Bayern Power by Bamberg
Audi Dome, Munich – FC Bayern Basketball want to be the big boys in basketball as their brethren in soccer, and they may have served notice to the other teams in the BEKO Basketball Bundesliga that the time may come sooner than later.
Chevon Troutman helped control the paint with 19 points and 10 rebounds to lead Bayern to their second consecutive win over three-time defending league champions Brose Baskets 85-71. Guard Tyrese Rice added 17 points and dished out six assists as Munich took control midway through the first quarter, built a 22 point lead in the third quarter and maintained the lead for the victory.
Sport Eagle TV Postgame with Chris Fleming, Brose Baskets Head Coach
The opening minutes were played tight by both clubs, hoping to establish the inside game. The Baskets going inside to Maik Zirbes often, but he was unable to convert a few easy chances. It didn’t help that both Jared Homan and Troutman were patrolling the paint and did not let in any easy baskets. Bayern were able to build a lead slowly with mixing up an inside-outside game led by Troutman and Robin Benzing, who’s three-pointer at the end of the first quarter gave the home side an eight point lead.
Munich built on that momentum building shot, holding Bamberg to only nine points in the second quarter, meanwhile going on a 13-3 at the beginning of the quarter and then into halftime on a 7-0 run, taking a 41-25 lead into halftime.
The stats told the story of two different teams – one ready to play, another one tired from Euroleague play and not yet set with their three new players. Bayern were outscoring Brose 22-8 in the paint, outrebounding 25-19, and outshot 43%-25%
Sport Eagle TV Postgame presented by Zeitgeister with Chevon Troutman, FC Bayern Basketball
Both teams turned up the offense in the third quarter, and despite Bamberg’s suddenly improved offense, they fell behind 55-33 and Bayern were ready to cruise to victory. Credit Brose, they didn’t lie down. Head coach Chris Fleming saw a silver lining with his revamped roster, as veteran leader Anton Gavel started hitting his shots, along with newbies Alex Renfroe and Matt Walsh, who’s trey at the end of the quarter cut the deficit down to 68-53 to give the visitors a spark of hope.
After a Benzing free-throw and then a bucket, Bayern led 71-56. Brose then got three-pointers by Walsh and Ford to get within 75-66 and a chance to catch up. They held Munich with only one field goal and seven free-throws. The pace slowed down from there considerably, Brose had spent its energy getting back into it. Bayern got four more free-throws and then finally a bucket to clinch it by Yotam Halperin, 81-66 and they took it home from there.
Bayern defeated Brose on February 7th at Stechert Arena in the BEKO BBL Cup game, stopping their run for a four-peat in the domestic tournament. But it’s safe to assume the way to the league title will run through Bamberg and teams like FC Bayern will have to win in Freak City.
Brose will return home to take on CSKA Moscow in the Euroleague on Wednesday, then play two more league games on the road, traveling to take on the Phoenix Hagen next Sunday and the following weekend at Fraport Skyliners, in between traveling to Istanbul for another Euroleague game, this time versus Anadolu Efes on March 14th.
Bayern travel to Tübingen to battle the Walter Tigers next Saturday night, and return home the following Saturday to host the LTi Giessen 46ers.
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