Foster the Win
Posted by Salman Mitha
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Foster the Win
EnBW Arena, Ludwigsburg, March 10 – Je’Kel Foster scored all of his 12 points in the 4th quarter, including a key three-pointer with 3:20 left, as FC Bayern Basketball escaped with a 71-64 win against EnBW Ludwigsburg Saturday.
Bayern had built a 22-point lead mid-way through the second quarter, thanks to Jared Homan’s 12 points and Chevon Troutman adding 8 points. Troutman hit two free throws to make it 41-24 with :48 seconds left in the half.
Ludwigsburg then went on a 19-0 run over the next 5 minutes of game time, stopped the Homan/Troutman scoring machine, and took a 43-41 lead with 4:17 left in the 3rd quarter.
EnBW as a whole woke up and were riding the emotion of the sold out home crowd. They were primed to finish off the Bavarians, leading 48-47 heading into the 4th quarter.
But then it was Foster Time.
As he’s done many times during the season, when the clock ticks down in the key moments, Foster’s leadership and scoring are key for Bayern.
He started the quarter with 5 points during a 13-6 run, including that trey, that gave the Reds a 64-54 lead that they were able to hold. The former Ohio State Buckeye added seven more points with key buckets and free throws to ice the win.
Ludwigsburg were led by Alex Harris’ 13 points. Jeff Greer added 12 points and 9 rebounds. Despite battling back, they could not overcome their 17 turnovers that led to many easy transition opportunities for Munich, and their nine missed free-throws also didn’t help.
EnBW drop to 7-19 and close to the relegation zone. It won’t get easier for the them, as they travel to 2nd place ratiopharm ulm on Wednesday.
Despite scoring only on a dunk in the 2nd half, Homan earned the Man of the Match with his 14 points and 8 rebounds. Troutman led all scorers with 17 points and 8 rebounds. Jonathan Wallace tallied 12 points.
Bayern have now won three games in a row, their second consecutive on the road. They improve to 15-11 on the season, and now travel to another struggling team. They visit the LTi Giessen 46ers on Wednesday, who are 8-18 on the season, losers of six of their last seven games.