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Ludwigsburg strike back, even series with Bayern

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FC Bayern Basketball lost Game 2 of the Basketball Bundesliga quarterfinal series 93-74 against MHP RIESEN in Ludwigsburg.

Jon Brockman led all scorers with 19 points and added 9 rebounds, Kerron Johnson poured in 17 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists to lead a complete team effort by Ludwigsburg to tie the best-of-five series at 1-1 and earn their first win against Munich this season. Their aggressive and physical defense pressured Bayern all game, resulting in a poor shooting performance (36.4%) and 15 turnovers (versus only 5 for the home team).

Alex Renfroe scored 15 points to lead Bayern, but was ineffective in the second half, scoring only one point after halftime, reflecting Ludwigsburg's defense performance against Munich, especially in the second half.

The teams return to Munich on Saturday, May 14th for Game 3. Games 4 is on Tuesday, May 17th in Ludwigsburg. If necessary, Game 5 is scheduled for Thursday, May 19th.

Scoring by quarter (FCBB - LUBU): 29-22, 16-27, 18-22, 11-22

FC Bayern Team: Alex Renfroe (15 points/4 assists), Bryce Taylor (13), Maximilian Kleber (10/4 rebounds), Deon Thompson (8/5 reb), Dusko Savanovic (6), Paul Zipser (6), Justin Cobbs (6/4 ast), Nihad Djedovic (5/5 reb), Anton Gavel (3), John Bryant (2/7 reb). DNP: Karim Jallow


BEKO BBL Playoffs, Quarterfinals
Best-of-five series tied 1-1

Game 1 - at FCBB 97, LUBU 80
Game 2 - FCBB 74, at LUBU 93
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


Svetislav Pesic, Head Coach, FCBB: "I have never experienced how one can win a game before the game is actually played. Ludwigsburg played excellently and defended very, very well. But we have faced teams that have played like this, we displayed our capabilities and found our rhythm. But if we come to Ludwigsburg, to their home court, we cannot think we are indeed FC Bayern - we are Bayern Basketball, not the football team, we are not world champions or European champions. Our opponents do not deserve this arrogance. We did not represent ourselves well today."

Maximilian Kleber, Power Forward, FCBB: "We made no stops. That is the reason. We had large gaps. We wanted to play fast, but we needed stops. We will have to play with more energy on Saturday and defend much better."


1st Quarter

FCBB Head Coach Svetislav Pesic sent Alex Renfroe, Anton Gavel, Bryce Taylor, Maximilian Kleber and John Bryant as the starting five hoping to go up 2-0 in the quarterfinals against MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg. Renfroe scored the first points of the game with a three-pointer, added a basket a few minutes later, and followed it up with another trey (11-7, 4'minutes). Taylor's triple forced Ludwigsburg to call timeout (14-9, 5'). The hosts regrouped thanks to Royce O'Neale, scoring nine of his team's next 11 points, Coach Pesic called time to get his defense back on track (18-15, 7'). Deon Thompson sank a pair of jumpers to maintain the lead, and Paul Zipser added two buckets for the 29-22 lead in Munich' favor after the first quarter (10').

2nd Quarter

Ludwigsburg came out on fire to start the second period, Jon Brockman scored a pair of baskets and his teammate Brad Loesing tied the game with a trey, timeout Munich (29-29, 13'). One more three-pointer closed out the 10-0 run and earned the lead for the hosts but Kleber grabbed the loose ball, scoring the hard layup and tied the game with the 'and one' free throw (32-32, 14'). Bryant intercepted a Ludwigsburg pass on a fastbreak attempt, feeding Renfroe who pushed it up the floor on the counter attack for the easy lay-in and the 34-32 lead. Ludwigsburg were in the game now and kept fighting to retake the lead (38-39, 17'). Renfroe missed a pair of free throws but grabbed the second miss for the putback score, and Savanovic added a trey (45-41, 19'). However Ludwigsburg finished the quarter the same way they started. This time an 8-0 run took them to a 49-45 halftime lead (20').

3rd Quarter

Bayern met an even more physical Ludwigsburg to start the second half, a pair of unsportsman fouls gave the Reds extra free throws but they could not convert the added possessions into serious points. While Munich continued hit their shots from the charity stripe, Ludwigsburg extended their lead with field goals. O'Neale followed a Shawn Huff triple by grabbing the defensive rebound, going coast-to-coast and to the rack for the slam dunk finish (57-67, 27'). Despite Taylor's three-pointer, Bayern could not get closer thanks to costly turnovers and trailed 71-63 heading to the final quarter (30').

4th Quarter

Munich's offense continued to struggle as Ludwigsburg's relentless defense challenged every possession by the Reds. Missed shots and turnovers by Bayern and key buckets allowed Ludwigsburg to build a double-digit lead (66-79, 36'). Loesing effectively finished off Game 2 with yet another three-pointer (69-84, 37'). Bayern lose Game 2 in Ludwigsburg 93-74 and will return next Wednesday for Game 4, but before, they will host pivotal Game 3 on Saturday in Munich. (40')