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Bayern lose in Oldenburg, face Ludwigsburg in QFs

FC Bayern Basketball lost a playoff-type game 88-84 against the EWE Baskets in Oldenburg and fall to fourth place in the final Basketball Bundesliga (BBL) standings.

Both clubs came out firing from all over the court, exchanging the lead many times in the first half. Munich pulled away in the second quarter to hold a 50-43 halftime lead. The difference in the evenly matched battle was Oldenburg's timely three-point shooting in the second half. The Reds fought till the end led by Bryce Taylor's 19 points and Alex Renfroe contributed a double-double (17 points/12 rebounds), but it was not enough. The Baskets earn the second seed for the playoffs while Munich fall to the fourth seed, losing the tiebreaker with Frankfurt by three points

Bayern will now face MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg in the Quarterfinals. Tip off for Game 1 is Saturday, May 7th at 19:30 CEST at the Audi Dome.

Scoring by quarter (FCBB - OLDB): 23-27, 27-16, 16-25, 18-20

FC Bayern Team: Bryce Taylor (19 points), Alex Renfroe (17/12 rebounds), Nihad Djedovic (17), Anton Gavel (12), Deon Thompson (8), Maximilian Kleber (5/6 reb/4 blocks), Paul Zipser (4), John Bryant (2/5 reb), Justin Cobbs, and Vitalis Chikoko. DNP: Daniel Mayr and Karim Jallow.


Svetislav Pesic, Head Coach, FCBB: "Congratulations to Oldenburg, they deserved the victory. Once again we did not defend well. We failed on defense and simply played catastrophic. However a new competition begins in a week. After 34 games, we are the team with the most points but we sit in fourth place. I am convinced that if we improve our responsibility on defense, we will not only be successful against Ludwigsburg. If we improve on that, then we will advance deep into the playoffs."

Anton Gavel, Guard, FCBB: "We were actually the better team, but we recklessly gambled away our lead. Now we are in fourth place and of course, we did not want that. But now come the playoffs. We start again from zero and we will see what happens."


1st Quarter

FCBB Head Coach Svetislav Pesic sent out the same starting five from a couple of nights ago in Würzburg: Alex Renfroe, Anton Gavel, Bryce Taylor, Maximilian Kleber and Deon Thompson. A fast start to decide second place in the BBL had the Baskets out in front 7-4 early. Kleber stopped the hosts with a block on defense then scored five consecutive points including a three-point-play for the lead (9-7, 4' minutes). Taylor converted the Oldenburg turnover with a slam dunk finish, and Gavel sank a three-pointer to force the hosts to call a timeout. The Baskets' Head Coach Mladen Drijencic earned a technical foul and Taylor made the ensuing free throw (14-7, 5'). Renfroe complete the 12-0 run with a score, and Gavel built the lead to double figures with a triple (19-9, 6'). Oldenburg would not fold early at home. Bouyed by the crowd, they answered with an 11-0 run thanks to three consecutive treys. Vaughn Duggins completed the scoring in the first quarter with five consecutive points including a three-point-play, earning the Baskets the 27-23 lead (10').

2nd Quarter

Bayern got right back into the lead with a 7-0 spurt to start the second quarter, Djedovic with the 'shake'n'bake' and nailed the three-pointer (30-27, 12'). Renfroe swished a pull-up triple followed by Djedovic stepping in front of an Oldenburg pass for the interception and the easy layup the other way, timeout Baskets (37-30, 14'). The Bosnian would later convert a three-point-play that kept the lead at 40-32, but Oldenburg's big man Brian Qvale kept them close with easy scores and Coach Pesic was not happy, calling a timeout (40-39, 17'). Taylor responded with a three-pointer out of the huddle and then completed an acrobatic layup before halftime for the 50-43 Bayern lead (20').

3rd Quarter

Starting the second half, this time it was Oldenburg who made up the deficit, quickly tying up the game (50-50, 22'). Jumpers by Taylor and Thompson gave the lead back to the Reds, but the Baskets were not going away, evening up the score yet again (56-56, 25'). Bryant and Renfroe built another lead for Munich (62-57, 26'). The third quarter ended in a flurry, Oldenburg's accuracy from behind-the-arc could not be denied, including Klemen Prepelic's buzzer beater for the 68-66 lead (30').

4th Quarter

Djedovic opened the scoring with a triple for the Bayern lead, but Prepelic earned back the lead, and Jan Niklas Wimberg's three-pointer forced Bayern to call time (69-73, 32'). Duggins key shots helped him finish with 16 points and one more extended the Baskets' lead to 75-69 (34'). The Reds had to play catchup, scores by Renfroe, Thompson and Taylor cut the lead down to 76-75, yet another Oldenburg three-pointer provided some distance for the hosts (75-79, 37'). Munich chipped away, Taylor's scored to bring his team back to within 82-81, but game-high scorer Qvale (21 points) hit both his important free throws as did his teammates to secure not only the 88-84 win but second place in the final BBL standings. Bayern fall to fourth place and will face Ludwigsburg in the quarterfinals starting next weekend.


BEKO BBL Playoffs, Quarterfinals
FC Bayern Basketball vs MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg
Best-of-five series

Game 1 - Saturday, May 7th, 19:30 CEST, Audi Dome
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

*if necessary