BBC Bayreuth will host Bayern Basketball on Sunday in the latest version of the Bavarian Basketball Derby.
After a 4-0 start to the season, BBC lost their last game, however it was on the road. At home, they are unbeaten, winning both games by an average of 10 points.
They will face a tough challenge against a team that is both unbeaten on the road and finding their groove. Munich started out of the gates stumbling after their coaching change, but after two consecutive wins, they are one game behind BBC and looking to catch the early leaders.
Editor’s Note: Salman Mitha will be at Oberfrankenhalle for the BEKO BBL game between BBC Bayreuth and Bayern Basketball, follow the action on Twitter @Sal_SportEagle. Tip-off at 17:00 CET.
The team from Franconia come into the game with a balanced attack, five players scoring in double figures. The leading scorer is Bryan Bailey (13.3ppg, 4 assists per game) who is their early MVP. They are unbeaten in games he’s played, and they lost the one he was unable to play due to illness. He is expected to return for this game.
The Bayern big men will have their hands full with center Gary McGhee (12.2ppg, 7.6rpg) who’s stepped up his game, averaging a double-double the last two times out, and shooting 77.4% around the bucket. Rounding out the attack are forwards Jason Cain (12.2ppg, 6.2rpg), former Bayern player, Beckham Wyrick (11.2ppg) and PF Joe Trapani (10.8ppg).
“Bayreuth is a team that plays with high intensity and a lot of passion,” analyzed Bayern head coach Yannis Christopoulos. “At home, they will give it their all and fight till the end. They are a team that shoots well, the best in the league, and we will have to defend them to hold them off.”
Bayern’s big men in the middle, Jared Homan and Chevon Troutman, are back to their dominating selves after a slow start. Over the past games, Munich’s attack has been focused on points in the paint, and Homan (10.8ppg, 7.2rpg) and Troutman (13.6ppg, 7.2rpg) are the beneficiaries, and they’ve been controlling the boards.
After losing floor leader Je’Kel Foster before the season, Tyrese Rice has stepped in just fine, picking up the scoring load from the point, adding 10.2 ppg, shooting 54.8% from close range.
“Munich is a deep team and a candidate for the league championship,” said BBC head coach Marco van den Berg. “After a coaching change not everything will run smoothly, but they have found their way. We are going to have to fight for 40 minutes.”
Expect a full-out Bavarian brawl, as both teams played a bit physical last year during two Bayern wins. With a solid start this season, expect BBC to defend their home court.