#1. This week's number one is an international center Chris Kaman (213-82, college: Cent.Michigan, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the Dallas Mavericks (7-8) in their last game. Despite Kaman's very good performance the Dallas Mavericks were edged 100-98 on the road by the Philadelphia 76ers.
He was the top scorer with 20 points. Kaman also added 4 rebounds in 29 minutes on the court.
But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen.
It's Kaman's first year with the team.
He has individually a very good season with high stats. Kaman averages: 14.2ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.1apg, 1.1bpg, 2FGP: 54.5% in the 13 games he played so far.
He is a naturalized American.
Kaman played for the German senior national team one years ago.
Strangely he has never played in Germany.
#2. Second place goes to an international center Tibor Pleiss (215-89, currently plays in Spain). He contributed to a Caja Laboral's victory against the closely-ranked Unicaja Malaga (5-4) 90-79 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night.
Pleiss scored 7 points and grabbed 7 rebounds.
Caja Laboral Vitoria (6-3) is placed sixth in the ACB.
But the season just started, so everything may happen.
Pleiss' overall stats this year are: 6.5ppg, 5.0rpg, 2FGP: 54.8% and FT: 83.3%.
He is in the roster of the German senior national team.
#3. The German player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Elias Harris (203-89, currently plays college basketball in the States). Harris led Gonzaga to a victory against the Davidson College 81-67 in the NCAA in Sunday night's game.
He had a double-double by scoring 24 points and getting 10 rebounds. Harris also added 2 blocks in 31 minutes.
The Gonzaga University has conference record this season.
Harris has been at the team for four years.
This year his overall stats are: 6.5ppg, 5.0rpg, 2FGP: 54.8% and FT: 83.3% in the six games.
Harris is also a member of the German senior national team.
#4. Forward Michael Kessens (206-91, currently studies in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to help the Longwood in their last game. Despite his very good performance the Longwood lost 78-84 at home to the Cornell University.
Kessens had a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 14 rebounds in 33 minutes.
It's Kessens' first season with the team.
He has relatively good stats this year: 11.3ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.5apg in the six games.
Kessens used to play for the German U20 national team
#5. Former U20 international forward Christian Standhardinger (203-89, is currently at the American university) helped Hawaii win their game against the University of North Dakota 71-66 in the NCAA last Tuesday.
He scored 11 points and grabbed 5 rebounds.
The University of Hawaii has conference record this season.
Standhardinger's total stats this year are: 9.1ppg, 6.3rpg and 2.3apg.
He has a dual citizenship: Filipino and German.
Standhardinger used to play for the German U20 national team
three years ago.
#6. Guard Sebastian Koch (203-91, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Elon win their game against the University of South Carolina 65-53 in the NCAA on Wednesday night.
He recorded 9 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals in 25 minutes.
The Elon University has conference record this season.
This year Koch's total stats are: 9.1ppg, 6.3rpg and 2.3apg in the nine games.
He is a former U18 international player as he played for the German team three years ago.
#7. An experienced former U22 international power forward Tilo Klette (206-77, currently plays in Japan), who plays in the Japanese JBL was not able to secure a victory for Levanga Hokkaido (1-15) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Klette's good performance the bottom-ranked Levanga Hokkaido was badly defeated 83-63 in Kariya by the second-ranked Aishin Sea Horses.
He was the second best scorer with 14 points. Klette also added 4 rebounds.
This season Klette has relatively solid stats: 12.1ppg and 6.7rpg.
He used to play for the German U22 national team
thirteen years ago.
#8. Forward Dennis Ogbe (201-91, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA couldn't help the Tenn Tech in their last game. Despite Ogbe's good performance the Tenn Tech (#28) lost 50-62 on their home court in Cookeville, TN to the University of Evansville.
He scored 10 points in 25 minutes.
Ogbe has reliable stats this year: 12.1ppg and 6.7rpg in the 15 games.
He used to play for the German U20 national team
#9. U20 international swingman Kevin Bright (196-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Vanderbilt win their game against the The Univ.of Texas at El Paso crushing them 73-49 in the NCAA on Sunday night.
Bright scored 6 points.
The Vanderbilt University has conference record this season.
Bright averaged so far 12.1ppg and 6.7rpg.
He is also in the roster of the German U20 national team.
#10. Forward Dennis Kramer (211-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the San Diego in their game against the University of Montana (0-0) in the NCAA.
Kramer recorded 6 points, 5 rebounds and 2 blocks in 23 minutes.
The San Diego was edged 67-66 in Missoula, MT by the University of Montana.
Kramer averaged so far 12.1ppg and 6.7rpg in the 15 games.
He is a naturalized American.
Kramer is U20 international player as one years ago he still played for the German national team.
Apparently he has never played in Germany.
#11. U20 international guard Mario Blessing (188-92, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA couldn't help the USC Upstate in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Blessing's good performance the USC Upstate was defeated 75-70 in Cheney, WA by the Eastern Washington University.
He recorded 10 points.
Blessing's stats this season are: 12.1ppg and 6.7rpg.
He plays currently for the German U20 national team.
#12. International shooting guard Patrick Heckmann (196-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) managed to help Boston College in a 1-point victoryagainst the Auburn University 50-49 in the NCAA last Wednesday.
Heckmann recorded 5 points and added 3 assists in 21 minutes.
Heckmann averaged so far 12.1ppg and 6.7rpg in the 15 games.
He is also in the roster of the German national team.
#13. Former U20 international guard T.J. DiLeo (190-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Temple win their game against the University of Delaware 80-75 in the NCAA last Sunday.
DiLeo scored only 3 points, made 3 passes and 4 steals.
DiLeo averaged so far 12.1ppg and 6.7rpg.
He is a naturalized American.
DiLeo used to play for the German U20 national team
two years ago.
Interesting that he has never played in Germany.
#14. U20 international guard Maodo Lo (190-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Columbia in their game against the University of San Francisco in the NCAA.
Lo recorded 7 points in only 14 minutes.
His team was badly defeated by 20 points 79-59.
Lo averaged so far 12.1ppg and 6.7rpg in the 15 games.
He used to play for the German U20 national team
#15. Former U18 international guard Thomas Reuter (198-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) faced previously mentioned Mario Blessing in the NCAA last game.
Reuter helped E.Washington win their game against the South Carolina Upstate 75-70.
He recorded 6 points and grabbed 5 rebounds.
Reuter averaged so far 12.1ppg and 6.7rpg.
He used to play for the German U18 national team
two years ago.
The list of other players, who all have German passport but never been selected to any of German national teams:
#1.Federico Kammerichs (202-F-80, currently plays in Liga SudAmericana) was the major contributor in a double overtime (!!!) Regatas Corrientes' victory against the closely-ranked Obras (1-2) 90-89 in the Liga Sudamericana last Wednesday.
Kammerichs recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added 4 assists.
Regatas Corrientes (2-1) is placed second in group F.
It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row.
It's Kammerichs' first season with the team.
Kammerichs has relatively good stats this year: 10.8ppg, 6.8rpg and 1.2apg.
He has a dual citizenship: German and Argentinian.
#2.Mario Stojic (198-G/F-80, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Eurocup), who plays in Belgium could not help one of league's weakest teams Base Oostende (2-2) in their last game. Despite Stojic's very good performance Base Oostende was crushed 85-61 on the road by the second-ranked Stelmet ZG.
He was the top scorer with 16 points (made all of his six free throws) in 29 minutes.
There are only two games left until the end of the Eurocup Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.
It's Stojic's first season with the team.
Stojic has relatively good stats this year: 12.0ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.3apg in the four games he played so far.
He is another player who holds two passports: Croatian and German.
#3.Robert Tomaszek (204-F-81, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Texas Tech, currently plays in Poland) led Energa Czarni to a victory against the league outsider Rosa Radom (2-8) 83-74 in the Polish TBL in Tuesday night's game.
Tomaszek scored 13 points and grabbed 8 rebounds.
Energa Czarni Slupsk (7-3) is placed first in the TBL.
It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row.
Tomaszek's overall stats this season are: 9.3ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.7apg and 1.1spg.
He has both German and Polish nationalities.
#4. Experienced Robert Sarovic (205-F-78, currently plays in EuroChallenge), who plays in Romania was not able to help Timisoara (1-3) in their last game. Despite Sarovic's very good performance the fourth-placed Timisoara lost 86-97 on the opponent's court to the higher-ranked (#3) Kormend in the group F of EuroChallenge.
He was the top scorer with 19 points. Sarovic also added 7 rebounds in 26 minutes.
It was Timisoara's third consecutive loss in a row.
There are only two games left until the end of the EuroChallenge Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial.
It's Sarovic's first season with the team.
He has relatively good stats this year: 11.0ppg and 3.5rpg in the four games.
Sarovic also holds two passports: Serbian and German.
#5.Urule Igbavboa (203-C-87, college: Valparaiso, currently plays in Sweden) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Nassjo (2-11) crushing them 98-58 in the Swedish Basketligan last Friday.
He recorded 18 points (made all of his eight free throws).
LF Basket (6-6) is placed eighth in the Basketligan.
Igbavboa is currently sixth on the list of top scorers.
He has individually a very good season with high stats. Igbavboa averages: 17.3ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.1apg and 1.3spg.
He is a naturalized American.
Igbavboa used to play for MEG Goettingen in German league.
#6.Martin Seiferth (208-F-90, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to secure a victory for the E.Washington in their last game. Despite his good performance the E.Washington was edged 86-83 at home by the Utah Valley University.
Seiferth scored 14 points, had 9 rebounds and made 6 blocks in 34 minutes.
He has very impressive stats this year: 17.3ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.1apg and 1.3spg in the 12 games.
#7.Ben Rice (195-F-90, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, currently plays in Israel) couldn't help Bnei Hasharon in their game against Maccabi Rishon in the Israeli Winner League.
Rice recorded 8 points and added 4 assists.
His team was defeated 91-76.
He has relatively good stats this season: 11.3ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.5apg.
Rice has dual citizenship: Israeli and German.
#8.Kiril Wachsmann (203-C/F-83, agency: Edge Sports, college: Iona, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Melilla Baloncesto in their game against Meridiano Alicante in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). Despite his good performance on Sunday night He was the second best scorer with 12 points. Wachsmann also added 7 rebounds.
Wachsmann is ranked fourth on the list of the best rebounders in the league.
His total stats this season are: 8.9ppg, 7.5rpg and 1.3apg.
#9.Joachim Thoss (201-C-81, currently plays in Philippines) contributed to a 3-point Alaska Aces' victory against the fifth-ranked Meralco Bolts 88-85 in the Filipino PBA in Wednesday night's game.
Thoss scored 12 points, had 6 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 27 minutes.
Thoss is currently third on the league's list of best blockers with 1.1bpg.
He also averaged so far 9.1ppg, 6.3rpg and 2.3apg in the nine games.
Thoss has dual citizenship: German and Filipino.
#10.Jonathan Mesghna (198-F-89, currently studies in the States) contributed to Maine's victory against the Siena College 72-66 in the NCAA on Sunday night.
Mesghna scored 9 points in 33 minutes.
Mesghna averaged so far 12.1ppg and 6.7rpg in the 15 games.
He has German and Eritrean nationalities.
Ratiopharm Ulm (BBL) inked 25-year old American guard Devon Baulkman (193-91kg-91). He just graduated from Tennessee (NCAA). In 34 games he averaged 9.5ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.8apg and 1.0spg last season. As mentioned above Baulkman is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball. He received All-Panhandle Conference 1st Team award in 2014 at his college time. Ratiopharm Ulm roster for 2016-2017: Guards: Per Guenther Karsten Tadda Chris Babb Braydon Hobbs Taylor Brau... [read more]
Ratiopharm Ulm (BBL) inked 25-year old American guard Devon Baulkman (193-91kg-91). He just graduated from Tennessee (NCAA). In 34 games he averaged 9.5ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.8apg and 1.0spg last season. As mentioned above Baulkman is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball. He received All-Panhandle Conference 1st Team award in 2014 at his college time.
Except for a short four month stay in Turekey, Kenny Frease (212-C-89, college: Xavier) has called Germany home for most of his four year professional career and will remain in Germany joining Science City Jena. Frease is a 26 year old 212cm 129 kilo center from Massilion,Ohio that has a big body in the paint who can score, grab rebounds and block the opponents' shots. A true center who can make his teammates better thanks to his great impact inside at both sides of the court. He has play... [read more]
Except for a short four month stay in Turekey, Kenny Frease (212-C-89, college: Xavier) has called Germany home for most of his four year professional career and will remain in Germany joining Science City Jena. Frease is a 26 year old 212cm 129 kilo center from Massilion,Ohio that has a big body in the paint who can score, grab rebounds and block the opponents' shots. A true center who can make his teammates better thanks to his great impact inside at both sides of the court. He has played in Germany for teams like the Walter Tigers Tuebingen, Artland Dragons and last season played for the Basketball Loewen Braunschweig (Germany-BBL) playing 34 games: 9.1ppg, 6.3rpg, 2.4apg, Blocks-2 (1.4bpg), FGP: 51.8%, FT: 42.6%. "Kenny replaces Behanan, but is a totally different player than him. We need to be stronger and more dominant at this position. He has mass and quality and experience in Germany. He will be able to be integrtaed quickly into our game thanks to his passimng qualities", stressed head coach Bjoern Harmsen. Last season he scored in double figures 16 times including three double doubles. His best game was a 22 point 15 rebound effort against Phoenix Hagen.
Frease started his absketball career in 2008 with Xavier (NCAA) where he played until 2012 playing atotal of 137 NCAA games. As a freshman he played 34 games: 5.4ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.3bpg, FGP: 46.0%, 3Pts: 28.6%, FT: 48.4%. In his second season he played 35 games: 5.1ppg, 4.3rpg, FGP: 50.7%, 3PT: 0.0%, FT: 52.0%. As a junior h eplayed 32 games: 11.7ppg, 7.1rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 54.9%, FT: 70.2%. As a senior he played 36 games: 10.2ppg, 6.1rpg, 1.1apg, 1.1bpg, FGP: 51.4%, FT: 56.9%. He started his professional basketball career in 2012 with Walter Tigers Tuebingen (Germany-BBL): 34 games: 11.0ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 54.8%, FT: 56.3%. In the 2013-2014 season he moved to the Artland Dragons (Germany-BBL): Eurocup: 8 games: 9.5ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 54.0%, FT: 66.7%; German League: 40 games: 7.1ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 55.7%, FT: 49.4%. In the 2014-2015 season he started with Yesilgiresun Belediye (Turkey-TB2L): 16 games: 13.8ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.1apg, 2.2bpg, 2FGP: 59.7%, 3FGP: 66.7%, FT: 44.4%, in Jan.'15 moved to Artland Dragons (Germany-BBL) playing 16 games: 8.6ppg, 4.4rpg, FGP: 63.5%, FT: 61.5%. "It feels great to return back to Germany. I am happy to write the next chapter in my career with Science City Jena. I was only once in Jena, but could feel the passion of the fans. I will do my best to find my rhythm and get integrated as quickly as possible. I can't wait until the season starts", expressed Kenny Frease. Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been Atlantic 10 Regular Season Champion -09, 11, Atlantic 10 Tournament Semifinals -09, 10, Atlantic 10 Regular Season Co-Champion -10, NCAA Sweet 16 -10, 12, All-Atlantic 10 Honorable Mention -11, Atlantic 10 Tournament Finalist -12, German Bundesliga Semifinals -14, and Eurobasket.com German Bundesliga All-Defensive Team -16.
Around this time of year most BBL coaches are in their offices already scoping together new plays and contemplating which roles each player will perform except for Fraport Skyliners head coach Gordon Herbert who is still looking for a few players to complete the new roster. Even tougher this season is that the Canadian isn't even at the practices as he has taken a leave of absence recovering from back surgery and given the coaching reigns to assistant coach Klaus Perwass. In the last year... [read more]
Around this time of year most BBL coaches are in their offices already scoping together new plays and contemplating which roles each player will perform except for Fraport Skyliners head coach Gordon Herbert who is still looking for a few players to complete the new roster. Even tougher this season is that the Canadian isn't even at the practices as he has taken a leave of absence recovering from back surgery and given the coaching reigns to assistant coach Klaus Perwass. In the last years the Fraport Skyliners haven't been complete as their preseason schedule has started and it was no different this season as like last season the club faced German pro A team RheinStars Cologne in a neutral area Koblenz and this season in another unusual spot in Wiesbaden, Germany. Eight year BBL veteran and identity figure of the Fraport Skyliners Quantez Robertson has had his share of photo shoots and checking out runways with a basketball at Frankfurt international airport, but for a change he would also be stepping foot on another airbase in Wiesbaden only 26 kilometers away from Frankfurt international airport as the Fraport Skyliners met the RheinStars in an out of the ordinary place. As part of the Basketball Aid international tour, both teams were taking part in a very good cause to help kids stricken with the horrible disease cancer as all proceeds were going to this charity. The Basketball Aid international Tour had received a blow recently as previously invited touring team Northeastern (NCAA) cancelled their 10 day trip on account of the terrorism in Germany, but Basketball Aid organizer Hans Beth and his crew had done a fine job in a very short period of time finding replacement teams for the Huskies from Boston. It is typical that in the past American players tend to visit American airbases to get that extra special US feeling as well as cleaning out the food markets where they can buy and munch on Pop tarts, Oreo's or Twizzlers candy and much more, things they would never get in a normal German supermarket. In the past ex Skyliners and two thirds of the then Bermuda triangle Tyrone Ellis and Chris Williams minus Pascal Roller would venture out to Wiesbaden to take in the flair of American culture or a Jimmy Mckinney would make the trip to Heidelberg to visit the army heliport. On a very hot day that had temperatures in the 90's everyone was relieved to be in the gym at Clay Kaserne as it was air conditioned nicely and after 40 minutes of hard fought pre season basketball, it was no surprise that BBL club Fraport Skyliners had been victorious gliding by the Pro A RheinStars Cologne 77-59. Basketball Aid international tour chairman Hans Beth was pleased with how the first event of the tour went. 'It was a good atmosphere and a good game. It was a good start for the tour. The fans saw many young players competing and both general managers of the teams were present. It was obvious that the fans enjoyed the game. I hope to see them at Fraport Skyliner games', stressed Hans Beth.
For both teams, this exhibition game was just another test for the rigorous upcoming season that both clubs will experience in their respective leagues, but the game also had a deeper meaning as it was in support of the organization Basketball Aid that support children with cancer and the game also gave the American players time to reflect on this cause as well as playing a game on an American army base. 'Playing in Wiesbaden was like having a piece of home. I have a German mother and American father and to be able to see the Americana and German flags side by side reminds me of the partnership of both countries coming together as one. This was a very nice gym. Any enjoyment that I can provide while playing for military families is great. I can imagine that their life is stressful at times, but it is nice if they could enjoy a Thursday afternoon relaxing and watching basketball. Win or lose, we did a good thing today and we could leave with a good taste', stressed RheinStars forward Alex Foster. Fraport Skyliners center Mike Morrison (205-F-89, college: George Mason, agency: Interperformances) was as usual his laid back self after the win, but when asked about his thoughts about the game and deeper meaning behind the cause of Basketball aid, the Florida native became sentimental. 'This was almost like being on American soli. It was cool seeing so many American families in the stands. Being able to help the basketball aid cause is very important. Everybody was a winner today and it was a great day', stressed Mike Morrison (205-F-89, college: George Mason, agency: Interperformances).
Both teams were missing key ingredients to their teams as the Fraport Skyliners were without Mr Canada Philip Scrubb and new player Shavon Shields who had arrived that morning and was battling jet lag while the RheinStars were without the services of big men Amric Fields and 217cm monster Dennis Heinzmann as their inside game suffered without them. The Fraport Skyliners started with their heart and soul with Americans Quantez Robertson and Mike Morrison (205-F-89, college: George Mason, agency: Interperformances) and Germans Max Merz, Stefan Ilzhoefer and Niklas Kiel. The RheinsTars started with David Downs, Robin Christen, Andreas Wenzl, Alex Foster and Hugh Robertson. The Fraport Skyliners dominated from the get go getting their offensive sets going while getting their staple defense established early as their aggressiveness was a few gears too much for the RheinStars as they trailed 15-3 after six minutes. Frankfurt got their inside out game going quickly as their big men Morrison and Kiel got easy buckets inside while their shooting didn't lack any fine tuning early on either as Max Merz and Stefan Ilzhoefer connected from downtown. The Frankfurt aggressive defense also led to easy transition baskets as well. At the 4.15 minute mark, huge German talent Isaac Bonga made his professional debut, but before he could make any waves on the court, Cologne got a quick mini 4-0 run with baskets from Lennart Steffen and Tim Van De Velde to cut the Frankfurt lead to 15-7. Frankfurt closed out the first quarter with a Robertson dunk and Garai Zeeb three pointer as the Fraport Skyliners led 22-9 after one quarter. Isaac Bonga was controlling the boards in the first few minutes when he was on the floor. 'Frankfurt hit us hard in the first quarter. We weren't prepared well and need to be mentally focused better. We were unable to meet their aggressiveness on defense with offensive intensity', stressed Alex Foster.
In the second quarter, both teams continued to sub their players in and out giving everyone their opportunity to work on their game as well as further team chemistry and harmony being developed. The Fraport Skyliners continued to have many more options on offense, worked on their inside out game and didn't allow the RheinStars much opportunity to get anything going inside. Frankfurt Got a three pointer form Max Merz and a hook shot from Mahir Agva while the RheinStars got trey's from Downs and Bendict Van Laack. Cologne then got their first solid bucket inside from Steffen who snuck inside finishing with his left hand as Frankfurt led only 27-17. Bonga was back in the game and the 16 year old who measures in at 205cm continued to help on the boards, but his athleticism and quickness was impressive as he showed it on both ends of the court making a quick block from behind on Hugh Robertson and then strolled into traffic and in midair made a no look pass to a streaking Morrison in the lane who finished with a routine lay in as Frankfurt led 31-17. Every once in a while Frankfurt would get careless and the RheinStars capitalized with buckets from a Downs who snuck inside, but overall Frankfurt always came back and had an answer on offense. After the Downs basket, Frankfurt went on a 10-0 run to extend their lead to 41-22. In the run, the Fraport Skyliners got production from Ilzhoefer who had a totally new stroke of confidence and really had the green light in this game as he had that go to guy mentality brewing and connected on another trey, Merz scored inside, Tez Robertson made a steal and dunk on transition and Morrison finished inside for an easy two. In the last two minutes, Cologne got some needed offensive aid form Downs who dropped two trey's and Robertson scored inside, but the Fraport Skyliners led at the break 44-30. 'We were missing Fields and Heinzmann in the low post. It was the first game for Wenzl in 3 years. We have 100% belief that he can become the best center in the Pro A. He was a bit rusty today, but he will be a great player', added Alex Foster. After 20 minutes the Fraport Skyliners were shooting 59% from the field and 41% from outside while the RheinStars were shooting 39% from the field and 36% from outside. Frankfurt had the 17-12 rebound edge, but 11 turnovers while Cologne had 10 turnovers.
The Fraport Skyliners started the third quarter with a few turnovers and the RheinStars capitalized on it getting a Robertson bucket and Wenzl lay up playing pick and roll with Downs to cut the Frankfurt lead to 45-34, but the RheinStars would never be able to cut the lead under 10 points. However it didn't take the Fraport Skyliners long to get out of their offensive mini rut as they went on a 9-3 run as the German kids executed nicely with Agva and Bonga to extend the Frankfurt lead to 54-36. Agva was working on becoming that Skyliner beast inside as he scored twice and Bonga connected on a three displaying a smooth stroke in progress. After 30 minutes the Fraport Skyliners led comfortably 54-38. 'We stepped up our defense in the third quarter, because we didn't want to fold. I think that the game was pretty even for three quarters. It was just that first quarter that hurt us. We had more open looks and came together better as a team. Hugh Robertson also hit some big shots', explained Alex Foster. The Fraport Skyliners were shooting 47% from the field and 32% from the three point line while the RheinStars were shooting 38% from the field and 24% from the three point line. Frankfurt had the 29-20 rebound edge and both teams had 14 turnovers a piece.
Both teams found their scoring touch again better in the fourth quarter, but Cologne couldn't make any ground as they were still outscored by Frankfurt 23-21. The fans also got to see some Tez/Morrison show time as they connected on the alley-oop twice with Robertson being the perfect flicker while Morrison was as tame as a Florida kitten tapping home the ball twice and saving the hard throw downs for the regular season. Hugh Robertson who played last season with Helios Suns Domzale (Slovenia-Telemach League) and can decide a game by himself did his best hitting big shot after big shot cutting the lead down to 60-47, but the Frankfurt bench was too much for Cologne as they stepped up and executed as well. The difference was that in this phase, the RheinStars only had a Robertson who was hitting shots while Frankfurt went on a 7-0 run as Pro B player German Konstantin Schubert hit a 20 footer and a lay it and Quantez Robertson made a three pointer as Frankfurt led 67-50. The game was decided and in the last few minutes Alex Foster did some work for his stat line hitting a three and then making a beautiful off balance shot high off the glass. Frankfurt got last baskets from Agva and Ilzhoefer to secure the win. 'We were a bit tired in the fourth, but not physically. It was more mental. The two alley-opp's were mental break downs. Frankfurt played very physical. We have to emphasis to play harder defense in practice so we can be ready for teams like Frankfurt. Frankfurt played their defensive concept the whole game and we shied away from it. We couldn't stretch and challenge their defense. This game was part of the process to get ready for the season. I feel we made a good step in the right direction', stressed Alex Foster. '. 'The game went ok. We still need to correct many mistakes on defense. We found our rhythm on offense today. I feel that we have picked up on many things in two weeks. Coach Perwas has done a good job making things clear to each player what he has to do', added Mike Morrison (205-F-89, college: George Mason, agency: Interperformances). The Fraport Skyliners were led by Stefan Illzhoefer with 15 points. Mike Morrison (205-F-89, college: George Mason, agency: Interperformances) added 14 points while Max Merz had 10 points and eight assists and Quantez Robertson supplied 10 points, four rebounds and four steals. 16 year old Isaac Bonga played 23 minutes scoring six points, hauling down six rebounds, dishing out three assists and getting one steal The RheinStars were led by Hugh Robertson with 19 points while David Downs had 11 points. The Fraport Skyliners shot 52% from the field and 31% from outside while the RheinStars shot 43% from the field and 37% from outside. Frankfurt won the rebound battle 33-24 and had 18 turnovers while Cologne had 21 turnovers.
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