2019-20Regular SeasonRound 21
January 23, 2020 CET: 20:30
Local time: 20:30 AUDI DOME

Bayern bests Maccabi, snaps six-game slide

FC Bayern Munich snapped a six-game losing streak and defeated Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv for the first time in the EuroLeague with an 80-68 victory on Thursday night at Audi Dome. Nihad Dedovic scored a season-high 19 points to lead Bayern, Paul Zipser tallied 17 points and 9 rebounds and Greg Monroe collected 9 points and 10 rebounds in lifting the German champs' record to 7-14. Maccabi rallied to within 2 with 3 and a half minutes remaining, but Bayern closed the game on a 12-2 run to secure the victory. Elijah Bryant paced the Israeli champs with 14 points, Aaron Jackson recorded 11 points and 6 assists and Othello Hunter added 10 points and 7 rebounds. The result saw Maccabi fall to fifth place in the standings at 14-7.

Zipser drained a pair of triples as Bayern went ahead early. Then back-to-back threes by Dedovic and free throws by Greg Monroe made it 16-7 midway through the opening quarter. Petteri Koponen connected from behind the arc to make it a double-digit lead. Jake Cohen drilled a three from the corner to revive Maccabi, but Dedovic banked in a shot and Josh Huestis added free throws to make it 23-12 after 10 minutes. Dedovic's 10th point came 1 minute into the second quarter as Bayern continued to add to its lead. Each team only scored twice in the first 5 minutes of the second quarter. Jackson connected from the corner for his first three of the season to make it 27-19, after which Bayern called a timeout. Dedovic came off the bench to jumpstart the stalled Bayern attack, buy a Quincy Acy three trimmed the gap and after the stoppage, Bryant hit back-to-back threes to tie the game at 29-29. Zipser nudged Bayern back ahead, 35-33, at the break.

Maccabi's leading scorer, Wilbekin, got his first points of the night with a three-pointer early in the second half. His second three gave Maccabi its first lead since the opening minutes, 39-41. Danilo Barthel stepped up for Bayern and twice tied the score. The teams traded scores and Bayern regained the lead through a T.J. Bray triple, 50-47. Koponen found Leon Radosevic on consecutive possessions for layups to keep Bayern ahead. However, Jackson kept Maccabi close with a layup and a steal that led to a Tyler Dorsey layup. Koponen lifted Bayern to 57-53 with a three to end the third quarter. Zipser free throws and a long jumper by Bray extended the Bayern lead to 9 early in the fourth quarter. Jackson connected from deep to get Maccabi going, but a three by Maodo Lo kept Bayern cruising at 66-58 with 6 minutes remaining. However, a quick three by Wilbekin and a put-back-plus-foul by Hunter got the visitors within 3. Dedovic hit a three with 2:32 remaining that gave Bayern a commanding 74-66 advantage and prompted a Maccabi timeout. Zipser's triple with 1:05 to go wrapped up a sweet victory for Bayern.

Pivotal performer

Paul Zipser hit a pair of early three-pointers to get Bayern going and never ceased to be a factor en route to a strong line of 17 points, a career-high 9 rebounds and 2 steals. He did not miss on 3 shots from behind the arc, was 4 of 5 from the foul stripe and added 1 assist and 1 bock. Zipser's performance index rating of 24 was best in the game.

Telling numbers

Bayern outrebounded Maccabi 40-30 and did not allow a second-chance basket until the fourth quarter. The hosts also had an outstanding three-point shooting night, making 10 of 21 shots (47.6%). Paul Zipser (3 for 3), Petteri Koponen (2 for 2) and Nihad Dedovic (3 for 5) led the change in this area.

No Lucic, no problem!

Do-it-all forward Vladimir Lucic had started every game this season and was among Bayern's leaders in most statistical categories, but missed this game after the birth of a daughter. His teammates stepped up in Lucic's place to secure a victory for their comrade as a gift.

What's next?

Both teams will return to EuroLeague action in Round 22 on Thursday, January 30. Maccabi will look to keep its home floor unblemished when it hosts Real Madrid. Bayern will go on the road to challenge AX Armani Exchange Milan.

Nihad Dedovic - FC Bayern Munich - EB19
Thursday, January 23, 2020
Euroleague.net
Referees: PEREZ, MIGUEL ANGEL; JAVOR, DAMIR; AMBROSOV, MYKOLA
Attendance: 3980
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Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv12212015
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FC Bayern Munich23355780
Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv12335368
FC Bayern Munich
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 BRAY, THOMAS 20:14 5 1/2 1/2     1 1 1   2     2 1 2
7 KING, ALEX DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
8 KOPONEN, PETTERI 14:40 9 0/1 2/2 3/3   1 1 2   2     3 2 8
10 MONROE, GREG 22:07 9 3/9   3/3 5 5 10 1 1 2   1   2 14
12 LO, MAODO 20:37 9 2/4 1/4 2/2       3         3 3 7
14 DEDOVIC, NIHAD 28:39 19 4/8 3/5 2/2 1 3 4 3 2       3 1 20
16 ZIPSER, PAUL 30:17 17 2/4 3/3 4/5 2 7 9 1 2 4 1   2 3 24
21 FLACCADORI, DIEGO 4:22                 1 1       1 1
22 BARTHEL, DANILO 30:05 6 1/3 0/3 4/4 1 5 6 3   3   1 1 2 7
26 LESSORT, MATHIAS 10:21   0/1     1 1 2 1         1 3 4
34 HUESTIS, JOSHUA 11:06 2   0/2 2/3   2 2     2 1   2 1 -1
43 RADOSEVIC, LEON 7:32 4 2/3               1         2
Team           2 3 5               5
Totals 200:00 80 15/35 10/21 20/22 12 28 40 15 6 17 2 2 17 19 93
        42.9% 47.6% 90.9%
Head coach: KOSTIC, OLIVER
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
Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 BRYANT, ELIJAH 23:52 14 3/6 2/5 2/3 1   1 2 1       2 3 12
1 WILBEKIN, SCOTTIE 30:20 9 0/4 3/13     2 2 8 1 3   2 2 6 5
2 ACY, QUINCY 23:58 6   2/5     3 3     4 2   2   2
3 REYNOLDS, JALEN 13:32 4 1/2   2/2 2 3 5     3     3 1 3
4 CALOIARO, ANGELO 17:28 5 1/2 1/2     3 3   1           7
5 HUNTER, OTHELLO 25:23 10 5/7   0/1 4 3 7 3   1     1 1 16
6 COHEN, SANDY 1:58                              
8 AVDIJA, DENI 4:19     0/1   1   1     1     1   -2
9 JACKSON, AARON 25:46 11 2/3 2/2 1/2   2 2 6 3       5 3 18
11 DORSEY, TYLER 16:27 4 2/3 0/5     2 2   2 2     4 3 -1
15 COHEN, JAKE 16:57 5 1/2 1/1   1 1 2 1 1           8
Team           1 1 2               2
Totals 200:00 68 15/29 11/34 5/8 10 20 30 20 9 14 2 2 20 17 70
        51.7% 32.4% 62.5%
Head coach: SFAIROPOULOS, IOANNIS

Head Coaches

KOSTIC, OLIVER
FC Bayern Munich

"We were missing in the last few games the final step and I think that today we got it. The team invested a lot of effort in the last two weeks. We had at one moment more games and practices, but we got back and we won two games tonight. One of course on the floor and I congratulate my players for the win tonight. A good wind. And I also congratulate our player Lucic, who had a second daughter tonight. And that's two great things in one day happen to us.

"We emphasized how important it is to win rebound. Of course, we know that turnovers are part of the game and this is not a good number for us, But in general, we had great rebounds. Also we outrebounded Maccabi offensively, which is great. And of course in the future we need to work to reduce the number of turnovers. In the first half especially from our turnovers they came back in the game and tied. We should not let these things happen in the future. This win is very important to give us confidence."

SFAIROPOULOS, IOANNIS
Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv
"I want to congratulate Bayern for the win. They played much better all game and deserved to win. For us it was a bad game. We were not concentrated, we were very late defensively. We missed a lot of 50-50 balls. We gave up a lot of easy points on fastbreak, transition and from rebounds that we said this is something that we need to avoid. Offensively we made bad decisions. We were also slow in our decisions. I think except for maybe in the second period, we played when we played good defense and came back in the game, I think Bayer's performance was better, especially the last 4 minutes. We didn't play smart when we were 4 points behind and we could have done better. We need to learn from this loss and to play much better in the next games."

Players

DEDOVIC, NIHAD
FC Bayern Munich
"First of all, this was the first game that I played without any pain, that I could play the whole game without any problems. The season so far for me has been really difficult with bigger or smaller injuries and with our schedule, it's very difficult to recover. Thank God I'm back today without any problems. It's even better that we played an excellent game and we won. It's really difficult when you lose a couple of games in a row, you have that always in the back of your head. But I think this will help us get our confidence back. We have a group of great guys, we play great basketball and we've shown it the last couple of games, but unfortunately for 20 or 30 minutes. But today 40 minutes and I hope this win will help us in the future."
ZIPSER, PAUL
FC Bayern Munich
"I think we just showed direction. We had tough practices. We worked on a lot of things. Like I said before or after the games we lost, we made progress and you could see you today. If we keep fighting every game like this and sticking together like this, we are going to be good."
JACKSON, AARON
Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv
"It was a tough game. We started off flat. They got a lot of easy buckets at the start of the game and I think that gave them a rhythm. We fought hard in the second quarter. In the second half we tried to play as hard as we could, but we couldn't catch up. We were playing catch-up the whole game. We let an important one get away from us this game... We got to keep defending our home next week against Real Madrid. This is a game we can learn from. I've been on experienced teams and you need losses like this. A loss like this is better than getting a loss at the end of the road."
BRYANT, ELIJAH
Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv
"I think we started off slow. I think we were talking too much the refs tonight. I think we weren't mentally prepared where we should have been, especially myself, but it's one game, a little bit of adversity and we'll find a way to snap back."