Created on 08-11-2018 at 22:31 PM by Matt Hardy
The basketball team of FC Bayern Munich defeated Darussafaka Istanbul with their most impressive performance in the EuroLeague with a final score of 116-70 and won their third game on the season The German champion played in front of 5,087 enthusiastic spectators in the Audi Dome and dominated both defensively and offensively and never gave the EuroCup champs from Turkey a chance. The Munich team hit a record-breaking 18 three-pointers (69%) and had 28 assists. Devin Booker was the top scorer for Bayern with 18 points, while Petteri Koponen added 16 and all twelve players scored. For the FCBB it was their best game ever in all 35 of EuroLeague games played in their history.
Bayern now has two more home games in the Audi Dome: next Sunday (11.11., 18:00) in the BBL against fourth-placed Oldenburg and next Friday (16.11.) in the EuroLeague against title favourite ZSKA Moscow.
Points per quarter Bayern - Darussafaka: 21-17, 33-18, 33-15, 29-20.
FCBB Stats: Devin Booker (18 points), Petteri Koponen (16/4 three), Nihad Djedovic (16), Maodo Lo (13), Danilo Barthel (12/5 rebounds), Braydon Hobbs (9/3 three), Vladimir Lucic (8), Derrick Williams (7), Nemanja Dangubic (6), Stefan Jovic (4/7 assists), Leon Radosevic (4) and Alex King (3).
FCBB head coach, Dejan Radonjic: "It was an important victory for us, a special evening. We controlled the game. We played well on defense and excellently on offense. Our three-point percentage today was impressive. Congratulations to the boys and the fans on their third EuroLeague victory this season. But now we have to concentrate on the game on Sunday against Oldenburg."
Maodo Lo: "We hit the three and opened up the court. In addition, we played a consistent defense. We are very satisfied."
Dejan Radonjic, the coach of the FCBB, started the third EuroLeague home game in the Audi Dome with the first five Stefan Jovic, Vladimir Lucic, Nihad Djedovic, Danilo Barthel and Devin Booker. After a one-minute start-up phase, the Munichers started the game like they were shot out of a cannon with a 7-0 run.
The guests were looking for their second victory in the top European Basketball league and played hard to level things up again at 9-9. Bayern then defended very effectively and boosted their offense by means of pick-and-roll which led to some easy baskets - time-out "Dacka" with the score 13-9 and five minutes to play. The Munich players played consistently to the big men and Devin Booker, Leon Radosevic and Danilo Barthel didn't disappoint and contributed significantly to the 21-17 lead after the first quarter.
Petteri Koponen came into the game and immediately made his mark by drilling his first three after 13 seconds and then his second three after a great pass from Nemanja Dangubic. With a determined 10-0 run, the Munich team started to pull away- time-out Istanbul. The visitors tried to break the rhythm of the German squad by playing a zone defense but Bayern reacted with a proven means against this defense variant: hitting from behind the arc. Petteri Koponen and Maodo Lo continued to pour in the points from deep and with four minutes to play in the half the hosts had a dominant lead at 42-25. FCBB played patiently and as a team and the fiercely fighting Turks were kept clearly at a distance. The Munich team made almost no mistakes and probably the best EuroLeague half-time performance so far. The reward was a clear 54-35 lead after on half of play.
Bayern came out on fire on the defensive side of the ball and this led to yet another 7-0 run and a 61-35 lead. The enthusiastic Munich fans were enthralled by the performance as the watched their team completely dominate a high-class opponent. Devin Booker hit a three and Vladimir Lucic raised the lead to a staggering 30 points with five to play in the third. Astonishingly Bayern never let up one bit and continued to pound the visitors on both sides of the court. Maodo Lo played his defender dizzy, Petteri Koponen hit the next three and the score was 80-47. Darussafaka was completely unsettled by the power of the Bavarians and at the end of the third quarter there was no question that this game was over early - 87:50.
Derrick Williams demonstrated his qualities at the beginning of the final quarter with a beautiful fadeaway jump-shot and the lead approached 40 points. With the help of two quick threes, the guests had a little to be happy about but Braydon Hobbs came off the bench and sunk two three-pointers. Bayern simply had a lot of fun and played impressively well, Alex King received time and scored a three and continued the trend of everything working for those wearing a red jersey. With that three, all 12 Bayern players had scored and the game ended with a final score of 116-70.
(Foto-Credit: Rauchensteiner & Stickel)