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In the lead

Taylor & Kleber lead Bayern to 2-1 series lead

FC Bayern Basketball defeated MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg 79-68 in Game 3 to take a 2-1 series lead in the Basketball Bundesliga Quarterfinals.

The soldout crowd at the Audi Dome (6,700) witnessed a solid playoff game between two clubs looking for an advantage in this best-of-five series. In the end, Bayern's intensity and talent proved the difference as the Reds pulled away in crunchtime.

Team captain Bryce Taylor led all scorers with 19 points including 4 for 6 from three-point range. Maximilian Kleber continues his progess, contributed 16 points and 9 rebounds.

Bayern will look to end the series on Tuesday in Ludwigsburg. Tip-off for Game 4 is at 20:30 CEST. If MHP win, Game 5 is scheduled for Thursday, May 19th back at the Audi Dome.

Scoring by quarter (FCBB - LUBU): 19-14, 20-21, 19-18, 21-15

FC Bayern Team: Bryce Taylor (19 points/4-for-6 3ptFG/7 rebounds), Maxi Kleber (16/9 reb), Deon Thompson (13/6 reb), Alex Renfroe (9/7 reb/8 assists), John Bryant (8), Nihad Djedovic (7), Justin Cobbs (5), Anton Gavel (2), Paul Zipser, and Vitalis Chikoko. DNP: Karim Jallow.


BEKO BBL Playoffs, Quarterfinals
FCBB lead best-of-five series 2-1

Game 1 - at FCBB 97, LUBU 80
Game 2 - FCBB 74, at LUBU 93
Game 3 - at FCBB 79, LUBU 68
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 am always satisfied if we score 80 points against an athletic opponent like Ludwigsburg. It would have been a perfect game for us if we didn't have so many turnovers and made our free throws in the first half. Maxi Kleber was very good today and Alex Renfroe also displayed his quality in the last ten minutes."

John Patrick, Head Coach, Ludwigsburg: "Until the 18th, 19th minute, it was an even game. We gave up too many points at the end of the first half and later committed too many turnovers. It was a very good game from Bryce Taylor and Maxi Kleber. That was an impressive and completely deserved victory for Bayern."


1st Quarter

FCBB Head Coach Svetislav Pesic sent out Alex Renfroe, Anton Gavel, Bryce Taylor, Maxi Kleber and John Bryant for the pivotal Game 3 of the BBL Quarterfinals. The opening minutes were intense and uptempo. The Reds opened up a small lead after Taylor cleaned up the boards with a putback slam off Bryant's three-point miss, followed by Kleber's three-point-play (9-4, 5' minutes). Ludwigsburg tied up the game at 12-all with a scoring spurt, however Deon Thompson hit a short jumper and Nihad Djedovic forced the turnover and went in for the easy layup (16-13, 9'). Thompson's offensive rebound and putback layup ensured the Reds would have a 19-14 lead after the first quarter. (10').

2nd Quarter

Kleber has come on strong the past weeks, displaying his full arsenal of talents, which he did to start the second quarter. First a block on the defensive end which started a fastbreak the other way. The German national finished it with a slam dunk (21-14, 11'). The turnover bug hit Bayern after that, and the visitors took advantage with a 9-0 run to take the lead (21-23, 13'). Munich gathered themselves but Ludwigsburg were playing with confidence, especially as John Brockman started to dominate the paint like he did in Game 2. Bayern were shocked back to life by a Taylor triple, timeout LuBu (27-29, 16'). Bryant tied it up right after, and then his short jump hook earned the lead back to the Reds (31-30, 18'). The back-and-forth between the teams started up again, Kerron Johnson and Taylor matched treys (34-33, 19'). Taylor got the last shot in, a beautiful, rainbow three-pointer fell through the hoop, Bayern led 39-35 at halftime (20').

3rd Quarter

Great ball movement started the second half for Bayern, leading to an alley-oop layup for Bryant, who followed it up with a short jump hook (43-37, 23'). Ludwigsburg would not melt like in Game 1, scratched and crawled back to even up the game at 47-all (26'). Munich shifted gears as Djedovic's easy layup followed by a transition score by Justin Cobbs got the home side back in the lead (51-47, 27'). Thompson joined the block party which led to Kleber's hoop and harm. He missed the bonus free throw, however Munich finished the quarter up 58-53. (30')

4th Quarter

Bayern began the fourth quarter on a 9-1 run that built a double-digit lead, punctuated by Taylor's trey in transition (65-54, 33'). Brockman, who led Ludwigsburg with 14 points, kept his team close, pulling down the offensive rebound and the score made it 68-60 (36'). Renfroe sank an important three-pointer to keep Munich up 71-60. Kleber not only hit both his free throws after the unsportmanlike foul on him, he took the ensuing possesion in for the score to clinch the victory (77-63, 39'). Bayern take a 2-1 lead in this best-of-five quarterfinals series after the 79-68 victory and will look to close it out Tuesday night in Game 4.