Bayern hold off Bayreuth
Posted by Salman Mitha
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Oberfrankenhalle, Bayreuth, April 21 – Chevon Troutman scored 15 points and Jared Homan notched his seventh double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds as FC Bayern Basketball defeated BBC Bayreuth 68-59.
The win improves Munich’s road record to 6-11 and gives them the confidence before going on the road in the playoffs.
They will start the road to the Beko BBL title on the road, as the Artland Dragons clinced the fourth seed, and will host Bayern in the first round of the playoffs.
Bayern never trailed in this physical game, but BBC kept it close throughout, even coming with two points in the third quarter.
FCB have stuggled on the road the entire season, winning only one of their first 11 games. But they have won five of their past six and tonight was a dress rehearsal for what’s to come in the playoff – close games in hostile environments.
The first minutes of game set the tone for the evening – tough, physical action – as neither team could get into a flow. But Bayern were able to get the first bucket, a three-pointer by Desmond Greene with 7:20 left in the first quarter. They ended the period up 20-9 after key bench players Robin Benzing and Jonathan Wallace hit from downtown.
BBC could have let this one slip away, and it looked like it as they trailed by 13 points. Until ex-Bayern player Beckham Wyrick got hot. He hit two from long distance, and the halftime score was cut to 34-25. A key stat in the first 20 minutes were BBC’s 13 turnovers that led to quick layups for the visitors.
At the restart, Bayern were able to build up the lead, but Bayreuth were not going down in their last home game without a fight. Wyrick hit another three, he finished with a team-high 16 points. Munich lost their cool for a few minutes, as Steffen Hamann and Benzing were hit with technical fouls and Simon Schmitz converted all four free-throws.
A Rain Veideman bucket later, the Bayern lead was down to 40-38 with 3:08 left. But then Troutman stepped up with two big buckets and the lead was back up to seven. The teams exchanged made and missed free-throws, heading into a close finish with Bayern leading 48-43.
However, the mental toughness and talent of Munich was too much, BBC committed key turnovers and were not able to get back in it.
“This game was a good test of our development as a team over the past two months,” said Bauermann.
Former Bayern player Beckham Wyrick, who could not finish the first game when the two met at the Audi Dome when he was ejected early, led Bayreuth with 16 points.
“It was unfortunate last time, I was so pumped (to play Bayern), perhaps that had something to do with it,” Wyrick told Sport Eagle before his team’s autograph session with fans. “I was happy I had a good game against them, but they were a little too strong for us over the 40 minutes.”
BBC head to Bamberg to close out their season against the Brose Baskets, a place where no German team has won in two years (note: wrtitten before Brose played Berlin).
FC Bayern host Bremerhaven on Saturday night, the game is sold out. Follow the action on Twitter @Sal_SportEagle