Bayern Trounce Bayreuth, 103-70
Audi Dome, Munich – Nihad Djedovic scored 10 of his 13 points during the decisive third quarter and John Bryant added 12 points and 13 rebounds as Bayern defeated medi bayreuth 103-70 and remain undefeated in the BEKO Basketball Bundesliga.
Four other Munich players hit double figures in points including Boris Savovic (16 points with 6 rebounds) Chevon Troutman (14 points, 4 rebounds, and 3 assists) as Bayern start the season at 4-0 for the first time ever. Bayreuth fall to 2-2 despite double figures from five players, led by Brian Qvale’s 12 points with 7 rebounds.
Big men Bryant and Troutman led Bayern to a 26-19 first quarter lead, combining to score 12 points and grab eight rebounds. Nihad Djedovic, Robin Benzing and Lucca Staiger dropped in daggers from the perimeter. Heiko Schaffartzik buried a couple of jump shots and Savovic worked the interior, even stepping outside to convert a late quarter trey, as Bayern established a double-digit early in the second quarter.
Nicolai Simon and Ronald Burrell led the resistance for Bayreuth, combining for 10 points in the quarter, and the visitors were able to cut a double-digit lead down to seven after Simon connected with a three-pointer at the halftime break.
Then the flood gates opened up for the hosts at the start of the third quarter. Djedovic caught fire to score 10 points in the opening five minutes as Bayern added 34 points in the quarter and built a commanding 20-point lead while disrupting the Bayreuth offence and forcing bad shot after bad shot. The game was over when Troutman finished a fastbreak with an emphatic dunk and a 68-44 lead with 1:59 left in the third quarter. From there, Munich cruised home. The only questions were if they would please the fans and break 100, they did, and if this overall performance satisfied the head coach.
“I’m not only satisfied that we won, but what we showed in the 3rd quarter,” said Bayern head coach Svetislav Pešić. “But we were too relaxed in the first 20 minutes, no spark. We didn’t play like we have played. I am satisfied with our second half performance.”
Coach Pešić reiterated the team’s underperformance in the first half and that was the takeaway for the players after the game.
“It’s always possible to get better and I think we are doing a good job of improving our game together in defense and offense,” agreed Benzing who finished with 11 points. “The second half was phenomal, we played really hard on team defense, we ran out had some fastbreaks, we moved the ball on offense. today was another step in the right direction.”
“There’s always room for improvement,” added Troutman. “Today we came out focused. We played hard at times in spurts. They made a good push in the second quarter. In the third quarter we put the nail in the coffin just by outworking them. We have a lot of guys outworking them.”
Bayern’s deep and talented bench was the difference, with no such structure in terms of rotation, who are the starting five, who are the bench role players. But that does not faze Chevy and the rest of the team.
“As a player you can’t think about that stuff, you just gotta be ready whenever he calls you. He’s playing matchups, what he thinks what works best againt theirs. Today we came out and showed that his mixing-matching doesn’t matter as long as we come out and play as a team.”
Bayern travel to Poland to make their Euroleague debut against Stelmet Zielona Góra and return home to host the Fraport Skyliners on Sunday.
For Bayreuth, they will face last year’s league finalists in their next two games, first hosting EWE Oldenburg and then another derby at Bamberg against the Brose Baskets. The question for Coach Krunic is whether he will have a full squad to call upon.
“Today we played against a really strong team, that’s on another level. We had a solid first half, in the second half Bayern just played with more energy, more aggressive. Right now we have injury problems, that not only affect us for the game but also in practice. We need more energy from the bench for games like this.”
“I have to give them credit for a great def effort, they put pressure on us all over the court,” commented Burrell after the game, who came in as the leading scorer for the team at 20.3ppg but was held to only 11 points. “We weren’t able to run our offense like we usually do. They are a strong offensive team so it’s gonna be hard to keep them under a certain amount of points. We had problems all over the floor but we’ll be prepared the next time.”
Robert White (@RobertWhitebrrr) contributed to this article.
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