2020-21Regular SeasonRound 3
October 14, 2020 CET: 18:30
Local time: 19:30 MENORA MIVTACHIM ARENA

Lucic leads Bayern to victory in Tel Aviv

Vladimir Lucic scored a career-high 26 points to lead FC Bayern Munich to an 82-85 road win over Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv on Wednesday night at Menora Mivtachim Arena. The win was Bayern's second in a row on the road and its first-ever EuroLeague victory in Tel Aviv. The result lifted Bayern's record to 2-1 on the season and sent Maccabi to 1-2. Paul Zipser added 16 points for the winners, who led from late in the first quarter till the end. Jalen Reynolds scored 14 against his former team and Wade Baldwin IV had 13. Scottie Wilbekin paced Maccabi with 27 points and 7 assists and Ante Zizic contributed 19 points on 8-of-9 shooting plus 6 rebounds in defeat.

The Bayern defense forced Maccabi into turnovers on its first three possessions and Lucic got the visitors going with a three-point play. Zizic came to Maccabi's rescue with three baskets in the paint as the hosts went ahead, 8-5. Reynolds produced a pretty move in the low post as Bayern regained control, 12-13, and the teams reached the 10-minute mark tied at 15-15. Reynolds scored twice to start the second quarter and T.J. Bray added a triple, which prompted a Maccabi timeout. A three by Zipser extended the gap to 17-26. Zizic came back into the game and continued to dominate, but he had little help and the Maccabi turnovers continued to mount. Leon Radosevic free throws gave Bayern a double-digit lead, 23-34. Angelo Caloiaro trimmed the gap to 25-34 at the break.

Threes by Dragan Bender and Wilbekin drew Maccabi within 32-36 early in the second half, but Lucic came to the fore again for Bayern with a three-pointer and free throws to ignited a 0-7 run that pushed the gap back to double-digits. Caloiaro and Tyler Dorsey tried to change things for the home team, but Baldwin came alive to keep Bayern in control. Wilbekin scored a three and a layup on either side of a Bayern timeout, but a triple by Zipser on the buzzer ended the third quarter at 55-60. More threes by Lucic and Zipser pushed the Bayern advantage to double figures again, just 90 seconds into the fourth. Zipser added free throws for Bayern's biggest lead, 58-70. Wilbekin kept the Maccabi fight alive with a three-point play and a triple to trim the deficit to 70-75 with 3-plus minutes remaining. Lucic connected on a big three at the end of the shot clock to keep Bayern in control. Reynolds fouled out with 1:37 remaining and Wilbekin free throws got the hosts within 78-81. Lucic responded with 3 free throws – after a technical foul by Dorsey, who made amends with a steal from Zipser and an unsportsmanlike foul with 45.1 left. After he made free throws, Hunter missed from close range. Bayern was able to kill the clock thanks to an offensive rebound by Leon Radosevic and Wilbekin missed a three to tie it from mid-court on the buzzer.

Pivotal performer

Vladimir Lucic scored early and often for Bayern en route to a career-best 26 points. He only missed 2 shots – a three-pointer and a free throw, while adding 3 rebounds and 2 steals. His previous career-best was 20 points last season against Anadolu Efes Istanbul. Lucic's performance index rating of 29 was also a career-best.

The turnover tale

Bayern collected 12 steals and forced Maccabi into 18 turnovers, which played a major role in the game. However, none of those came in the fourth quarter, which is when Maccabi worked its way from a double-digit deficit to within 2 points in the final minute. When Bayern was generating those turnovers, it controlled the game.

Zipser's major contributions

The last time these two teams played, Paul Zipser had a career-high 9 rebounds in a Bayern 80-68 home win. He had a major role for Bayern again in this game with 16 points and several key buckets. He hit one on the third-quarter buzzer to fend off a Maccabi rally and another early in the fourth to extend the lead that Bayern was able to protect late.

Reynolds's return to Tel Aviv

Though he finished the game on the bench after fouling out, Jalen Reynolds had a big game for Bayern in his 20 minutes on the floor against his former team. He scored 14 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and blocked a shot.

What's next?

FC Bayern Munich will continue on the road to Istanbul for a Round 4 showdown with Fenerbahce Beko on Friday, October 16. Maccabi will play in Greece against Olympiacos Piraeus the same evening.

Vladimir Lucic - FC Bayern Munich - EB20
Wednesday, October 14, 2020
Euroleague.net
Referees: RYZHYK, BORYS; MANTYLA, PETRI; NIKOLIC, UROS
Attendance: 0 (Tentative)
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Maccabi Playtika 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 27:01 4 2/5 0/3     4 4     1   1 2 4 2
1 WILBEKIN, SCOTTIE 32:57 27 3/6 4/8 9/10   2 2 7 1 5     3 9 30
3 JONES, CHRIS 9:46 3 0/3 1/1   1 1 2 2 1 1     1 1 4
4 CALOIARO, ANGELO 30:22 8 3/3 0/3 2/4 1 3 4   1       3 3 8
5 HUNTER, OTHELLO 21:52 4 2/6     2 4 6 2 1       3 1 7
6 COHEN, SANDY 0:24                              
11 DORSEY, TYLER 26:42 9 1/4 1/5 4/4 2 2 4   2 4   1 3 4 4
14 BLAYZER, OZ 13:36 5 1/1 1/2   1 2 3   1 1     2   5
17 BENDER, DRAGAN 11:45 3   1/2     3 3     5     2   -2
18 SAHAR, DORI DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
23 ZIZIC, ANTE 25:35 19 8/9   3/4 3 3 6 1   1 1   2 5 27
24 ALBER, EIDAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           4 2 6               6
Totals 200:00 82 20/37 8/24 18/22 14 26 40 12 7 18 1 2 21 27 91
        54.1% 33.3% 81.8%
Head coach: SFAIROPOULOS, IOANNIS
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
0 WEILER-BABB, NICK 23:46 1 0/4 0/1 1/2   1 1 4 2 1     3 2  
2 BALDWIN IV, WADE 29:23 13 5/9 0/2 3/4 1 4 5 3 3 1     4 3 15
5 BRAY, THOMAS 8:24 3   1/1                       3
8 REYNOLDS, JALEN 19:43 14 6/8 0/1 2/2 1 3 4     1 1   5 3 13
9 THOMAS, MALCOLM 6:29     0/1     1 1           2   -2
11 LUCIC, VLADIMIR 29:53 26 3/3 4/5 8/9 1 2 3   2       4 4 29
12 FLACCADORI, DIEGO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
14 DEDOVIC, NIHAD 20:09 2 1/1 0/4     2 2 3 1       2   2
16 ZIPSER, PAUL 16:48 16 2/2 3/8 3/5 1 2 3 2 1 2 1   4 3 13
25 JOHNSON, JAJUAN 14:00 6 3/6       3 3     1     1 1 5
31 SISKO, ZAN 11:14   0/1     1 1 2 2 1 1       1 4
43 RADOSEVIC, LEON 20:11 4 1/3   2/2 3   3 1 2 4   1 3 3 3
Team             2 2               2
Totals 200:00 85 21/37 8/23 19/24 8 21 29 15 12 11 2 1 28 20 87
        56.8% 34.8% 79.2%
Head coach: TRINCHIERI, ANDREA

Head Coaches

SFAIROPOULOS, IOANNIS
Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv
"Bayern played better and we didn't have good ideas with what to do offensively. We turned over the ball too many times in the first half and it gave us problems on defense and offense. Every time we tried to come back, they scored at the end of the shot clock. We fought till the end and we could have stolen the win."
TRINCHIERI, ANDREA
FC Bayern Munich
"I believe that we saw everything that my team can do in the good and the bad. We were very good on defense, then we didn't believe that we could win against Maccabi and we let them come back. We had a tough ending of the game, but I believe that the picture of the game where players dived on the floor, loose balls, this is the biggest thing that we did tonight. I believe that we fought for those balls 50/50 balls, extra possessions in the key moment. We played against Wilbekin, whose showing in second half was really impressive. But we go home with a win and it's always a good feeling."

Players

WILBEKIN, SCOTTIE
Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv
"We gave them some easy and open shots and they deserve credit because late, they were able to hit some tough ones. Early on, they played harder than us and we shot ourselves in the foot with the turnovers. We had a short preseason, but we have to find that on the go, we have to learn how to play together and that's clear. We have to get that stuff together, but that comes with time."
BRYANT, ELIJAH
Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv
"We have to come more ready to play; there are no excuses because this is our job and we can't say it's because of the pandemic and a short preseason. Bayern came out and hit us in the face and we have to punch the team in the face first."
ZIPSER, PAUL
FC Bayern Munich
"I think from the first second on, the bench was there. It didn't matter who's on the bench, who was on the floor, but we stuck together, we fought together, we defended very good, especially in the first three quarters. Crazy ending, but we are very happy to end up winning."
LUCIC, VLADIMIR
FC Bayern Munich
"I'm really happy that we won today. We started pretty good from the first minute of the game defensively and I just made my shots today, so it's a big victory for us.”
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