BBL // 04.02.2018 02:44 Uhr
Bayern defeats Bayreuth 96-88
The Bayern Ballers won again in the BBL, this time against Bayreuth and with a final score of 96-88 they remain atop the German League standings.
In front of 6,500 spectators in the sold-out Audi Dome, the Munich squad had to deal with a very good and competitive Bayreuth team. The game was close until the fourth quarter but thanks to good team play at crunch time and another very solid performance from Danilo Barthel (21 points) they found a way to pull off a victory. .
The Ballers next game will be Wednesday at 18:00 CET in Vilnius for the last Top16 game of the season. After this game will be a big matchup with arch-rivals, Bamberg on Wednesday the 14th.
Points per quarter Bayern-Bayreuth: 28-22, 15-20, 25-23, 28-23.
FCBB Stats: Danilo Barthel (21 points/9 rebounds), Jared Cunningham (17), Braydon Hobbs (15/3 threesome), Nihad Djedovic (12/6 Reb), Reggie Redding (9), Anton Gavel (8/5 Assists), Stefan Jovic (6), Devin Booker (4/10 Reb), Maik Zirbes (4), Alex King, Marvin Ogunsipe (dnp) and Karim Jallow (dn)
Sasa Djordjevic, head coach of FCBB: "It was a good basketball game. Bayreuth had a very clear plan of how they would play against us. Everyone knows that we are missing an important player at the power forward position and Maik Zirbes couldn't train for the last three days either. Of course we missed some power from the big positions. I believe we must redevelop the desire to improve our defense. This is the only way to get our game to the next level. With our offense we can win games, but nothing more. The key in this game today was that we control of the offensive glass.
Raoul Korner, head coach Bayreuth: "Congratulations to the Bayern for a deserved victory. I think we put up a pretty good fight and this despite the fact that I never had the feeling that we were running on all cylinders. We've made too many mistakes, especially on defense. Even in the decisive phase, which is usually our strength, we threw the ball away twice. That took away our chance to turn the tide here."
Coach Djordjevic started Stefan Jovic, Jared Cunningham, Reggie Redding, Danilo Barthel and Devin Book for the big home game. The Munich players started the game off on fire and broke things open early with a 15-2 run. The defense was outstanding and Barthel continued his awesome play while playing for injured Milan Macvan as he scored 9 points early on. It wasn't enough to keep Bayreuth from getting close though and with one minute remaining in the quarter the score was 23-18 in favor of the Ballers. Braydon Hobbs came in and immediately hit a three-pointer and at the end of one the lead was up to six for Bayern.
Hobbs scored the first two baskets of the quarter but the visitors were sticking around and after a three from former Baller, Bastian Doreth, coach Djordjevic took a timeout. The offense slowed a bit for both teams through the middle of the quarter and though Jovic hit a big three, Bayreuth tied the game up at 39-39. With only a few seconds remaining in the half, Jared Cunningham took the ball on a fastbreak and slammed home a huge dunk to give the Ballers a small lead at the break, 41-39.
After starting the third quarter with a bucket, the Ballers gave up a few quick ones and were looking at their first deficit of the game. Both teams struggled to find an offensive rhythm but Cunningham had a nice sequence after scoring when he stole the ball and got the ball ahead to Anton Gavel to tie the game up at 54. The scoring was spread fairly evenly amongst the Bayern players and neither team could pull away from the other. At the end of the quarter the score was 68-65, the Ballers holding onto a slim lead.
The fourth quarter was all about the deep ball at the start and both teams were hitting their shots from behind the arc and after three minutes the lead was up to five-points at 76-71. Soon enough, however, these shots stopped dropping for Bayern and Bayreuth quickly tied the game again at 78. After the halfway mark, the defense really turned up the heat and Hobbs and Cunningham hit several shots to take the lead back with four minutes to play. The Ballers put the game away late by hitting their free-throws and playing awesome defense. In the end the victory went to the Munich squad, final score 96-88.
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