Audi Dome, Munich – This season is already lost for the LTi Giessen 46ers. Over the weekend, they lost their 11th game in a row. They are currently sitting at the bottom of the BEKO Basketball Bundesliga standings with relegation a guarantee. Could it get any worse? On Tuesday, they found out.
Robin Benzing scored 20 points and German national teammate Jan Jagla added 18 points as FC Bayern Basketball ran over Giessen 116-59. The score does not indicate how far apart these two teams.
“Without question, Bayern earned the win,” said Giessen head coach Matthias Fischer. “We tried our best to hold possession and move the ball. But we didn’t and invited Bayern to run on us and score. They are a great team that’s on another caliber.”
“Our goal simply was to win,” said Bayern head coach Svetislav Pešić. “We didn’t just want to be satisfied, we wanted to get back into our rhythm. We played well and were able to give the whole team a chance to play.”
Lawrence Roberts scored five of Bayern’s first points to open up the game at 10-0. It was over from that point. Really. After the first five minutes of play, the score was already 18-2. Late arrival Bastian Schweinsteiger should have stayed in the VIP room. Instead, he spent the rest of the game talking to fans around him at courtside. At the end the of the first quarter, it was 37-9.
Bayern used a suffocating defense to create turnovers or force the 46ers to force up shots with the clock winding down, either inducing a shot-clock violation or poor attempts. The Red Wave just took the ball down and scored easily in transition. By halftime, Bayern led 63-22, outrebounding Giessen 24-12, outscoring the visitors 34-8 in the paint (despite missing their inside duo Chevon Troutman and Jared Homan), and outshooting 63%-29%.
Giessen did settle in and finally show up in the second half, but there was no coming back form the DEEP hole they dug. Bayern finished off the 46ers and the game with a flurry of dunks.
Roberts messed around with a double-double, 11 points and 11 rebounds. Brandon Thomas hustled for 15 points and Tyrese Rice poured in 13 points, in all, seven Bayern players finished in double figures.
“Everything worked out today and we played well,” said Jagla. “We won big, but I don’t think it’s that good in professional basketball to beat up on somebody like that, doesn’t help anybody.”
Randall Hanke scored 13 points, and both Elvir Ovcina and Sharaud Curry finished with 12 points.
“We were undermanned,” admitted Curry. “It was a tough trip for us, they are a good team and jumped on us right from the beginning. We were never able to catch up or compete.”
The 46ers return home to take on the New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig Saturday night, before a well-deserved two week break, during which the team will have to prepare for next season.
“Unfortunately this team is going down, that’s for sure,” summed up Fischer. “We will have to define different goals. The players will be given a chance to stay in the first league. They will have to get better and get offers for next year.”
Bayern travel to take on TBB Trier, hoping to snap a two game losing streak on the road, and then off to Berlin to play in the BEKO BBL Top Four domestic cup competition next weekend.
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