Unbeaten Bayern cruises past Podgorica
FC Bayern Munich returns home from the Montenegrin capital with sole possession of first place in Group B after defeating Buducnost VOLI Podgorica 60-76 in a battle of two previously unbeaten teams on Wednesday night. Bayern improved to 4-0 on the season, while Buducnost dropped to 3-1. In a packed Moraca Arena, Bayern pulled away in the second quarter when Devin Booker scored 11 points in a span of four minutes to lead the visitors to a double-digit margin. A 0-9 run early in the third opened an 18-point margin and Bayern never looked back. Booker finished with 15 points and 8 rebounds, Nihad Dedovic had 13 points, Milan Macvan scored 11, and Miak Zirbes added 10 in victory. Kyle Landry collected 15 points plus 9 rebounds for the hosts and Kyle Gibson netted 13 in defeat.
Buducnost started red-hot from long range, with Gibson, Suad Sehovic and Nemanja Gordic all connecting once from downtown, with Sehovic’s being a four-point play. Landry’s mid-range basket made it 12-5, but Bayern quickly caught up. Reggie Redding drove the baseline and Zirbes had a dunk and a put-back, helping make it 18-18 after 10 minutes. Petar Popovic opened the second quarter with a runner for the hosts, but Dedovic answered with a triple to give Bayern its first lead of the night, 20-21. Bayern’s defense forced Buducnost far away from the hoop, and Dedovic’s driving layup sparked a 0-11 run, during which Booker had a three-point play and an alley-oop dunk. Buducnost was held scoreless for almost four minutes, before Nikola Ivanovic had a three-point play to end the drought. But Booker made a long baseline jumper, and a dunk, as the margin was extended to 14 points, before Bayern went into halftime up 29-41.
Gibson opened the second half with a three-pointer, but Jared Cunningham
scored 5 points, Macvan scored inside and fed Danilo Barthel for a dunk and a 32-50 lead after only three minutes in the third quarter. Landry scored 9 points, a three-point play and a pair of corner three-pointers, single-handedly halving the deficit to 45-53. But Dedovic sparked Bayern’s offense once again, and Anton Gavel’s triple made it 46-61 at the end of three quarters. Braydon Hobbs opened the final quarter with a three to restore an 18-point margin, and Dedovic’s fastbreak layup broke the 20-point barrier, 46-66. Bayern cruised the rest of the way. Gibson had a four-point play, and Gordic scored a fastbreak layup that made it 58-70, but Macvan replied with a three-point play to keep the hosts at bay with three minutes to go and seal the outcome.
Wednesday, November 1, 2017