Fenerbahce downs Bayern at home
Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul bounced back from recent losses by downing FC Bayern Munich 90-82 at home on Friday. Fenerbahce improved to 2-5 in the standings while Bayern dropped to 3-4. Derrick Williams led the winners with 19 points. Melih Mahmutoglu added 14, Kostas Sloukas had 13, Nando De Colo 12 and Nikola Kalinic 10 for Fenerbahce. Greg Monroe led Bayern with 19 points. Vladimir Lucic added 14, Petteri Koponen and Maodo Lo each had 11 while Paul Zipser got 10 for the guests. Koponen and Monroe led a 0-9 run which allowed Bayern to get an early 7-11 lead. Williams and De Colo stepped up to put Fenerbahce ahead, 18-15, after 10 minutes. Zipser took over in the second quarter, getting help from Lucic and Lo to keep Bayern within 40-39 at halftime. Three-pointers by Koponen, Alex King, Lo and Zipser allowed Bayern to take the lead, 61-62, after 30 minutes. Jan Vesely, Williams and especially Mahmutoglou stepped up in crunch time, as Fenerbahce got a 85-73 margin and never looked back.
Vesely got Fenerbahce going with a layup and a floater for 4-0 lead. De Colo bettered Lucic's layup with a three-point play but Koponen hit a jumper and Monroe scored twice in the paint to give Bayern its first lead, 7-8. Koponen capped a 0-9 run with a bomb from downtown but Fenerbahce found a go-to guy in Williams, who quickly tied it at 11-11. Lo hit a jumper but a jump hook by Ahmet Duverioglu and a triple by De Colo made Bayern call timeout at 16-14. Joffrey Lauvergne scored down low for a 18-15 Fenerbahce lead after 10 minutes. Lucic struck from beyond the arc early in the second quarter. Leon Radosevic added a put-back layup which Zipser followed with a three-point play for a 20-23 Bayern edge. Sloukas buried an off-balance jumper and Mahmutoglou buried back-to-back three-pointers to make the hosts regain the lead. Zipser and Lauvergne traded baskets and a triple by Lo tied it again, 30-30. Luigi Datome answered from downtown and Sloukas added a jumper but Lucic and Monroe answered for a 35-35 tie. Williams followed a jumper with a three-point but Lucic and Danilo Barthel kept Bayern within 40-39 at halftime. Monroe and Lucic each scored around the basket for a 40-43 Bayern lead soon after the break. De Colo and Lo exchanged layups and a dunk by Williams gave the hosts hope at 44-45. Koponen silenced the crowd with a triple but Kalinic answered from downtown and Williams put Fenerbahce ahead, 49-48. Lo and King also joined the three-point shootout to make the hosts stop the game at 53-54. Diego Flaccadori scored in penetration, then King and Zipser each buried a triple but Williams and Sloukas kept Fenerbahce within 61-62 after 30 minutes. Vesely dunked early in the fourth quarter and a three-pointer by Sloukas made Bayern call timeout at 66-62. Kalinic capped a 9-0 Fenerbahce run with a power layup and Datome added a jumper for a 70-64 lead with 7 minutes left. Vesely hit a jumper, getting help from Mahmutoglou and Williams to keep the hosts way ahead, 76-68. A three-pointer by Mahmutoglu broke the game open, 79-68, with over 4 minutes left. Ali Muhammed and Mahmutoglu insisted from downtown to make sure Fenerbahce cruised to a well-deserved win.
Derrick Williams had an outstanding performance against his former team, allowing Fenerbahce to win the game. He finished the game with 19 points on 3-of-3 two-point shots, 2-of-6 from downtown and 7-of-8 free throws, adding 3 rebounds, 2 assists, a steal and 5 fouls drawn for a PIR of 23.
Bayern led 59-62 late in the third quarter but Fenerbahce gave its best when it mattered. Kostas Sloukas swished a jumper and followed Jan Vesely's dunk with a three-pointer. Nikola Kalinic added a power layup and Gigi Datome and Kalinic added one jumper apiece in a 13-2 run that gave Fenerbahce the lead for good, 72-64. All its veteran players contributed to the run - a true team effort.
Fenerbahce shot the ball really well, hitting 20-of-30 shots inside the arc (66.7%) and 12-of-24 from downtown (50%). The hosts had a season-high 24 assists and limited turnovers to just 9.
Did you notice?
Fenerbahce remains undefeated at home against Bayern, and now has a 4-0 home record against the German powerhouse. Bayern has never been an easy opponent for Fenerbahce - its previous road losses were 87-81 in 2014, 74-67 in 2015 and 88-84 in 2018.
Both teams return to action on Friday, November 15. Fenerbahce visits CSKA Moscow at 18:00 CET, in a rematch of the 2016 Championship Games. Later on that day, at 21:00, Bayern Munich takes on Valencia Basket at La Fonteta.
Friday, November 8, 2019