Bayern stops Zalgiris for second straight win
FC Bayern Munich won back-to-back games for the first time this season with an 88-84 effort at home over Zalgiris Kaunas on Friday. Derrick Williams tallied a career-high 27 points, including 3 three-pointers, to go with 7 rebounds for the winners. Stefan Jovic, Nihad Dedovic and Vladimir Lucic all added 11 points for Bayern, which improved to 6-6 and now shares in a four-way tie for sixth place. Zalgiris saw its two-game winning streak snapped in falling to 5-7. Brandon Davies collected 21 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 blocks. Leo Westermann hit 5 of 7 three-pointers in scoring 19 points with 6 assists, while Aaron White added 12 points in the loss.
Bayern needed more than 3 minutes to score while Davies gave Zalgiris a 2-6 lead. Jovic then tallied 5 points in a 9-0 run, however, as the hosts surged ahead 11-6. Marius Grigonis ended the Zalgiris drought and Derrick Walton trimmed the deficit to 13-12, but Petteri Koponen’s three-ball made it 18-12 after 10 minutes. Williams tallied the first 4 points of the second quarter to close another 9-0 run and give Bayern a 22-12 advantage. Westermann and Arturas Milaknis both hit from long range for the guests but Maodo Lo nailed a three-ball of his own and had a three-point play before Williams struck from deep for a 35-23 margin. Grigonis and Milaknis were both on target from long range for Zalgiris but Bayern still led 46-38 at the break. Zalgiris held Bayern scoreless for the first 3 minutes of the second half while using a 0-9 run to take the lead 46-47. That started the game going back and forth through 10 lead changes or ties. Westermann hit 5 points for Zalgiris and Williams scored 4 points for Bayern, which led 63-61 after 30 minutes. White opened the final quarter with 4 points to put Zalgiris back ahead 63-65. Bayern answered with a 10-0 surge with triples from Lucic and Williams to go up 73-65. Free throws by Davies snapped a four-minute Zalgiris drought and another Westermann triple helped lower the deficit to 76-74. Bayern responded with a 7-2 run to go up 83-76 but Westermann hit another long ball and Zalgiris was down just 83-81 with 32 seconds to play. Dedovic answered with a layup and then Williams iced the game with 2 free throws with 1.7 seconds left.
Game changing sequence
After Leo Westermann hit his final three-pointer to cut the gap to 83-81, Nihad Dedovic answered with a big layup to restore a four-point lead. And Derrick Williams finished off the game with his foul shots.
Derrick Williams was great all game in setting a career high with 27 points. He made 7 of 10 two-point attempts, 3 of 5 three-pointers and 4 of 4 free throws. He added 7 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals for a career-best 35 performance index rating.
Bayern has never lost to Zalgiris in the EuroLeague, winning their previous two games during the 2013-14 season.
Bayern turned the ball over just 9 times and survived Zalgiris hitting 24 of 26 free throws (92.3%) by converting 13 of 15 (86.7%) of its own from the foul line. Bayern also grabbed 9 offensive rebounds compared to 3 for Zalgiris.
Bayern will attempt to make it three in a row as it travels to AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan in Round 13. Zalgiris will look to rebound on a visit to face Darussafaka Tekfen Istanbul.
Friday, December 14, 2018