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Basketball Future Bright In Munich

21 February 2011
Basketball In Europe
Louis Van Gaal - FC Bayern München
FC Bayern Football Head Coach Louis Van Gaal seemingly enjoyed the action, together with a sell out crowd of 12,200

If there were any doubts about Munich's appetite for big-time hoops, they were removed over the weekend when a sellout crowd of 12,200 fans watched Bayern Munich beat Wurzburg 82-75 to go four wins clear at the top of the German second division.

Among those in the audience at the Olympic Hall were Bayern Munich football legends like Steffen Effenberg and Paul Breitner and the football team head coach Luis van Gaal.

Steffen Hamann finished just shy of a double-double in points and assists for Bayern.

He had nine helpers to go with his 19 points.

Bayern are led by Germany's national team coach, Dirk Bauermann, who said on the club's website: "I take my hat off to my team, because the pressure was enormous for all players, especially in the second half, when they showed the necessary fighting spirit.

"The victory was the icing on the cake!

"It was a great evening for Bayern, a great night for Munich."

The future looks bright for Bayern Munich basketball.

Club president Uli Hoeness said: "We will increase our budget from our current 1.5 million euros to 6 to 8 million euros next season.

"We want to go after the best teams in Germany."

If they do go on to win promotion, Bayern will face much stiffer competition and will square off again Bauermann's former team, Brose Baskets Bamberg.

Bamberg are 23-1 in the Germany top flight after winning at third-place Artland Dragons, 75-69.

Telekom Baskets Bonn, who played in the EuroChallenge this season, won 73-72 over Mitteldeutscher BC.

Bonn's Patrick Flomo blocked Wayne Bernard's potential game-winning shot at the end.

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