Chevy Drives Bayern past Hagen
Audi Dome, Munich – FC Bayern Basketball were chomping at the bit after losing their first game in all competitions on Thursday night against defending Euroleague champions Olympiacos. And the Phoenix Hagen were the team to face their anger.
Chevon Troutman scored 22 points – perfect 7-for-7 from close range – and Bryce Taylor added 15 points up-close with a couple of statement dunks and from distance – 3-for-5 from beyond the arc – as Bayern burned past Hagen 91-73.
Munich remain undefeated in the early part of the BEKO Basketball season at 7-0. After starting the season 3-0, the Phoenix have crashed back down to Earth with their third consecutive loss. Larry Gordon scored 21 points to lead the visitors before fouling out. Henry Dugat chipped in 16 points and David Bell contributed 13 points to keep it close but the final score does not indicate how easy the game was for Bayern.
Bayern jumped out to a 10-2 lead then Gordon heated up, scoring on three consecutive shots including two treys to tie it up 10-10. Ole Wendt also hit from downtown, Hagen led 13-10. Lucca Staiger hit a three-pointer to tie the game, which sparked a 15-2 run for Bayern to end the first quarter and a 25-15 lead. During that run, Hagen turned over the ball three times and Troutman scored all seven of his points in 3:22 since coming off the bench.
Hagen continued to turn the ball over and Munich took advantage in the second quarter. A 14-5 run led by Troutman’s six points and couple of more three’s, this time from Heiko Schaffartzik and Robin Benzing built a 39-20 lead with five minutes left before halftime. Benzing finished with 12 points and would add his second trey, Paul Zipser would hit two more from distance, and the run was complete with a Taylor slam. Bayern led 54-31 at the break.
Taylor was still in form at the restart, picking up a Dugat turnover for a breakaway slam and the lead would reach 32 points midway during the third quarter. And from there Bayern were on cruise control and player of the game Troutman along with Taylor kept the Phoenix at bay. Gordon and Wendt would cut into the deficit, scoring all the points during a 12-0 run to get the game back to 84-66 but the lead was too much to overcome.
Hagen will return home and hope to regain their winning ways as they host the winless Bremerhaven Polar Bears (Eisbären) next Sunday afternoon. Bayern will look to get back on the winning track in the Euroleague hosting Unicaja Malaga on Friday night, then return to league play, travelling to Berlin to face ALBA also on Sunday.
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