2016-17QuarterfinalsRound 1
February 28, 2017 CET: 20:00
Local time: 20:00 AUDI DOME

Bayern outguns Unicaja 91-82 in opener

FC Bayern Munich extended its 7DAYS EuroCup winning streak to 10 games with a solid 91-82 over Unicaja Malaga in Game 1 of their best-of-three quarterfinal series at home in the Audi Dome on Tuesday. A relatively even game statistically didn't seem that way as Bayern led for all but one possesion early not long after tipoff, but still had to fight off a late rush by Unicaja. Led by Maik Zirbes with 15 points, Bayern has six double-digit scorers in a balanced attack that yielded its third-highest non-overtime point total this season. Reggie Redding added 13 points on perfect shooting, Devin Booker 12, Vladimir Lucic and Gavel Anton 11 each and Max Kleber 10. Nick Johnson had 9 points and 5 assists, as well. Unicaja got 15 points from Dejan Musli, 14 from Jeff Brooks, and 12 each from Carlos Suarez and Jamar Smith but didn't get closer than 5 points after halftime in its first EuroCup playoff game. Unicaja's top scorer this season, Kyle Fogg, was on the bench for almost 25 minutes before coming in to get 9 points and 4 assists.

Gavel's aggressiveness and 8 early points gave Bayern a 13-8 start. Brooks put up 5 of his own to keep Unicaja close enough for Suarez to tie 13-13 on a running hook. Soon Redding came off the bench to hit Bayern's third and fourth three-pointers, but Smith beat the first-quarter buzzer for Unicaja to make it 21-18. Redding upped his total to 8 points with free throws to restore a five-point lead that Lucic maintained at 29-24 with a ferocious baseline dunk. Kleber fed Zirbes inside and then drove for his own three-point play as Bayern used a 7-0 run to take over the scoreboard at 38-27. Unicaja's defense stiffened while Adam Waczynski struck from deep and Brooks buried free throws to cut the difference to 42-36 at halftime. Lucic reappeared after the break with a triple that extended the lead before Kleber dropped his own to make it 50-38. Redding and Zirbes pushed the difference to its highest yet, 55-42. That's when Fogg finally entered the game and started dishing as Unicaja, despite Redding responding from deep, trimmed the deficit to 58-50. Dueling triples by Smith and Johnson highlighted the end of the third quarter, after which Bayern held strong at 66-56. Zirbes hit 2 layups around a triple from Alex King as Bayern pushed the difference to 73-58 early in the fourth. A Unicaja timeout didn't help much as Bryce Taylor fed Booker and then scored himelf at 77-60. Fogg's triple and layup around a fastbreak dunk by Musli gave Unicaja a boost to within 77-67. Kleber restored an 81-68 difference for Bayern with less than 4 minutes left, but suddenly Fogg and Alberto Diaz were hitting free throws, while Suarez and Smith dropped two-pointers in an 8-0 run to make it 81-76 with 2 minutes left. Johnson beat the shot-clock buzzer with a runner, but Smith got free throws for Unicaja. Duelling three-point plays by Booker and Brooks left an 86-81 score with 48 seconds left, but free throws by Johnson, Lucic and Taylor down the stretch made sure of the win for Bayern, which can take the series with a victory in Game 2 on Friday in Malaga.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Eurocupbasketball.com
Referees: ROCHA, FERNANDO (POR), FOUFIS, IOANNIS (GRE), VAN DEN BROECK, NICK (BEL)
Attendance: 6265
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FC Bayern Munich21212425
Unicaja Malaga18182026
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FC Bayern Munich21426691
Unicaja Malaga18365682
FC Bayern Munich
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 BEYSCHLAG, GEORG DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
7 KING, ALEX 11:58 3   1/1     1 1           3 1 2
11 LUCIC, VLADIMIR 23:43 11 2/6 1/2 4/4   2 2 1 1 2   1 4 4 7
13 JOHNSON, NICK 18:36 9 2/5 1/5 2/2   4 4 5         1 2 12
14 DEDOVIC, NIHAD 12:36 2 1/1 0/3     1 1 3 2       1   4
15 REDDING, REGGIE 22:09 13 1/1 3/3 2/2   1 1 4 1 2     3 4 18
22 BARTHEL, DANILO 6:54         1 2 3 1   1     4   -1
25 GAVEL, ANTON 21:24 11 2/2 1/1 4/5       2 2 2     4 4 12
31 BOOKER, DEVIN 15:55 12 4/8 1/2 1/1 2 2 4 2       1 3 3 12
33 ZIRBES, MAIK 17:19 15 4/8   7/8 2 1 3   2 1     2 4 16
42 KLEBER, MAXIMILIAN 27:07 10 3/6 1/2 1/1 2 4 6 2 2 1   1 4 1 11
44 TAYLOR, BRYCE 22:19 5 2/3 0/2 1/2   3 3 2   1     3 3 5
Team           4 1 5               5
Totals 200:00 91 21/40 9/21 22/25 11 22 33 22 10 10 0 3 32 26 103
        52.5% 42.9% 88%
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
Unicaja Malaga
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
2 OKOUO, VINY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
8 FOGG, KYLE 14:26 9 1/2 1/2 4/4       4 2       1 3 15
9 DIAZ, ALBERTO 10:30 2     2/2   1 1           4 2 1
11 DIEZ, DANIEL 4:16     0/1     1 1           1   -1
15 SMITH, JAMAR 18:50 12 1/1 2/6 4/4   1 1 3 2 1     3 2 12
16 NEDOVIC, NEMANJA 21:10 4 2/5 0/2   1 3 4 5   3     2 2 5
20 LAFAYETTE, OLIVER 21:54 3 0/1 1/3   2 1 3 3   2     3 2 3
21 WACZYNSKI, ADAM 28:54 7 1/2 1/4 2/2       2 1       3 1 4
23 BROOKS, JEFF 22:51 14 4/6 1/1 3/3   4 4   1 1 1   1 3 19
43 SUAREZ, CARLOS 19:48 12 2/3   8/10   2 2 3         3 6 17
44 MUSLI, DEJAN 26:13 15 6/7   3/4   4 4 2   5 2   3 5 18
92 OMIC, ALEN 11:08 4 1/2   2/7 2   2     3     2 6 1
Team           1 2 3               3
Totals 200:00 82 18/29 6/19 28/36 6 19 25 22 6 15 3 0 26 32 97
        62.1% 31.6% 77.8%
Head coach: PLAZA, JOAN

Head Coaches

DJORDJEVIC, SASA
FC Bayern Munich
"One of the keys to the game was their offensive rebounding; we found a way to win that part. We had good playmaking today. Nevertheless we had a couple of silly fouls that gave them some oxygen. I believe we should have finished the game in a different way, with more confidence, more authority. Once we were up by 15, we started taking shots that were not in our game. Maybe players wanted something personal. We have to analyze and be very critical of it, because after some irresponsible individual stuff came some easy layups and transition baskets that gave them oxygen and let them believe they could do something. But I believe we were the better team for the best part of the game and deserved the win. "
PLAZA, JOAN
Unicaja Malaga
"We really though that the game could be this way. Bayern is playing its style and has talent inside and outside. We wanted to survive and have a chance to beat them at the end of the game. We did not think it would be an easy game from the start. We made too many presents, which means 8 rebounds difference between the teams. 8 rebounds is too much. 5 turnovers difference between the teams. That means 13 options; if you count how many shots more Bayern shot than Malaga, it is 13, more or less. If we want to be competitive… we cannot miss easy shots like we missed today and make the kind of turnovers we made. We need to reduce this number of presents to be able to beat them on Friday. "
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