Bayern defeats Göttingen 91-77 in a Warmup for the Top Four
In what will be a busy week for the Ballers, Wednesday’s game against Göttingen was supposed to be a warmup for the weekend and Top Four matchups and it turned out to be just that with a final score of 91-77. It was their 17th straight BBL victory and in front of 4,856 fans at the Audi Dome, Bayern took the lead in the second quarter and never looked back. Nihad Djedovic was the leading scorer with 19 points and set a FCBB record with 159 BBL games played (tying Robin Benzing).
Bayern is aiming for their first title of the season this weekend as the Top Four tournament begins on Saturday at 16:00. The first game will be played against the host team, Ulm in a win or go home semi-finals.
Points per quarter Bayern-Göttingen: 17-20, 31-18, 19-20, 24-19.
FCBB Stats: Nihad Djedovic (19 points), Jared Cunningham (13), Danilo Barthel (13/6 rebounds), Devin Booker (12), Reggie Redding (11), Braydon Hobbs (9), Maik Zirbes (5), Karim Jallow (5), Alex King (2), Vladimir Lucic (2), Anton Gavel and Georg Beyschlag.
Sasa Djordjevic, head coach of FCBB: "Göttingen played to win today and I appreciate that. We were never able to relax today. We had to play our best basketball to win. We certainly didn't play well in the first half and we already had seven turnovers after the first quarter. In addition, we gave up too many offensive rebounds. This needs to be improved. We must now be mentally ready for the weekend and focus on ourselves."
Johan Roijakkers, head coach Göttingen: "Congratulations to Bavaria for their deserved victory. We came out well but in a few situations we made the wrong decisions. But we never gave up and we always fought. As soon as Bavaria shifted up a gear it became hard for us to resist. I think that Bayern plays the best basketball in the league and I wish them every success in their upcoming games."
Coach Djordjevic started the game with Anton Gavel, Jared Cunningham, Reggie Redding, Danilo Barthel and Devin Booker. On Valentine’s Day the hosts from Munich apparently decided to take a nice and sweet approach and quickly fell behind to the not so kind guests. After four minutes the Göttingen Violets had a 9-4 lead and the game was not going as anyone had expected. Bayern called a timeout and coach Djordjevic laid into his men with some harsh words and instructions on what to do differently. Quickly enough the Ballers were right back in it with a dunk from Barthel and some better defense. Nihad Djedovic got a nice ovation from the crowd when he came onto the court and so did Vladimir Lucic who finally returned to the floor after missing four months due to injury. Still, Göttingen held onto the lead and at the end of one the score was 20-17.
Braydon Hobbs decided that he didn’t like not having the lead and quickly banged in a three-pointer to tie things up. The Ballers looked like a new team in the second quarter and were playing with much more energy and flow, especially on the defensive side of the ball. They went on a 10-2 run before coach Roijakkers could take a timeout. The break didn’t slow down the scorching hot shooting from Hobbs and Barthel and within the blink of an eye the Bayern lead was up to 11 at 35-24. Youngster, Karim Jarrow entered the game and immediately scored five points and helped add to the lead. After an impressive quarter the game was looking more like what most people expected and the score was 48-38 at the buzzer.
After the intermission, Danilo Barthel started the scoring in the second half with a nice tip-in and Djedovic slammed home a fast break dunk with two hands to bring the score to 50-38. The game was now played at a nice pace and a good quality on offense for both teams. Göttingen refused to be put down without a fight and crawled back to within eight, prompting coach Djordjevic to take a timeout. Lucic then made two from the free-throw line, Redding scored on a runner and by the end of three the score was 67-58.
Bayern took their foot off the gas a bit in the fourth and it was most likely to help save themselves a bit for the weekend tournament. Still, they had a game to win and things got a bit stressful when the Violets, led by Michael Stockton, got to within four with a score of 71-67. Fortunately, Devin Booker kicked off a 9-0 run with a shot from deep and the Ballers added a bit of a cushion to their lead. Braydon Hobbs put the ribbon on a the victory with a beautiful pass to Barthel and the good but not great performance would prove to be enough to win the Munich squad their 17th in a row in the BBL.
Sat. /Sun., 17/18/02, Top Four in Ulm: SA. 16:00 CET against Ulm
Sat., 03.03., 20:30 CET: Ludwigsburg - FCBB (easyCredit BBL)
Tue., 06.03., 20:30 CET: FCBB - UNICS Kazan (EuroCup)
Sun., 11.03., 17:30 CET: FCBB - Central German BC (easyCredit BBL)