AAs the only team in the Euroleague, the basketball players at FC Bayern Munich still have to wait for their first win in Europe’s top competition after five match days. On Friday, the Bundesliga basketball club lost 72:78 (43:44) at Red Star Belgrade, which had previously been unsuccessful. With that, Bayern slipped to last place in the table.
“We made too many individual mistakes. In such a physical game, details make the difference,” said Munich coach Andrea Trinchieri at MagentaSport.
At the beginning of the game, Belgrade scored at will, Munich had already conceded 23 points after six minutes and were 15 points behind. The guests found their rhythm with the bench players on the floor. Bayern also defended with more concentration, took the lead at times in the second quarter and were up at the break at 43:44.
After the break, Munich lost their rhythm. Between the third and fourth quarters, they went five and a half minutes without a goal, with a 1:14 run the guests were again behind in double digits. Vladmir Lucic brought Bayern up to 72:76 in the closing stages, but the Bundesliga club was unable to turn the game around.
Cassius Winston led Bayern with 18 points, while Isaac Bonga and Elias Harris made their debuts after recovering from injuries. The German national player Bonga had missed the European Championships in the summer due to a foot operation and had moved to Munich from the NBA in North America. Belgrade led Luca Vildoza, who last played for the Milwaukee Bucks in the NBA, as top scorer with 20 points to his first win.