Big Second Half Wins it for Bayern 111-91
FCBB cruised to a home victory against BBL opponent, MBC, by a final score of 111-91. In front of a home crowd of 5,346, the Ballers finished strong after a bit of a rough start following their very recent trip to Kazan. The home squad was able to pull away from MBC in the third quarter and the Ballers extended their BBL winning streak to an astonishing, 19 games. Every player on the team scored and six scored in double-digits. Maik Zirbes was the top scorer with 16 points and Stefan Jovic had a very solid game with 15 points, 7 assists and 6 rebounds.
On Wednesday Bayern will play the decisive EuroCup quarter-finals game against Unics Kazan. It’s do-or-die and the winner moves on to the semis. The game tips off at 20:30 CET.
Points per quarter Bayern - MBC: 26-22, 25-30, 30-13, 30-26.
FCBB Stats: Maik Zirbes (16 points), Stefan Jovic (15/7 Assists/6Rebounds), Devin Booker (15), Braydon Hobbs (14/6 Ace), Nihad Djedovic (14), Danilo Barthel (12/5 Reb), Jared Cunningham (9), Anton Gavel (6), Karim Jallow (6), Vladimir Lucic (4) and Reggie Redding (dnp).
Sasa Djordjevic, head coach of FCBB: "Games like this are difficult for both teams because on paper we are the better team. In the first half today, this was a perfect example of such a game with supposedly clear roles. The MBC was very well tuned and was clearly here to win. In the first half, our offensive game was good, the defense of course was less. It was a victory for the whole team, even though we saw that our players played a bit in energy-saving mode, especially in the first half."
Igor Jovovic, head coach Weißenfels: "The better team won today. We had good energy and I am really proud of my players' performance. In the first half it looked good, we also hit difficult shots from the outside, which gave us self-confidence. In the third quarter, Bayern played aggressively and controlled the game. I'm not satisfied with the last three minutes of the game."
Stefan Jovic, Jared Cunningham, Nihad Djedovic, Danilo Barthel and Devin Booker answered the bell as the starting five for head coach, Sasa Djordjevic. Jovic scored quickly after just ten second had ticked off the clock and the first quarter couldn’t have started much better for the team. The ball was moving up and down the court with ease on offense and the defense was very solid, leading to a score of 13-7 at the halfway point of the quarter. After an MCB timeout, Djedovic nailed a three and brought the first double-digit lead of the game for the Munich team. Youngster, Karim Jallow, got some early minutes and didn’t disappoint as he very quickly put home a highlight reel dunk on a nice assist from Jovic. The lead was up to 12 when Bayern seemed to lose a bit of focus and MBC snuck back in the game and at the break the score was 26-22 for Bayern.
After two minutes of the second quarter, MBC took another time-out after some quick points from Barthel and Maik Zirbes. Still the visitors from Central Germany proved once again to be stingy opponents and went on a 7-0 run that brought them to within one of tying things up. Jovic and Braydon Hobbs single-handedly kept Bayern in the lead at this point and with five minutes left in the half the score was 38-36 with the Ballers still holding onto the lead. To the horror of the home crowd, the lead didn’t last for long and at the buzzer the first place team was losing to the 14th place team by a score of 52-51.
The fans started to really get into the game and challenge their tired team an it seemed to work. The defense started to play with much more energy and Devin Booker brought a roar from the crowd after two straight monster slams. MBC failed to score for over four minutes and after five minutes the Ballers had regained a ten-point lead. The whole team was playing better and Stefan Jovic and Maik Zirbes in particular were scoring nearly at will and playing very sound defense. After a beautiful quarter of basketball, the score was 81-65 and things seemed to be fairly secure for Bayern.
The guests scored first to start the fourth quarter but Zirbes answered with a shot from deep and after a short 6-0 run for MBC Zirbes again scored and brought the lead up to 13 for Bayern. The Wolves of MBC really fought hard in the fourth and brought the score to as close as six points but in the end it just wasn’t going to happen against a team like Bayern. The Ballers felt the pressure and promptly went on a 12-0 run to put the game to rest and put a nice exclamation point on a 19-game win streak. Final score - Bayern 111 MBC 91.
Upcoming home games:
Wed., 14.03., 20:30 CET: FCBB - Unics Kazan (EuroCup quarter-finals 3)
Sun., 25.03,17:30 CET: FCBB - Berlin (easyCredit BBL)
Wed., 04.04., 20:30 CET: FCBB - Ulm (easyCredit BBL)
Sat., 07.04., 18:00 CET: FCBB - Giessen (easyCredit BBL)