Bayern Stay Alive With a Rout Over Frankfurt 85-50
The Bayern Basketball players won Game 4 of the BBL quarter-finals on Tuesday night by a final score of 85-50 over Frankfurt. The win forces a win-or-go-home Game 5 on Thursday at 20:30 at the Audi Dome.
In front of 5,002 spectators in the sold-out Fraport Arena, the first-seed dominated the game from the very first minute, with hardly any mistakes for more than 40 minutes. Under the eyes of President Uli Hoeneß, FCBB convinced with strong defense, steady ball handling (only 6 turnovers) and high-percentage shooting. The most successful scorers were Jared Cunningham and Devin Booker with 15 points.
On Thursday, 17 May at 20:30, the Audi Dome will now host the all-important game five. Ticket sales have already begun. In the event of a Bayern victory, a first semi-final against Bamberg would take place on Whitsunday, May 20th at 18:00 at the Audi Dome.
Points per quarter: 23-17, 24-11, 23-15, 15-7.
FCBB Stats: Jared Cunningham (15 points), Devin Booker (15), Maik Zirbes (11/5 rebounds), Nihad Djedovic (10), Braydon Hobbs (8), Anton Gavel (8), Reggie Redding (6), Danilo Barthel (5/9), Stefan Jovic (4), Alex King (3), Karim Jallow, Marvin Ogunsipe.
Dejan Radonjic, head coach of FCBB: "Congratulations to our team, that was a good game, much better than the last one. We controlled the game for 40 minutes. But it's only 2-2 and we need another game with the same performance."
Uli Hoeneß: "The result is a little too high but our team was highly focused right from the start - especially on defense. We defended the three-point line very well. We haven't played well so far in the past few weeks, nevertheless, I warn against thinking now that it will be easy. That's why we need all the fans at the Audi Dome on Thursday. I appeal to everyone to mobilize for Thursday, despite the short notice."
Anton Gavel: "I think the most important thing was that today, as in Munich, we played well in the first half. Only today we went through with it. We played great defense. When you are 1-2 behind, you already think that it can be over. But we had the right attitude. Now it's 2-2 and it's time to repeat the performance on Thursday, because it's another Do-or-die game! We'll play at home and we've been fighting for that all season."
Gordon Herbert, coach Frankfurt: "Congratulations to Bayern, their physique and aggressiveness on defense were overwhelming and we could not match that. Men played boys."
In Game 4 of the quarter-finals, Munich's starting fiver were: Stefan Jovic, Jared Cunningham, Nihad Djedovic, Danilo Barthel and Devin Booker. Thanks to an intense defense which forced bad shots by Frankfurt, Bayern took an early 10-2 lead. Behind the offense of Jared Cunningham and the rebounding and scoring prowess of Devin Booker, FCBB maintained an early dominance on both sides of the court. The only downside in the early going was early foul trouble for Stefan Jovic but Cunningham picked up the slack and a couple big threes helped to build onto the lead 26-17 to end the first quarter.
Bayern finally commited their first turnover after 12 minutes of play and a Braydon Hobbs three took the first double-digit lead of the game. Maik Zirbes and Danilo Barthel were huge up front for FCBB and the lead slowly grew to 18 points with only two minutes to play in the half. Before the half, Bayern was leading in rebounds (20-16), Turnovers (1-6) and shooting %. At half the score was 47-28, the road team with the big lead.
As in Game 3 in Munich, Bayern kept up the intensity at the start of the third quarter but this time they were able to keep it up for the entire section of the game. The lead stayed around 20 points for the entirety of the third and the stifling defense and smooth offense led by Jared Cunningham were taking the air out of the Frankfurt sails. There was a point in this span where as a fan, one could see the physical demotivation on the side of the Skyliners. The ball game felt like it was over even with 10 minutes left to play.
Things still somehow didn't slow down for Bayern and the Skyliners clearly already had their minds on Game 5. The Bayern Basketball players were unstoppable on both offense and defense and really showed their muscle late against a very good Frankfurt team. The guests even sent youngsters, Karim Jallow and Marvin Ogunsipe into the action and the lead ballooned all the way to 35 points. The 35-point lead would be how the game would end and after a beautiful 40 minutes of basketball for Bayern, the score was 85-50. See you on Thursday!