Bayern Blowout Berlin 80-56
FC Bayern Basketball are all about sending messages this week. After informing the remaining teams in EuroCup of their title intentions with a stellar performance at Khimki Moscow on Wednesday, Munich stomped all over ALBA BERLIN 80-56 in the Basketball Bundesliga on Sunday afternoon, a week before the two teams meet in the Top Four Cup semifinals.
The Reds jumped out to the early lead and never looked back as they ran away easily to the victory. Nihad Djedovic led the way with 15 points including 3-for-4 from the three-point line, while Devin Booker added 12 points and 5 rebounds. Bayern were focused on defense by outrebounding their hosts 36-28 and kept Berlin from making a three-pointer (0-for-15).
Before the two teams meet up next Saturday evening on the same court for the league cup, Munich will host BG Göttingen at the Audi Dome for a BBL matchup on Valentine's Day. Tip-off is set for 20:30 CET on Tuesday, February 14th.
Scoring by quarter (FCBB - ALBA): 25-12, 19-17, 16-10, 20-17
FC Bayern Team: Nihad Djedovic (15 points), Devin Booker (12/5 rebounds), Alex King (10), Anton Gavel (9), Danilo Barthel (8), Vladimir Lucic (6), Maxi Kleber (5), Reggie Redding (4), Nick Johnson (4/8 assists), Bryce Taylor (3), Georg Beyschlag (2), and Marvin Ogunsipe (2).
Sasa Djordjevic, Head Coach, FCBB: "We were well-prepared and had a great team performance. We also didn't provide them with any gifts with minimum turnovers. The ball movement was good, that's our style, and we distributed the minutes amongst the players well which will be an advantage for the different competitions in which we are currently playing. Overall it was a good win, and it helped that their point guard (Peyton) Siva did not dress. Nevertheless we had a great attitude on defense, everyone was committed. We are developing, and that's a positive."
Nihad Djedovic, Shooting Guard, FCBB: "That what was a tough game. We knew ALBA won't give up at home, we saw that. We had a 20-point lead and they never gave up and kept battling. We were well-prepared, you can see we reacted well to their defense. I'm happy that I'm doing better because I've worked hard. But it is important that we play as a team and that is what we are currently doing very well. All of our players are playing well. But it will only count if we play like this in the coming weeks. (on returning next week for the cup match): It's a good atmosphere here. I personally like the city, I like the arena here, I enjoy playing here and I can't wait to play. After Göttingen at home this week, we will focus on the rematch."
Maxi Kleber, Power Forward, FCBB: "What makes us strong right now is that our defense is solid, we make it difficult for our opponents to execute their gameplan and we dictate the game. Today we came out with energy especially in the beginning that helped our confidence. The team can be proud of our performance, we moved the ball well and that helps us as everyone gets involved. We know next week is the cup match, but we take it game to game and now we are focused on Göttingen, then there are tough games ahead."
A week before Bayern Basketball play against ALBA Berlin in the Top Four Cup semifinals, Head Coach Sasa Djordjevic sent out Anton Gavel, Reggie Redding, Vladimir Lucic, Maxi Kleber and Danilo Barthel to keep the team's five-game Bundesliga win streak alive. The teams stumbled out of the gate exchanging turnovers as Barthel was able to get the first points. The Reds were the first to settle into the game after Kleber got the hoop and harm, Berlin still had not scored and thus called timeout (9-0, 5'). Munich took advantage of ALBA's defensive lapses, Devin Booker was able to get an easy dunk and after Kleber missed a three-point-attempt, the Reds grabbed the offensive rebound and the hosts left Gavel wide open as he knocked down the three-ball (14-4, 7'). The Reds continued to share the ball around the court, creating spaces that allowed for open shots - Nihad Djedovic hit a three-pointer and Alex King was also good from the exact same spot to extend the lead (22-8, 9'). Djedovic finished off the first quarter with the trey from the corner and the 25-12 lead. (10')
Booker started the second quarter converting a three-point-play, then King received the bounce pass from Barthel and stuffed it home easily (32-14, 13'). Bayern stayed ahead thanks to Gavel's free-throws however ALBA chipped away at their deficit with a 5-0 mini-run, Coach Djordjevic called a timeout (40-27, 19'). The Reds righted the ship and went into halftime with the 44-29 lead. (20')
Offense was missing to start the second half, as both clubs didn't hit a field goal for the four minutes of the second quarter. Redding finally scored on the jumper and Kleber found an open Barthel for the easy bucket (50-31, 25'). Gavel followed up with the score to build a 20-point lead, Berlin called a timeout (52-32, 26'). After Bryce Taylor knocked down the trey from the wing, King swished home a rainbow beauty from beyond-the-arc and take a 60-39 lead into the final quarter. (30')
Djedovic earned player of the game honors thanks to his energy and key shots. The Bosnian started the fourth quarter with a three-pointer, and after some slick passing, added an easy layup (67-41, 33'). Berlin not only struggled from the field, but their defense was non-existent - exemplified when Lucic split their Swiss-cheese-defense for the dunk, timeout ALBA (70-43, 36'). The hosts tried to make the final score respectable with a 7-0 spurt, but buckets by reserves Georg Beyschlag (38') and Marvin Ogunsipe (39') put the finishing touches on the 80-56 stomping and a clear message to the hosts before next Saturday's semifinal.
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Saturday, February 18th, 17:00 CET, Berlin
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Sunday, February 19th, 12:00/15:00 CET Berlin
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