Bayern Stuff Bamberg
Stechert Arena, May 22 – Tyrese Rice scored 10 of his 25 points during a 16-3 run that broke open a tight game as Bayern Basketball defeated the Brose Baskets 98-85 in Game 1 of the semifinals of the BEKO Basketball Bundesliga Playoffs.
Bayern now have home court advantage up 1-0 and the Baskets now face a tough hill if they are to win their fourth consecutive German league title.
Bamberg came out guns blazing, up 7-0 and 12-2 thanks to three-pointers from Sharrod Ford and Casey Jacobsen. But Bayern have shown a different resolve since Svetislav Pešić took over and they kept the game close early, not allowing the Bamberg crowd to take over.
Pešić’s son-in-law Jan Jagla hit a trey to get his team started and they crept back to 18-17. After John Goldsberry hit a pair of free-throws, he followed with a three-pointer for a 23-17 lead. The fireworks were not over, Munich’s Brandon Thomas followed with a trey of his own and Bostjan “Boki” Nachbar beat the first quarter buzzer for a three-pointer and a Baskets’ 28-20 lead.
Bayern turned the game around in the second quarter, keeping Brose close with defense and scratching back thanks to a 12-0 run to turn a 33-26 deficit into a 38-33 lead. Munich hit 8-of-10 from the charity stripe while Brose went 0-for-4 from the field with two turnovers.
Boki saved the quarter by breaking the run with two free-throws and once again connecting from downtown to close out the scoring in the half, tying the game at 38-38.
The third quarter was a standstill, both teams exchanging buckets, fouls, shots, and points. Down 57-56, Rice took over with a bucket. Boki followed with a traditional three-point-play but it was Rice who finished off the quarter this time with a long-distance bomb. His trey gave Bayern a 61-60 lead and the momentum to start the final 10 minutes.
Lawrence Roberts and Chevy Troutman started the 4th quarter innocently enough with free-throws, but then Rice scored the seven of the team’s next points to extend the lead to 74-61. Thomas added on with a trey for Bayern’s largest lead, 79-63.
Jacobsen led a rally, hitting consecutive treys and Ford adding another long distance shot, to cut the lead down to 85-76.
But Rice converted a three-point-play to take the lead back up to double-digits. Bayern would hit all their free-throws the rest of the way, 10-for-10 at the end, all 15 in the fourth quarter, to keep Bamberg at bay and take home the victory.
Game Two is on Sunday at the Audi Dome in Munich where Bayern have won 14 in a row, including an 85-71 win versus the Baskets back on March 3rd.
Tip-off is at 19:05 CET.