Bayern Ballers Slay Dragons
Posted by Salman Mitha
Posted in Basketball
above: Full Interview with Dirk Bauermann – FC Bayern
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Audi Dome, Munich, March 5 – There was a little March Madness in the air as two of the Beko BBL’s top teams faced off with postseason tournament dreams. FC Bayern Basketball were looking to improve on their record and exact some revenge from their loss in Quakenbrück, while the Artland Dragons hoped to solidify their playoff seeding.
The game started close as expected but the Dragons could not overcome Bayern’s strength at home.
Chevon Troutman scored 26 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, his center colleague Jared Homan added 20 points, 8 rebounds and dished out 7 assists, and Bayern blew out Artland 97-70.
The win improves the Reds’ record to 14-11, 12-1 at home and keeps them safely in 6th place in the Beko BBL and on course for the playoffs.
Both teams came out intense, giving fans a nice playoff preview. Back-and-forth they went, trading baskets and fouls, and scoring was a premium. There were ten lead changes and seven ties in the first half. Near the end of the 2nd quarter, Dragons guard David Holston took over, scoring 8 points to help Artland to a 52-48 lead at the half.
Coming in, Holston was the key to the game, stopping him would give Bayern a chance to win. The Dragons beat FCB back in November 86-83 in OT when the 5’5” guard hit four three-pointers in the extra period. And his play in the first half, 12 points and 6 assists, gave the soldout Audi Dome reason to believe the game would play out the same.
At halftime, head coach Dirk Bauermann made some adjustments, told the team to believe, that the game is not won in the first half. And the players responded.
First, on the defensive end. Bayern held the Dragons to only one basket for the first five and a half minutes of the 3rd quarter. Artland scored only two buckets and committed seven turnovers. Holston did not score in the 3rd quarter.
Bauermann’s men got in a flow offensively from their defense. A 13-2 spurt gave the home side a 65-56 lead and they ran away with it. By the end of the quarter, the damage had been done. Artland has been outscored 31-9 and with 10 minutes left to play, the score was 79-61.
Sensing a defeated opponent, Bayern kept scoring, finishing the game on an 18-9 run. Artland return home, licking their wounds after hitting only four buckets the entire second half. They turned the ball over 26 times in the game and only dished out 10 assists. But they need to bounce back quickly. They play their next two league games at home and host a Eurochallenge game versus Turkish basketball giants Besiktas.
Bayern can now feel like a team ready to make a run. They got a complete team effort, outrebounding their opponents 32-28, dishing out 26 assists and only turning over the ball six times. Guards Jonathan Wallace and Je’Kel Foster added 14 and 10 points respectively, balancing the inside strength of Troutman and Homan. And captain Steffen Hamann directed the flow with a game high 9 assists and exhibited leadership during the early stages.
They are now 2-for-2 in settling scores against teams that stole wins from them and now sit above them in the standings. They beat ratiopharm ulm back on February 15th after losing on a last-second shot in January. Coming up after two road games at Ludwigsburg and Giessen, FCB will play the next revenge match as the s.Oliver Baskets visit from Würzburg. The two teams played a tight one back in December which Bayern lost late 64-55.
The way Bayern played last night, with the complete inside outside offensive game, the defensive intensity, and the now deep squad, playoff teams like Artland will want to avoid them in May.
Revenge List – FC Bayern suffered a long road losing streak thanks to some tough games. Here’s a list of those games and what happened when the teams played again, or when they visit Munich:
First game Return Match
at Oldenburg, L 88-81 vs. Oldenburg, W 102-71
at Ulm, L 76-75 vs. Ulm, W 87-83
at Artland, L 86-83 OT vs. Artland, W 97-70
at Würzburg, L 64-55 vs. s.Oliver Baskets, March 18th
at Bonn, L 80-76 OT vs. Bonn, April 7th
at Bamberg, L 89-77 vs. Brose Baskets, April 15th
at Bremerhaven, L 73-71 vs. Bremerhaven, April 28th