When coming into the Fraport arena, a real basketball fanatic doesnt only come to see a smorgasbord of amazing Fraport Skyliner players like hoping to see a Quantez Robertson finally catch a ball at the rim and dunk over two players something that is still missing in his play arsenal, Devin Gibson moving his hands quicker than Edward Scissor hands in the defense or Columbus Ohio sharp shooter Ted Scott (188-G-85, college: W.Virginia St.) getting a pass in the corner and releasing the ball quicker than Bret Favre does a football and dropping a bomb over the double team and then winking to the opposing coach as if it was the most natural thing. However each week, there is always at least one player from the opposing team that gets the basketball heart of the fans thumping as they do their incredible hoop magic on the court. One of these players is soft spoken American Immanuel Mcelroy from Texas who has been coming into the Fraport arena the last nine seasons. He is known as having one of the widest grins in the Beko BBL only matched by retired Michael hakim Jordan. In his first seasons, he showed his sizzling athletic ability with Rhine Energy Cologne where he won his first titles with the cup and league championship in 2006. In the years to follow, he rode into the Fraport arena on his high horse with Alba Berlin always competiting in exciting games and winning the league title in 2008 and cup in 2009. Who could forget the breathtaking 2010 semi finals series where the Deutsche Bank Skyliners prevailed in four games or the 2011 semi finals where Alba Berlin snuck to the final in five games all with Mcelroy on the floor. Despite his 32 years of age, the friendly American still has the capability to have big games on offense and defense. In the 61-59 loss, Mcelroy played 25 minutes registering zero points, but grabbing four rebounds and dishing out and assist and getting a steal. Despite these unspectacular stats, Imac is still a jewel for Phantoms manager Oliver Braun. He is still one of the best defenders in the league. Not many can hustle around the blocks as well as he does on defense. There arent many in this league that have achieved as much as he has. What I like about his game is that when his shots arent falling, he will try and concentrate on something else like passing which he did against Trier. He remains a very important player for us, stressed Oliver Braun. Imac is so important for us, because he always has to stop the opponents best player. He is so present on the floor and is a very good passer. He is always talking with me and helping my game get better. I have learned so much from him, added 19 year old Phantoms German guard Dennis Schroeder.
The Fraport Skyliners came into the game in 16th place while the New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig were hovering in 15th place. That there was some immense history between these two teams seemed to be only a side note as MUli Katzurin had stressed that the game would start at 0-0 and anything else was irrelevant even if the Fraport Skyliners had won the last nine games in a row in Frankfurt dating back to 2002. Frankfurt last lost to Braunschweig 80 months ago in 2006 and had a 14-1 record since. Guys like captan Nils Mittman had lost many hard battles against Frankfurt since his return back to Braunschweig in 2008 and young German Dennis Schroeder had unpleasant memories to the game in Frankfurt last season as they lost a 81-80 nail bitter in OT where the German almost had won the game by himself. Braunschweig also had lost many close games this season and 2012 Olympian Eric Boateng didnt see this as a mental problem. We have lost some close games, but I dont see it as a mental thing. Each game is different and we always prepare the best we can. We have to find a way to be able to close out games to our advantage, expressed the ex teammate at Arizona State of NBA player James Harden Eric Boateng. The Fraport Skyliners were able to get their biggest lead to 11 points in the third quarter, but allowed Braunschweig back into the game. This was not a pretty win. It was a crazy game and got more crazy down the stretch. We will take any win we can. We didnt execute well in the end and got lax on defense. We should not have Casey Mitchell get hot like that, stressed 2012 Portugal league champion with Benfica Lisabon Ted Scott. Ex Phantom Leo Niebuhr who is playing for Gotha was in the stands watching his ex team and friend Konstain Klein play and was disappointed of how they played and had a suggestion to Fraport Skyliners head coach Muli Katzurin. They way the Phantoms played at the end, there is no wonder that they lost. There was too much guard play and egos involved. Basketball is a team game, but Braunschweig didnt play as a team. Frankfurt will have to battle hard this season to win games. The young Germans have to play more. The more experience that they get, the more they will help during the season. Klein played great defense, but unfortunately missed some open shots, said ex Artland Dragon Leo Niehbuhr.
4,400 fans wanted to see the second home win of the season for the Fraport Skyliners. Many had predicted a hard fought defensive battle and that is exactly what was given by both teams. The first two buckets were fade away jumpers from Miah Davis and Zach Peacock. After the trading of baskets, both teams went through a difficult phase where no offense could establish a healthy rhythm as missed shots were about as prevalent as apples falling from a tree through a gusty wind period. Both teams had problems finding a rhythm and also seemed a bit nervous and not as calm as both coaches would have wanted, stressed basketball expert Steven Clauss. Shots had to fall sooner or later and did as Harding nana hit a three pointer for the 5-2 lead. Peacock then hit a fade away jumper over Eric Boateng and seemed to be on a roll. Braunschweig then scored in bunches as Thaddeus Mcfadden hit a runner in the lane and Miah Davis showed his explosiveness scoring on a penetration and tear drop lay in and 10-4 lead. Muli katzurin then took a timeout and seemed to find the right words and personal changes inserting Dion Dowell. Sometimes leads can evaporate as quickly as the wink of the eye as Dowell showed again as he has so often this season scoring in bunches nailing two three pointers tying the game at 10-10. Schroeder then made two free throws and Devin Gibson made a big bucket at the end getting an offensive rebound and getting a lay in. After one quarter the game was dead locked 12-12. The game was even. Both teams were fighting hard and not giving the opponent any real option on offense. Both teams were trying to get their shooting established while there was little play down low, stressed basketball expert Steven Clauss.
The second quarter remained a defensive duel as no team was able to get away on a run. The Fraport Skyliners started the second quarter on a quick 5-0 run as Dion Dowell hit his third three pointer of the game and Fraport Skyliner captain Marius Nolte scored on the pick and roll getting a nice feed from Devin Gibson for the 17-12 advantage. However not only Frankfurt was able to produce a run, but the New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig escaped on a 8-0 run to take the 20-17 lead. 2010 Eurochallenge winner Robert Kulawick may have a very unorthodox shot, but it can be effective as he nailed a three pointer, Davis then showed his most dangerous side faking left and going right and scoring high off the glass and Kulawick then scored again off the catch and pop. Braunschweig stepped up their defense a bit more causing some turnovers from Nolte and Dowell. There was only one microwave in the NBA with ex Detroit Piston Vinny Johnson, but Ted Scott can heat up like a mini microwave as he hit consecutive shots giving the Fraport Skyliners the 21-20 lead. He showed how dangerous he can be not only from outside, but also penetrating and making the right shot. The swapping of runs continued as now it was time again for Braunschweig to take control as they went on a 7-0 run to lead 27-21. British national player Eric Boateng was giving Frankfurt difficulty and wrecking havoc as he scored inside twice and was a bit too active on the offensive glass. Davis also scored again with a floater. The Fraport Skyliners kept pace as Devin Gibson hit a three pointer where the club stayed patient getting the prefect shot and Quantez Robertson ended the second quarter with a lay in, but Braunschweig still led 29-26. It was a very exciting first half with both teams remaining very aggressive on defense. Frankfurt had problems giving up offensive rebounds and couldnt contain Eric Boateng. Both teams were very disciplined on offense with only three turnovers per team, stressed basketball expert Steven Clauss. The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig were shooting 35% from the field and 25% from outside while the Fraport Skyliners were shooting 35% from the field and 29% form outside. Braunschweig had the 22-19 rebound edge.
The third quarter started out with a bang as Davis made a steal fed Mcfadden who was blocked by Quantez Robertson who gave the ball out on transition to Johnathan Jones who found Zach Peacock for the monster dunk over Eric Boateng. After a free throw by Davis, Gibson tied the score at 30-30 with one of his typical penetration plays that either result in a bucket or trip to the foul line. It is so hard to keep Gibson out of the middle. He presents so much problems to the opponents defense and getting to the free throw line, stressed Ted Scott. The game remained tight as Super Tez made an easy dunk as Braunschweig were caught napping on an inbounds pass under their own basket with Gibson making the pass. Braunschweig then went on a mini 5-0 run as Boateng dunked being set up by a no look Schroeder pass and Harding Nana hit a three pointer for the 35-32 Phantoms lead. However the turning point of the game came now as the Fraport Skyliners cruised out on a 11-2 run to end the third quarter 43-37 having the momentum. Peacock and Nana exchanged buckets as Braunschweig still led 37-35. However Frankfurt closed out the third quarter with a banging 8-0 run as Scott connected for a three pointer, Dowell got to the line making three free throws and Robertson closed out the quarter with a dunk. The Phantoms lost their rhythm as they were forcing up too many shots. Frankfurtw as playing with a lot of emotion and had their best quarter letting up only eight points, stressed Steven Clauss. The third quarter is where we lost the game. It made it so much harder having to come back in the fourth quarter, added Phantoms captain Nils Mittmann.
It seemed like the Fraport Skyliners were on there way to deciding the game quickly at the start of the fourth quarter going on a 5-0 run to get their biggest lead of 48-37, but New Yorker Phantoms head coach Kostas Flevakaris still had American Casey Mitchell dangling from his sleeve as he hadnt done much in the first thirty minutes. Just like at the start of the third quarter, the Fraport Skyliners started out the run with a Super Tez explosion as Jones fed him for a crushing ally-op dunk which then on the next six plays, the teammates of Scott and Mitchell took a back seat and watched their shooting clinic as they nailed six consecutive consecutive three pointers, but Frankfurt still had the 54-48 lead. Coach got on me on my turnover in the third quarter and I had something to prove. I was just in the flow and was feeling well. I didnt force anything. Mitchell looks so lax and relaxed on the court, but he is real dangerous with the ball, stressed Ted Scott. I didnt do anything in the first three quarters, but I am more a guy that hits his shots in the second half. I always feel confident hitting shots when we are down. I am not the kind of guy looking to be the leading scorer, but that is just how the game is going and I am just trying to help my team the best way I can, warned 2010 NCAA final 4 player with west Virginia Casey Mitchell. Braunschweig kept giving the ball to the hot hand of Mitchell as he nailed another three pointer as Braunschweig suddenly only trailed 55-53. Frankfurt showed grit staying calm on offense as Gibson found Robertson cutting into the lane and dishing him the ball for an easy lay up and the 59-53 advantage. In this phase, the Phantoms were forcing many shots, but somehow were still staying in the game. With crunch time arrived, the Phantoms never let up and continued to keep on hand against the door from letting it slam in their faces. The Phantoms gave their last gasp going on a 6-0 run as Nana and Mittmann hit consecutive three pointer as they trailed only 60-59. These buckets were helped with no execution on offense by Frankfurt. The fortunes of the Phantoms seemed to rise with 30 seconds to play as Texas native Dowell lost the ball out of bounds, but he raced back and blocked Mitchell conserving the lead . Dowell got us going off the bench. His big shots got our motor going. His block and end was huge. After his turnover, it would have been normal to hang his head, but he went back and got the block, said Ted Scott. Scott closed out the win with 1,1 seconds to play with a free throw. This was a tough loss. A couple more plays and possessions and we could of won. It wasnt just at the end where the game was decided, but many little plays throughout the game where we were unable to be consistent, warned Eric Boateng. The third quarter decided this game. Frankfurt got the momentum and despite a hot Mitchell could change the game in the fourth quarter and get the lead back, added Steven Clauss.
The Fraport Skyliners were led by Ted Scott with 17 points. Dion Dowell had a strong game with 12 points and ten rebounds and Quantez Robertson also steered 12 points and eight rebounds to the victory. Devin Gibson added 10 points, five rebounds and two assists. The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig were led by Casey Mitchell with 14 points. Miah Davis contributed 13 points and Harding Nana 11 points. With this being a defensive battle, it was no surprise that the shooting percentages of both teams would be down. The Fraport Skyliners shot 39% from the field and only 29% from down town while the New Yorker Phantoms shot 34% from the field and 36% from downtown. The Phantoms won the rebounding 38-37 and Frankfurt can still improve on offensive rebounds given up as they allowed 13. Both teams did a decent job not turning the ball over as Frankfurt had nine turnovers and Braunschweig had 11. The big strength remained the consistent defense of Frankfurt that got many big plays from Devin Gibson and Dion Dowell in the fourth quarter. We cant take the credit, because it was team defense that helped us make the big plays. Team defense gave us the extra edge to make those plays. Our defense also trusted each other at the end. I made a mistake on the pick and roll, but all the other four guys knew it and just reacted making the stop. We had good stops at the end to help get this win, stressed Devin Gibson. The Fraport Skyliners next journey to Alba Berlin November 18th for a 17:00 game.
EuroLeague: Brose Baskets silence Maccabi in Tel Aviv - 9 hours ago
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Maccabi - Brose Baskets 70:85 Brose Baskets snapped five-game losing skid in EuroLeague regular season. They upset Maccabi in Tel Aviv to improve at 3-8 record in the ladder. Nicolo Melli (205-PF-91) was pivotal with 27 points and 14 rebounds for the German side. Brose Baskets grabbed a 20:16 lead after the opening frame. The visitors maintained the pressure throughout the second quarter. Brose Baskets piled up a comfortable 46:30 halftime advantage. Maccabi tried to change the complexi... [read more]
Maccabi - Brose Baskets 70:85
Brose Baskets snapped five-game losing skid in EuroLeague regular season. They upset Maccabi in Tel Aviv to improve at 3-8 record in the ladder. Nicolo Melli (205-PF-91) was pivotal with 27 points and 14 rebounds for the German side. Brose Baskets grabbed a 20:16 lead after the opening frame. The visitors maintained the pressure throughout the second quarter. Brose Baskets piled up a comfortable 46:30 halftime advantage. Maccabi tried to change the complexion of the game in the third term. The hosts picked up the defensive intensity and cut the distance at 10-point mark heading into the fourth quarter. But Brose Baskets sank 23 points in the final period and cruised to the victory. Darius Miller (202-G-90, college: Kentucky) finished with 12 points, while Leon Radosevic (207-F/C-90, agency: BeoBasket) added 11 points for the winners. Andrew Goudelock (190-G-88, college: Charleston) responded with 20 points for Maccabi. Sonny Weems (198-G/F-86, college: Arkansas) had 16 points in the loss.
Pro A team Gotha have added Darrel Mitchell (181-PG-84, college: LSU, agency: BeoBasket) to help bolster their guard rotation. Mitchell is a 32 year old 181 cm point guard from St. Martinville, Louisiana that is playing his tenth professional season and last season played with top French team AS Monaco Basket (France-ProA) where he played 25 games averaging 4.2ppg, 3.4apg. He has unending experience having played in countries like Turkey, Lithuania, Cyprus, Ukraine, and Belgium. "We got a... [read more]
Pro A team Gotha have added Darrel Mitchell (181-PG-84, college: LSU, agency: BeoBasket) to help bolster their guard rotation. Mitchell is a 32 year old 181 cm point guard from St. Martinville, Louisiana that is playing his tenth professional season and last season played with top French team AS Monaco Basket (France-ProA) where he played 25 games averaging 4.2ppg, 3.4apg. He has unending experience having played in countries like Turkey, Lithuania, Cyprus, Ukraine, and Belgium. "We got a player with leadership qualities and that is exactly what we need now", stressed Wolfgang Heyder.
Mitchell started his basketball career in 2002 at LSU (NCAA) where he played until 2006 playing a total of 127 NCAA games and as a senior played 36 games: ScoreSEC-4 (16.8ppg), 3.7rpg, AssistsSEC-5 (4.4apg), 1.9spg, FGP: 43.6%, 3PT: 39.4% , FT: 75.8%: Finished career as all-time leader in three-point field goals at LSU with 258. Finished with 1,569 career points, 10th best all-time, sixth in career three point percentage (39.6% -- 258-of-651), fourth in career steals (219), seventh in career assists (367) and fourth in minutes played (3,891). He started his professional career in 2006 with Galatasaray Cafecrown Istanbul (Turkey-D1) playing 35 games averaging 13.7ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.1apg, 1.8spg, 2FGP: 43.7%, 3PT: 37.7%, FT: 77.7%. In the 2007-2008 season he moved to Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius (Lithuania-LKL, starting five): Euroleague: 7 games: 2.4ppg; Baltic League (Elite): 5 games: 8.2ppg, 2.4rpg, 3.0apg, 1.4apg, released in Dec.'07, later that month signed by ES Chalon-Sur-Saone (France-ProA) French League: 16 games: 13.5ppg, 2.4rpg, Assists-5 (5.3apg), 1.5spg, 2FGP: 38.2%, 3PT: 36.3%, FT: 75.0%; ULEB Cup: 4 games: 14.8ppg, 3.0rpg, 7.8apg. In the 2008-2009 season he played for Proteas EKA AEL Limassol (Cyprus-Division A) playing EuroChallenge: 19 games: 10.7ppg, 2.2rpg, 3.7apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 43.2%, 3PT: 39.3%, FT: 80.9%; Cypriot League: 9 games: 12.2ppg, 2.3rpg, 4.2apg, 1.2spg. In the 2009-2010 season he played for Khimik-OPZ Yuzny (Ukraine-Superleague) playing Ukrainian League: 24 games: 18.3ppg, 3.7rpg, Assists-5 (5.4apg), 1.6spg, FGP: 57.4%, 3PT: 41.9%, FT: 84.8%; EuroChallenge: 6 games: 21.3ppg, 2.8rpg, 5.7apg, 2.7spg, FGP: 55.6%, 3PT: 26.7%, FT: 95.7%, in Apr.'10 moved to Base Oostende (Belgium-D1): 8 games: 12.0ppg, 1.6rpg, 3.9apg, 2.4spg, FGP: 48.3%, 3PT: 50.0%, FT: 81.4%. In the 2010-2011 season he went to Telenet Oostende (Belgium-D1) PLAYING EuroChallenge: 16 games: 13.1ppg, 3.9rpg, 3.6apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 46.8%, 3PT: 28.9%, FT: 84.3%; Belgian League: 32 games: 11.7ppg, 2.1rpg, Assists-1 (4.0apg), 1.7spg, FGP: 52.5%, 3PT: 28.4%, FT: 80.0%: In the 2011-2012 season he played for Khimik-OPZ Yuzny (Ukraine-Superleague, starting five): EuroChallenge: 6 games: 10.2ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.8apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 47.4%, 3PT: 12.5%, FT: 86.4%; Ukrainian League: 40 games: 16.9ppg, 2.8rpg, Assists-1 (5.9apg), Steals-4 (1.7spg), FGP: 47.2%, 3PT: 45.8%, FT: 83.8%. He then played with Politekhnika-Halychyna (Ukraine-Superleague): 46 games: 15.8ppg, 3.1rpg, 5.2apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 47.0%, 3PT: 33.1%, FT: 82.5%. In the 2013-2014 season he stayed with Politekhnika-Halychyna Lviv (Ukraine-Superleague): 6 games: 8.0ppg, 2.0rpg, 4.0apg, 1.0spg, 2FGP: 36.0%, FT: 85.7%, left in Dec.'13, later that month moved to BC Donetsk (Ukraine-Superleague): 5 games: 10.6ppg, 2.0rpg, 4.6apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 69.6%, 3FGP: 18.2%, FT: 93.8%; VTB United League: 5 games: 9.4ppg, 1.6rpg, 3.2apg, 2FGP: 63.2%, 3FGP: 25.0%, in Mar.'14 signed at Pieno Zvaigzdes Pasvalys (Lithuania-LKL): 8 games: 8.3ppg, 1.8rpg, 3.3apg, FGP: 52.9%, 3PT: 31.6%, FT: 80.0%; Baltic League: 1 game: 2pts, 2reb, 1ast, 3steals. Two seasons ago he played for Elan Bearnais Pau-Lacq-Orthez (France-ProA, starting five): 7 games: 9.3ppg, 1.1rpg, 3.9apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 54.2%, 3FGP: 29.4%, FT: 88.9%, in Nov.'14 moved to AS Monaco Basket (France-ProB, starting five): 26 games: 14.2ppg, 2.5rpg, Assists-1 (5.9apg), 1.3spg, FGP: 54.5%, 3PT: 32.6%, FT-3 (90.3%).
Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been SEC Regular Season (Western Div.) Runner-Up -05, SEC Tournament Semifinals -05, 06
USBWA All-NCAA District VII Team -06, SEC Western Division Regular Season Champion -06, All-SEC 1st Team -06, NCAA Final Four -06, Turkish League Semifinals -07, Turkish League All-Star Game -07, Cyprus Cup Winner -09 (MVP), Cyprus League Regular Season Champion -09, Cyprus League Semifinals -09 Eurobasket.com All-Cyprus League 1st Team -09, Eurobasket.com Cyprus League All-Imports Team -09, EuroChallenge Semifinals -09, 11, Eurobasket.com All-EuroChallenge Honorable Mention -10, Belgian Cup Winner -10, Eurobasket.com All-Ukrainian Superleague Honorable Mention -10, 12, Belgian League Semifinals -10, 11, Belgian Cup Finalist -11, Ukrainian Cup Semifinals -12, 13, Ukrainian Superleague Semifinals -13, Eurobasket.com All-Ukrainian Superleague 2nd Team -13, Eurobasket.com All-French ProB Player of the Year -15, Eurobasket.com All-French ProB Guard of the Year -15, Eurobasket.com All-French ProB Import Player of the Year -15, Eurobasket.com All-French ProB 1st Team -15, Eurobasket.com French ProB All-Imports Team -15, French ProB Champion -15 French Leaders Cup Winner -16, French ProA Regular Season Champion -16, and French ProA Semifinals -16.
When taking a closer look at the beautiful bustling coastal town of Monte Carlo, one of the last things that one would mention would be their basketball team AS Monaco. The first things that pop into mind about the chic town Monte Carlo is the glitz and money that it has to offer not to mention the sheer beauty of the French Riviera coupled with the picturesque mountains that lend the perfect back drop to a place that many people dream of just being able to visit one day. Other highlights... [read more]
When taking a closer look at the beautiful bustling coastal town of Monte Carlo, one of the last things that one would mention would be their basketball team AS Monaco. The first things that pop into mind about the chic town Monte Carlo is the glitz and money that it has to offer not to mention the sheer beauty of the French Riviera coupled with the picturesque mountains that lend the perfect back drop to a place that many people dream of just being able to visit one day. Other highlights about Monte Carlo is the Formula One race that takes place each year or the posh Monte Carlo casino or spending a free hours in front of the famous Hotel De Paris to see just how many celebrities one can spot. Many also come to Monte Carlo to get a taste of their royal family and to see if they can spot prince Albert. One also can try to come up with a list of how many famous people have lived there over the years to save on taxes as the list is massive as guys like Boris Becker brought it into fashion already in the 80's while over the years a handful of Formula One drivers have called this dream world home. However Monte Carlo also has a basketball team AS Monaco that after numerous years of having totally fallen in obscurity falling from the France Pro A and having played as far back as the fourth division only five years ago moved back to the elite division in 2015 and right away made a bang winning the regular season crown, but falling in the playoffs in the semi-finals. This season the club has found back to it's success from last season and is a top the France pro A with a record of 9-2 and in the Champions League is 6-1 . The club is also known as being a type of recluse for former BBL players as their present roster boasts four players where Fraport Skyliner Quantez Robertson has faced two. He could of faced three with Zack Wright, but was injured during the 2013-2014 season embarrassing 73-43 loss in Bamberg . Ex Maryland (NCAA) star Nik Caner-Medley's first team as a rookie in 2005 was the Artland Dragons. Robertson faced Jamal Shuler in the 2009-2010 season where Shuler played his last in the BBL for Trier before heading to France for good, and had most of his duels against California native John Bryant when he played with Ulm and Munich from 2010-2016. Shuler got the last laugh on Robertson at the 2010 BBL Allstar game slam dunk contest in Bonn winning the crown. Robertson and the Fraport Skyliners split the season series in each season from 2010-2016 with John Bryant but the big man that got the nickname big country during his years in Germany got the better of both in 2015 winning in the playoffs 3-1. AS Monaco came to Frankfurt reeling off a 98-83 loss against Paris, while the Fraport Skyliners entered the game with new focus and life after snapping their 6 game BBL losing streak with an exciting one point win in Braunschweig. AS Monaco was without Jamal Shuler who was nursing an injury and stayed in Monte Carlo and apparently they didn't need him as they gutted out a 70-64 win in Champions League action. Quantez Robertson wasn't only disappointed with the loss but also that he couldn't get revenge on Jamal Shuler as he also beat him two seasons ago in the Eurochallenge Top 4. The Fraport Skyliners coughed up the ball 22 times including nine times in the third quarter and Robertson had four in the first quarter. 'It is always nice to play against familiar faces that you have played against before. You may not know them personally, but it's always fun. Shuler is a good player. I remember the dunk contest in Bonn. I really thought that I got robbed.Derek Raivio gave him a soccer pass and the crowd went crazy and he caught it on the second bounce. I guess soccer is big in Europe and that helped him. We had too many turnovers. We also were unable to move the ball well in clutch situations. I think I might have had four turnovers in one quarter in college. Tonight I tried to make the big play too much instead of the right play', stressed Quantez Robertson. AS Monaco didn't play their best basketball, but played best at the crucial moments. 'We didn't defend well in the first half. We stepped up our defense in the second half and made shots', expressed AS Monaco Basket point guard Dee Bost (188-PG-89, college: Mississippi St., agency: Three Eye Sports).'We were in this game. We had some calls not go our way, but we had 22 turnovers which was a big difference and we got beat on rebounds', stressed ex Maryland (NCAA) forward Ekene Ibekwe.
The Fraport Skyliners started off the game with back to back turnovers, but got the early lead as German Niklas Kiel scored in transition. AS Monaco didn't execute on their first three possessions, but then got a Bost free throw and took their first lead when ex ratiopharm ulm center John Bryant made a tip in off his own miss. Robertson then made a spectacular block on ex Bamberg guard Zack Wright and later had difficultly making a dunk in the second half. 'I should have dunked on Zack', smiled Quantez Robertson. Monaco kept the lead despite Frankfurt getting a dunk from Robertson and Kiel 20 footer, but didn't retake the lead until ex Nebraska (NCAA) forward Shavon Shields dropped a three pointer and Frankfurt led 9-7. However that lead didn't last long as Amara Sy dunked and ex Artland Dragon Nik Caner-Medley made a trey for the 13-9 advantage. Frankfurt tied the game as another ex Artland Dragon Antonio Graves scored in bunches. Zach Wright who had had a tough first quarter missing his first four shots and registering three turnovers finally connected on a three pointer and AS Monaco had the slim 18-15 lead. 'We didn't take good care of the ball, but then started to move the ball better which led to baskets', added Fraport Skyliner Junior Travis Thompson. AS Monaco was shooting 31% from the field and 33% from outside while the Fraport Skyliners were shooting 38% from the field and 33% from outside. AS Monaco had the 13-8 rebound edge and each team had four turnovers.
In the second quarter, basketball once proved again why it is a game of runs as AS Monaco had the first run of the second quarter and Frankfurt the second to recapture the lead at the break. AS Monaco got their offense to function going on a 11-3 run to start the second quarter to lead 29-18. In the run, the French team got massive production from ex Mississippi State guard Dee Bost who supplied eight points including two three pointers. He had been close getting to the NBA in 2014 and 2015 as he was in preseason camp with Portland and Utah, but as of now has become content on focusing on his European career. It didn't rattle him any that an NBA scout was in attendance as he has put his NBA career on the back burner. Also in the run, AS Monaco got a clutch trey from 2009 Atlanta Hawk draft pick Sergii Gladyr. In the last two seasons, Frankfurt had guys like Justin Cobbs and Jordan Theodore that could score in bunches when needed and this season that player is Shavon Shields. Shields may only be a rookie, but has no fear and plays like a veteran. He drove Frankfurt back on a huge 16-2 run to lead 34-33 at halftime. In the run, he pushed his own points button as he contributed nine points. He got to the free throw line twice, nailed a trey and a step back jumper. Frankfurt regained the momentum in the run and got further production from American point guard Kwame Vaughn who nailed a three and served up a dime to Florida native Mike Morrison who made the hard two hand stuff. On defense, Frankfurt was defending with more heart and more consistently and erasing any easy shots for AS Monaco. 'Shields played very hard and got the offense in flow. Frankfurt got more comfortable on offense again which made it harder for AS Monaco to defend', stated Alaska native Travis Thompson. The Fraport Skyliners were shooting 41% from the field and 60% from the three point line while AS Monaco was shooting 32% from the field and 41% from the three point line. Both teams had 18 rebounds apiece, while Frankfurt had eight turnovers and AS Monaco had seven turnovers.
In the third quarter, both teams came out scoring nicely, but then hallway through, the Fraport Skyliners started to play basketball as if they were being scolded by the basketball God as nothing seemed to work anymore and the 10 minute fiasco resulted in nine turnovers. Frankfurt was fortunate that AS Monaco were unable to execute either and only led 50-47 after 30 minutes. Morrison and Bost traded buckets to dead lock the game at 36-36, but Frankfurt then found some daylight going on a 9-2 run to take the 45-38 lead. In the run, Frankfurt was fortified by Shields who made a reverse lay up, tap in off an own miss and free throws. German Max Merz also hit a trey. Last season, Frankfurt would have held the momentum and most likely decided the game, but this season that magnificent team harmony and confidence through all circumstances of a game are missing. Instead Frankfurt gave AS Monaco three gifts in the form of turnovers and the French team responded with consecutive three pointers from Amara Sy to cut the Frankfurt lead to 45-44. Robertson hit free throws, but the club continued to get no offensive rhythm and couldn't hit anything and once again AS Monaco punished them with back to back three's from Zack Wright to lead 50-47 after three quarters. 'We played Sunday against Paris being up 9 and lost. We didn't want this to happen again tonight. We wanted to come out strong and withstand them and we felt we would be ok. We didn't underestimate Frankfurt. We defended very well and had the lead back', stressed Dee Bost. 'We didn't execute in the middle of the third. We got out of our plays, didn't move the ball well and didn't know when to shoot. We were too aggressive on defense', stressed Quantez Robertson. AS Monaco was shooting 31% from the field and 43% from the parking lot while the Fraport Skyliners were shooting 41% from the field and 57% from the parking lot. Frankfurt had the 28-24 rebound edge, but had 17 turnovers while AS Monaco had 11 turnovers. The fourth quarter was tight with three lead changes, but in the last four minutes, AS Monaco were the calmer and more clever team and just hit shots when they had to. The Fraport Skyliners fought back retaining the lead 52-51 through a Kiel dunk on transition and a Shields trey, but that was short lived as Dee Bost nailed a trey as AS Monaco led 54-52 again. Robertson had a good phase as he scored twice getting the second back door pass of the game from Morrison and making a turn around shot giving Frankfurt the 56-55 advantage. However ex Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv (Israel-Premier League) forward Nik Caner-Medley hit a huge three for the fourth lead change of the fourth quarter as AS Monaco would never look back again. AS Monaco did a good job getting to the free throw line preserving their lead. It also didn't help the fortunes of the Fraport Skyliners either that starting point guard Kwame Vaughn fouled out at the 4,58 minute mark. Sy and Galdyr hit free throws extending the AS Monaco lead to 65-60. Now one could see the first fans get up and exit the Fraport arena, but with less than two minutes to go, Max Merz kept the Frankfurt hopes alive with a massive trey to cut the AS Monaco lead to 65-63. After one Shields free throw, Morrison fouled out and Wright extended the AS Monaco lead to 68-64. Merz then missed on the drive which led to a Wright free throw. AS Monaco then secured the offensive rebound which led to a Bost free throw. Robertson closed out the game missing on what would have been the dunk of the century. 'It wasn't easy, but we gutted it out. And it went to the wire. The score doesn't show it, but it felt more like a one point difference', stated Dee Bost. 'Despite the loss, I felt that Merz did a good job coming in an executing and hitting that deep three at the end. After that we gave them too many free throws and gave them a few offensive rebounds which broke us down', stressed Quantez Robertson. AS Monaco was led by Dee Bost with 19 points. Zach Wright added 16 points and Amara Sy had 13 points. The Fraport Skyliners were led by Shavon Shields with 24 points while Quantez Robertson added 13 points. AS Monaco shot 30% from the field and 44% from outside while the Fraport Skyliners shot 40% from the field and 46% from outside. AS Monaco won the rebound battle 38-34 and had 14 turnovers while Frankfurt coughed up the ball 22 times.