Valencia routs Bayern at home
Valencia Basket grabbed its second consecutive home win by thrashing FC Bayern Munich 82-56 at La Fonteta on Friday. Valencia improved to 2-6 in the standings while Bayern dropped to 3-5. Vanja Marinkovic led the winners with 19 points. Brock Motum added 14, Guillem Vives 13 and Bojan Dubljeic 11 for Valencia. Vladimir Lucic paced Bayern with 14 points while Maodo Lo added 11. Vives and Marinkovic shined early, then Mike Tobey allowed Valencia to get a 20-16 margin after 10 minutes. A three-pointer by Lo gave Bayern its first lead, 24-25, early in the second quarter. Marinkovic had 8 points in a 15-2 run which gave the hosts a double-digit margin, 39-29, at halftime. Lucic brought Bayern within 39-36 soon after the break but Vives led a 10-0 run which boosted Valencia's margin to 49-36. The hosts kept a 59-47 margin after 30 minutes and then went up 72-53 behind an outstanding Quino Colom, enough to seal the outcome.
Vives got Valencia going with a driving layup that Fernando San Emeterio followed with a running basket for a 4-0 lead. Marinkovic bettered Lo's jumper with a three-pointer and Vives added another basket to make Bayern call timeout at 9-2. Petteri Koponen downed a triple and Lucic added a driving layup, but Dubljevic and Marinkovic kept Valencia fully in charge, 14-7. Petteri Koponen insisted from beyond the arc and DeMarcus Nelson added a layup to bring Bayern within 14-12. Tobey and Colom helped Valencia restore a 20-16 lead after 10 minutes. Jordan Loyd hit a stop-and-pop jumper early in the second quarter but Greg Monroe and Zipser brought Bayern as close as 22-20. Dubljevic and Monroe traded close baskets before a three-pointer by Lo gave the guests their first lead, 24-25. Motum hit a floater and Colom added a layup to give Valencia fresh air at 28-25. Marinkovic followed a layup with his third bomb from downtown, and soon added a jumper as Valencia led at halftime 39-29. Lucic stepped up after the break with a three-pointer, a jumper and a backdoor layup to singlehandedly bring Bayern within 39-36. Valencia called timeout and found a go-to guy in Vives, who hit a floater and followed Aaron Doornekamp's triple with his own bomb from downtown for a 47-36 lead. Marinkovic capped a 10-0 run with a layup at 49-36, but Alex King quickly buried a triple for Bayern. Vives kept pacing Valencia and Motum added a coast-to-coast layup good for a 53-39 lead. Koponen and Lo each struck from beyond the arc, bringing Bayern within 59-47 after 30 minutes. Lo downed a three-pointer early in the fourth quarter that Dubljevic erased with a layup-plus-free throw. Colom joined the three-point shootout to break the game open, 65-50. Dubljevic followed a dunk with a layup, then Colom buried another three-pointer to seal the outcome, 72-53, allowing Valencia to celebrate a well-deserved win long before the final buzzer.
As usual, Dubljevic was his team's main pillar around the rims, finishing the game with 11 points on 5-of-9 two-point shots. He added 7 rebounds, 2 assists, an assist, a steal and 3 fouls drawn for a PIR of 16 in less than 22 minutes on the floor.
A three-pointer by Lo gave Bayern its only lead of the game, 24-25. Brock Motum and Quino Colom rescued Valencia with quick baskets, then Marinkovic had 8 points, including a couple of triples, in a 15-2 run that put Valencia ahead for good, 39-27.
Two-point shots made the difference in this game. Valencia scored fluently around the basket and protected its rim very well. Valencia hit 24-of-37 shots inside the arc (66.7%) and Bayern scored only 13-of-31 two-pointers (41.9%). Valencia only allowed Bayern to pull down 4 offensive rebounds, too.
Did you notice?
Motum broke the 1,000-point mark in the EuroLeague. He entered the game with 993 points in his previous 121 games with Zalgiris Kaunas, Anadolu Efes and Valencia. He is the second Australian to scored 1,000 points in EuroLeague action; three-time champion David Andersen scored 2,299 in his 11 seasons in the competition.
Both teams return to EuroLeague action on Tuesday, opening night of Round 9. Bayern hosts Olympiacos Piraeus at 20:30 CET, a half hour before Valencia welcomes Zenit St Petersburg, featuring Will Thomas, the 2019 EuroCup Finals MVP with the Spanish powerhouse.
Friday, November 15, 2019