Bayern Beats Giessen 107-83 Remains in First Place
The Bayern Ballers won their second straight game under new head coach, Dejan Radonjic, with an impress win over Giessen and a final score of 107-83. In front of 4,939 spectators, the Ballers pulled away with a fantastic 17-1 run before halftime and held the lead for the rest of the game. Five Ballers scored in double-digits and Danilo Barthel was the leading scorer with 18 points.
The next home game for FCBB will be on Friday, April 20th at 20:30 CEST against Erfurt. The game should be a good one and it'll be boosted by "90's night" at the Audi Dome.
Points per quarter Bayern-Giessen: 25-18, 29-18, 26-27, 27-20.
FCBB Stats: Danilo Barthel (18 points), Nihad Djedovic (16/5 Rebounds), Devin Booker (14/7 Reb), Braydon Hobbs (12/5 Reb), Stefan Jovic (12/6 Assists), Anton Gavel (8), Maik Zirbes (8), Vladimir Lucic (7), Alex King (6), Jared Cunningham (6), Marvin Ogunsipe and Karim Jallow.
Head coach of FCBB, Dejan Radonjic: "We showed a good approach today. At the beginning we also defended well and controlled the game overall. This was of course a game with many points, which is always nice for the fans. However, we must improve overall."
Ingo Freyer, head coach of Gießen: "I wish we had gone into this game more emotionally. We wanted to be more aggressive than Bayern. Bayern didn't play very intensely now, but we didn't manage to lose the respect for the scenery and the opponent. If you don't push it, you've already lost to such an international top team."
Radonjic started the game with Stefan Jovic, Jared Cunningham, Vladimir Lucic, Danilo Barthel and Devin Booker as his opening lineup. Contrary to expectations, the game started out very sluggishly on offense for both teams and it was an ugly defensive slug fest for the first few minutes. Devin Booker and the defense left their mark on the game though and with seven minutes played, the lead was up to 16-8 for Bayern. Munich grew the lead to double-digits as the offense also started to click and at the end of the first quarter the score was 25-18.
Bayern started the second quarter on the wrong foot with some foul-heavy play and soon enough the lead was down to only three. This issue didn't last long though and with an 8-0 run they regained their double-digit lead at 33-22. Suddenly though, Giessen started to hit their shots from deep and the game became a back and forth affair. The game got as close as two with four minutes remaining but this is when a switch was flicked and things heated up for the Munich squad. Starting with some jump shots by Barthel, and five-straight points from Braydon Hobbs, the Ballers went on a 17-1 run and had an 18-point lead at the break.
Barthel started the third as he finished the second with some buckets and the lead continued to grow for Bayern. He unfortunately got into foul trouble and this helped Giessen get off a 7-0 run and bring things back within 20. The Ballers did a great job of keeping their foot on the pedal and didn't slow down at all on offense. The continued to score at ease and their defense was just good enough that at the buzzer, they headed to the 4th quarter with a score of 80-63.
The Giesseners weren't quite ready to call it quits though and started the fourth off with two straight three-point shots. Barthel played big under the basket though and padded his stats for what would be one of his best games of the year. They brought the lead back up to 20 and both teams sent in their benches to run out the clock after a very dominating performance for the Ballers. In the end, the score was 107-83, Bayern for the win.
Fri,.. April 20th: 20:30: FCBB - Erfurt
Sun., April 22nd, 15:00: FCBB - Jena
Sun., April 29th, 15:00: FCBB - Bremerhaven
Sat, May 5th, 20:30: Playoff AF 1
Sat, May 12th, 20:30: Playoff AF 3