Bayern Munich guard Bo McCalebb believes that his side has missed the boat for qualification to the Euroleague Top 16 after losing 99-77 to Barcelona on Thursday.
McCalebb, who made his debut in the loss also admitted that being with the team for only a mere two days was not a reason behind his personal performance. The former Partizan, Montepaschi Siena and Fenerbahce star scored 4 points and dished out 5 assists in a rusty showing.
“It doesn’t matter how it felt,” McCalebb explains. “It was a chance for us to move towards the Top 16 and we lost our chance.
“Now we need to look at our next chance on Sunday in the German League and be ready for the next game in the Euroleague.”
Bayern came out just short against Barcelona in their corresponding Euroleague fixture back in the first week. The Germans showed a great deal of promise but poor perimeter defence down the stretch proved to be their undoing as Barcelona edged it 83-81.
With Barcelona at 5-0 and merely needing a win to qualify, Bayern coach Svetislav Pesic called on his players to recreate their performance from the first week and summon the help of the sixth man in the Audi Dome bleachers.
Barcelona did not want a repeat of that fixture in their own backyard – and travelled to Munich to get the win – and ensure qualification to the Top 16. McCalebb was disappointed, as he has only had two days of training, which included an extra practice to help the former Macedonian international settle. But he feels that he could have done more to help the team.
“Every game in the Euroleague is hard,” McCalebb said. “We came out and listened to what the coach told us and Barcelona hit some shots and won the game.
“Now we have to watch film and be better for next time. I’ve been playing in the Euroleague for six years. I just got here two days ago. That’s not an excuse. I’m here to try to help this team win. We lost the game. You can play me just like the rest of the team. It’s not an excuse that I just got here.”
McCalebb and Bayern now turn their attention to the Bundesliga where they host Braunschweig on Sunday.