Bayern Trounce Tigers 85-63
FC Bayern Basketball shook off their midweek EuroCup disappointment with an 85-63 taming of the WALTER Tigers Tübingen in the Bundesliga on Sunday evening.
Danilo Barthel and Nihad Djedovic led all scorers with 17 and 16 points, respectively, as Munich built a comfortable lead from the start and cruised to their eighth consecutive league win and are now qualified for the postseason.
The Reds return home next Sunday night, March 19th, and host BBL defending champions Brose Bamberg. The Bavarian Derby tips off at the Audi Dome at 20:15 CET.
Scoring by quarter (FCBB - TUEB): 22-10, 17-16, 26-19, 20-18
FC Bayern Team Boxscore: Danilo Barthel (17 points), Nihad Djedovic (16), Vladimir Lucic (12/8 rebounds), Bryce Taylor (11), Maximilian Kleber (11/6 reb/5 assists), Reggie Redding (5), Anton Gavel (5), Devin Booker (5), Nick Johnson (3/5 ast), Alex King, and Georg Beyschlag. DNP: Maik Zirbes.
Sasa Djordjevic, Head Coach, FCBB: "This was a good road win against an opponent that has had some good results here recently. We began seriously and with a good attitude. My players displayed a certain maturity that a coach hopes for after such a tough game against Málaga. We relied on a good defense. The key was to take (Jared) Jordan's creativity away, so every shot they took would be a challenge. I am happy how my team reacted after the defeat this week and I hope will win games one after the other. Maik Zirbes was in my gameplan but when I saw how things developed, I kept him out."
Nihad Djedovic, Shooting Guard, FCBB: "The loss (against Málaga) was tough for us. We only wanted to show our character (today) and play a good game, play our game. And I believe we did that today. We built up some self-confidence for the next phase that will be difficult for us. The mentality of this team is strong and we made a step forward. We played well and it was easy for me to score points. We will prepare (for Bamberg) like every other game but it will be a top game for us, we will be at home and hopefully we will play well."
FCBB Head Coach Sasa Djordjevic called on Anton Gavel, Bryce Taylor, Vladimir Lucic, Maximilian Kleber and Danilo Barthel as the starting five against the WALTER Tigers and get back to winning aways after the team's midweek elimination from the EuroCup. The Reds jumped out to the early lead as Lucic fed Kleber for the opening basket, Lucic scored right after and Taylor stole the ball and took it home for the slam dunk (8-0, 3' minutes). The Tigers broke the drought with a three-pointer but Munich followed with an 11-0 run - highlighted by Gavel's corner trey (13-3, 5') and finished by Nihad Djedovic's bucket (19-3, 7'). The hosts were able to slow down Bayern towards the end of the quarter until Devin Booker's layup finished the scoring at 22-10. (10')
Bayern continued to get easy, close-up scores to start the second quarter - Kleber for the lay-in followed by Barthel's post-up move and turnaround hook shot (26-12, 12'). The Tigers continued to be confused on defense as they left Taylor open after a screen from Barthel, the former Oregon Duck drained the three-ball (29-14, 13'). Munich's offense started to stall again like at the end of the first quarter, so after a quick timeout by Coach Djordjevic, the Reds got back to scoring. Booker was left open for the easy layup and Taylor drove untouched through the defense for the slam (34-19, 16'). Tübingen were able to chip away at their deficit before halftime until Gavel scored the layup to make sure Bayern went into the break up 39-26. (20')
The Reds were not satisfied with the lead and continued to pour it on the Tigers. Barthel scored with a baby hook in the paint and then drained a three-pointer (44-26, 22'). After Taylor drove the baseline for the dunk, Djedovic took over, scoring six consecutive points to extend the lead out to 20-plus (53-31, 24'). Kleber dunked home two more points, Redding followed with a three-point-play and once again Djedovic with the bucket (60-37, 28'). Tübingen's Barry Stewart knocked down a pair of treys but Djedovic finished off a successful quarter with 10 points after adding a pair of free-throws for a 65-45 Munich lead. (65-45, 30')
Djedovic continued his hot hand with a three-pointer that hit nothing but the bottom of the net (68-45, 31'). The hosts showed some fight with a 6-0 scoring spurt until Bayern closed the cage on the Tigers. Lucic scored, then Kleber drained a three-ball (73-51, 35'). "Mad Maxi" finished the alley-oop from Nick Johnson with a powerful jam and Barthel dunked it home as well, timeout Tübingen (77-53, 37'). Barthel locked the cage and threw away the key with a block on defense and a slam dunk to complete the scoring in the 85-63 blowout. Bayern are in third place and will now face second-place and defending Bundesliga champions Brose Bamberg. (40')
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