Bayern Rise Up in Euroleague
Audi Dome, Munich – Bayern Basketball may have only played two games in the Euroleague, but they are playing like seasoned veterans.
Malcolm Delaney scored 20 points and John Bryant added 15 points and 11 rebounds as Bayern built a huge lead against Italian powerhouse Montepaschi Siena and despite a late run, held on for an 89-79 win. Josh Carter (14 points) and Taylor Rochestie (13 points) led Siena but the team were unable to overcome the hole the team dug themselves during the second quarter.
After a close first quarter that ended with Bayern up 22-20, Bryant and Nihad Djedovic sparked the home side during an 8-0 run and overall 19-7 run to end the second quarter to go up 46-33 at halftime. Bryant scored the first four points, Djedovic scored easy fastbreak layups leaving the Italian defense behind, and Delaney finished off the half hitting a three-pointer at the buzzer.
Head coach Marco Crespi could not change his team’s performance during the third, as Bayern’s offense continued to apply the defensive pressure and score at will. Djedovic and Robin Benzing each scored seven points during the third quarter. Djedovic’s trey put Munich up 58-44. Benzing, who sat most of the first half with early foul trouble, hit a bucket and then an emphatic three-pointer that made it 66-49.
Lucca Staiger continued the hot shooting into the final quarter, hitting two from downtown and effectively icing the game as Bayern led by 24 points, 79-55. Or so the 5,280 in the Audi Dome thought. Kim English, Carter and Rochestie started a run that got Siena to cut into a comfortable Munich lead, but time ran out.
Siena will have a tough hill to climb with an 0-2 record but have a chance in Poland against winless Stelmet Zielona Gora. The win propels Munich to the top of Group C, ahead of Olympiacos. Both clubs are 2-0 and will face each other Halloween night in Greece.
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