Benzing Buries Bonn
Audi Dome, Munich -Project Pešić has its first win.
Robin Benzing led a balanced team effort scoring 21 points, Lawrence Roberts added a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds and Jan Jagla poured in 17 points with four three-pointers as FC Bayern Basketball gave their new coach Svetislav Pešić his first win, 104-91 over the Telekom Baskets Bonn.
The win improves Bayern’s record to 6-6 and lifts them up to seventh in the BEKO BBL standings. Bonn fall to 5-6 and have lost their last two on the road. Their road trip continues Tuesday, but in Tblisi, Georgia as they play BC Armia in FIBA Europe’s Eurochallenge.
Sport Eagle TV Postgame – Michael Koch, Robin Benzing, Jan Jagla and Kyle Weems
Benzing opened the scoring and set the tone by nailing a three-pointer, but Patrick Ewing Jr. and Benas Veikalas answered with long range shots of their own to take the Baskets up. And that’s how the first half went along. The clubs would trade three’s, dunks, and buckets throughout. There were seven lead changes and nine ties before the break, with Bonn up 38-37.
Robert Vaden opened up the second half with a three and the Baskets led 41-37. For the next four minutes, Bayern played their best basketball, going on a 13-0 run to break open the game. A mix of made shots, hustle, offensive rebounds gave Munich a 50-41 lead. But the wave continued.
Jagla got into the zone, he hit treys along with Thomas, and after a Jared Homan dunk, it was another run, 12-2 this time and the Reds built a 62-45 cushion. Jagla wasn’t done, he added couple more from long distance, 16 points in the quarter.
Credit to Bonn, a team also starting off the season with stuggles, but they are playing in Europe this season and it’s a talented team. Veikalas answered with two three-pointers and Bonn were back within striking distance, 71-61 into the fourth quarter.
The game reverted back to two evenly matched teams, exchanging points and answering each other’s runs. Bonn tested Munich’s resolve by putting them on the free-throw line, but the Reds were ready, hitting 18-of-22 to maintain the lead and hold off a late Basket run. Ewing scored 8 points in the final quarter, he led the visitors with 18 points, but it wasn’t enough. Veikalas added 16 points and Kyle Weems 15 points.
Pešić had mentioned his focus on rebounding as a key to possession and thus more scoring chances. Bayern outrebounded Bonn 46-32 after trailing 11-7 in this area at the end of first quarter. And scoring their highest output of the season for his first win, all must have made coach happy.
“Of course I’m satisfied,” stated Pešić after the game. “We made 26 assists, we had 46 rebounds, and seven players in double figures.”
He went on to joke, “And two technical fouls, one on Jan Jagla and Svetislav Pešić.”
Bonn will have to shake off the loss quickly, as they travel Monday for their game. and then return home to take on the s.Oliver Baskets from Würzburg on Sunday. Bayern can focus on the next week on practice as they stay home to host the WALTER Tigers from Tübingen.
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