2013-14Top 16Round 8
February 28, 2014 CET: 20:15
Local time: 20:15 AUDI DOME

Taylor leads Bayern Munich over Zalgiris

Bayern Munich defeated Zalgiris Kaunas 79-73 to claim sole possession of fourth place in Group F. The victory was Bayern’s second straight win and improved the team’s record to 4-4. It wasn’t easy, however, the hosts trailed for much of the first three quarters before turning it on late to pull away with a 79-73 fourth quarter. Bryce Taylor scored 11 of his game-high 22 points in the final 10 minutes to pace the winners. John Bryant added 11 points and 11 rebounds for Bayern, which benefitted from outrebounding Zalgiris 41-28. Malcolm Delaney scored 11 and dished 6 assists, Robin Benzing also scored 11 and Boris Savovic netted 10. Robertas Javtokas paced Zalgiris with 18 points, Sarunas Jasikevicius was perfect on 3 tries from downtown en route to 15 points and 4 assists and Marty Pocius added 11 points in defeat.

First quarter: Zalgiris survive early Dentmon scare, Saras works magic

Head coach Svetislav Pesic didn’t make a change to his starting lineup of Delaney, Nihad Djedovic, Benzing, Deon Thompson and Bryant. Zalgiris head coach Saulius Stombergas also sent out the same starting give with Justin Dentmon, Pocius, Vytenis Lipkevicius, Paulius Jankunas and Javtokas. Zalgiris saw playmaker Dentmon go down with a right knee injury after just 51 seconds of action, with Stombergas having to bring in 21-year-old Vytenis Cizauskas, who turned the ball over his first time on offense. Javtokas gave Kaunas the lead on a three-point play. Munich failed to convert on its first three possessions and finally got on the scoreboard with Djedovic’s three. Pocius answered with a triple from the left corner and a lay-in for a 5-8 advantage. Benzing’s hook shot knotted the game at 8-8. Tadas Klimavicius came off the bench to score inside and Dentmon returned to the court along with Sarunas Jasikevicius. The wily veteran picked the Bayern defense apart, finding Klimavicius wide open triple, feeding Javtoktas for a driving dunk down the lane and a layup for Klimavicius for a 14-17 advantage. Munich stayed in the game with free throws by Savovic, Taylor and Benzing, making it 16-17. Jasikevicius made two foul shots himself and then nailed a three from the right wing to increase the margin to 16-22. Taylor hit two more free throws and then a dunk to trim the gap to 20-24 after one quarter.

Second quarter: Bayern gets close, but unable to take lead

Yassin Idbihi’s tip-in gave Bayern the first score of the quarter and Jankunas hit his first points with a jumper off the glass. Taylor’s free throws got Munich to within 24-26. But Pocius hit a driving layup and then got out on the break for a layup for a 24-30 Zalgiris lead and a Bayern timeout. Bryant cut into the gap with a three-pointer and Delaney followed shortly thereafter with a triple of his own to get the hosts within 32-34. Javtokas answered at the other end with a three and Cizauskas knocked down a long ball as well for a 32-40 Zalgiris lead. Chevon Troutman came off the Munich bench for two baskets on the break and Bryant added a score inside as Bayern trailed just 38-40 at the intermission.

Third quarter: Munich takes lead, then suffers scoring drought

Delaney missed a three-pointer that would have given Bayern its first lead only to see Dentmon nail a triple instead. Benzing got Munich on the scoreboard in the second half and Savovic’s hook went down to make it 42-43. But Savovic travelled as he tried again to give Munich the lead before Dentmon’s foul shots gave Kaunas a 42-45 advantage. Bryant hit a fall-away jumper and Benzing turned a turnover into a fast break layup as Munich finally nosed ahead for the first time at 46-45. Lipkevicius answered with a three, but Benzing came right back at the other end for a triple and a 49-48 edge. It was a 4-point cushion after a Taylor triple. Munich’s offense stalled and Javtokas scored inside. Jasikevicius made two free throws to tie the game at 52-52. Munich’s offense continued to struggle while Arturas Milaknis nailed a three for a 52-55 Kaunas cushion before Jasikevicius added a baseline jumper and Klimavicius made two free throws to give Kaunas a 52-59 advantage thanks to Munich going the final 5:08 minutes of the quarter without a point.

Fourth quarter: Taylor’s 11 points pave way for Munich

Troutman started the fourth quarter with two missed free throws and the rest of the team caught the shooting flu, missing the next five shots until Taylor knocked down a three. Bryant followed with a bank-shot to trim the margin to 57-59. Munich reclaimed the lead with a three-point play by Delaney. Klimavicius finally got Kaunas’s first point on a free throw with 6:43 left to play. Bayern found itself in the bonus with more than six minutes remaining and Savovic made two foul shots for a 62-60 lead only to see Dentmon drain a triple from the right side to pull ahead. Taylor threw down a dunk and then after Javtokas missed a reverse layup, Taylor set up and drained a wide-open three from the right side for a 67-63 cushion - and a Zalgiris timeout. Jasikevicius would not let Kaunas die, nailing a three and Javtokas hit twice in the paint to keep Kaunas within 1. Taylor continued his superb game with a jumper from the corner and then Delaney buried a straight-on triple to extend the advantage to 76-70. Dentmon fouled out and was hit with a technical foul with 1:36 remaining, Taylor stepped up to hit the free throw for a 7-point advantage. Bryant converted on the ensuing possession to increase the gap to 79-70. Jasikevicius added a three in the final minute, but it wasn’t enough to get back into the game.

Bryce Taylor - FC Bayern Munich - EB13
Friday, February 28, 2014
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Referees: CHRISTODOULOU, CHRISTOS (GRE), ANASTOPOULOS, PANAGIOTIS (GRE), JIMENEZ, BENJAMIN (ESP)
Attendance: 6122 (Tentative)
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FC Bayern Munich
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 TROUTMAN, CHEVON 14:06 6 3/3 0/2 0/2   3 3     1     2 2 4
6 HAMANN, STEFFEN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
8 SCHAFFARTZIK, HEIKO 23:53     0/3     1 1 3         2   -1
9 THOMPSON, DEON 9:21 3 1/4   1/2 1 1 2   2 2       2 3
10 STAIGER, LUCCA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 BENZING, ROBIN 27:50 11 3/6 1/2 2/2   4 4     1   2 2 3 9
14 DEDOVIC, NIHAD 14:53 3 0/1 1/2     2 2   1 5     2   -3
23 DELANEY, MALCOLM 27:42 11 2/6 2/5 1/1   1 1 6 1 2     3 6 13
32 IDBIHI, YASSIN 4:29 2 1/2     1   1               2
41 SAVOVIC, BORIS 19:22 10 3/5 0/1 4/4 2 3 5 1   1 1   3 3 13
44 TAYLOR, BRYCE 25:42 22 3/6 3/3 7/8 2 1 3 1 1 3     4 4 20
54 BRYANT, JOHN 32:42 11 4/10 1/2   4 7 11 1 1 1     2 3 17
Team           5 3 8               8
Totals 200:00 79 20/43 8/20 15/19 15 26 41 12 6 16 1 2 20 23 85
        46.5% 40% 78.9%
Head coach: PESIC, SVETISLAV
Min: Minutes played; Pts: Points; 2FG M-A: 2-point Field Goals (Made-Attempted); 3FG M-A: 3-point Field Goals (Made-Attempted); FT M-A: Free Throws (Made-Attempted); Rebounds: O (Offensive), D (Defensive), T (Total); As: Assists; St: Steals; To: Turnovers; Bl: Blocks (Fv: In Favor / Ag: Against); Fouls: Cm (Commited), Rv (Received); PIR: Performance Index Rating
Zalgiris Kaunas
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 CIZAUSKAS, VYTENIS 17:09 3 0/3 1/1   1 2 3 3 4 3   1 2 1 5
5 GUDAITIS, ARTURAS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
7 POCIUS, MARTYNAS 27:34 11 3/6 1/6 2/2   1 1 3   2       2 7
10 LIPKEVICIUS, VYTENIS 15:52 3   1/2     2 2 1   2     3    
12 KLIMAVICIUS, TADAS 18:08 10 2/3 1/1 3/5 2 2 4 1 1 1     2 4 14
13 JANKUNAS, PAULIUS 26:46 2 1/2 0/2   3 6 9 4 2 3     4 5 12
15 JAVTOKAS, ROBERTAS 34:25 18 7/10 1/2 1/1 1 3 4 1 1   1   3 1 19
19 JASIKEVICIUS, SARUNAS 22:07 15 1/6 3/3 4/4 1 1 2 4 2 1 1   2 3 19
21 MILAKNIS, ARTURAS 12:46 3   1/2                   2    
22 KUPSAS, MINDAUGAS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
23 DIMSA, TOMAS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
55 DENTMON, JUSTIN 25:13 8 0/4 2/7 2/2       1   2     6 4 -4
Team           2 1 3               3
Totals 200:00 73 14/34 11/26 12/14 10 18 28 18 10 14 2 1 24 20 75
        41.2% 42.3% 85.7%
Head coach: STOMBERGAS, SAULIUS

Head Coaches

PESIC, SVETISLAV
FC Bayern Munich
" Coach Stombergas said that our style is to play tough and aggressive on defense. This is what we expected from Zalgiris because of the way we beat Zalgiris in Kaunas. We know they are professional, starting with Coach Strombergas, who was a great player. Sarunas [Jasikevicius] and Javtokas are great professionals and did so much in European basketball. This is what I expected. Zalgiris was a different team. They played with a strong mentality and tough defense. Sarunas was playing like he was 18 years old. I like how they played the game. I am proud of how we played. I told my team at halftime, do not give up. We will get our chances. It was important to control our concentration and be focused on our game. At this level, if you believe you can win, then you can win."
STOMBERGAS, SAULIUS
Zalgiris Kaunas
" Everybody knows that Bayern Munich is a team that likes to play aggressive and tough defense and play 100%. Everybody knows Coach Pesic and his style. We are happy that we stayed even in the game. Everything happened in the fourth quarter. They played very hard. The main key in the game was their offensive rebounds. They got a lot of second chances. And if that didn’t happen we could have played even with them. Justin Dentmon’s technical foul finished off the game for us."

Players

TAYLOR, BRYCE
FC Bayern Munich
" Early in the game we had a lot of turnovers and we struggled to get a rhythm. We were really able to just pick up our defense in the second half, convert with the rebounds and get out on the fast break and play our best basketball. Obviously they weren’t going to give up when you look at the roster they have. They have a lot of high-level players with high-level experience and a lot of pride. But we did a good job, especially in the fourth quarter and Boris [Savovic] got some big offensive rebounds and we made our free throws to get the win."