2020-21Regular SeasonRound 4
October 16, 2020 CET: 19:45
Local time: 20:45 ULKER SPORTS AND EVENT HALL

Bayern comeback stuns Fenerbahce, 71-75

FC Bayern Munich completed a perfect double-round week on the road in incredible fashion on Friday, rallying from 20 points down at halftime to stun host Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul 71-75. Bayern outscored Fenerbahce 26-50 after halftime to raise its record to 3-1, good for a share of second place. Fenerbahce dropped to 2-2. Vladimir Lucic scored 18 points for the winners – including 4 of 4 insurance free throws in the last 10 seconds – while Jalen Reynolds came off the bench for 17 and 8 rebounds. Zan Sisko added 11 points and Nihad Dedovic 10 for Bayern. Fenerbahce, which had led by a high of 21 late in the second quarter, got 25 points and 8 rebounds from Jan Vesely plus 18 and 7 assists from Nando De Colo. Bayern out-rebounded the hosts 25-6 in the last two quarters.

Vesely and former Bayern captain Danilo Barthel filled a 6-0 Fenerbahce start before a triple by Lucic was answered twice by Edgaras Ulanovas to suddenly make it 16-5. A six-point possession – 4 free throws by De Colo and a layup by Lorenzo Brown – boosted the difference 22-5. De Colo's first field goal, a triple, meant a 20-point lead on the way to a 28-9 score after 10 minutes. Dedovic and Reynolds got Bayern closer, 33-16, but Vesely was unstoppable as the lead reached 39-18. Sisko's first triple could not deter De Colo and Barthel from keeping Fenerbahce's dominance at 45-25 for the break. Reynolds was everywhere as Bayern trimmed the difference after halftime. Suddenly Lucic jammed back a rebound, Wade Baldwin stole and Sisko drilled his third triple to make it 51-41. Lucic's 3 free throws lowered the difference to single digits, 55-46, while Ali Muhammad's late shot-clock triple and Leon Radosevic's buzzer-beating put-back left a 58-48 scoreboard after 30 minutes. Reynolds ruled the first minute of the fourth quarter, with 5 points to force a Fenerbahce timeout at 58-53. The battle was truly joined now. Free throws by Dedovic and Paul Zipser set up an open triple from Lucic to make it 63-62 with 6 minutes left. Nick Weiler-Babb soon did the honors from deep to give the guests their first lead, 63-65. Lucic kept it going with a layup to complete a 0-12 run at before Vesely hit a free throw and a bank shot for the hosts at 66-68 going into the final 2 minutes. Vesely's 12th two-pointer tied it 68-68 with 1:15 left. Baldwin broke the tie with 48 seconds left and then stole from Lorenzo Brown, who subsequently committed an unsportsmanlike foul with 28 seconds left. Lucic hit 1 of 2 free throws and then Bayern's missed field goal try was knocked out of bounds by Vesely with 11.5 left and the scoreboard at 68-71. Lucic hit 2 free throws before De Colo buried a transition triple with 6.5 seconds left. But Lucic hit 2 more free throws to assure an incredible first win ever for Bayern at Fenerbahce's court.

Comeback record

Bayern's comeback from back 21 points behind amounted to a club record in the EuroLeague. The previous biggest comeback by Bayern was 19 points to beat Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar 82-79 in February of 2014.

History served

Neither Bayern (0-4) nor head coach Andrea Trinchieri (0-3) had ever won before on Fenerbahce's court. In his previous three games against the hosts – when he was coaching first Pallacanestro Cantu and then Brose Bamberg – Trinchieri's three defeats there had come by a combined margin of just 11 points.

Star turn

Lucic had his team's highest PIR, 24, thanks to 7 fouls drawn and 8 of 9 free throw shooting, but the catalyst of the comeback was Reynolds. In his 11 second-half minutes, he had 11 points and 7 rebounds, the latter more than all of Fenerbahce's players combined in the half. His point total of 17 was his best in the EuroLeague yet, but his offensive rebounds per minute are by far the league's best and a big reason that Bayern pulled out the win.

Moving up the charts

Vesely's 12-for-14 two-point shooting was not only impressive, but vaulted him into seventh place all-time in the EuroLeague. He now had 894 two-pointers, vaulting ahead of Luis Scola's 888. And it wasn't even Vesely's single-game best. He also moved past FC Barcelona head coach Sarunas Jasikevicius for 20th place EuroLeague scorers all-time by pushing his total to 2,360 points. De Colo, meanwhile, hit 3 of 6 triples to become the 19th player in EuroLeague history to make 300 or more. He now has downed 301 three-pointers.

Next games

Fenerbahce plays the first of five out of six games on the road when it visits Panathinaikos OPAP Athens in Round 5 next Thursday. The following night, Bayern hosts Olympiacos Piraeus.

Jalen Reynolds - FC Bayern Munich - EB20
Friday, October 16, 2020
Euroleague.net
Referees: BELOSEVIC, ILIJA; PETEK, SASO; TSAROUCHA, VASILIKI
Attendance: 0 (Tentative)
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Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul28171313
FC Bayern Munich9162327
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Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul28455871
FC Bayern Munich9254875
Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
2 HAMILTON, JOHNATHAN 5:10   0/1       1 1       1 1      
4 BROWN, LORENZO 26:10 2 1/3 0/2     2 2 5 3 3     2   3
9 WESTERMANN, LEO 6:02   0/1       1 1     3     3   -6
13 BIBEROVIC, TARIK 0:33     0/1                       -1
19 DE COLO, NANDO 32:52 18 0/1 3/6 9/9 1 2 3 7 1 4       8 29
21 PIERRE, DYSHAWN 14:20 7 2/2 0/1 3/5       1         1 4 8
22 BARTHEL, DANILO 21:15 6 2/4   2/2   3 3 1         2 5 11
24 VESELY, JAN 31:31 25 12/14 0/1 1/2   8 8 2         2 4 33
31 EDDIE, JARELL 19:25   0/1 0/3     2 2 2   3     3   -6
32 CANDAN, BERKAY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
35 MUHAMMED, ALI 12:42 3 0/1 1/1   1 2 3 1 1       2   5
92 ULANOVAS, EDGARAS 30:00 10 2/6 2/3   1 2 3 4   1     4 2 9
Team             1 1               1
Totals 200:00 71 19/34 6/18 15/18 3 24 27 23 5 14 1 1 19 23 86
        55.9% 33.3% 83.3%
Head coach: KOKOSKOV, IGOR
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
FC Bayern Munich
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 WEILER-BABB, NICK 24:04 7 2/3 1/6   1 3 4 2         3   4
2 BALDWIN IV, WADE 26:42 6 3/9 0/4   1 1 2 1 4 2     1 2 2
5 BRAY, THOMAS 5:55     0/2         1         1 1 -1
8 REYNOLDS, JALEN 16:21 17 8/12   1/1 4 4 8     2     4 1 16
9 THOMAS, MALCOLM 15:20   0/2       1 1 3 1     1 3   -1
11 LUCIC, VLADIMIR 22:28 18 2/2 2/4 8/9 2 3 5           3 7 24
14 DEDOVIC, NIHAD 26:59 10 2/2 1/4 3/4 2 3 5 1   3     1 4 12
15 AMAIZE, ROBIN 3:00                              
16 ZIPSER, PAUL 12:32 2 0/1 0/4 2/2   1 1 2 1 1       2 2
25 JOHNSON, JAJUAN 8:38   0/1     1 3 4 1   2 1   2   1
31 SISKO, ZAN 19:39 11 1/2 3/4     3 3 4 1       3 1 15
43 RADOSEVIC, LEON 18:22 4 2/4 0/1   2 3 5 1   3     2 1 3
Team           1 1 2               2
Totals 200:00 75 20/38 7/29 14/16 14 26 40 16 7 13 1 1 23 19 79
        52.6% 24.1% 87.5%
Head coach: TRINCHIERI, ANDREA

Head Coaches

KOKOSKOV, IGOR
Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul
"Tough game, tough loss for our team. We are very disappointed. I am personally very disappointed in the way we performed in the second half. We saw two completely different halves. The first half that I hope is the real face of our team, and a second half in which we just disappeared. We lost our edge. We lost our energy. We ran out of gas. I strongly believe that coaches lose the game. My old coach who was my mentor was telling me that if you're up 20 and you lose the game, it's always on the coach. So, as the coach, I'm taking full responsibility for a game like this. And I'm going to always stay behind my team and my guys and take full responsibility for this performance. There is winning and misery in this business, and we feel miserable tonight."
TRINCHIERI, ANDREA
FC Bayern Munich
"I believe that we showed two different faces. At halftime, we looked very bad, but no excuses. It was embarrassing. I don't believe that we are that bad. So we didn't do anything special. We just manned up, tried to find five players who were working well together, and our DNA: play defense, play defense, play defense. Congrats to my players because the second half was amazing. Winning in Fenerbahce, coming from Maccabi, two big games on the road, I believe it's the best reward for my players. I am very happy for them."

Players

LUCIC, VLADIMIR
FC Bayern Munich
"It's a great feeling. We started a little bit slow, with not enough energy for any game, but especially not against a great team like Fenerbahce. But in the second half, we responded and played our game. We kept believing in the things we do and practice hard at every day. We know what we want to do this season, and like I say many times, with all these changes [in the team] we need to keep trusting in the process and get better every day."
REYNOLDS, JALEN
FC Bayern Munich
"Coming out in the second half, we knew we had to lock in. Everybody stayed together, and Coach is always reiterating 'defense first', and that's what we did. Fenerbahce is a really good team. We knew coming into this game that it definitely wasn't going to be easy. But I knew I had to bring that energy for my team, as far as rebounding. If I'm not scoring, just do whatever it takes to get the win. We tried to just listen to Coach and follow his footsteps as far as what he needed us to do. Our main thing is just staying together. Teams are going to score, but we have to just stay together and stay locked in."