Bayern Power Past Bonn 84-72
FC Bayern Basketball defeated the Telekom Baskets Bonn 84-72 to remain the hottest team in the Basketball Bundesliga with their 13th consecutive victory.
Maik Zirbes scored 20 points while Vladimir Lucic added 17 points and 9 rebounds in a high-flying performance filled with dunks to build a comfortable lead against Bonn by the middle of the third quarter. The visitors chipped away to get close in the fourth quarter, but Lucic closed the game strong and the Reds continued their win streak.
Zirbes, along with his big-men colleagues Maxi Kleber and Devin Booker, dominated the first half by scoring 23 of Bayern's 44 points at halftime thanks to a dominating performance shooting (74%) and rebounding (22-12 advantage). Bonn's offense woke up in the second half but it was too little, too late as Munich improved to 25-3 on the season.
The Reds will next play on the road against RASTA Vechta on Easter Sunday at 20:30 CEST and return home Saturday night, April 22nd to host the EWE Baskets from Oldenburg for a 20:30 CEST tip-off
Scoring by quarter (FCBB - BONN): 27-20, 17-8, 22-22, 18-22
FC Bayern Team Boxscore: Maik Zirbes (20 points), Vladimir Lucic (17/9 rebounds), Nihad Djedovic (10), Devin Booker (9), Maxi Kleber (7/7 reb), Bryce Taylor (7), Danilo Barthel (3/8 reb), Dru Joyce (2/5 reb), Nick Johnson (2), Anton Gavel and Alex King.
Sasa Djordjevic, Head Coach, FCBB: "We expected this kind of game. Bonn showed today that they are a very experience team that knows how to use their physical advantage. That was a problem for us, and we did not react well to it. The technical fouls are not acceptable, that must stop. Overall, however, that was a good win. We started with a lot of energy. Maxi (Kleber) executed well at the beginning but he had issues with his finger, so we took him out."
Predrag Krunic, Head Coach, BONN: "We fought well today. But we were not focused in the first half. We made too many mistakes and made bad passes. Our offense and defense ran better in the second half. But to win here, we have to shoot better."
FCBB Head Coach Sasa Djordjevic selected Anton Gavel, Nihad Djedovic, Vladimir Lucic, Maxi Kleber and Devin Booker as his starting five. After falling behind early, Lucic tied the game and Kleber earned Bayern the lead for good with the offensive rebound and score (4-2, 2' minutes). After sinking a pair of free throws, Kleber added a three-pointer, and then stepped in front of a Bonn pass to start a fastbreak the other way finished by Lucic. Djedovic swished a trey and the visitors finally called a timeout (14-4, 3'). Munich's offense slowed down a bit, hampered by multiple turnovers until Djedovic made a three-ball and Dru Joyce drove through the lane for the score (21-12, 7'). Maik Zirbes took over in the paint, scoring Bayern's final six points in the opening stanza for the 27-20 lead. (10')
Bryce Taylor came off the bench to score Munich's first points of the quarter to extend the lead to 11 points (32-21, 13'). Bayern provided the pre-holiday crowd with a dunk show: Booker slammed it home, followed by a sweet finish by Lucic off a nice alley-oop from Gavel (36-24, 16'). After another Bonn timeout, the Reds' offense sputtered with turnovers, but the big men stepped up again and proved "Bayern Hustles Harder" - Booker's and Zirbes' tenacity kept possession that led to scores to build a 15-point lead (41-26, 19'). Zirbes scored a short jumper as Bayern took the 44-28 advantage at the halftime break. Zirbes' 9 points, along with Kleber's 7 points/7 rebounds and Booker's 7 points were reflected in their high shooting percentage from 2-point FG (74%) and clear 22-12 rebounding edge. (20')
Zirbes continued his hot hand with a short jump hook in the paint and last of the bigs, Danilo Barthel joined the action. First with a three-pointer, and then his block forced Bonn into yet another turnover that was finished by a Lucic jumpshot (51-32, 23'). Reggie Redding and Booker teamed up for the next highlights. First Redding fed Booker for the slam dunk, followed by Booker finding Redding in the corner, he nailed the trey for Bayern's largest lead of 21 points (57-36, 26'). Lucic finished a baseline drive with a acrobatic reverse layup. Redding's drive finished Munich's scoring for the comfortable 66-50 lead. (30')
For the first three quarters, Bonn stayed afloat thanks to Julian Gamble and his game-high 22 points. Finally at the beginning of the final period, the rest of the Baskets woke up. Kenneth Horton scored on a three-pointer, then stole the ball and went in for the easy slam. Coach Djordjevic called timeout to stop the 9-2 run by the visitors (68-59, 32'). Bayern's turnovers were finally costing them as Bonn continued to chip away to get within five points (70-65, 33'). The momentum looked lost as technical fouls got Bonn closer, but Lucic drained a three-ball to maintain a safe distance (75-68, 37'). Munich finished strong, exemplified by Lucic's drive and emphatic slam dunk, to win their 13th straight BBL game with the 84-72 victory. (40')
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