Shields triple lifts Milan over Bayern in OT
Shavon Shields hit a three-pointer with 9 seconds left in overtime to give AX Armani Exchange Milan a dramatic 79-81 road win over FC Bayern Munich. Neither team led by more than 5 points before Milan forced overtime on a runner by Sergio Rodriguez in the final minute of regulation, and then Shields hit a tough game-winner with a hand in his face. Malcolm Delaney paced Milan with 17 points and 8 assists, while Kyle Hines scored 16 points, both in their Milan debuts. Shields, another newcomer, finished with 9 points. Wade Baldwin IV led Bayern with 18 points, and Jalen Reynolds had 14 points plus 11 rebounds, including 9 on the offensive end. Nihad Dedovic also scored 14, and dished 7 assists, while Vladimir Lucic had 12 points in the loss.
The teams traded leads throughout the first quarter as Delaney led Milan's offense with 4 assists and Michael Roll strung together 8 consecutive points, including two three-pointers. But Bayern had answers with Dedovic's three-point play and Leon Radosevic scoring a pair of baskets to tie it at 12-12. Bayern had success on the offensive boards, and a long-range shot from Paul Zipser gave the hosts a 17-15 lead at the start of the second quarter. The rhythm picked when Delaney returned to the floor, as he traded triples with Dedovic to cap a 3-10 run and restore Milan's lead. Another three from Delaney made it 25-30 later in the second, but Bayern kept attacking the glass and a jumper from Wade Baldwin IV cut it to 31-32 at halftime. Zach LeDay scored twice from close range and Delaney hit from long range, but Baldwin, Dedovic and Lucic knocked down triples as the lead kept changing hands. Bayern kept hustling and went ahead 48-44 behind close-range baskets from Reynolds, before Datome's buzzer-beating triple made it 55-54 after 30 minutes. Rodriguez and Hines converted the first two possession of the fourth quarter to put Milan up, but Dedovic ended a 0-7 run with a runner before jumpers from Radosevic and Baldwin secured another lead change, 63-60. Hines answered with 5 straight points to put Milan back in front with 4:30 left. But the hosts responded with close-range baskets from Reynolds and Baldwin, and after Shields and Lucic traded threes, a driving layup from Rodriguez with 55 seconds to go made it 70-70, which ended up the score at the end of regulation. Delaney scored 6 points early in the extra period, but Baldwin brought Bayern back to 77-78. Nick Weiler-Babb made it 79-78 from the free throw line, but Shields struck to send Milan ahead and Baldwin couldn’t make an attempted game-winning triple on the buzzer.
Nearly new starting five
Milan's starting lineup featured four players who joined the club this summer: Malcolm Delaney, Shavon Shields, Zach LeDay and Kyle Hines. The only returnee among the starters was Michael Roll, who got Milan's offense going with 8 early points.
Close game magic
This game featured 26 lead changes and 12 ties, and the score was as tight as it gets at the end of each quarter. Milan led 14-15 after the first quarter, and held a 31-32 lead at halftime. Bayern was up 55-54 after three quarters, and teams were tied at 70-70 at the end of regulation.
Did you know?
This was seventh head-to-head game between Bayern and Milan, and the fourth meeting decided by 2 points or fewer.
Offensive boards domination
Bayern big man Jalen Reynolds was a monster on the offensive glass. He had 11 rebounds, a career high, and his 9 offensive boards are not just his personal best but also shattered Bayern’s club record. Bayern finished the game with a 14-7 advantage in offensive rebounds.
Both teams will be in action on Friday in Round 2 next week, with Bayern traveling to visit ALBA Berlin in an all-German clash, while Milan will welcome LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne.
Friday, October 2, 2020