Bayern goes out with a win
FC Bayern Munich capped its Turkish Airlines EuroLeague campaign with an entertaining 84-77 win over the visiting Herbalife Gran Canaria on Friday in the Audi Dome, making the home fans happy until next season. Bayern, which was in the playoff race until last week, finished with a 14-16 record in 11th place, while Gran Canaria had 8 wins and 22 losses to end the season 14th in the standings. In a game it never trailed, Bayern was paced by Derrick Williams, who finished with 20 points and 6 rebounds. Vladimir Lucic scored 13 and Petteri Koponen netted 10 points in victory. Siim-Sander Vene had 19 points for Gran Canaria, Jacob Wiley added 15, and Marcus Eriksson finished with 10 in defeat.
The teams exchanged punches in the early going with a free-flowing game. Vene and Nemanja Dangubic traded triples, then Nikola Radicevic and Koponen did the same. Wiley scored 7 points to tie the game at 20-20, but Williams hit back-to-back threes to end the first quarter and Stefan Jovic scored twice to open the second quarter and make it 30-20. Vene's triple snapped a 10-0 Bayern run, and D.J. Strawberry followed up with a long-range shot of his own, helping the visitors get within 32-28. But Maodo Lo had couple fastbreak baskets and Williams scored 6 more points, including a pair of dunks, to give Bayern 44-35 halftime lead. Nihad Dedovic and Danilo Barthel quickly restored a double-digit lead in the third quarter. Bayern forced 5 turnovers in first 4 minutes after halftime, and a couple of those, steals from Lucic and Devin Booker, led to fastbreak dunks by Lucic for a 55-41 scoreboard. A three-pointer from Lucic helped extend the difference to 65-45, and after that the hosts kept the margin safe. Bayern entered the fourth quarter with 73-53 lead that climbed to a high of 22 points before Eriksson hit 2 triples to spark a 3-15 Gran Canaria run that trimmed the deficit to 80-70 with 2:30 to go. An alley-oop from Koponen to Williams ended the run, a even though Radicevic cut it to 82-77 with a three-pointer, Bayern closed the game out.
Key momentum change
Bayern controlled most of the game by forcing 18 turnovers on Gran Canaria, 5 of which came early in the third quarter as the hosts raced to a double-digit lead.
Bayern made 28-of-40 two-point shots, its highest total this season and the club's third most all-time in the competition.
Gran Canaria made 7 two-points shots and 5 triples in the first half, and all but one of those field goals was assisted.
End of the road
For both teams this game was last in this EuroLeague campaign. Bayern entered this season with 15 total EuroLeague victories, only to win 14 games this season alone. Gran Canaria finished its historic EuroLeague debut with 8 wins.
Friday, April 5, 2019