2020-21Regular SeasonRound 8
November 13, 2020 CET: 20:30
Local time: 20:30 AUDI DOME

Bayern marches on to first win over Valencia

FC Bayern Munich continued its fantastic start to the season by battling with Valencia Basket before finally pulling away late for a 90-79 victory. Bayern closed the game on an 11-1 run over the final 2:30 minutes to improve to 6-2 with six wins in the last seven games. Vladimir Lucic collected 22 points, 7 rebounds and a career high index rating of 35 while Paul Zipser poured in 20 points. JaJuan Johnson picked up career bests of 17 points and 8 rebounds and Malcolm Thomas chipped in 11 points as Bayern beat Valencia for the first time. Valencia dropped to 4-3 despite Klemen Prepelic tallying 18 points and 5 assists, and Bojan Dubljevic scoring 12 points.

Johnson got the hosts on the board first but Valencia followed with the next 9 points – 4 from teenager Jaime Pradilla - to go up 2-9. The Bayern defense stepped up, allowing just one basket in the next 5 minutes while Lucic tallied six points in a 16-2 run which also included a Johnson three-point play and a Thomas triple to go ahead 18-11. Fernando San Emeterio came off the Valencia bench to stop the drought with 5 straight points and Bayern’s lead was 21-18 after 10 minutes. Louis Labeyrie and Derrick Williams came up big early in the second quarter as Valencia moved ahead 26-27. Nick Weiler-Babb punched right back with a three-pointer for Bayern, which also got 4 points from Thomas to stay ahead until Prepelic picked up 5 straight points for a 37-39 lead at the break. Lucic twice - once from deep - evened the game early in the second half with a Johnson jumper making it 44-42. Dubljevic answered with four points and Prepelic added a three-point play as Valencia moved ahead 46-49. After a Bayern timeout, Weiler-Babb nailed a triple, Zipser followed with a four-point play and the hosts were up 53-51. The push continued with a Jalen Reynolds three-point play and a Zipser three-pointer to open some daylight, 61-55. Valencia trimmed the gap to 62-60 after 30 minutes, and San Emeterio opened the final frame to even the score. But Bayern put together a 10-5 surge with Lucic picking up four points for a 72-67 advantage midway through the quarter. Williams responded with two foul shots and a three-point play and Dubljevic’s free throws knotted it at 74-74. With the score 79-78 with under 3 minutes left, Zan Sisko hit a driving layup followed by Lucic adding a steal and dunk and a three-point dagger to make it 86-78 with 77 seconds left. The only point Bayern allowed the final 2:30 minutes was a free throw after a technical on the Munich bench as Bayern finished strong for the win.

Lucic joins 1000 point club

Vladimir Lucic drained a three-pointer in the fourth quarter to become the 193rd player in history to join the EuroLeague 1000 point club. He ended the game with 1008 career points and counting.


Bayern’s first win over Valencia

Bayern finally broke through to secure its first victory over Valencia. The Spanish club won both games in the EuroLeague last season and also beat Bayern twice in the EuroCup Eighthfinals in 2015.

Did you notice?

The starting lineups of the teams featured two teenagers. Bayern’s Sasha Grant, who won’t turn 19 until next February, started his second straight game and played 2:50 minutes without registering any statistics. Meanwhile Valencia head coach Jaume Ponsarnua gave the 19-year-old Jaime Pradilla his first start in the EuroLeague and he picked up 4 points and 1 rebound in 11:27 minutes.

Telling numbers

Valencia came into the game with the fewest turnovers in the league with just 11.0 per game, but Bayern forced the Spanish side into 18 turnovers. Valencia was also held to just 25.0% on three-pointers while Bayern drained 52.6% from long range.

Next games

Bayern will next head on the road for Round 9 action as it will face a tough test at Anadolu Efes Istanbul on Tuesday. Valencia returns home for a showdown with Panathinaikos OPAP Athens the same night.

Vladimir Lucic - FC Bayern Munich - EB20
Friday, November 13, 2020
Euroleague.net
Referees: PUKL,SASA; KOROMILAS, ELIAS; THEPENIER, HUGUES
Attendance: 0
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FC Bayern Munich21162528
Valencia Basket18212119
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FC Bayern Munich21376290
Valencia Basket18396079
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 29:41 6 0/4 2/5   2 2 4 3 3 4   1 3 1 2
2 BALDWIN IV, WADE 21:31 3 0/6   3/4 1   1 3   3     4 2 -5
5 BRAY, TJ 4:29                         2   -2
8 REYNOLDS, JALEN 17:35 5 2/3   1/1 2 2 4 3 3 2     2 1 11
9 THOMAS, MALCOLM 18:40 11 4/5 1/1   1 2 3 1   3 2   5   8
11 LUCIC, VLADIMIR 30:16 22 3/4 3/5 7/7   7 7 2 2       3 8 35
12 FLACCADORI, DIEGO 2:03   0/1               1     1   -3
16 ZIPSER, PAUL 23:03 20 3/5 4/6 2/3 2 2 4   1 1 1   3 4 21
25 JOHNSON, JAJUAN 24:07 17 7/12 0/1 3/3 4 4 8     1     2 3 19
31 SISKO, ZAN 22:00 6 3/4 0/1   1   1 5   1     4   5
43 RADOSEVIC, LEON 3:45                     1     1 2
44 GRANT, SASHA 2:50                              
Team             2 2     1         1
Totals 200:00 90 22/44 10/19 16/18 13 21 34 17 9 17 4 1 29 20 94
        50% 52.6% 88.9%
Head coach: TRINCHIERI, ANDREA
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
Valencia Basket
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
3 PREPELIC, KLEMEN 25:02 18 1/2 3/9 7/7   1 1 5 2 4   1 1 5 18
4 PRADILLA, JAIME 11:27 4 2/4 0/1     1 1           3 2 1
6 PUERTO, JOSEP 4:22           1 1   1       2    
7 LABEYRIE, LOUIS 22:45 8 3/3 0/2 2/2   3 3 1   1     3 4 10
9 VAN ROSSOM, SAM 6:00     0/1         1         1   -1
12 KALINIC, NIKOLA 32:03 10 3/3 0/1 4/4 2 3 5 1 1 4 1   2 5 16
14 DUBLJEVIC, BOJAN 22:48 12 5/10 0/1 2/2 3 3 6 1   5   2 1 1 6
16 VIVES, GUILLEM 26:32 7 1/1 1/1 2/4 1 2 3 5 2 2     3 3 13
19 SAN EMETERIO, FERNANDO 10:33 7 1/1 1/3 2/2   1 1 1   1       1 7
21 WILLIAMS, DERRICK 23:00 9 1/3 1/3 4/5 1 3 4 2   1     3 3 9
24 HERMANNSSON, MARTIN 15:28 4 1/2 0/2 2/2 2 1 3 2 1     1 2 4 8
42 JIMENEZ, MILLAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team             1 1               1
Totals 200:00 79 18/29 6/24 25/28 9 20 29 19 7 18 1 4 21 28 88
        62.1% 25% 89.3%
Head coach: PONSARNAU, JAUME

Head Coaches

TRINCHIERI, ANDREA
FC Bayern Munich
"My players found a way to win this game without shining. It was a complicated game. We made 10 offensive fouls. It was a nervous game. The good thing is in the second half we found a way to play better defense and use our personnel on offense. And my players played as a team and somebody stepped up and we won the game. These guys are trying every day to go over their limits. It’s just the beginning, but more than proud I am really happy for my players because I know how much I am demanding. This is the only way to compete at this level. Try to be better every day, try to get yourself out of the comfort zone. So this win goes to them."
PONSARNAU, JAUME
Valencia Basket
"We had some good and bad moments, and we did not take enough advantage of the good ones. We did not respond in the last two minutes, when we were very bad and they were very good, finding open shots. We did not have clarity and finished our possessions with bad shots.”

Players

ZIPSER, PAUL
FC Bayern Munich
"Every win is important, especially against a team like this. They play very good basketball: offensive, very fast, a lot of movement. We did a better job in the second half and that’s what I am really proud of. In the first half we had a lot of mistakes. But somehow the team finds a way to stay behind one another and we get it done. That’s what makes it really fun to play with these guys."
LUCIC, VLADIMIR
FC Bayern Munich
"I’m glad that we won. It was an important game for us against a great team like Valencia. It’s always nice to play well when your team wins. Defense was key, like every other game. Both teams started a little bit slow but I think we did a pretty good job later on our switching defense."
VIVES, GUILLEM
Valencia Basket
"It was a balanced game, and we didn't play well in the last two minutes. We had turnovers and made mistakes which allowed them to score easy points and break the game. It was very difficult to return to the game again. We have to learn from those final minutes which decided the game. We have to keep fighting to play better on Tuesday, bounce back and win the game."