Phantoms zap Bayern
Audi Dome, Munich – The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig came into their game against FC Bayern Basketball as one of the teams at the bottom of the league table, but after their 78-73 win, they return home on a high note and left Bayern scratching their heads looking for answers.
Harding Nana scored a game-high 23 points and grabbed 7 rebounds, and Dennis Schröder added 13 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists as the Phantoms shocked a team many considered a playoff-bound team, if not a title favorite coming into the season. Bayern had only lost one home game during the regular season last season, in fact almost year ago, but after five games in their friendly confines, already three losses.
Braunschweig were able to jump out to leads throughout the game, Munich did battle back, but the spent energy allowed the momentum to swing back to the Phantoms. From the tip, the visitors displayed more energy, taking the early 6-0 lead and built it up to 22-11. Bayern ended the first quarter on a 7-0 run to close it out 22-18.
Chevon Troutman heated up at the beginning of the second quarter, scoring 6 points as Munich continued the run to get within 25-24. Tyrese Rice’s trey with 3:14 left in the first half gave the Reds their first lead, 31-30. The teams would then exchange buckets and the lead but the halftime score of 37-37 was earned by both sides, neither playing solid enough to either win or get blown away.
But the close affair was frustrating Bayern. After a flurry of buckets that saw the lead change hands five times, the Phantoms went on another mini-run, thanks to a Nana three-pointer (he hit 4-of-7 on the night) and Eric Boateng followed with a bucket and then a dunk, 51-45 for NYP. After a timeout, Bayern regrouped, chipped their way back in and close out the third only down 57-54.
Troutman came through again, scoring four points in the opening minutes of the final quarter, he finished with 14 points, to bring Bayern within a point at 59-58. Rice sank a long-range bomb and gave them the 61-59 lead. The Phantoms were not going down. Nana nailed a trey for the final lead change, Braunschweig led 64-62.
From that point, Bayern were not able to hit the all-important shot that brought them back throughout the game. The Phantoms were able to slowly build the lead, and after it was 75-67, the lead was big enough for the visitors to hold off another late Bayern surge.
NYP improve to 3-7 on the season and snapped a four-game losing streak. They will host the LTi GIESSEN 46ers who sit at the bottom of the league table, a chance for the Phantoms to get another win.
The road back to the playoffs gets tougher for Bayern, they travel to Berlin to take on ALBA Berlin, who have only played 7 games in the league, but are 5-2 before their game tomorrow against the Bremerhaven Polar Bears.