Audi Dome, Munich, March 2 – FC Bayern Basketball experienced the harsh reality of playing in the Beko BBL on the road in the first half of the season. This was not going to be easy because they are Bayern. If anything, when Germany’s biggest sport club comes knocking to the provincial areas and smaller arenas, beating FC Bayern is the main event for the teams and fans that do not play in soccer’s top flight.
The pressure on Bayern is clearly reflected in their 2-10 record on the road. Losses have come in every way – blowouts, last-second shots, and just plain crunch-time failures. The only consistent factor – all those games were sold out. Bayern will have a chance to exact revenge on one of those early, character-building losses on Sunday.
The Artland Dragons escaped with an 86-83 win in OT back on November 12th when league MVP candidate David Holston hit a three-pointer with seconds left in the extra period. Holston scored 23 points, 12 of them in OT – all on treys – that spoiled Bayern’s comeback.
Je’Kel Foster scored 31 points with five 3-pointers and Chevon Troutman recorded a double-double (21 pts, 12 rebounds) to help the Reds comeback from an eight-point deficit at the half. Bayern took a six point lead in overtime but Holston’s hot hand was too much to overcome.
If their first meeting was any indication, this promises to be an exciting and close affair. There will also be major playoff implications riding on this game, as the Dragons hope to hold on to one of the top four seeds, and Bayern will rely on their solid home-court advantage to improve their postseason chances.
Those early losses cost Bayern a chance to play for the league cup, and any further defeats will cost them a chance to make the postseason.
The game tips off at 16:00 CET.
Sport Eagle will have Salman Mitha tweeting live during the sold-out game. Follow him @Sal_SportEagle for insight and analysis.
Revenge List – FC Bayern suffered a long road losing streak thanks to some tough games. Here’s a list of those games and what happened when the teams played again, or when they visit Munich:
First game Return Match
at Oldenburg, L 88-81 vs. Oldenburg, W 102-71
at Ulm, L 76-75 vs. Ulm, W 87-83
at Artland, L 86-83 OT vs. Artland, Sunday
at Würzburg, L 64-55 vs. s.Oliver Baskets, March 18th
at Bonn, L 80-76 OT vs. Bonn, April 7th
at Brose, L 89-77 vs. Bamberg, April 15th
at Bremerhaven, L 73-71 vs. Bremerhaven, April 28th