Audi Dome, Munich, October 10 – MarQuez Haynes scored 20 points and Bryce Taylor hit a tough buzzer-beating shot to lift the Artland Dragons to the 87-85 win over Bayern Basketball and deny new Munich coach Yannis Christopoulos his first win at home.
Artland and Munich faced off against each other in the BEKO BBL playoffs and have found it tough in the early going this season, both are now 1-2.
Tyrese Rice scored 16 points and dished out 8 assists, while Jared Homan added a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds to help Bayern battle back throughout the game but it wasn’t enough.
Munich did start the game focused and tough, but Artland battled back with intelligence, patience and well-finished drives. Haynes and Anthony King led the Dragons offense to finish the first quarter up 22-17.
Coach Stefan Koch´s team built the lead up to 10 points until Rice took over and assumed the scoring responsibility for the home side with six points in a row. Bayern came back into the game, only down 38-35 to the Dragons at half time.
Rice kept in going in the third quarter, accelerating again the rhythm of Bayern offensive and getting his teammates involved, but Dragons were sure on the field and found open shots and built up a 52-43 lead. Bayern reacted a 17-8 scoring run with Robin Benzing 5 points and Homan adding 6 points to tie the game at 60. Kristaps Valters hit a trey to give Artland a lead going into the final quarter, but the game was wide open.
The back-and-forth action continued into the fourth quarter, the Dragons building a lead, Bayern battled back. The action started with the teams exchanging four consecutive three pointers – Andrew Drevo first for the visitors, Brandon Thomas countered, Haynes continued his hot shooting, and then Demond Greene hit his second of the game – all in the span of less than two minutes.
Valters hit another trey to get Artland up 74-66 with 5:43 left and after a timeout by Christopoulos, Bayern took the lead with a 13-4 run capped off with two consecutive three-point shots by Yotam Halperin, the score stood 79-78. Artland took back the lead 83-80, but Chevon Troutman’s bucket and free throw tied it up.
King gave the Dragon’s the lead again, 85-83, but a great dunk by Lawrence Roberts tied the game for the last time. Timeout by Koch to set the final play with 2 seconds left. Taylor received the inbounds pass driving to the corner, turned around, and hit an impossible shot at 0:00 and stole a win on the road, 87-85 for the Dragons.