2018-19Regular SeasonRound 21
January 31, 2019 CET: 20:30
Local time: 20:30 AUDI DOME

Bayern downs Fenerbahce in 2OT thriller

FC Bayern Munich outlasted league-leading Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul 90-86 in an action-packed double-overtime thriller at Audi Dome. The game was exceptionally close throughout and it all came down to the final play when Kostas Sloukas forced overtime with 3 seconds remaining. The first overtime period was also tied, but then Danilo Barthel took over to secure a vital home win for Bayern's playoffs challenge. Derrick Williams shined throughout with several highlight-reel plays among his 19 points. Stefan Jovic also scored 19, while 6 of Barthel's total of 14 points came in the second overtime. Fenerbahce's Ali Muhammed led all scorers with 23 points on 5-of-9 three-point shooting. Luigi Datome added 13 points and Joffrey Lauvergne 12. Bayern improved to 11-10 to stay in seventh place, while Fenerbahce remained atop the standings at 18-3.

Nicolo Melli drove to open the scoring and Nikola Kalinic scored twice as Fenerbahce took control, but Leon Radosevic and Barthel scored inside to keep Bayern close. A triple from Braydon Hobbs gave the home team its first lead at 10-8, but Muhammed came off the bench to score 5 immediate points. Williams and Jovic threw down huge slams, but two scores from Lauvergne helped keep Fenerbache ahead 20-21 at the end of the first. Williams dunked to send Bayern back in front and Barthel netted a jump hook as Fenerbahce went more than four minutes without scoring, but Datome and Melli pounced to give the visitors a 26-28 edge. Muhammed sank a deep three before Nihad Dedovic made a steal and score, but Muhammed responded with another triple to make it 29-34 at the break. Ahmet Duverioglu and Muhammed extended the lead early in the third, but Jovic answered with two deep strikes before Barthel and Dedovic scored on fast breaks for a 42-40 edge. The lead kept changing hands as baskets were traded evenly and a triple from Sloukas tied the game at 52-52 after three quarters. Lauvergne and Nemanja Dangubic exchanged scores at the start of the fourth and a three-pointer from Vladimir Lucic made it 57-54. Another Muhammed triple tied it and Melih Mahmutoglu came off the bench to nail another deep strike. A huge dunk and even bigger block from Williams made it 63-64 inside the final minute and Dedovic converted free throws for a 65-64 lead. Bayern's defense forced a shot-clock violation and Dangubic split free throws, allowing Sloukas to drive and force overtime from close range with 3 seconds left.

Lauvergne struck first in overtime, but Lucic answered from deep. Williams threw down an alley-oop, but Ali and Kalinic scored from long-range. Jovic made a triple for a 77-76 lead and Datome responded. Lucic made a three for an 80-79 edge with 4 seconds left. Fenerbahce had one more play: Lauvergne was fouled at the rim, missed the first free throw and made the second for another tie, 80-80. Bayern had 2.7 seconds on the clock to win it, but Lucic couldn't score, so it went to a second overtime period. Barthel's jump hook opened the second additional period and Dangubic's triple made it 85-80. Kalinic and Barthel traded two-pointers, and Datome and Ali scored for an 87-86 lead. Williams split free throws, Barthel scored again to make it 90-86 inside the final minute and this time Fenerbahce couldn't respond as an incredible game finally concluded.

Lead changes and ties galore

This game was incredibly close throughout, with neither team leading by more than 7 points at any stage. The second half was particularly back and forth, with eight lead changes and seven ties in the third and fourth quarters alone.

Defenses dominate after the first

After a free-flowing first quarter, defenses took over. Only 6 points were scored in the first five minutes of the second period, which briefly threatened to become the lowest-scoring quarter in EuroLeague history (13 points) before a couple of three-pointers from Ali Muhammed took the partial score in the period to 9-13. Defenses then reigned until overtime, when both sides exceeded 20 points in the extra two periods.

Foul shots famine for Fenerbahce

A statistical curiosity was that Fenerbahce took no free throws in the first half, only going to the foul line for the first time when Kostas Sloukas made both his attempts with nearly 3 minutes played in the third quarter. There were no more foul shots for the visitors in regulation time – the final total of 2 being the second-lowest number of free-throw attempts in club history – but Fener did go to the line 6 times in overtime and might have won it in that way, but Joffrey Lauvergne could only split 2 at the end of the first extra session.

Next round

Round 22 will see Bayern head on the road for a crucial battle with fellow playoffs hopefuls KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz, while Fenerbahce will hope to advance to the playoffs by overcoming Panathinaikos OPAP Athens at home.

Stefan Jovic - FC Bayern Munich - EB18
Thursday, January 31, 2019
Attendance: 5346
By Quarter1234Extra 1Extra 2
FC Bayern Munich20923141410
Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul21131814146
End of Quarter1234Extra 1Extra 2
FC Bayern Munich202952668090
Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul213452668086
FC Bayern Munich
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 DANGUBIC, NEMANJA 21:12 11 2/3 2/4 1/2   4 4     2 1 1 1 2 10
3 HOBBS, BRAYDON 13:14 3   1/1         5   1         7
7 KING, ALEX DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
8 KOPONEN, PETTERI 19:41 4 2/3 0/3     1 1 3         2   2
10 RADOSEVIC, LEON 17:32 4 2/3       1 1 4   1 2   3 1 7
11 LUCIC, VLADIMIR 37:35 9 0/2 3/7   1 1 2   1 2     4    
14 DEDOVIC, NIHAD 32:21 7 2/4 0/4 3/4 1 2 3 5 2 1     2 2 9
15 AMAIZE, ROBIN 1:27                         1   -1
16 JOVIC, STEFAN 34:38 19 3/7 4/7 1/2 1 3 4 3 1 4   1 2 1 13
22 BARTHEL, DANILO 34:50 14 7/7   0/2 1 6 7 2     2   2 4 25
23 WILLIAMS, DERRICK 35:41 19 5/7 1/2 6/10 2 3 5 1   1 2   1 8 26
26 OGUNSIPE, MARVIN 1:49                              
Team             5 5               5
Totals 250:00 90 23/36 11/28 11/20 6 26 32 23 4 12 7 2 18 18 103
        63.9% 39.3% 55%
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
Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 GREEN, ERICK 5:08   0/1                       1  
4 MELLI, NICOLO 31:37 7 2/5 1/3   1 3 4 2   1 2 1 5 1 4
5 HERSEK, BARIS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
10 MAHMUTOGLU, MELIH 10:05 3   1/2     2 2           1   3
12 KALINIC, NIKOLA 31:12 11 4/8 1/2   1 3 4 3   1   1 2 3 12
16 SLOUKAS, KOSTAS 42:13 11 3/5 1/5 2/2   2 2 7 1 1   2   4 16
23 GUDURIC, MARKO 14:43 2 1/2           1   3   1 1 1 -2
32 GULER, SINAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
35 MUHAMMED, ALI 32:56 23 4/4 5/9   1 2 3 1 1     1 3 3 23
44 DUVERIOGLU, AHMET 12:00 4 2/3     2 2 4   2 2     2   5
70 DATOME, LUIGI 38:33 13 3/4 2/4 1/2   8 8 2   4     3 1 13
77 LAUVERGNE, JOFFREY 31:33 12 5/11 0/1 2/4 2 4 6 1 2     1 1 4 14
Team           1   1     2         -1
Totals 250:00 86 24/43 11/26 5/8 8 26 34 17 6 14 2 7 18 18 87
        55.8% 42.3% 62.5%

Head Coaches

FC Bayern Munich
"We played quite good defensively in the first half. At the end of the second quarter, [Ali Muhammed] made 2 three-pointers, but other that than, it was a good first half. They took the advantage in the beginning of the third quarter, but we played good defense and offensively, we were a little bit better than in the first half, in which we missed 9 consecutive two-point shots, good shooters with good looks. In the end, we went to overtime, one more than that and in the end, it was a big success for us. We played with enough energy in overtime, but also played smart on offense against Fenerbahce. It is always important to play like that. We played our best defensive game, for sure. We played quite good defense in Moscow, but in my opinion, this was our best defensive game, against the first-ranked team in the EuroLeague right now, which is also important."
Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul
"It was a very tough, very difficult game for both teams. Overall, I want to congratulate Bayern for the victory. If you play two overtimes, it means that both teams had possibilities to win the game and today, luck was on their side - luck or something else. So congratulations to them because they fought from the first until the last second. Like always after the game, we need to prepare ourselves for the next game and to understand what we did wrong today. We played without concentration in some moments of the game. We played some games without Vesely and it is not a problem. It is not good if this is the problem. If you start to think like that, it is not the correct way. Vesely is a player that gives a lot of things to this team and we decided that it was important to make the small surgery now. We always care about our players' health more than anything and we took this decision together. I believe it is very correct that he wants to do this and now, life goes on; we have enough quality in our team to play. We fought today, but it was not enough. The only way is to go to the gym and try to fix some things."


FC Bayern Munich
"Amazing. Especially, such a close game. Two overtimes. We had a couple of chances to win it and finally in the second overtime we made it. We're really happy about the win. It's just how we fought as a team. We had a great game on defense today. I don't know where we got the energy from in the second overtime, but we fought till the end and I think that was the difference at the end. It was an important win for the playoff race."
FC Bayern Munich
"It was a total team effort. Everybody who played stepped up, from top to bottom. We got a lot of stops. We made shots when we needed to. Amazing crowd. [Fenerbahce] had a lot of fans here as well. These are the type of games that, when you're a little kid, you dream about winning, beating the best team in the league at home and being in the playoff run. It means a lot to us, it means a lot for the city. I can't wait to celebrate with these guys."
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