2020-21Regular SeasonRound 29
March 12, 2021 CET: 19:00
Local time: 19:00 BUESA ARENA

Baskonia fights off Bayern comeback

TD Systems Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz used a huge start to the third quarter before holding on to its big lead and downing visiting FC Bayern Munich 78-71 on Friday night at the Buesa Arena. Baskonia kept its playoffs chances intact, improving to 15-14, while Bayern dropped to 18-11 in fifth place. The game was close in the first half, but Baskonia opened the third quarter with a 27-2 run. However, Bayern answered with a big run of its own and came within 6 in the fourth quarter, but Baskonia held on. Tonye Jekiri led Baskonia with 15 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Rokas Giedraitis and Achille Polonara also scored 15 apiece, Alec Peters and Luca Vildoza each scored 11 points, and Pierria Henry dished 10 assists. Jalen Reynolds starred for Bayern with 18 points, 10 rebounds, 7 assists and 2 steals. Vladimir Lucic scored 17 points and Wade Baldwin IV netted 13 in a losing effort.

Bayern went to its big men early, as JaJuan Johnson and Reynolds scored the team's first 8 points, and Baldwin hit one from downtown. But Baskonia center Jekiri went to work on the other end, scoring 8 points on his own including a basket-plus-foul to open a 14-11 lead. Henry beat the shot clock with a tough three, Baskonia's only attempt from downtown in the first 10 minutes, to help the hosts stay in front, 17-15 after the first quarter. A corner three from Vildoza and a drive to the basket from Peters opened 24-17 early in the second. However, Bayern erased the deficit by answering with a 0-7 run, courtesy of a dunk by Paul Zipser and a triple from Lucic. Henry and Jekiri briefly kept Baskonia in front, before a triple and a fastbreak dunk from Zipser helped put Bayern ahead 29-33. However, a three-point play from Henry sent the teams into the half tied at 33-33.

Baskonia scored the first 16 points of the second half, with back-to-back triples from Polonara and Giedraitis followed by 4 points from Peters helping open 49-33. Bayern needed almost 4 minutes to score, free throws from Lucic, before Polonara netted outside and inside. A layup from Giedraitis and a triple from Vildoza increased the margin to 60-35. Reynolds snapped Bayern's field goal drought with a jumper, and fastbreak dunks from Baldwin and Lucic helped the visitors finish the quarter on a 0-10 run, before a corner triple from David Kraemer cut it to 60-48 at the start of the fourth. Peters answered with a three to snap a 0-13 run, and Giedraitis traded triples with Kraemer, before second-chance baskets from Reynolds and Baldwin got Bayern within 66-57. Vildoza scored the next 5 points for Baskonia, including a triple, but Lucic answered each of those baskets, also knocking down a triple, then scored on a fastbreak to make it 71-64 with 3:32 to go. Peters found Jekiri for a dunk, but Reynolds fought for a tip-in, and Bayern got within 72-66 with 2:12 left. However, the visitors never got closer to that, as Baskonia made all its free throws to close it out.

Bayern wins tiebreaker

Baskonia won this game, but Bayern wins their head-to-head tiebreaker thanks to a 77-66 win in their first meeting, back in Round 15 in Munich.

The big run

Baskonia opened the third quarter with a 27-2 run, holding Bayern without a field goal for 7 minutes and 10 seconds. Overall, a 31-2 spurt bridging the second and third quarters turned a 29-33 deficit into a 60-35 lead.

Career game for Reynolds

Bayern big man Jalen Reynolds had his third double-double of the season, scoring 18 points on 8-for-11 two-point shooting, and pulling down 10 rebounds. He also dished a career-high 7 assists, accumulating a career-best PIR 34.

Three-point stat

Baskonia shot just 2-for-3 from downtown in the first half, and the hosts kept their accuracy in the third quarter, making 6 of its first 8 attempts, which helped open a 25-point lead. However, that did not hold up, as the home team made just 3 of its last 13 three-point shots.

Next up

Next week in Round 30, Baskonia will be on the road against Zenit St Petersburg, while Bayern will host Anadolu Efes Istanbul.

Tonye Jekiri - TD Systems Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz - EB20
Friday, March 12, 2021
Euroleague.net
Referees: PUKL,SASA; HORDOV, TOMISLAV ; NIKOLIC, UROS
Attendance: 0
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TD Systems Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
2 RAIESTE, SANDER DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
3 VILDOZA, LUCA 28:34 11 1/3 3/8     4 4 1 2 3   2 3 2 5
5 JEKIRI, TONYE 30:07 15 6/10   3/6 4 5 9 5 2     1 2 6 27
7 HENRY, PIERRIA 26:54 9 1/3 1/2 4/5   2 2 10 2 7     1 4 15
8 SEDEKERSKIS, TADAS 12:13           2 2   1           3
12 DIOP, ILIMANE 2:42                         1   -1
19 FALL, YOUSSOUPHA 6:19 2 1/4     2 1 3     1     4   -3
25 PETERS, ALEC 25:18 11 2/4 1/2 4/4   1 1 3 1   1   2 3 15
30 DRAGIC, ZORAN 4:39   0/1               1       2  
31 GIEDRAITIS, ROKAS 33:12 15 3/7 2/5 3/4 1 2 3 2 2       1 2 15
33 POLONARA, ACHILLE 30:02 15 3/6 2/4 3/6 2 2 4 1 1 2     2 3 12
47 KURUCS, ARTURS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           2 4 6               6
Totals 200:00 78 17/38 9/21 17/25 11 23 34 22 11 14 1 3 16 22 94
        44.7% 42.9% 68%
Head coach: IVANOVIC, DUSKO
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 22:50     0/2     2 2 3   2     2 2 1
2 BALDWIN IV, WADE 28:24 13 4/7 1/7 2/2   2 2 3 1 5 1   4 3 5
3 KRAEMER, DAVID 7:08 6 0/2 2/3           2           5
4 SEELEY, DENNIS 14:11 4 2/2 0/1         1   2     1 1 2
8 REYNOLDS, JALEN 27:45 18 8/11   2/2 3 7 10 7 2   1   3 2 34
11 LUCIC, VLADIMIR 32:26 17 4/6 2/3 3/4   6 6 1 1 3   1 2 4 19
12 FLACCADORI, DIEGO 0:04                              
16 ZIPSER, PAUL 21:34 9 3/3 1/1   1 3 4     1     3 2 11
21 GIST, JAMES 12:03   0/2       1 1   1 1     2   -3
25 JOHNSON, JAJUAN 10:58 4 2/3       2 2     1 1   2   3
31 SISKO, ZAN 15:04   0/1           6   1     3 1 2
43 RADOSEVIC, LEON 7:33   0/4       2 2   2         1 1
Team           1 1 2     1         1
Totals 200:00 71 23/41 6/17 7/8 5 26 31 21 9 17 3 1 22 16 81
        56.1% 35.3% 87.5%
Head coach: TRINCHIERI, ANDREA

Head Coaches

IVANOVIC, DUSKO
TD Systems Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz
"I think the key of our victory was in the third quarter. When we played aggressive on defense, we had easy baskets and fast breaks. In the moment when we led by 20 points, some players started to relax. Against a team like Bayern, any EuroLeague team, that is very dangerous. Finally, I think we deserved this win. This was exactly how Bayern plays. They play hard and good. They trail in games, but after that, they start to play hard and with confidence, and many many games they won games like this one. But near the end, two or three times we played good defense, and on our offensive play Alec Peters in the low post assisted Jekiri for a dunk, and that was a key for our victory. I said a while ago, we will fight until the last moment to finish among the best eight teams."
TRINCHIERI, ANDREA
FC Bayern Munich
“First of all, congrats to Baskonia. They played an excellent game, very physical. They were really aggressive the whole game, and we had to do better to stay in the game in the third quarter. The second thing is more important. This game, I take the responsibility for the loss. I got two technicals in the wrong moment and I cannot hide it, it is my mistake… Coming back from 25 down, and having the possession down by 6 to shoot a three-point shot, that we should take but we didn't… it is not a win but it is close to being the win, mentally.”

Players

JEKIRI, TONYE
TD Systems Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz
"I feel great. I think my teammates put me on the spot. I am happy for the win, and whatever else came with that, it is great. I wasn't looking at statistics, I was trying to get a win. It was a fight. We talked about them for over four days. They are a physical team, they are strong, they got weapons on every position. We came in today trying to take away a lot of their plays and trying to defend one on one, and I think we did a good job."
HENRY, PIERRIA
TD Systems Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz
"I give respect to Bayern, they are not a team that will give in - they fight until the end, and they got some dogs in them. It is what we play for, it is competitive. You got to play for 40 minutes, there are no shortcuts to getting a victory. I am happy for my teammates. We got the job done, and we got to keep rolling. We are in a battle, we are ready."