Bayern Loses Game 3 at Home 86-83
The FC Bayern Munich Basketball players lost Game 3 of the BBL quarter-finals to Frankfurt on Saturday by the final score of 86-83. They are now down 2-1 in the series and will have to play Game 4 in Frankfurt on Tuesday night. Bayern got off to a very good start in the first quarter but as has been the case often this year, they struggled in the third quarter and couldn't pull off the victory in the second half. Jared Cunningham was the leading scorer with 20 points and Vladimir Lucic missed the game due to a shoulder injury.
Tuesday night at 19:00 in Frankfurt will be the win-or-go-home Game 4 between two of the top teams in the German League. Should Bayern win, the tie-breaker Game 5 will be played at the Audi Dome on Thursday night at 20:30.
Points per quarter Bayern-Frankfurt: 13-12, 26-13, 22-32, 22-29.
FCBB Stats: Jared Cunningham (20 points), Nihad Djedovic (17), Danilo Barthel (12), Devin Booker (12), Braydon Hobbs (8), Reggie Redding (8), Maik Zirbes (3), Alex King (3), Stefan Jovic, Anton Gavel, Karim Jallow (dnp) and Marvin Ogunsipe (dnp).
Dejan Radonjic, head coach of FCBB: "We showed the best defense in the first half since I started coaching here. However, we also delivered the worst performance in the second half. Frankfurt, on the other hand, played excellently, they didn't let up and hit the important shots."
Klaus Perwas, Assistant Coach Frankfurt: "I'm glad we were able to win the game but in the end only the next game counts in the playoffs. On Tuesday we have to call up the same motivation again. We want to finish the show there."
Nihad Djedovic: "We played well in the first half. After the break we lost the thread and the concentration. I can't really explain it, it just went downhill and we couldn't catch ourselves anymore. We're going to Frankfurt to win, that's for sure. There is no alternative."
Coach Radonjic sent out Stefan Jovic, Nihad Djedovic, Jared Cunningham, Danilo Barthel and Devin Booker as his starting five for the all important Game 3. The game started off with a slugfest of playoff style defensive basketball. Fans of both teams wondered if either team would score more than ten points in the first quarter and it ended up being only just over. Bayern edged Frankfurt in the quarter 13-12 primarily by hitting five free-throws and playing stellar defense.
Cunningham opened the second with a three and after two minutes Frankfurt coach Gordon Herbert had to call a timeout as Bayern had brought the lead to 18-12. Munich continued to pull away and were leading by six when suddenly a few turnovers led to a run for Frankfurt which tied the score at 21 with five minutes left to play. Braydon Hobbs poured in a big shot from beyond the arc and the defense clamped down on everything the Skyliners could throw at them and by the end of the first half Bayern had stretched the lead to a substantial one at 39-25. The defense at this point was nothing short of suffocating and Frankfurt was going to need to change something if they wanted a shot at winning.
During half time, coach Gordon Herbert committed two technical fouls and had to leave the Audi Dome and leave things in the hands of the assistant coaches. Frankfurt seemed a bit off kilter to start the half and Djedovic helped the Bayern case with a three-pointer and the game was on the edge of getting out of control for the visitors. Suddenly though, the Skyliners started to hit their shots and find some rhythm on offense and FCBB appeared to lose a bit of focus. The home team turned the ball over 11 times in the quarter and with five minutes left in the third, the lead was only eight for Bayern. The Munich squad seemingly couldn't do anything right at this point and Frankfurt went on an astounding 23-5 run which led to a 61-57 score heading to the fourth as Bayern still held a small lead.
Stefan Jovic committed his fourth foul of the game in the early stages of the fourth quarter and it was not a good start to the final quarter. The Skyliners tied things up after two minutes and for the next three minutes the score would ping pong back and forth between both teams. Hobbs hit a three to take the lead but it was short lived and the Frankfurt tied it back up at 71-71. With three minutes left, Bayern seemed to be pulling away with a clutch victory and help a four-point lead and the ball before a turnover on offense swung momentum back towards the visitors. A Phillip Scrubb three-pointer put Frankfurt in the lead and it was one that they would not relinquish. They were clutch from the free-throw line and at the buzzer the score was 86-83 for the Skyliners. Game 4 on Tuesday is now a must win for Bayern.
Game 4: Tuesday, May 15, 19:00
Game 5*: Thursday, May 17th, 20:30(Audi Dome)