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Down 2-0

Bayern face elimination after second half meltdown

FC Bayern Basketball stand on the brink of elimination, down 2-0 to the Brose Baskets in their semifinals series after the 90-76 loss at the Audi Dome.

Munich were without the services of Dusko Savanovic and Deon Thompson, both out with injuries. Paul Zipser scored 13 points on perfect shooting and Anton Gavel finished the first half draining consecutive three-pointers to help build a 43-34 halftime lead for the Reds.

Bamberg proved their mettle as the BBL's top team this season by turning up the defensive pressure, forcing Bayern into force shots and turnovers, and converting big shots themselves to turn the game around. Two-time league MVP Bradley Wanamaker scored 17 of his game-high 28 points in the second half to lead the Baskets' comeback.

Gavel led Munich with 16 points while Zipser and Bryce Taylor added 14 points each.

Bayern will look to hold off elimination as the teams return to Bamberg for Game 3 on Sunday, May 29th, tip-off 19:30 CEST.

Scoring by quarter (FCBB - BAMB): 18-14, 25-20, 19-26, 14-30

FC Bayern Team: Anton Gavel (16 points/2-4 3ptFG), Paul Zipser (14/3-5 3ptFG), Bryce Taylor (14), Justin Cobbs (9), Alex Renfroe (8/4 rebounds/4 assists), Vitalis Chikoko (5/3 reb), Maxi Kleber (5/4 reb/7 blocks), John Bryant (3/3 reb), Nihad Djedovic (2/4 reb). DNP: Karim Jallow and Dejan Kovacevic.


BEKO BBL Playoffs, Semifinals
Bamberg lead best-of-five series 2-0

Game 1 - FCBB 73, at BAMB 88
Game 2 - at FCBB 76, BAMB 90
Game 3 - FCBB at BAMB, Sunday, May 29, 19:30 CEST
Game 4* - FCBB vs BAMB, Tuesday, May 31, 20:00 CEST, Audi Dome
Game 5* - FCBB at BAMB, Thursday, June 2, 20:00 CEST

*if necessary


Svetislav Pesic, Head Coach, FCBB: "That was a very good first half from us. We were able to limit the options for an offensive-orientated team like Bamberg. I am satisfied with that. Unfortunately our energy ran out at the end, even though we had a better overall shooting percentage. Our problems today was boxing out and rebounding. Congratulations to Bamberg and we will see what will happen in the next game in Bamberg."

Andrea Trinchieri, Head Coach, Bamberg: "We had some troubles in the first half. (Bayern) were very agressive and we were kind of soft. But we were able to play the game from behind, resisting...resisting... and made the break at the right moment. I have to really congratulate the game of Paul Zipser, it was a memorable game. He really carried his team on his shoulders. And the big heart of Anton Gavel that created other problems for us in this game. But now the series is 2-0, we go back to Bamberg and we need to put together the perfect effort for Sunday because it will be another war."


1st Quarter

FCBB Head Coach Svetislav Pesic called on Alex Renfroe, Anton Gavel, Paul Zipser, Maxi Kleber and Vitalis Chikoko to start Game 2 of the BBL semifinals and attempt to even the series against the Brose Baskets of Bamberg. The Reds came out quickly looking to establish the defense. After Zipser opened the scoring, Kleber swatted away consecutive shots by Bamberg. Another missed shot by the visitors thanks to Munich's defense led to Renfroe's transition score (4-0, 2' minutes). Bamberg took the lead, but Zipser was good from distance to regain the advantage (7-5, 5'). The Baskets raced into the lead once more with a 5-0 spurt, Taylor ended that with an easy layup and John Bryant scored, Munich back on top (11-10, 8'). Kleber's block started yet another fastbreak the other way, Renfroe scored and Zipser was spot-on from behind-the-arc, timeout Bamberg (16-12, 9'). Zipser finished the quarter with 10 points by adding a pair of free throws and Munich were up 18-14 after the first quarter. (10')

2nd Quarter

Kleber's block party continued, he started the second quarter with two more rejections. The offense was spurred on by the young German's effort: Justin Cobbs scored high off the glass, Taylor knocked down the trey, and Kleber contributed on the other end with a triple himself (28-20, 14'). Bamberg would keep calm and stay with Bayern, Nikolaos Zisis scored 11 points in the quarter including a three-pointer to bring the Baskets to within 37-33 (19'). With Munich up only three points, Gavel finished the quarter nailing a pair of three-pointers for the 43-34 lead and setting up positive vibes for the second half. (20')

3rd Quarter

Bayern's offense sputtered at the beginning of the third quarter as free throws provided the only scoring, while the Baskets chipped away (47-42, 23'). Munich would extend the lead to 10 points after Gavel scored with a layup, Taylor swished a jumper as the shot clock wound down, and Gavel sank all three of his free throws after being fouled on a three-point attempt (54-44, 25'). Bradley Wanamaker started to warm up, the BBL's two-time MVP keeping Bamberg close (56-50, 26'). Taylor would not let the lead disappear, he followed his own shot that was blocked for the put-back score (59-53, 27').

Darius Miller, who hit timely three-pointers in Game 1 for Bamberg, did so once more as the shot clock expired, the former Kentucky Mr. Basketball connected from distance (59-56, 28'). Cobbs responded with a tough drive through the lane, the hoop and the harm, and one! (62-56, 29'). The Baskets continued to hang around and after Kleber's German national teammate Patrick Heckmann gave Maxi a taste of his own medicine with a block, Munich's lead was down to 62-60 heading into the final period. (30')

4th Quarter

The Baskets' Daniel Theis wasted no time, dunking home the tying points and soon Bamberg were in the lead (62-66, 32'). Munich's offense had disappeared, the 10-1 run by Bamberg forced Coach Pesic to call timeout (63-70, 34'). Munich reverted to their defense to bring the offense back to life, Kleber and Zipser both blocked shots, however nothing could stop Zisis' circus layup shot that received a resounding 'oooo' from the sold out Audi Dome (66-74, 35'). The offense continued to struggle for Bayern and after Wanamaker was fouled on a three-point attempt, Coach Pesic was called for a technical foul.

Wanamaker converted all four free throws and the ensuing possession resulted in two more from the charity stripe for the Philadelphia native (70-81, 38'). Kleber dunked home two points and Gavel scored as well, but Bamberg clinched the Game 2 win with patience, control and good ball movement that found Zisis open and the Greek nailed a triple to ice the win (74-86, 39'). Bamberg take a 2-0 lead with the 90-76 victory. Bayern are now on the brink, as now only wins are a must to keep the best-of-five series and the season alive. (40')