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FC Bayern’s basketball players are delivering a great fight to Fenerbahce Istanbul, but ultimately there is not enough strength at 68:77.
By Ralf Tögel, Munich
The basketball players of FC Bayern Munich lost 68:77 points despite a big fight against Fenerbahce Istanbul and after 32 of 34 match days they still have 19 wins (with 13 defeats) from fifth to sixth place in the table. This is now taken by the guests from the Bosporus with a record of 20:12 wins.
Bayern coach Andrea Trinchieri had to improvise once more, Nick Weiler-Babb of all people had to pass, he had sustained a foot injury during training. Thus, the Munich team lacked their best defender. After all, James Gist, whom his coach also appreciates as an important defender, was there again. He was also in the starting line-up and took part in the Munich lightning start.
Coach Trinchieri had given Vladimir Lucic a break in the latest Bundesliga comparison in Hamburg on Saturday, apparently a good idea. The Serb scored the first eight points single-handedly (eleven in total), before the Istanbulers knew it, they were 3:10 behind. But the Turks have an enormous quality in the squad, after a bumpy start to the season, Serbian guard Marko Guduric (Memphis Grizzlies) and US center Kyle O’Quinn (Philadelphia 76ers), two players from the NBA were signed up. What was immediately reflected: The guests arrived with an impressive series of 14: 2 wins from the past 16 games, Guduric in Munich was one of the best (18 points). In addition, players such as Nando De Colo (21) or the Czech 2.13-meter center Jan Vesely (15) are part of the team. This quality was quickly noticeable, after the almost perfect start for Bayern, the guest increased his commitment and was led by the outstanding playmaker De Colo after the first quarter 18:15. From then on it was an intense test of strength, the lead changed back and forth, at halftime Istanbul was very thin (35:34).
The same picture after the break, a fight for every inch of ground, the players dived for balls, no opposing shooter was allowed an easy throw. But as the game progressed, the Munich team lost their strength – Istanbul gradually pulled away and led more clearly with 53:44 before the final quarter. Bayern tried once more, led by Wade Baldwin (20) and Paul Zipser (12), to force their tired bodies to make a comeback, came back to 55:60 – but they were long on reserve. However, they are not allowed to take a break, next Thursday the Lithuanian series champion Zalgiris Kaunas (8.30 p.m., Magentasport) is going to the penultimate main round match in Munich.