The great thing about pre season basketball is that Beko BBL teams have the chance to test against a wide spectrum of teams coming from Japan, the Pro A, Holland or even France as the Fraport Skyliners are doing this season. Another advantage is getting reacquainted with former players like Fabian Franke or former big German talent like Marco Buljevic who started his basketball career up the A5 in Giessen. Fraport Sklyiner fans didnt only have the chance to see shot specialist Marco Buljevic show his straight forward parked stance in the corner, but also observe Fabian Franke again who returned back to his living room in the BCM with PRO A team ETB Wohnbau baskets Essen to duel against the Fraport Skyliners. Franke played three seasons in Frankfurt playing a total of 29 games in the Beko BBL mostly getting garbage time and also having a double license for the PRO B team playing a total of 53 games and being the third best German scorer last season in the PRO B. Franke will always be remembered for being able to completely fill up the stat sheet in the Pro B, decline at times to take open shots in the Beko BBL, his 31 point explosion against BG Illertal last season and last season for his growing GQ looks and fancy outfits which easily would have given him best dressed Skyliner if there had ever been an award like that. After a strong first half by the Fraport Skyliners, the ETB Wohnbau Baskets came back in the third quarter to cut the lead down to five points, but were unable to regain the lead as they ran out of gas. Franke was a central figure in the team and Fraport Skyliner captain Marius Nolte was thrilled to see his ex teammate again. I was happy to see him again. I had 1-2 flashbacks of how he played with us when he was able to defend me well. However I was able to block him once. Fabian is a great guy and friend, stressed Paderborn native Marius Nolte. Franke was unable to remember the Nolte block. It was like a home coming for me. I got a warm welcome and it was cool to see all the people again. I dont know if Marius blocked me, because I wanted to pass the ball, but he did a good job on me, added Fabian Franke. Ex teammate Devin Gibson was also happy to see his ex teammate. I spoke to him before the game and it was nice. This was a good test, because we will also play against Jimmy Mckinney and Jacob Burtschi this season. I think that he will be a solid player for them and produce much, commented Texas native Devin Gibson. It was nice coming back to the BCM. I played here from 2006-2008 with Giessen. My dad comes from Hessen and I really like this training facility, said 2009 Beko BBL champion with Oldenburg Marco Buljevic.
After the more than convincing 100-57 win against PRO A team BV Chemnitz 72 hours ago, where the Fraport Skyliners stifled the team from the former eastern Germany often with their press defense not allowing them to inbound the ball, the team had their second meeting with a PRO A team with the ETB Wohnbau Baskets Essen where they didnt have as an easy time. They had a big second quarter, fell asleep in the third quarter like a overblown black bear after a tasty feast of berries, but closed out the game in the fourth quarter with big shots from the Jones gang, Danilo Barthel and Konstantin Klein (185-PG-91). We played a good first half defensively. Essen came back in the second half and played well. The result may be a bit too high from their stand point. We werent able to keep up the tempo in the third quarter which gave Essen the chance to come back. Chemnitz didnt come to terms with our pressure, but Essen did. Essen should be able to be a top team in the PRO A, stressed Skyliner sport director Kamil Novak. The ETB Wohnbau Baskets Essen played with a lot of heart, but in the end were a bit overwhelmed by the higher class of players that the Fraport Skyliners have. We played hard for 40 minutes. We had some mental lapses and werent always as well organized when they pressed. We were in game and we wanted to win and we showed that we could hang with a Beko BBL team. The way we were able to play them will help our confidence, stated Orlando, Florida native Rickey Claitt.
The Fraport Skyliners entered the game without former German national player Johannes Herber who was out with the flu. The team also had a void at the forward position as Alexander Franklin had been cut recently and the team was still without new power forward Dion Dowell who was expected to arrive in Frankfurt on Saturday. The Fraport Skyliners had young German Konstantin Klein in the starting lineup and right away produced as he made a nice pump fake on American 198cm forward Terren Harbut and scored inside off the glass as if he was a very undersized power forward. Essen made a lot of pressure on offense and had for a stretch the lead, but always had to contend with the full court press of Frankfurt. Fabian Franke gave Essen its first lead with a three pointer. German forward Danilo Barthel who had a long shooting day from the parking lot at 2/9, but had better luck from the field as he gave Frankfurt the lead back 7-4 as he scored on a runner and slammed home a beautiful Konstantin Klein bounce pass. Essen then went on a 5-0 run as Marco Buljevic hit a brilliant fade away jumper in the corner over Klein and American Logan Stutz nailed a three pointer as the ETB Wohnbau Baskets Essen led 11-7. The Fraport Skyliners didnt let this little burst of energy from Essen startle them as they closed out the first quarter 8-4 to dead lock the game at 15-15. Frankfurt displayed some crisp ball movement and the guy who you want to get the last shot is a guy like Anthony Jones who is parked behind the three point line and always ready to release a bomb hitting. After a Joey Henley tap in, Klein drew a foul making two free throws and ended the first quarter scoring on a lay in getting a quick feed from German Johannes Vogtmann showing once again his masterful passing qualities.
Both teams got going slowly in the second quarter as no team was able to get anything going inside and rather focusing on finding that open shot from the mid distance or from outside. The Fraport Skyliners then finally scored inside as Devin Gibson did his typical quick steps finding the open space and then serving Marius Nolte cusine in form of a basketball with a high lob that he easily put home. Essen then got a timely three pointer from Lexington, Kentucky native Terren Harbut who has played his entire career in Germany for teams like Paderborn, Herten and BV Chemnitz. The Fraport Skyliners led 18-17, but would now open up the game as they went on a 26-7 run to close out the second quarter leading 44-25. Danilo Barthel started the scoring attack with six straight points as he scored inside using his wit and waiting for the defender to commit and fall on him as he was in the air making the lay up and one and then nailed a three pointer with his typical high rainbow. Essen trailed 24-17. After a Marco Buljevic three pointer, the Skyliners hit three consecutive three pointers often on the transition as the club continued to go make the game fast after each defensive rebound. Johnathon Jones hit and PRO B player Larry Wright connected twice as the Fraport Skyliners led comfortably 37-20. The Fraport Skyliners continued to hit at a high percentage as Vogtmann made a mid distance jumper , Johnathon Jones read a pass perfectly jumped in front tipped the ball away and went coast to coast with a one handed dunk. Anthony Jones closed out the scoring in the second quarter making an open three pointer. The ETB Wohnbau Baskets Essen went into half time with a lot to talk about as they trailed 44-25. We had very good defensive pressure in the second quarter. We had better ball movement and started to make more shots, stressed Fraport Skyliners guard Devin Gibson. We werent getting into the passing lanes, gave up too many offensive rebounds and just let them play. If that happens you can quickly be down by 20 points, added Marco Buljevic. The Fraport Skyliners were shooting 42% from the field and 40% from outside while the ETB Wohnbau Baskets Essen shot 37% from the field and 36% from outside. Frankfurt had the 20-15 edge, but only three turnovers while Essen had 11 turnovers.
The ETB Wohnbau Baskets Essen kept the basketball adage alive that basketball is a game of runs and set forth theirs as they battled back into the game. Essen did start off fast going on a mini 4-0 run to cut the Frankfurt lead to 44-29 started to push the ball inside more with success. 196cm forward Joey Henley who is an avid Dallas Cowboys fan scored hard over Nolte and Buljevic showed that he wont shy from going inside scoring over Klein. It seemed like Essen might be in the middle of their run, but instead was put on hold as the Fraport Skyliners were able to bounce back on a potent 10-0 run to extend their lead to 54-29. Nolte started the run finding some daylight in the lane getting a pass from Gibson. Anthony Jones then responded hit twice from the field and from the corner for three getting a four point play. Whenever the shot clock is down or the Skyliners seem to be in trouble, it is the American who hits the big shots. The ETB Wohnbau Baskets had had enough and now made the game interesting again going on a 17-4 run to close out the third quarter trailing only 58-49. Essen got back into the game playing a clever inside out game. Buljevic started the run with a three pointer. Essen then got two back to back buckets inside as 24 year old 205cm forward Logan Stutz that played for Leitershofen and in Austria last season scored over Nolte and Henley made a reverse lay up who was very active all day long on the boards. Henley then scored again making a guard type play coming from the second row in the lane and stepping in front of a pass and going coast to coast for the basket. PRO B player Tim Oldenburg then hit a mid distance jumper from the corner as Frankfurt still led 58-38. Essen closed out the third quarter with a 11-0 run to trail 58-49. Stutz hit from outside, German Carsten Bartels scored inside and Harbut scored from the top of the key. We played better defense, got in the passing lanes, got steals and had better ball movement, stressed Essen guard Marco Buljevic. We were a bit winded in the third quarter. We were getting the shots that we wanted, but they just werent falling, added Devin Gibson.
The ETB Wohnbau Baskets still had energy and kept their 11-0 run from the end of the third quarter going as 21 year old 201cm forward and ex LTi Giessen 46er Roben Christen scored inside and Stutz scored easily inside as the Fraport Skyliners had little defensive pressure or body containment in the paint as the PRO A team was suddenly only down 58-53. However the Fraport Skyliners finally stopped their scoring drought of almost seven minutes dating back to the last bucket from Tim Oldenburg in the third quarter by getting production from captain Marius Nolte who got a lob pass from Gibson. Gibson then nailed a jumper as Essen trailed 62-53. However Essen still was clawing their way back as Harbut hit a free throw and Rickey Claitt hit a fade way as Essen trailed only 62-56. However the Fraport Skyliners had had enough now and simply were still too overpowering even so late in the game closing out the game with a forceful 16-4 run. Barthel nailed a three pointer to help improve his poor shooting day from down town and Anthony Jones lit up the scoreboard again. Henley then grabbed an offensive rebound and got a put back as Essen trailed only 68-58. After a Johnathon Jones three pointer at the shot clock buzzer, it was Konstantin Klein that ultimately that brought Essen back to reality with two consecutive three pointers to lead 77-60. Klein closed out the game with a free throw only after Skyliner head coach Muli Katzurin had raced over to the referee to get the free throws as most everyone had seen the game as over. We were more focused in the fourth quarter and increased our defensive pressure, stressed Devin Gibson. One could see the big difference in individual class that there is between both teams in the fourth quarter. We defended the pick and roll very bad and Frankfurt was always able to penetrate into the heart of our defense. We didnt have the strength to come back down by so much, added Marco Buljevic.
The Skyliners were led by Danilo Barthel with 15 points, six rebounds and three assists. Anthony Jones added 14 points, four rebounds and three steals. Konstantin Klein produced 13 points and four assists. Johnathon Jones contributed 12 points. The ETB Wohnbau Baskets Essen were led by Joey Henley with 16 points. Logan Stutz added 14 points and Marco Buljevic 10 points. The ETB Wohnbau Baskets Essen shot a tad better from the field at 44% as Frankfurt did at 42%. Frankfurt shot 38% from the three point line and Essen 37%. The Fraport Skyliners easily won the rebound battle 37-31 and had nine turnovers while Essen had 15. One player who continues to make strides is 21 year old German Konstantin Klein who scored in double figures and started at point guard and is blessed with a healthy confidence level. He already has the respect of his teammates as training camp isnt even a month old. Konstantin Klein is a great player. He can really do it all. He really has no weakness. He can shoot, is a great passer and plays hard defense. He will be a great player, warned Skyliner teammate Devin Gibson. As time goes by, the public and players will know who Konstantin Klein is. I didnt know who he was before today, but I like his game. He plays with a lot of snap. He is very aggressive on the ball defense and gets in the passing lanes. He also showed that he is a good ecision maker on offense. I sensed that he isnt afraid of nayone. He has a lot of potential. He also shows not too much respect of the opponent in a positive way, stressed Marco Buljevic. The Fraport Skyliners test against Dutch team Nijmegen today.
Ludvig Hakanson (ex Sevilla) may agree terms with B.Muenchen - 5 hours ago
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FC Bayern Muenchen (BBL) is close to land 20-year old Swedish point guard Ludvig Hakanson (190-96) who played last time at Baloncesto Sevilla in Spain. Hakanson managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year (!!!). In 17 Liga Endesa games he averaged 10.9ppg, 2.4rpg, 3.2apg and 1.2spg. He also played for VEF Riga (LBL) in Latvian league that season where in 9 games he had 9.4ppg, 2.1rpg, 6.1apg and 1.2spg. Hakanson also played 14 games in VTB United League where he had 10.1pp... [read more]
FC Bayern Muenchen (BBL) is close to land 20-year old Swedish point guard Ludvig Hakanson (190-96) who played last time at Baloncesto Sevilla in Spain. Hakanson managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year (!!!). In 17 Liga Endesa games he averaged 10.9ppg, 2.4rpg, 3.2apg and 1.2spg. He also played for VEF Riga (LBL) in Latvian league that season where in 9 games he had 9.4ppg, 2.1rpg, 6.1apg and 1.2spg. Hakanson also played 14 games in VTB United League where he had 10.1ppg, 1.8rpg and 5.4apg. Despite young age he had impressive career. He played in the final of Spanish U19 Championships in 2013. Hakanson received also Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Gold Honorable Mention award in 2014. Hakanson was also a member of Swedish international program for some years. He played for Swedish Senior National Team between 2013 and 2014 and previously for U18 National Team between 2012 and 2014. Hakanson also represented Sweden at the Qualifications to European Championships 2015 two years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 7.4ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.6apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 33.3%, 3PT: 31.3%, FT: 87.5%. Hakanson has played previously professionally in Italy. His game is described as:
A very promising player, has and immense talent and plays yet with great maturity. Has great shooting range and accuracy, and the leadership of someone who has played for many years.
Pro B team SC Itzehoe Eagles have added youngsters Yngve Jentz(204-C-97) and Fabio Galiano. Both come from NBBL team Hamburg Sharks and were recommended to head coach Patrick Elze. "Both players fit into our profile. We want to give young players the chance to play at the highest level basketball", stressed head coach Patrick Elzie. Yngve Jentz(204-C-97) is a19 year old 207cm forward while Fabio Galiano is an 18 year old 202cm forward from Angolia. "Jentz is very strong and well built. I... [read more]
Pro B team SC Itzehoe Eagles have added youngsters Yngve Jentz (204-C-97) and Fabio Galiano. Both come from NBBL team Hamburg Sharks and were recommended to head coach Patrick Elze. "Both players fit into our profile. We want to give young players the chance to play at the highest level basketball", stressed head coach Patrick Elzie. Yngve Jentz (204-C-97) is a19 year old 207cm forward while Fabio Galiano is an 18 year old 202cm forward from Angolia. "Jentz is very strong and well built. I also impressed by Galiano", added Patrick Elzie. Jentz has only been playing basketball since 5 years and was one year in the states and the last two seasons with the Hamburg Sharks. "The whole concept convinced me", added Yngve Jentz (204-C-97). Galiano is from Cuxhaven and played basketball in Bremerhaven and then with the Hamburg Sharks. "The Pro B is something very big for me", stressed Fabio Galiano. "They will heighten the competition in practice which is important for all. But I am also certain that they will play a good role with us", added Patrick Elzie.
Best Player -12 European Championships U20 Division B in Sofia (Bulgaria) -12 (Silver): 5 games: 11.4ppg, Reb-4 (11.0rpg), 1.8apg, Blocks-1 (2.6bpg), FGP: 68.8%, FT: 56.5%, Qualifications to European Championships 2013 -12: 8 games: 4.4ppg, 3.3rpg, Adidas Eurocamp in Treviso -13, European Championships in Slovenia -13: 5 games: 2.0ppg, 1.6rpg, Qualifications to European Championships 2015 -14: 6 games: 9.3ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.0apg, Blocks-5 (1.5bpg), FGP: 67.6%, FT: 83.3%, and Eurobasket.com Al... [read more]
FC Bayern Munich have added giant Ondrej Balvin (217-C-92, agency: Octagon Europe). Balvin is a 23 year old 217cm center from the Czech Republic that has national team experience and played the last 6 years in the top league in Europe Endesa in Spain. Last season he played with Baloncesto Sevilla (Spain-Liga Endesa) playing 34 games averaging 9.6ppg, Reb-2 (7.4rpg), FGP-2 (66.2%), FT: 71.0%. This summer he took part at the NBA Pro Summer League in Las Vegas (Denver Nuggets): 5 games: 3.8ppg, 2.6rpg. Fc Bayern Munich handed him a one year contract with an option for another. FC Bayern Munich are very well stocked up front with Devin Booker and now Ondrej Balvin (217-C-92, agency: Octagon Europe). "We have been observing him for some time now. He has continued to develop and improve the last years. We see a lot of potential in him and are happy that he chose Munich. He will be an important asset with his enthusiasmus, presence and athleticism", stressed FC Bayern Munich CEO Marko Pesic.
Balvin started his career in his home country Czech Republic with USK Praha (NBL), played mostly for junior team: 3 games: 2.7ppg, 2.0rpg. He moved to Spain to Sevilla in 2010. In the last six years, he gained valuable experience in the Endesa league playing a total of 160 games and played 25 Eurocup games. "I am ver ythankful to be able to make the next step in my career. I wanted to go to a team that can win the title and I feel I am right in Munich. I am looming forward to a good season and the title. My strength is the pick and roll, dunking, rebounding and defense. These are all things that I want to help the team with", warned Ondrej Balvin (217-C-92, agency: Octagon Europe).
Awards and acheivements in his basketball career have been Czech Republic U16 National Team -08, European Championships U16 in Italy -08 (Silver): 4 games: 1.0ppg, 2.5rpg Czech Republic U18 National Team -09-10, Czech Republic U20 National Team -10-12, European Championships U20 in Croatia -10: 7 games: 4.6ppg, 3.7rpg, Eurobaske.com All-European Championships U18 Division B MVP -10, Eurobaske.com All-European Championships U18 Division B Best Center -10, Eurobaske.com All-European Championships U18 Division B Best Defensive Player -10, Eurobaske.com All-European Championships U18 Division B 1st Team -10, European Championships U18 Division B in Israel -10 (Gold): 8 games: 10.9ppg, Reb-1 (11.0rpg), Blocks-1 (2.9bpg), FGP: 63.8%, FT: 43.3%, Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 Division B Best Center -11, 12, Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 Division B 1st Team -11, 12, European Championships U20 Division B in Sarajevo (Bosnia) -11 (Bronze): 9 games: 12.3ppg, Reb-5 (9.8rpg), 1.1bpg, FGP: 61.3%, FT: 54.3%, Czech Republic National Team -11-15, Spanish EBA Group D Regular Season Runner-Up -12, Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 Division B Best Player -12 European Championships U20 Division B in Sofia (Bulgaria) -12 (Silver): 5 games: 11.4ppg, Reb-4 (11.0rpg), 1.8apg, Blocks-1 (2.6bpg), FGP: 68.8%, FT: 56.5%, Qualifications to European Championships 2013 -12: 8 games: 4.4ppg, 3.3rpg, Adidas Eurocamp in Treviso -13, European Championships in Slovenia -13: 5 games: 2.0ppg, 1.6rpg, Qualifications to European Championships 2015 -14: 6 games: 9.3ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.0apg, Blocks-5 (1.5bpg), FGP: 67.6%, FT: 83.3%, and Eurobasket.com All-Spanish Liga Endesa Honorable Mention -16.
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