2021-22Regular SeasonRound 20
January 11, 2022 CET: 20:30
Local time: 20:30 AUDI DOME

Bayern beats Zalgiris to snap losing streak

FC Bayern Munich snapped its three-game losing streak by fighting off Zalgiris Kaunas 74-65 at home on Tuesday. Zalgiris was first to open a bit of daylight, leading by 8 points in the second quarter. Bayern started to take control and built an 11-point lead in the third quarter. The hosts held on and improved to 8-10 as Ognjen Jaramaz scored 16 points to lead the way. Vladimir Lucic added 12 points, Augustine Rubit had 11 points and 7 rebounds and Andi Obst chipped in 11 points with 3 three-pointers. Zalgiris saw its losing streak extend to four games to fall to 3-14, including a 0-9 record in road games. Josh Nebo collected 14 points and 9 rebounds and Tai Webster and Lukas Lekavicius both added 10 points for Zalgiris, which was playing its first game since Round 16 on December 17.

Nebo’s layup started the scoring for the visitors and Jaramaz’s three-pointer was Bayern’s first basket. After a Tyler Cavanaugh triple for Zalgiris, Corey Walden had a four-point play and layup in an 8-0 run for an 11-5 Bayern lead. Webster’s three-pointer snapped a scoreless drought of more than 4 minutes and Marek Blazevic added 5 points as Zalgiris went ahead 11-13. KC Rivers countered with a three-point play and Bayern led 16-15 after 10 minutes.

After Walden started the second quarter with a free throw, Nebo hammered home a putback dunk. Nebo added another putback off an offensive rebound and a hook shot and Webster scored 5 points as Zalgiris pushed ahead 19-26. Rubit followed with Bayern’s first points in more than 4 minutes to snap a 0-9 run only to have Niels Giffey convert a three-point play to make it 21-29. Lucic countered with back-to-back three-pointers and Obst also drained a triple as Bayern led 34-33 at the break.

Jaramaz opened the second half with 2 free throws and Rubit added a three-point play for the hosts. The advantage swelled to 45-37 thanks to two Deshaun Thomas baskets. Paulius Jankunas managed a three-point play to slow the run, but Lucic drained a triple and Obst hit twice from deep as Bayern lead reached double figures, 55-44. Mantas Kalnietis answered with a three-pointer and Blazevic connected on 2 free throws to trim it to 57-51. Othello Hunter’s three-point play for Bayern was canceled out by an Arturas Milaknis three-pointer and Bayern led 61-54 after 30 minutes.

Lekavicius got Zalgiris on the board first in the final stanza, but Jaramaz knocked down 2 three-pointers and Nick Weiler-Babb also hit a triple as Bayern surged to 72-58 with less than 6 minutes to play. Zalgiris was not yet ready to give up as Edgaras Ulanovas scored back-to-back baskets and Nebo free throws trimmed the deficit to 74-65 with just more than 2 minutes remaining. But neither team scored the rest of the way.

Career-highs for Jaramaz and Obst

Tuesday marked a career night for two FC Bayern Munich players as both Ognjen Jaramaz and Andi Obst set personal bests in the game. Jaramaz continued his excellent run of play with 16 points - 5 more than his previous best. He scored 11 points in Round 16 and 10 points in Round 17. Jaramaz’s performance index rating of 20 blew away his previous best of 8. Obst scored a career-high 11 points - 3 more than his previous top showing. Obst nailed 3 three-pointers as he did all his scoring in just 6:55 minutes of action.

Nebo continues solid play

One of the few bright spots for Zalgiris in the loss was Josh Nebo, who continued his excellent play from before the break in action. The center collected 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting to go with 9 rebounds and an index rating of 22. It was the fourth time in the last five games that Nebo scored in double figures; he has averaged 10.5 points in that stretch. He has also made 24-of-33 two-pointers for an outstanding 72.7% accuracy. Nebo’s rebounding numbers have also been strong in the last five games with 7.6 boards per contest.

Three-pointers make the difference - as expected

The stats coming into the game indicated that three-pointers could play a major role in deciding the winner in this one. Bayern came into the game allowing opponents to shoot just 33.8% from long range - the sixth-best value in the league. And the hosts did a good job holding down Zalgiris, which made just 4 of 19 threes (21.1%). Zalgiris had seen teams make 37.3% of their three-pointers, which was fourth-worst defensively. And Bayern used the long ball well in the win, making 11 of 28 threes (39.3%).

Ognjen Jaramaz - FC Bayern Munich - EB21
Tuesday, January 11, 2022
Euroleague.net
Referees: JAVOR, DAMIR; PASTUSIAK, PIOTR; VYKLICKY, ROBERT
Attendance: 0 (Tentative)
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FC Bayern Munich16182713
Zalgiris Kaunas15182111
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FC Bayern Munich16346174
Zalgiris Kaunas15335465
FC Bayern Munich
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 WEILER-BABB, NICK 15:40 3   1/2     1 1 2         2   3
1 THOMAS, DESHAUN 18:07 4 2/2 0/3     4 4   1 2 1       5
2 WALDEN, COREY 29:51 9 2/5 1/4 2/3 2 2 4 5 2 1     3 4 13
3 RIVERS, KC 10:29 5 2/3 0/1 1/1           1     2 2 2
8 HUNTER, OTHELLO 20:10 3 1/3   1/1 1 2 3 1   1     2 3 5
10 JARAMAZ, OGNJEN 24:39 16 1/1 3/5 5/6 1 3 4 1 2 2     3 5 20
11 LUCIC, VLADIMIR 33:35 12 1/3 3/6 1/1   3 3 2 1 2   1 1 1 10
12 GEORGE, JASON DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
13 OBST, ANDREAS 6:55 11 1/1 3/4   1   1           3 1 9
21 RUBIT, AUGUSTINE 27:02 11 5/10 0/1 1/1 2 5 7 3 1 1 1   2 3 17
31 SISKO, ZAN MARK 6:51   0/1           1   1     3   -4
43 RADOSEVIC, LEON 6:41   0/1 0/2                 1 1 1 -4
Team           1 2 3     1         2
Totals 200:00 74 15/30 11/28 11/13 8 22 30 15 7 12 2 2 22 20 78
        50% 39.3% 84.6%
Head coach: TRINCHIERI, ANDREA
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
Zalgiris Kaunas
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 WEBSTER, TAI 21:23 10 3/6 1/6 1/1   1 1 2   2     4 2 1
1 BLAZEVIC, MAREK 8:53 7 2/7   3/3 2   2   1 1     2 3 5
4 LEKAVICIUS, LUKAS 21:53 10 4/7 0/2 2/2   1 1 3   2     2 5 10
7 NEBO, JOSH 28:14 14 6/8   2/4 4 5 9   1 1 1     2 22
9 KALNIETIS, MANTAS 14:31 3   1/2         3   2         3
13 JANKUNAS, PAULIUS 6:12 3 1/2 0/1 1/1 2 2 4     1   1 1 1 3
16 LUKOSIUNAS, KAROLIS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 MILAKNIS, ARTURAS 14:22 5   1/3 2/2   1 1   2       3 2 5
32 STRELNIEKS, JANIS 22:52 1 0/1 0/3 1/1   2 2 2 2 1   1 2 1  
34 CAVANAUGH, TYLER 22:52 5 1/2 1/2   1 4 5     1     3 3 7
55 GIFFEY, NIELS 11:41 3 1/3   1/1 1 2 3       1   1 1 5
92 ULANOVAS, EDGARAS 27:07 4 2/7     2 3 5 1   2     3 1 1
Team           3 3 6     2         4
Totals 200:00 65 20/43 4/19 13/15 15 24 39 11 6 15 2 2 21 21 66
        46.5% 21.1% 86.7%
Head coach: ZDOVC, JURE

Head Coaches

TRINCHIERI, ANDREA
FC Bayern Munich
"I'm very happy for my players. It was not an easy period. We're playing with a huge chip on our shoulder. The first half we executed well, we just never made a basket. It was enough to hit a couple of wide-open three-point shots and the game changed. It was a very good win. We played excellent defense, good offense. It was important, and I'm happy for my players."
ZDOVC, JURE
Zalgiris Kaunas
"Congratulations to Bayern for the win. It was a tough game. We had a chance. We missed some open shots, they scored some tough shots. I had a really good feeling that we could win tonight. But we lost on some small details. It was definitely not not good enough to beat Bayern tonight."

Players

RUBIT, AUGUSTINE
FC Bayern Munich
"It was very important. It always sucks to lose, the morale in the locker room. We know we're a good team. The last game we gave it away. It's great to finish the game strong. We needed that. The biggest thing is to just bring energy. It's more than just wins and losses; it's also how you play. If we come out with offensive energy and play defense then we have a chance. That's the biggest thing we are working on."
JARAMAZ, OGNJEN
FC Bayern Munich
"The key was the good energy I had and the whole team had from the beginning until the end of the game. We did a great job on defense. We started to make some shots on offense. After that, we played with high confidence, and I think this is a great way to bounce back after three losses in the EuroLeague. We played a good first half except for a couple of minutes in the second quarter. But it was important for us to start the second half very good. We know how important the first five minutes are because some games we didn't play very good. Today we changed that and I think a key was we started very well in the second half with high energy."