Down 20, Milan rallies to beat Bayern
AX Armani Exchange Milan came back from a 20-point second-half deficit to defeat FC Bayern Munich 79-78 at home and snap a three-game losing streak. Milan trailed 40-60 midway through the third quarter, but Vladimir Micov sparked a dramatic fight with 16 points, including 4 three-pointers. Nemanja Nedovic scored 13 points, Luis Scola had 10 points and Sergio Rodriguez chipped in 9 points and 10 assists in the win, which improved Milan’s record to 11-11. Danilo Barthel paced Bayern with 18 points, Nihad Dedovic tallied 12 points and Greg Monroe scored 10 points with 6 assists in falling to 7-15 with its 10th loss in 11 road games.
Scola scored the first points of the game with a putback for Milan and Barthel’s three-point play gave Bayern its first lead 3-5. Rodriguez had the game’s first three-pointer and Paul Zipser hit from the outside for Bayern in an 0-7 run to lead 6-12. Scola added 5 more points - including a three-pointer - to keep Milan close, while T.J. Bray and Alex King came off the Bayern bench to drain triples for the visitors to lead 21-26 after 10 minutes. King added 2 more threes early in the second quarter to push the advantage to 23-32. Michael Roll hit a triple at the other end, but Barthel continued his strong game with two more scores as Bayern opened the first double-digit lead at 30-40. The margin was up to 11 points on Zan Sisko’s three-pointer as Bayern’s hot long-range shooting night continued. Milan kept Bayern scoreless the final 2 minutes of the first half and a Keifer Sykes three-pointer made it 38-45 at the break.
Bayern opened the second half with the first 9 points - including a Maodo Lo three-pointer and breakaway layup for a 38-54 cushion. Micov finally got Milan on the board nearly 3 minutes into the third quarter for his first points of the game. Monroe answered with free throws, an assist and layup as the lead grew to 40-60. Milan picked up its game with a 12-3 surge including a Micov three-pointer and a Kaleb Tarczewski three-point play to get within 52-63. The scoreboard read 53-66 after three quarters. Milan kept Bayern’s offense quiet for nearly the first 3 minutes of the fourth quarter and Roll’s triple trimmed it to 58-66. Micov drained a three-pointer too as the deficit went down to 61-68. Another Micov triple cut the gap to 68-70 midway through the final frame and Roll’s next triple made it 71-72. Barthel answered with a basket and Lo split free throws to put Bayern up 71-75, but Micov nailed yet another triple. Dedovic missed a three-pointer but Barthel grabbed the offensive rebound only to turn it over, which Rodriguez assisted for a Tarczewski alley-oop dunk and Milan was up 76-75 with 30 seconds to play. After Zipser split free throws with 20 seconds to play to even the game, Bayern sent Nedovic to the line with 19 seconds remaining and he made both foul shots. Zipser answered with 2 free throws with 9.7 seconds left before Nedovic was again fouled with 6.1 seconds left - making the first but missing the second. Nedovic managed to grab the rebound and Milan picked up the win.
Micov wakes up in second half
Vladimir Micov did not score in the first 22 minutes of the game and then Milan’s star scored 11 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter - including 3 three-pointers to help get the win.
Home sweet home
Milan came into the game on a three-game losing streak, but all three of those contests were on the road and Coach Ettore Messina’s team now has a four-game winning streak at Mediolanum Forum, where Milan is 9-2 this season.
Milan nailed 11 of 29 three-pointers for 37.9 percent while holding Bayern to 7 of 22 triples for 31.8%. Bayern also made 17 of 25 free throws (68.0%). Milan was able to get some easy points, picking up 26 points off turnovers compared to 17 for the visitors.
Milan will stay at home and face another German team as ALBA Berlin comes to Italy on Tuesday, February 4. Bayern must look to bounce back with another road game; it takes on LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne in France the same night.
Thursday, January 30, 2020