Oldenburg bury Bayern
Audi Dome, Munich, October 3, 2012 – New coach. Same old team. Last week FC Bayern Basketball dismissed Dirk Bauermann, the coach who led the team into the top flight of German professional basketball, and promoted assistant coach Yannis Christopoulos days before the season.
Despite the much hyped change, Bayern Basketball were overcome by a recurring weakness of falling asleep during key stretches.
Rickey Paulding scored 15 points and Ronald Burrell added 13 points and 8 rebounds as the EWE Baskets Oldenburg spoiled Munich’s home opener, winning 80-61.
Oldenburg outscored Munich 21-8 during the second quarter and built a 30 point lead after a 23-8 run to start the third quarter. Despite a run that finally displayed some life, Bayern were unable to overcome the hole that they dug for themselves.
Chevon Troutman scored 14 points to lead the Reds, but eight points came from the free-throw line. As a team, Bayern could only muster 17 field goals, a paltry 30% in total, 4-for-25 behind the three-point arc.
Meanwhile, the Baskets found their groove, going from one-point down after the first quarter and after a 9-0 run started by Julius Jenkins’ trey to give his team the lead they would never relinquish. Two separate runs of 10-0 buried Bayern.
Oldenburg hit 48% of their shots, including 7-for-14 from beyond the arc and 15-of-16 from the charity stripe. The key stat was outrebounding Munich 44-32.
Dru Joyce scored 11 points and dished out 9 assists. Adam Chubb and Robin Smeulders both tallied 10 points and 6 rebounds each to round out the complete team effort.
They will open up their home schedule against three-time league champions the Brose Baskets on Sunday, October 7th.
Munich lost only one game at home in the regular season last year. After already losing the first one this season, they will lick their wounds and travel to Giessen to take on the LTi 46ers on Saturday, October 6th.
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