2017-18Regular SeasonRound 1
October 11, 2017 CET: 19:00
Local time: 20:00 SINAN ERDEM DOME

Bayern defense, teamwork denies host Galatasaray

A Round 1 showdown of Group B powerhouses turned out to be all about the visitors as FC Bayern Munich smothered host Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul 69-86 on Wednesday. Defense was the name of Bayern's game as it held Galatasaray just 38 points through the first 25 minutes. Teamwork succeeded at the other end as Bayern dished 31 assists, setting a club record in the competition and tying the fourth-highest total ever in 7DAYS EuroCup play. Stefan Jovic had 11 of those assists, while Milan Macvan and Reggie Redding had 5 each. That helped four Bayern scorers reach double digits: Vladimir Lucic with 16 points, Braydon Hobbs with 14, Macvan with 12 and Devin Booker with 10. Galatasaray suffered from 20 turnovers as compared to 14 assists, putting just two scorers in double digits: Scotty Hopson with 19 points and Dwight Hardy with 17.

It was a basket-for-basket battle with five ties until 14-14. Lucic's corner triple gave Bayern an edge, and then a steal by Jovic and layup by Hobbs sent the visitors ahead to lead 17-23 after 10 minutes. Bayern continued its run to start the second quarter, too, with Maik Zirbes tallying a dunk and a layup in transition, before a corner three-pointer by Jared Cunningham and a floater by Redding capped a 2-11 run that opened 21-34 margin. The hosts had Goksenin Koksal hit from the outside and big man Richard Hendrix inside, but a three-point play by Anton Gavel and an alley-oop from Jovic to Lucic helped Bayern open a commanding margin and lead 34-50 at halftime. Bayern kept up its strong defense after the break by forcing a lot of rushed and long shots on Galatasaray. As such, Bayern's own scoring didn't have to be spectacular, but the visitors had enough with a nifty pass from Devin Booker to Lucic for a three-point play to take their biggest lead yet at 40-62. Hopson responded with 5 points in an 11-3 run that put the Galatasaray crowd back fully into the game before Bayern finished the third quarter ahead 52-66. Hobbs buried back-to-back triples early in the fourth quarter, however, to steady Bayern before a Jovic steal and Macvan reverse put the visitors back in safe sailing at 56-74. Lucic drilled a corner triple at 62-79 and Bayern was well on its way to a good-as-gold road win to open the season.

Bayern hosts Lietkabelis Panevezys of Lithuania in its home opener next week, while Galatasaray hits the road to face Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia in Italy in Round 2.

Maik Zirbes - FC Bayern Munich (photo Fatma Erdogan) - EC17
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
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Referees: HIERREZUELO, DANIEL (ESP), SILVA, SERGIO (POR), GELLER, RENAUD (BEL)
Attendance: 4889
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Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul17171817
FC Bayern Munich23271620
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Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul17345269
FC Bayern Munich23506686
Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 HARDY, DWIGHT 29:40 17 4/5 3/4         1 1 1       2 18
7 HENDRIX, RICHARD 23:08 9 3/3   3/6 3 5 8 3 3 2 3   2 6 25
10 CLINE, TJ 4:46 2 1/1 0/1                   1 1 1
11 ARAR, EGE 18:38     0/1   1 3 4     1     2 1 1
12 RENFROE, ALEX 26:21 7 2/3 1/2     1 1 6 1 6     3 2 6
25 CHRISTMAS, RAKEEM 16:52 2 1/3       2 2   1 3 1 1 4 1 -3
32 HOPSON, SCOTTY 27:55 19 3/7 3/5 4/4 1 2 3 1   2     2 2 15
35 SUMMERS, DAJUAN 12:59 4 1/5 0/1 2/2           2     1 2 -2
55 PRELDZIC, EMIR 17:51 1 0/1 0/3 1/4   3 3 3 2 1     1 3 3
61 KOKSAL, GOKSENIN 21:50 8 1/2 2/4     1 1   1 2     1 1 5
63 AYDIN, SERKAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           1 2 3               3
Totals 200:00 69 16/30 9/21 10/16 6 19 25 14 9 20 4 1 17 21 72
        53.3% 42.9% 62.5%
Head coach: KUNTER, ERMAN
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
3 HOBBS, BRAYDON 20:35 14 1/3 4/4 0/1 1 6 7 2 3 2     2 1 20
7 KING, ALEX DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 CUNNINGHAM, JARED 20:29 5 1/5 1/3     1 1 1 1     2 2   -2
11 LUCIC, VLADIMIR 26:45 16 4/4 2/3 2/3   2 2 1 3 2       2 20
13 MACVAN, MILAN 25:16 12 5/9 0/1 2/4 4 1 5 5 1 3     2 3 14
14 DEDOVIC, NIHAD DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
15 REDDING, REGGIE 12:48 7 2/2 1/1   1 2 3 5         5 2 12
16 JOVIC, STEFAN 19:52 3 0/2 1/2   1 1 2 11 1 3     1   10
22 BARTHEL, DANILO 12:44 5 2/3 0/1 1/2       1   1   1 1 3 3
25 GAVEL, ANTON 21:46 8 2/3 1/2 1/1   1 1   1 2     4 2 4
31 BOOKER, DEVIN 25:10 10 4/8   2/2 1 4 5 5 2 1     1 1 17
33 ZIRBES, MAIK 14:35 6 3/7     3 2 5   1 1 1 1 3 3 7
Team           1 1 2               2
Totals 200:00 86 24/46 10/17 8/13 12 21 33 31 13 15 1 4 21 17 107
        52.2% 58.8% 61.5%
Head coach: DJORDJEVIC, SASA

Players

HARDY, DWIGHT
Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul
"We should have come out in the first half with the same momentum we did in the second half. We got down a lot, and against a team like that, it's just hard to come."
HOPSON, SCOTTY
Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul
"As a team we got to be better. They came out and were really aggressive in playing their game. But we just got to be better as a team. We are going to go back to practicing, and do what we got to do to play hard and compete in the next game."
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