit two more three-pointers, bookending Taylor's swish from behind-the-arc, the 13-2 run effectively burying Ludwigsburg (78-54, 28'). Paul Zipser finished the quarter with Munich's seventh three-pointer in as many tries and the Reds were running away 83-63 after three quarters (30').
Bayern's depth helped put the game away, as Deon Thompson started the final quarter with a rim-rattlin' dunk. Ludwigsburg continued to hand the ball over, and the Reds took advantage converting the resulting fastbreaks into points (87-69, 33'). Taylor connected on his third three-pointer and Thompson did the rest, scoring Bayern's final five points in Game 1 to win 97-80 (40').