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Season Over

Bayern eliminated after 3-0 sweep

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FC Bayern Basketball lost Game 3 of the Bundesliga semifinals 96-65 to the Brose Baskets and are eliminated from the postseason with the 3-0 sweep.

Anton Gavel led Munich with 13 points and John Bryant added 12 points and 5 rebounds, however a clearly fresher Bamberg team raced out to a dominating halftime lead from which Munich could not recover.

Bayern battled in the second half hoping to keep the score respectable. The Baskets just had too many weapons and an answer for every attempt by the Reds to keep their season alive.

Svetislav Pesic's tenure as Head Coach of Bayern Basketball ends after a busy season in the Euroleague, Eurocup, BBL Top Four and the league playoffs.

Scoring by quarter (FCBB - BAMB): 10-24, 10-25, 22-26, 23-21

FC Bayern Team: Anton Gavel (13 points), John Bryant (12/5 rebounds), Bryce Taylor (10), Justin Cobbs (8), Paul Zipser (7/6 reb), Maximilian Kleber (5/6 reb), Deon Thompson (3), Vitalis Chikoko (3), Karim Jallow (2), Nihad Djedovic (2), and Alex Renfroe. DNP: Dejan Kovacevic.


BEKO BBL Playoffs, Semifinals
BAMB win best-of-five series 3-0

Game 1 - FCBB 73, at BAMB 88
Game 2 - at FCBB 76, BAMB 90
Game 3 - FCBB 65, at BAMB 96


Svetislav Pesic, Head Coach, FCBB: "Congratulations to Bamberg. Unfortunately we were not ready for this game at the beginning. This was a very tiring season and difficult series. We also had one against Ludwigsburg. We are now at the point where we are no longer able to stay in the game physically. The players wanted but they could not give more. We had to suffer through injuries throughout the season and unable to display our optimum. At the moment, we clearly lost to a better opponent and that does not mean we would have won if we were in better shape. We must learn our lessons from this season, because it is from these experiences you learn more than from success. The new season starts tomorrow."

Paul Zipser, Small Forward, FCBB: "We did not deserve to win two of the three games. It was not because of team chemistry that we were not able to play the way we wanted this season. On the court and in the locker room the atmosphere was fine. There was just a little bit missing and it failed us in the important games."

Andrea Trinchieri, Head Coach, Bamberg: "I knew that we were in good form mentally and physically. therefore I am sure we were ready."


1st Quarter

FCBB Head Coach Svetislav Pesic sent out Alex Renfroe, Anton Gavel, Nihad Djedovic, Maximilian Kleber and Deon Thompson as the starting five for Game 3. Bayern were facing elimination down 2-0 against the Brose Baskets in the best-of-five semifinal series. The Reds began the game turning the ball over to the Baskets, however only trailed 4-0. Renfroe pushed the ball forward off a long rebound and dished off to Thompson for the hoop and harm, he completed the three-point play with the free throw (3-4, 3'minutes). Bamberg's defense did not let up, Darius Millier blocked Taylor and then hit a long three-pointer. Bradley Wanamaker added another trey after yet another Munich turnover, timeout called by Coach Pesic (3-14, 5'). Bayern's offense displayed signs of life with a couple of buckets, however turnovers continued to plague any chances for Bayern to recover and they trailed 24-10 after the first quarter. (10')

2nd Quarter

Bamberg continued to be the aggressor in the second quarter as they extended their lead, spurred on by German National Daniel Theis with a bucket, a three-pointer and a block (12-33, 14'). Taylor swished a jumper but there was no stopping Janis Strelnieks who connected on a pair of three-pointers to build a 30-point lead (15-45, 17'). Anton Gavel made Bayern's first three-pointer, however Munich's deficit was 49-20 at halftime. (20')

3rd Quarter

Bayern would need to start a comeback early in the third to have a chance to keep both the series and the season alive. Despite a pair of turnovers early, the Reds kept battling. Gavel knocked down a trey, but Bamberg always had an aswer, Strelnieks with a three-pointer, timeout Bayern (27-63, 25'). John Bryant exerted his influence, scoring Munich's next 8 points, the Baskets could only muster free throws (33-64, 27'). Maxi Kleber added a three-pointer on offense and a block on defense but barely a dent was made in Bamberg's lead, Munich trailed 75-42 after three quarters. (30')

4th Quarter

Bamberg started the final ten minutes by scoring quickly and often. Bayern's desire to make the final score respectable were sparked by Paul Zipser's three-pointer, team captain Taylor connected with consecutive triples and Gavel added one more for the 12-3 run (56-85, 36'). Munich committed another turnover and former Munich player Lucca Staiger hit a trey to end any chance against the defending league champs. Nikolaos Zisis' long distance make took the lead back to 30 points and that's how the game, the series and season ended. Bayern Basketball lose 96-65 and are swept out of the semifinals to finish their 2015-16 season.