It had been a strange sight and something that one had to get used to in the first few months in Frankfurt basketball land not seeing Jimmy McKinney (192-G-83, college: Missouri) sporting his GQ outfits and St Louis Cardinals hats, listening to his actor like soft voice philosophying about the game like a young Wesly Snipes or just getting into a groove of saying ahhhhhhhh after witnessing the grace and beauty of seeing his shooting stroke from all over the court. Not seeing Jimmy McKinney in a Fraport Skyliners jersey has been as difficult for fans on the Main as if the famous Frankfurt drink Appelwoi had been banished for good, the Romer place had been painted pink for marketing reasons or if the famous Frankfurt wurtschen hot dogs had been replaced by the ball park franks. These things ever happening would have been like a cut in the heart for people just like it was the gregarious St Louis native packing his stuff and heading to Wurzburg. Mckinney had returned back to Frankfurt in preseason with the s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg to battle in a preseason game at the Skyliners traing facility which they lost. However that preseason clout wasnt the same for Mckinney as returning to the Fraport arena which had been his living room for the past six years. Mckinney has started a bit subpar into the season shooting under 40% from the field and from downtown, but when one saw Mckinney step on the floor for the first time in a Wurzburg jersey, one could see the look in his eyes that he was as focused as head coach Mike D antoni trying to bring glory days back to the Los Angeles Lakers, well known soccer player Zlatan Ibrahimovic still showing that he can score amazing goals like a Messi or Ronaldo at the ripe age of 31 or like any American making the most of a Thanksgiving meal each year. Mckinney came back to Frankfurt and wasnt a big factor on offense scoring seven points, but helped guide the team to a hard fought 59-55 victory. It was tough playing, because the whole return was so emotional which led to me not finding my rhythm until the end. I was really happy to play against Tez. He is my guy and I love him dirty. He is like a real brother to me and I hope that we can be teammates again someday. He is one of the best athletes I ever saw, stressed Jimmy McKinney. Robertson also enjoyed playing against his friend. We competed very hard and really made it hard for each other. He didnt score much, but the team still scored. I miss the fun we had on and off the court, smilied Quantez Robertson. Jason Boone was all smiles when describing the worth of Mckinney to the team. He might not have admitted it, but Jimmy was locked in for this game. We really wanted to get him the win. He works so hard is always the first in the gym and last to go. He just wants to win so much. I never saw such a pure shooter like him, warned New York native Jason Boone. I like Jimmy McKinney. He is a real smooth guy and great shooter. You cant give him any space. You always need to know where he is at all times, stressed American Skyliner Ted Scott.
The Fraport Skyliners entered the game in 12th place and coming off a high with their domination and win against ratiopharm Ulm last weekend. They were looking for their fourth home win in a row and were defending like a Boston Celtic team of the 60s with Bill Russell at the helm as they were averaging only giving up 60 points a game. Frankfurt stayed on track allowing only 59 points, but were unable to get a flow on offense. It was one of those games where the ball wasnt falling. We had great looks, but they just werent falling. On offense you need to execute and we didnt do that. Everyone has to be in the right place. We were a bit hesitant at times and were a bit too unselfish. At the end of the day if you want to be successful you still have to hit your shots. We did play good defense though, stressed Ted Scott. The s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg entered the game in 13th place and were coming off a big win in Eurocup play against Valencia. They are a team that is known as playing in the trenches on defense, but still havent found a consistency in offense. They didnt have their best offensive game, but played hard enough defense to prevail and even at the end when the Fraport Skyliners made a run and cut the lead to three points, were able to grind out the win in crunch time even though they had lost three games with seven or less points. Jason Boone saw parallels to the 55-51 loss in Wurzburg. Both games were similar in that both teams defended very well. We were able to grind out the game at the end and hit some big shots, added Jason Boone. Mckinney was as comical as usual when asked if he could win round three at the battle of Wurzburg later this season. I think we can win round three in Wurzburg. Only Miles can say something like that, laughed Jimmy MCkinney. Quantez Robertson had a fierce look of a tiger about round three at the battle of Wurzburg latte rin the season. Jimmy knows I want revenge and he better be ready, warned Quantez Robertson.
4,560 fans wanted to watch a classic defensive battle on a Sunday afternoon and that is exactly what they got. The first few minutes remained scoreless as both teams were feeling each other out as Quantez Robertson already set the tone on defense as he made two steals. No team was giving the other team any gifts as defense was on the menu and offense seemed like a rotten apple had been served for desert. Jimmy McKinney finally got Wurzburg on the board first with an off balance jumper. Skyliner head coach brought in energy spark Zach Peacock who came from the bench and right hit a fade away jumper from the left wing. The game continued to be very tight as both teams had to fight like a lion for their shots as open shots in the first quarter seemed as scare as finding water in the desert. Jason Boone then got the 300 Wurzburg fans who made the trip to jump from their seats with a powering left handed slam dunk over American Dion Dowell. Robertson then tied the game at 4-4 with a pair of free throws. Villanova alumnist Dwayne Anderson then showed that he can score in bounces like a Mckinney making a floater and jumper from the wing as Wurzburg led 8-4. Wurzburg continued their run to 7-0 as they had great ball movement and found Mckinney open and he dropped a three pointer as Wrzburg led 11-4. The Fraport Skyliners then put a small dent into the run making a 5-0 run to cut the Wurzburg lead to 11-9. Dowell who iis always a threat from outside nailed a bomb form outside and Robertson got to the free throw line again making two free throws. Jason Boone then made like Shaq again dunking as if that was all he should do as German Danilo Barthel did the right choice by stepping out of the way. The s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg led 13-9 after one quarter. This was what all expected with a defensive battle. Both teams had problems finding a rhythm on offense. Both teams seemed a bit nervous and one could see that the Skyliners were missing their injured players, stressed s.Oliver baskets assistant press secretary Michael Will. The s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg were shooting 38% from the field and 25% from outside while the Fraport Skyliners were shooting 25% from the field and 25% from outside. Wurzburg had the 10-5 rebound edge and both teams had five turnovers a piece.
The Fraport Skyliners didnt get out of the gate fast in the second quarter as the s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg stepped up their intensity on offense speeding out on a crushing 8-0 run to lead 21-9. Wurzburg got three pointers from unlikely players like John Little and German Christoph Henneberger. One can defend a Little in that he has vastly improved his scoring in the last year as he was always known as a top defender. Since the playoff series last season against Alba Berlin, he was top scorer in that series and was more like a Dashaun Wood than a John Little on offense in that series. Ex Skyliner Alex King then found some space inside and also dunked. Frankfurt continued to have difficulty on offense by getting any support besides from Peacock who traded baskets with Little. Wurzburg continued to get too the free throw line as Dwayne Anderson drew two fouls. Peacock then scored a turn around jumper over Anderson as whenever he called for the ball he got it. Devin Gibson then made a shot in the lane as Frankfurt trailed 28-15. Frankfurt continued to be too inconsistent and lacked concentration as Robertson made a steal and then lost the ball on that possession in the first quarter and Gibson did it in the second quarter. Ex Artland Dragon Lamont Mcintosh nailed a pull up jumper and Johnathan Jones made a tip in as Frankfurt trailed 30-18. Dwayne Anderson then made a pretty penetration giving Germans Barthel and Voightman nice head fakes and then laying in the ball with his left hand. Jones closed out the second quarter with a coast to coast run as the s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg led 33-21 at halftime. The first two three pointers by Little and Henneberger were key for getting the momentum. We ahd better ball movement and the Valencia game gave the team self confidence. It was just a mental thing before our shots started to fall, added Michael Will. The s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg were shooting 43% from the field and 30% from the three point line while the Fraport Skyliners were shooting 29% from the field and 11% from the three point line. Wurzburg had the 20-13 rebound edge, but ten turnovers and Frankfurt had eight turnovers.
In the third quarter, the s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg continued to keep their 10-12 point lead as the Fraport Skyliners continued to have scoring woes. The team could have used Ted Scott who is still out with an injury as that deadly shooting presence that the American has was missed as much as Germna national player Holger Badstuber will be for the FC Bayern Munich soccer team. Boone started the third quarter with a free throw as Wurzburg led 34-21. Zach Peacock was a player that was being the go to guy, but another Skyliner was being a presence with German Konstantin Klein. The young German who is a license player that also plays PRO B was a guy that was really trying to take charge as he was looking for the shot, penetrating and just being a beast any way he could as a guard. He dropped a three pointer and right away on the next play force a turnover on American Ben Jacobson. Frankfurt still trailed 34-24. Then it was time again for Jason Boone who was in dunk mode making two consecutive dunks in a row as Wurzburg led 38-24. After missing a dunk, Boone got another chance and kind of dunked it home softly like a baby. I like to play physical, but at times, but the opponent buries me and I miss the dunk, then I get a different mindset and that is the wakeup call for the next opportunity to finish well, stressed ex BG Goettingen American Jason Boone. Little and Peacock exchanged three pointers as Wurzburg still had the upperhand leading 41-30. Here and there there were minor breakdowns in the Frankfurt defense allowing a Alex King to fly unscathed to the hop for an easy lay up as his man and help were nowhere to be seen. Johannes Voigtmann continues to use the extended playing time to grow as a big man as he made a pretty baby hook shot over Jason Boone. The s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg still led after three quarters 45-34. The third quarter was back and forth and we knew we had to keep a good lead, because Frankfurt can always come back. We kept lead at 10 points, added Jason Boone. The s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg were shooting 52% form the two point range and 27% from the parking lot while the Fraport Skyliners were shooting 37% from the field and 19% from the parking lot. Wurzburg had the 27-19 rebound edge, but 16 turnovers while Frankfurt had 12 turnovers.
With ten minutes to play, time was running out for the Fraport Skyliners, but one should never count out the players of Muli Katzurin until the final buzzer has sounded. Peacock started the scoring for Frankfurt with a nice shovel lay in between King and Boone. Little then hit another big three pointer as Wurzburg led 48-36. Saved his best for last dropping a three pointer and hitting a pull up jumper. Robertson also hit a three pointer, but Wurzburg still led 55-41 as the Fraport Skyliners continued to be unable to make any ground. However one can argue what are the most exciting things in a basketball game to mega dunks or monster blocks, but the ability for a team to race back into a game with a run has to be high on the list for any basketball fan as the Fraport Skyliners did exactly that going on a 11-0 run to cut the Wurzburg lead to 55-52 with two minutes to play. A massive Zach Peacock dunk on the fast break got Frankfurt the momentum for the run. German Johannes Voigtman also played an important role hitting back to back mid distance jumpers in the run. Robertson then made a lay up and on the next in bound play, Gibson stole the ball out of Mckinneys hand under the basket and fed the ball to Tez for the next lay in and three point difference. Frankfurt never gave up. There are so many teams that when they are down much will say we will get them back the next day, but not Frankfurt. Frankfurt hit big shots and got the crowd going. We had to shut the door faster, but couldnt, stressed Jason Boone. The Fraport Skyliners seemed like they were going to pull out an incredible come from behind win, but then had misfortune again as Jones made a big steal and fed super Tez, but he missed the lay up with a hard penetration. After Mckinney got the ball, he went back and Skyliner Devin Gibson tried to draw a foul, but instead got hit for too much acting getting a technical foul and sending Mckinney to the free throw line. Then Frankfurt had a chance to cut the lead to two points, but Robertson missed a tough three pointer from the wing. I tried to get off the quick shot to cut the lead to two points, but it just didnt want to fall, commented Quantez Robertson. Little then made two free throws and Klein hit a tough lay in high off the glass, but was all too late as the s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg escaped the trench of the Fraport arena with a win. Giving up 59 points is good on defense, but we need to find some offensive punch. Peacock did a good job, but we need to have more guys step up. We missed too many free throws, warned Devin Gibson.
The s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg were led by John Little with 15 points. Dwayne Anderson contributed 11 points and Jason Boone mustered 10 points and seven rebounds. The Fraport Skyliners were led by Zach Peacocok with 18 points. Quantez Robertson had 12 points, nine rebounds, three assists and five steals. The Fraport Skyliners had a weak day at the shooting office shooting 35% from the field and 20% from downtown while the s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg shot 37% from the field and 26% form downtown. The offense will have to improve if the Fraport Skyliners want to see more wins this season. We werent always taking open shots. We were taking more tough shots. We have to create more for others, warned Quantez Robertson. Wurzburg won the rebounding duel 34-30. Frankfurt did a great job forcing Wurzburg to 20 turnovers and having nine fast break points and not allowing Wurzburg any fast break points. The next game for the Fraport Skyliners in on December 8th in Oldenburg.
Jordan Talbert (198-F-91, college: Missouri So.) is a 25 year old 198cm forward from Little Rock, Arkansas that will be playing his third professional season and first with the PS Karlsruhe Lions. He came to Germany as a rookie in 2014 and played with the Giants TSV 1861 Noerdlingen (Germany-Regionalliga) playing 26 games: 21.6ppg, 9.6rpg, 3.2apg, 2.0spg, Blocks-4 (1.5bpg), FGP: 51.7%, 3PT: 28.9%, FT: 78.4%. He played his college career at Missouri SO (NCAA2) from 2010-2014 and as a senio... [read more]
Jordan Talbert (198-F-91, college: Missouri So.) is a 25 year old 198cm forward from Little Rock, Arkansas that will be playing his third professional season and first with the PS Karlsruhe Lions. He came to Germany as a rookie in 2014 and played with the Giants TSV 1861 Noerdlingen (Germany-Regionalliga) playing 26 games: 21.6ppg, 9.6rpg, 3.2apg, 2.0spg, Blocks-4 (1.5bpg), FGP: 51.7%, 3PT: 28.9%, FT: 78.4%. He played his college career at Missouri SO (NCAA2) from 2010-2014 and as a senior played 31 games averaging 11.7ppg, 7.4rpg, 2.9apg, 1.1spg, 1.7bpg, FGP: 44.8%, 3PT: 37.0%, FT: 70.1%. Last season with Nordlingen he tore up the Pro B averaging 17.5ppg, Reb-1 (11.0rpg), 2.4apg, 1.7spg, Blocks-5 (1.5bpg), FGP: 48.5%, 3PT: 27.5%, FT: 73.4%. He spoke to eurobasket about his new adventure with PS Karlsruhe.
Jordan thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. Where are you at the moment and how has your summer been?
No problem, my summer was great and fulfilling. I really enjoyed my time back in the states with family and friends. At the moment I'm in Karlsruhe preparing for the upcoming season.
Congrats on signing with PS Karlsruhe. How was the summer transfer period for you? You signed rather late. Did you have a good share of offers that made your decision making tougher? No the decision was fairly easy for me. And to my knowledge I didn't have many offers to choose from but I'm happy that PS Karlsruhe had enough interest in me to bring me in.
There were some of your colleagues from last season like Elijah Allen and Julian Scott that made thr jump to the Pro A. I would have thought that you would be a sure shot. Did you have Pro A offers that just didn't fit your situation?
No I didn't have any pro A offers. I guess I wasn't what any of the teams were looking for or they found better options than me which is understandable. I'm very happy for those guys that were able to make the transition and wish them much success.
Last season with Nordlingen you averaged 17,5ppg and led the league with 11rpg. Is Jordan Talbert (198-F-91, college: Missouri So.) a Pro A caliber player playing in the Pro B at this point?
I really don't know what caliber player I am. I know that I'm a competitor that's going to give 100% each game and at each practice to be the best player I can be. Anything other than that is out of my control, and anything that's out of my control are things that I don't worry about.
What were the main reasons for joining PS Karlsruhe? What sold you on their program most? The club is up and coming, and very hungry from what I can tell. Me already being a very motivated and driven player it's like adding fuel to a fire when everyone else around you is just as ambitious and prepared to put in the necessary work. I've felt right at home from the first day.
After two seasons with the Giants Nordlingen what is your personal goal this season? Perhaps the most logical helping PS Karlsruhe move up to the Pro A? My personal goal is to win as many games as possible. I like to not have any expectations going in but we have a lot potential and I plan on doing everything in my power to make sure we maximize it.
The club just moved up from the Regionaliga and are very focused to keep their winning ways alive. The club has hauled in many German players. Do you see having the same type of role as last season in Nordlingen were you were the main scoring option? It's still very early to determine each players role from game to game. I think that's apart of team chemistry building. My intent is to come in and do whatever is needed for us to win rebounding, defense, or scoring.
The club has talented forwards with German Bill Borekambi and Croatian Dino Jakolis. Will not necessarily having to carry that' scoring load like in Karlsruhe like you did in Nordlingen be welcoming to you?
We definitely have talented guys here that are able to do a lot of things. In Nordlingen much of the season and for most of the playoffs we only had a 7 or 8 man rotation. So playing 35+ minutes a night and doing all the things I had to last season for us to have a chance won't be necessary. But if coach asks that of me I will be prepared to deliver at any moments notice.
How excited are you to be playing in a city that has another team with BG Karlsruhe? In New York they call the Yankees-Mets series the subway series and in Karlsruhe they could call it the cross town series. Being from another country I was definitely unfamiliar with the rivalry but just in week I think everyone has caught me up on the history. Personally I'm looking forward to it. Those games are always the best games because it means just a little bit more to everyone which raises the competition level. The energy for that game is building day by day and I know that we're going to come prepared to battle that day.
You had a very strong season last season in Nordlingen. How did you keep the hunger alive this summer and keep working on parts of your game that you aren't happy with? Motivation has never been a problem for me. My ambitions and work ethic are the only reasons I'm still playing right now. I wasn't happy at all with my shooting percentages last season and with how my body felt towards the end of the season. So I really focused on things I could do to improve in those areas.
My day would start at 4AM with a good healthy breakfast and meditation. I would make it to gym at 5 and stay until 8 with some weight lifting and shooting. Then from 6PM to 830PM I was strictly on the court working on my craft. Off the court I had a strict diet. Cut out chocolate in particular which has always been an Achilles heel of mine. I would do this 5 times a week which now has me in the best shape of my life I believe.
Are you catching the 2016 Summer Olympics. What events besides Basketball do you enjoy watching? Yes I'm definitely keeping up with the Olympics. I enjoy track and field, swimming, gymnastics, and women's soccer. I just love watching people compete. As an athlete I know how much this moment means to them and what's not to love about watching someone put their heart and soul on the line for any event. It's inspiring.
Is Australia a dark horse for a medal? They beat France by 21 points in the opening game and have a pretty motivated team with 4 NBA players? When it comes to basketball I'm not sure nor do I care who the silver and bronze go to as long as USA brings home the gold.
Usually professional teams start carving out their new roster for the upcomng season by first giving contract extensions, but sometimes that gets reversed as in the case of Jason Boone (200-F/C-85, college: New York U., agency: Three Eye Sports) who got rewarded very late in the transfer market phase by being able to call Ludwigsburg home for a second season as he will remain until 2017. Boone is a 30 year old 200cm power forward/center that tips at 116 Kilo's on the scale and will go int... [read more]
Usually professional teams start carving out their new roster for the upcomng season by first giving contract extensions, but sometimes that gets reversed as in the case of Jason Boone (200-F/C-85, college: New York U., agency: Three Eye Sports) who got rewarded very late in the transfer market phase by being able to call Ludwigsburg home for a second season as he will remain until 2017. Boone is a 30 year old 200cm power forward/center that tips at 116 Kilo's on the scale and will go into his ninth season in Germany after playing one season in Turkey.In Ludwigsburg, The Suguar Loaf, New York native is a fan favorite and even in Frankfurt last season, he was known as being that sixth man in the stands supporting his friend John Little on many occassions last season, but if he will make the trip to Frankfurt in street clothes this season is more than unlikely as his friend left, but on the court he will as usual create havoc in the paint area. Last season for the MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg (Germany-BBL), he played 33 games averaging 6.0ppg, 3.8rpg, FGP-1 (71.6%), FT: 51.9%; Eurocup: 16 games: 5.7ppg, 2.6rpg, FGP: 61.8%, FT: 56.1%. "It is always a good feeling to return. I feel at home here and am ready for the new season. It is still early in the preseason, but we are playing together at the moment. That will be important in the next weeks. The guys are working hard. I feel I can take the role in as a veteran and guy that gives experience", stated Jason Boone (200-F/C-85, college: New York U., agency: Three Eye Sports).
UA-Monticello's Dayton Mickens (203-F-91, college: Ark.-Monticello) scored the first 7 points of the game for Eurobasket helping them defeat Rot-Weiss Cuxhaven 79-68. Mickens ended the game with a double-double finishing with 12 points and 10 rebounds in his first action of the tour. He sat out the win against VfL AstroStars Bochum on Friday night. Eurobasket Select had a much more balanced attack on the offensive end led by Ozarks's Ethan Murray (188-G-93, college: Coll.of the Ozarks) 14... [read more]
Friday's win got off to a slow start but that was not the case on Saturday as Eurobasket took the lead early and never let Cuxhaven take another lead after the eight minute mark of the 1st quarter. Mickens, Dunnings, Paine's Don Quarles (193-F/G-92, college: Paine) (6 pts, 5 reb, 2 stl), Brown's Josh Biber (196-G/F-91, college: Brown) (8 pts, 7 reb), and Dominican's William Wise (206-F) started the game off. Eurobasket's opened the lead to 8 mid way through the first following a put back by Biber and an easy transition layup by Dunnings.
The second unit pushed the lead out all the way to 15 points led by Montague, Murray, Ham, and North Dakota's Josiah Coleman (196-F-94, college: N.Dakota). The home team would fight back to cut the lead to eight by halftime with strong play from Croatian Center Dragan Sekelja (213-C-91, college: Florida Atlantic) and Serbian/Croatian Forward Sinisa Cvetanovic (201-SF-94). 'Every time we would extend the lead to double figures, Cuxhaven would respond. Sekelja and Cvetanovic were both very difficult matchups for us but I'm glad our guys were able to stay composed and finish the game strong," Eurobasket Select Head Coach Allen Mkrtychyan said.
Midway through the 3rd quarter Cuxhaven came out of a timeout in a 2-3 zone to try and slow down the pace. That is when Murray came in to break the zone. Within 2 minutes of entering the game he was able to knock down two 3 point field goals and get to the foul line for two more points. Dunnings followed Murray's run with one of his own as he got 3 pointer from the top of the key and a very spiritual 4 point play a few moments later. 'We had a 4-5 minute stretch where Ethan and Jeremiah really opened the game up for us. When a team tries to go zone against us we need our shooters to come through, and they did tonight', ESL Tour Manager Dustin Simcox said. 'What wont show up in the box score is the excellent defensive play of Ajani Santos (201-F/C-94) on Sekelja. During that stretch they tried to slow the game down with him and Ajani made everything difficult for him.'
Notes: Dunnings and Montague have scored double figures in both games...Mickens first double-double of tour for any player...Biber five offensive rebounds is a team high and tour high...Eurobasket Select plays Weser Baskets Bremen/BTS Neustadt this afternoon at 4 pm German time/10 AM EST/7 AM PST.
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