Bayern Roll Over MBC
Audi Dome, Munich – Sunday evenings are becoming easy like Sunday mornings for FC Bayern Basketball as they continue to rip through each opponent who enters their Dome-ain.
Deon Thompson scored 18 points and grabbed 9 rebounds, Bryce Taylor and Robin Benzing added 17 and 13 points respectively as Mitteldeutscher BC became the next opponent the Big Reds rolled over at home. This time it was a 106-81 blowout to improve their home record to 6-0, 10-1 and in first place overall.
Bayern jumped out to a 33-17 lead after the first quarter, Malcolm Delaney (9 points), John Bryant (8 pts) and Taylor (7 pts) wanted to make it an easy night, breaking up an early 8-8 tie with a 9-0 run. Yassin Idbihi joined the party in the second quarter, scoring 11 points. His last points sparked an 11-0 run to end the first half, and Bayern led into the break 61-35.
The second half started the same, Bayern holding a comfortable lead at 73-40, but MBC woke up for a run of their own. A 17-2 run that including 10 consecutive points for the visitors brought life back into the game at 75-57. But the talent and strength of Bayern would not be denied, the game was decided during a Munich 18-0 run to take it to 99-66 and the send the Wolves home still looking for their first road win.
Adonte Parker scored 21 points to lead MBC (3-8) but the team was clearly undermanned against their powerful guests. Then again, every team that has come into the Audi Dome has looked like they are playing with four players against Bayern’s 11 football squad. In six home games, Bayern are winning by an average score 97.7-71.8. They have scored 100+ three times, including the last two.
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The key now for Bayern is to translate that domestic homecourt advantage to Euroleague games. After a solid 3-1 start, Munich have dropped their last three in Group C, including a 78-71 loss against Stelmet Zielona Gora at home on November 21st. In that game, the Reds were outscored in the third quarter 32-17 that proved to be the difference. A more disturbing trend for Svetislav Pešić’s club is the team has scored less points each time out.
Bayern may be rolling along in the BBL, however with European giants Olympiacos and Galatasaray coming to Munich in December, and the Top 16 round in reach, it won’t be as easy as Sir Elton John sings it. Instead they will say the hardest word to the Euroleague – sorry.
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