2017-18Top 16Round 3
January 17, 2018 CET: 19:30
Local time: 19:30 AUDI DOME

Bayern, Booker bust out to top Zenit

FC Bayern Munich moved to the top Top 16 in Group F by outgunning previously unbeaten visitor Zenit St. Petersburg 95-78 on Wednesday. Both teams are now 2-1 in the group and face each other again next week. In an amazing coindicence, Devin Booker matched career highs of 27 points and 38 performance index rating that he had set against Zenit back in 2016. He made 10 of 14 two-point shots and 7 of 7 free throws while matching his career high with 5 assists, too. Milan Macvan added 14 points, while Nihad Dedovic, Reggie Redding and Jared Cunningham had 11 each for the winners. Kyle Kuric of Zenit outscored everyone with 31 points and was followed by Sergey Karasev with 15. A 55-52 shootout at halfitme gave way to solid defense the rest of the way by Bayern, whose players dished 30 assists, best of the Top 16 so far.

Karasev drilled back-to-back triples to give Zenit a quick 2-6 advantage. Cunningham got Bayern's first from deep and soon free throws from Stefan Jovic and Booker put the hosts in front, 9-8. Kuric came off the bench for a floater and Shane Whittington scored in close for another lead change. Bayern threw long passes to Booker and Cunningham to flip it again. Booker's three-point play kept Bayern going and his finger-roll layup completed an 11-0 run at 20-12. Kuric let loose with back-to-back threes before Danilo Barthel hit his own for Bayern at 25-18. Kuric, however was unstoppable, with 4 free throws and a jumper to cut Bayern's edge to 29-26 after 10 minutes. Karasev returned with another triple and Demonte Harper outraced the defense to tie it up 31-31 early in the second. Reggie Redding fed Booker for a dunk and scored himself, while Karasev nailed his fourth from the arc at 35-36. Harper's free throws preceded a big Kuric blast as the visitors soared in front again, 35-41. Bayern went to Booker and was rewarded with a pair of three-point plays before Dedovic drilled a go-ahead triple and finished a fastbreak at 50-45. Booker kept it going with an alley-oop dunk assisted by Anton Gavel. Marko Simonovic popped from deep for another tie, but Dedovic copied him for a 55-52 halftime score.

Scoring came slower after the break, but only until Booker started collecting dunks again, with a pair around Redding's three-pointer, making it 63-57. Redding scored on another fastbreak and Macvan buried a long triple as the hosts ran away to a 71-59 lead. Kuric returned with 6 points late in the quarter, but that only got Zenit within 74-67. Bayern finished with a 6-0 run capped by Dedovic's steal and layup for an 80-67 advantage after 30 minutes. Simonovic stepped up with a three-pointer to start the fourth quarter before Booker stepped up with a fastbreak layup, a block and free throws at 84-70. With the points difference in mind, Bayern kept its foot on the gas as a triple by Braydon Hobbs and baskets by Redding and Barthel left a 95-78 scoreboard at the finish.

Milan Macvan - FC bayern Munich (photo FCBB) - EC17
Wednesday, January 17, 2018
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Referees: BOLTAUZER, MATEJ (SLO), JURAS, MARKO (SRB), HERCEG, SINISA (CRO)
Attendance: 5257 (Tentative)
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FC Bayern Munich29262515
Zenit St Petersburg26261511
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FC Bayern Munich29558095
Zenit St Petersburg26526778
FC Bayern Munich
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
3 HOBBS, BRAYDON 16:30 5 1/1 1/3     4 4 2 4 1       1 13
7 KING, ALEX DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 CUNNINGHAM, JARED 21:46 11 2/5 1/3 4/4   1 1 2     1 1 4 3 8
13 MACVAN, MILAN 30:56 14 2/5 2/5 4/6 2 7 9 4 2 2   2 2 5 20
14 DEDOVIC, NIHAD 18:37 11 2/3 2/6 1/2 1 2 3 1 1     1 3 1 7
15 REDDING, REGGIE 30:57 11 4/7 1/5   3 5 8 7   2 1 1 2   15
16 JOVIC, STEFAN 20:33 4 1/1 0/1 2/2 1 4 5 6 1 3     3 1 10
22 BARTHEL, DANILO 12:49 8 1/1 1/1 3/4   2 2   1 4     4 3 5
25 GAVEL, ANTON 19:27 2 1/1       2 2 3 1 1     2   5
31 BOOKER, DEVIN 24:02 27 10/14   7/7 1 1 2 5 1   3   4 8 38
33 ZIRBES, MAIK 4:23 2     2/2                   1 3
35 JALLOW, KARIM DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           1 2 3               3
Totals 200:00 95 24/38 8/24 23/27 9 30 39 30 11 13 5 5 24 23 127
        63.2% 33.3% 85.2%
Head coach: DJORDJEVIC, SASA
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
Zenit St Petersburg
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 REYNOLDS, SCOTTIE 28:58 3 1/2 0/1 1/2   6 6 5 1 2   1 4 5 10
4 LAZAREV, IVAN 5:59   0/1       1 1     1     5 1 -5
7 KARASEV, SERGEY 20:21 15 1/3 4/7 1/2 1 4 5 1 1 2     1 1 14
11 BARINOV, NIKITA 13:41 3 0/2 0/1 3/4 2 1 3   1 1 1   1 2 4
13 VIKHROV, ARTEM 11:08 1     1/2       1   1       1 1
18 VORONOV, EVGENY 11:20 4 2/5 0/3   1 1 2 1       1 4 2 -2
19 SIMONOVIC, MARKO 18:23 6 0/2 2/3     2 2   1       1 1 6
21 WHITTINGTON , SHAYNE 27:05 7 3/6 0/4 1/1 1 4 5   2 2 2   2 1 6
22 HARPER, DEMONTE 26:26 4 1/3 0/4 2/2   3 3 2 1 4   1 3 2 -2
24 KURIC, KYLE 19:38 31 5/7 4/7 9/9 1   1     1 1 1 1 5 30
31 VALIEV, EVGENY 17:01 4 1/2   2/2 2   2 2 1 1 1 1 1 2 8
Team           3 2 5     1         4
Totals 200:00 78 14/33 10/30 20/24 11 24 35 12 8 16 5 5 23 23 74
        42.4% 33.3% 83.3%
Head coach: KARASEV, VASILY

Head Coaches

DJORDJEVIC, SASA
FC Bayern Munich
"It was very tough in the first half when they were hitting all the shots, and over our hands. We didn't let ourselves put less effort on the floor. I believe that one of the keys was we put our small lineup on the floor and we picked up our aggressiveness. With Anton and Hobbs we had a couple of steals and a couple of good runs and fastbreaks. And we kept on pounding and trying to go inside. The word I used at halftime was 'clear', just clear your head, maybe stop thinking. While trying to prepare this game, a very important game for us, maybe the the most important of the season or the group, maybe we gave too much information for the players. Once you do that, you slow down the instinct they need for this kind of game. The other word was 'fanatic'. Everything was supposed to be fanatic: discipline, energy, effort, concentration. And we brought all that up in the second half. I am very pleased for the victory and the margin."
KARASEV, VASILY
Zenit St Petersburg
"It was a very tough game for us, especially without Drew Gordon. So we understand we had big problems under the basket. It was the Bayern show in the first quarter. In the second quarter we scored some three-point shots to get in the game, but I think in the third quarter we just stopped playing. What's the reason? Probably you can say a tough schedule, but you still have to play...Bayern played very good defense in the second half and got on the fastbreak and we couldn't stop them."