Bayern holds off Real
FC Bayern Munich got back to the winning ways on home floor with another fine offensive performance, holding off Real Madrid 95-86 on Wednesday night in Audi Dome. Bayern improved to 3-2 on the season, while Real lost its third consecutive game, all on the road, to drop to 2-3 on the season. Bayern never trailed in the second half, and led by Greg Monroe, Danilo Barthel and Vladimir Lucic kept the visitors mostly at bay, then used 10-3 run late in the fourth quarter to ice the game. Monroe had 18 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists, and Barthel had 17 points and 5 rebounds for Bayern. Petteri Koponen netted 15 points, Maodo Lo had 10 points and 7 assists, while Leon Radosevic also scored 10 in a victory. Anthony Randolph paced Real with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Facundo Campatto had 16 points and 6 assists, 17-year old Usman Garuba scored 12 points in his debut, while Jordan Mickey had 10 points and 6 rebounds in defeat.
Teams traded baskets from the start. Monroe and Barthel combined to score 9 points for the hosts, but Randolph had a triple and a jumper to make it 13-13. Mickey came off the bench and scored 9 points, including a three-point play, but Bayern matched it through Barthel, DeMarcus Nelson and Radosevic, before Koponen's triple made it 22-20 after 10 minutes. Three-pointers from Paul Zipser, Koponen and Maodo Lo extended the margin to 33-23, but Real answered with a 2-10 run which included a three-pointer apiece by Jaycee Carroll and Randolph to get back within 35-33. Five points from Garuba put Real in front 37-38, but Radosevic helped the hosts take 41-38 into halftime, before Bayern scored the first 6 points of the third quarter and a fastbreak dunk from Lucic made it 46-38. Randolph scored 7 consecutive points for Real, but the hosts had four different players score and keep the margin safe. Radosevic hit a jumper to open 65-54 lead late in the third, and Bayern entered the fourth up 67-57. Rudy Fernandez knocked down a triple, but Barthel had a three-point play. After Campazzo hit a three-pointer, Barthel's corner three extended it to 77-65. Fabien Causeur scored all of the points in a 0-7 run, then Garuba scored twice inside to help get Real within 81-78, but after a timeout, Koponen got a lucky roll on a three-pointer to keep Bayern with breathing room and the visitors never came closer than 5 points the rest of the way.
Bayern really stressed going inside, attempting 51 two-point shots, and it led to setting a club record by making 32 two-pointers.
Big men do the work
The hosts got great production from their big men Greg Monroe, Danilo Barthel and Leon Radosevic, who combined to scored 45 points on 18-for 25 two-point shooting, and together they pulled down 16 rebounds.
Garuba's time has come
17-year old center Usmane Garuba made quite a EuroLeague debut. He spent 15:42 on the floor, including playing during the final stretch of the game, and he helped Real rally by scoring 7 of his 12 points in the final 5 minutes of the contest. Garuba made 5 of 6 two-point shots, grabbed 4 rebounds, had 3 steals and 1 block.
On Friday in Round 6, Bayern travels to visit KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz while Real welcomes ALBA Berlin.
Wednesday, October 30, 2019