The Christmas time is a time in general to spend around the family, be thankful for everything and eat a hearty meal and see what Santa put into the stocking. In the United States a Shaq might devour a few turkeys with yummy gravy and stuffing while enjoying his flick Kazam for entertainment, in Canada a Osvaldo Jeanty might enjoy some plum pudding, in Poland a Marcin Gortat might have to explain to his NBA teammates that a day of fasting is rewarded on Christmas with herring fillets, in Russia a Andrei Kirilenko can enjoy holy supper which consists of 12 dishes one to honor each of the 12 apostles, in Spain a Ricky Rubio might be sleepless in Barcelona as a Christmas eve dinner can last to 6am with some turkey with truffles. The NBA isnt the only place in professional basketball where the schedule runs through the holiday season. Many leagues in Europe have a break for Americans to go home, but not in the Beko BBL. In the Beko BBL, teams play on the 23rd, 26th and 27th. The Fraport Skyliners returned home after a tough loss in Tuebingen and had to practice on the 24th and 25th of December in preparation for BBC Bayreuth and had to possibly heat up a TV dinner instead of home cooking from mom. I wanted to go home to Berlin and be home with my family, but the schedule didnt allow it which was very tough, stressed Fraport Skyliner guard Konstantin Klein. The only positive thing for the players might have been the practices between Christmas which where they could have digested the yummy food. The Fraport Skyliners came into the game against BBC Bayreuth having to be as motivated as a super overweight Santa Claus who cant get down the chimney, but wants and needs to to deliver those special presents to the kids and finally got back to their old ways of defending like an aggressive pitbull beating BBC Bayreuth 76-59. EX Bayer Giants Leverkusen forward Beckham Wyrick was unable to play due to a shoulder injury and remembers how difficult it is being away from the family on Christmas. Most teams in Europe have breaks around Christmas. I am lucky that I have a German family, but I would rather be at home in the States. I remember when I was single being alone at Christmas and it was tough. It is tough for young guys out of college, but I believe it is easier in general now with all skype, stressed Beckham Wyrick. Devin Gibson was home alone in Frankfurt for the first time, but at least could celebrate a victory. It was tough for me being away from home for the first time. When I was in college, I was near my house so it wasnt so hard. But it was tough seeing my family open presents and eating nice food over skype, commented Devin Gibson.
The Fraport Skyliners came into the game riding a four game losing streak and being stuck in the cellar in 18th place like a small toddler who gets stuck in a tree and cant go down. The Fraport Skyliners had given up an average 97 points in the last two loses against Phoenix Hagen and the Walter Tigers Tuebingen which was about as uncharachteristic as Rajon Rondo being without an assist in a game. The Fraport Skyliners understood that they had to find back to their old ways of defending hard and gave BBC Bayreuth fits all day long in their 76-59 victory at home in front of 3,370 fans. The team also knew how important the win was for getting out of the cellar. This was a big win and big confidence booster. This win stopped the bleeding. The key in the game was keeping up the defensive momentum all throughout the game. We executed our defense and did a good job limiting their second attempts, stressed Ohio native Ted Scott. After a quick start winning their four games, BBC Bayreuth have slipped down the ladder and are hanging to the bottom with a long way back to the top after they lost their sixth game in a row and have a 2-8 record since the fast start. Many will laud the aggressive Frankfurt defense, but it wasnt like BBC Bayreuth didnt have their chances. Our biggest problem in the last games has been that we have had more than enough open looks, but we just havent hit them. Our backs are to the wall and the schedule isnt getting any easier either in the future. The Fraport Skyliners deserved to win and played very hard. They did what they had to do to get the win, stressed Beckham Wyrick.
The game also featured the seemingly role reversal of Ted Scott and Danilo Barthel (207-PF-91) and the debut of new Skyliner Dwan Robinson. On the stat sheet, it was obvious to see that the two top scorers for the Fraport Skyliners were Ted Scott and Danilo Barthel with 15 points each, but in a way the young German from Heidelberg did what Scott is known for and played sniper in the third quarter scoring 11 points and scoring in bunches something that Scott can do in his sleep. Barthel showed real sniper scoring qualities really stepping it up and keeping that offensive momentum going for the Fraport Skyliners hitting big three pointers and getting dirty work production inside. Scott spoke in high regard of his teammate about his performance. When Danilo plays like that, he makes us so strong. Even if he is so young, I still think that he is one of our best players. I tip my hat off to Danilo, he played great, said Fraport Skyliner guard Ted Scott. His new teammate Dwan Robinson had only seen him in a few practices was amazed by his play. Danilo has the talent to be a great player. I am very proud of how he played, added Dwan Robinson. 30 year old Dwan Robinson gave his debut for the Fraport Skyliners. He had had played in Italy the last years winning the 2009 cup with Kyle Hines and had a special twinkle in his eyes after the win finishing with nine points in 13 minutes. Robinson showed a knack for getting to the free throw line, hitting shots and playing defense. I am still finding my flow, but I feel good. I love to play defense and want to show the club that I can do that. Defense wins titles. I am not really here to score, because the team has many scorers already, added Dwan Robinson. Devin Gibson was a menace on defense getting four steals, but was happy for the help from Robinson. Dwan is a great player. He knows how to play defense and has a high basketball IQ, expressed Fraport Skyliners guard Devin Gibson.
The Fraport Skyliners started the game getting into an offensive rhythm quickly as the motto was give Zach the mad baller Peacock the ball and let him play as he hit his first three shots as the home team led 6-3. Offense and defense quickly got the same page as two Skyliner steals led to fast break points and dunks from Quantez Robertson and Danilo Barthel as BBC Bayreuth trailed 10-5. We showed early that we were on the same page on defense. Everyone was helping early which got us going, stressed Dwan Robinson. BBC Bayreuth cut the lead to 10-8 with a big Simon Schmitz three pointer. However the Fraport Skyliners closed out the first quarter with a blistering 9-2 run to lead 19-10. After Danilo Barthel made two free throws, he watched and took notes for his sniper notebook as Ted Scott scored in bunches with two jumpers. Quantez Robertson added on to the run testing his 28% three point shooting drowning a shot from downtown. The Fraport Skyliners led comfortably after one quarter 19-10. The Fraport Skyliners had a good offensive rhythm early and played aggressive defense leading to fast break points. Frankfurt did a good job forcing Bayreuth to tough shots and getting the shot clock down, added EWE Baskets Oldenburg guard Dominik Bahiense De Mello. The Fraport Skyliners were shooting 53% from the field and 25% from outside while BBC Bayreuth was shooting 33% from the field and 25% from outside. BBC Bayreuth had the nine to six rebound edge, but nine turnovers while the Fraport Skyliners had only three turnovers.
In the second quarter, the Fraport Skyliners were able to keep their healthy lead while continuing to defend very fiercely not letting BBC Bayreuth find their desired rhythm. In the first two minutes it was the Joe Trapani and Dwan Robinson show as they both contributed two buckets each. Trapani who played at Boston College together with FC Bayern Munich point guard Tyrese Rice had to pick up a lot of the load down low as Jason Cain and Gary Mcghee were contained well for the game. Trapani started the second quarter with second chance put back. Robinson then led Frankfurt on a 5-0 run with a three pointer and off balance shot in the lane. Trapani then showed his shooting touch connecting from the top of the key, but BBC Bayreuth still trailed 24-15. After Schmitz free throws, then came a very potent few minutes by the Fraport Skyliners as they forced five BBC Bayreuth turnovers in a row and were rewarded by a Ted Scott three pointer, free throws and the 29-17 lead. Frankfurt had some untimely turnovers which led to a Bryan Bailey coast to coast run and lay in and Simon Schmitz free throws for the 29-21 Frankfurt advantage. Quantez Robertson continued to be hot from the parking lot nailing another three pointer as Frankfurt led 32-21. Ex Fraport Skyliner guard Dominik Bahiense De Mello and Skyliner legend Pascal Roller were enjoying the strong Skyliner play watching the game from the seats. Trapani and Peacock exchanged buckets in the last minute as the Fraport Skyliners led at halftime 34-23. There were phases were Frankfurt wasnt concentrated leading to turnovers. They should have been leading by 20 points. Frankfurt was doing a great job denying Cain and Mcghee in the low post, added ex Fraport Skyliner Dominik Bahiense De Mello. The Fraport Skyliners were shooting 43% from the field and 50% from the three point line while BBC Bayreuth was shooting 31% from the field and 20% from the three point line. BBC Bayreuth led the rebound duel 21-14, but had a whopping 16 turnovers while Frankfurt had 10 turnovers.
In the third quarter came the Danilo Barthel show as he helped conserve the comfortable lead. Joe Trapani started the third quarter with free throws as BBC Bayreuth trailed 34-25. Barthel then scored inside and Kevin Hamilton made a sweet lay in while spinning to the basket. Devi n Gibson then scored on another typical BBC Bayreuth turnover on a coast to coast jaunt, while Danilo Barthel scored inside and nailed a three pointer with a sweet rainbow arc to his shot. Gibson then added a fade away and another mid distance jumper with one second on the shot clock as the Fraport Skyliners had coasted on a 11-2 run to extend their lead to 47-29. After Cain scored a rare inside shot from him on that day, it was Barthel again who was feeling in the zone dropping another three pointer which even would have had ex teammate Jimmy Mckinney chuckling in thought. The Fraport Skyliners kept playing with immense self- confidence as Quantez Robertson not only was feeling it from downtown Cincinnati, but was driving BBC Bayreuth defenders wild with his ball handling as he scored once hard with the penetration and finishing with his left hand and then with his right hand as the Fraport Skyliners led 54-35. BBC Bayreuth finished the third quarter with a 4-1 run as Gary Mcghee made an offensive rebound and put back and Bryan Bailey made free throws as the Fraport Skyliners led 55-39 after three quarters. The Fraport Skyliners were shooting 51% from the field and 55% from the parking lot while BBC Bayreuth was shooting 35% from the field and 21% from the parking lot. BBC Bayreuth had the 29-19 rebound edge, but 25 turnovers while the Fraport Skyliners had 15 turnovers.
The fourth quarter started with a curious play by the Fraport Skyliners as Quantez Robertson penetrated and was met with heavy BBC Bayreuth traffic and seemed like to have put up an air ball which was caught for an ally-op tip in by Dion Dowell who wasnt much of a factor up to that point. After Mcghee free throws, it was Super Tez Robertson again who was penetrating and scoring as if that was his best quality in his game and not his defense as the Fraport Skyliners still led 59-41. Trapani then got a pass in the low post from Bailey and right away like a lightening strike slid past Peacock scoring as BBC Bayreuth still trailed 59-44. Robinson then scored four points in a row from the free throw line as Frankfurt led 63-44. Gary Mcghee then fouled out and Marco Van Den Berg countered by bringing in German Stefan Schmidt for the first time and he brought some fresh wind into the game leading BBC Bayreuth on a 7-0 run to cut the Frankfurt lead to 63-51. Schmidt scored inside then drew a foul making free throws and Simon Schmitz added two free throws and Kevin Hamilton added a free throw. However that was as close as BBC Bayreuth would get as they went on a 13-2 run to lead 76-53 and put a lid on the BBC Bayreuth come back. Frankfurt went back to Zach Peacock giving him the ball and letting him draw fouls. He got to the free throw line three times as well as Ted Scott and Devin Gibson as 10 of the 13 points were made from the foul line. Scott contributed a three pointer in the run. BBC Bayreuth had cut the lead to 13 points so we slowed down the game. In the past teams had sped up the game which didnt help us. We gave the ball inside to Zach Peacock and didnt give up easy baskets, stressed Devin Gibson. Despite the game already decided, BBC Bayreuth closed out the game with a 6-0 run to lose 76-59. Stefan Schmidt scored inside again and Simon Schmitz hit a three pointer. Frankfurt continued to play good defense forcing us too tough shots and limiting lay ups. We didnt rebound so well down the stretch and lost many loose balls, added Gary Mcghee. As the buzzer sounded, BBC Bayruth went to their fans to thank them for their support, but the club has to get on the winning track fast. We have to get that winning mentality back fast. We seem to have this type of stigma after we lose. We have to believe that we are a better team than what we are showing, stressed BBC Bayreuth guard Kevin Hamilton.
The Fraport Skyliners were led by Ted Scott and Danilo Barthel with 15 points a piece. Quantez Robertson added 14 points and Zach Peacock produced 13 points and eight rebounds. BBC Bayreuth was led by Joe Trapani with 16 points and ten rebounds. Simon Schmitz added 12 points. The Fraport Skyliners did a sound job in the shooting department shooting 46% from the field and 41% from outside. Even though the Fraport Skyliners had problems on the boards losing the battle 35-31, it was another strong defense performance holding BBC Bayreuth to 59 points. Even though they couldnt contain Joe Trapani, they held Cain and Mcghee to nine points combined in 42 minutes. Coach told us that we had to contain them and we did a good job on them. We couldnt quite contain Trapani, but it was one of those days where he played well, but it could have been worse, stated Ted Scott. Frankfurt did a good job denying Cain and me on the initial ball screen forcing us to turnovers. When we did get the ball inside, they did a good job double teaming us. We didnt execute enough, stressed Gary Mcghee. I had no concern about Mcghee, because Zach is an animal down low, but we knew that we had to limit Cain at what he does best and we did that, warned Dwan Robinson. However the biggest strength in this win was the trust factor that the team regained again on defense. It wasnt so much to do with the x and os today. We had that trust factor on offense and defense. We know that we messed up some of our rotations, but we kept fighting back and trusted each other for helping and being there when one was missed. We had the determination today needed to win, stressed Devin Gibson. Ted Scott helped elaborate the Devin Gibson trust factor as the key to success. We had the trust factor knowing that one or another player was there to help. That made it so much better. It was so much better than in Tuebingen. In Tuebingen we were often late on help, but against BBC Bayreuth we were on top of it which was key to winning, added Ted Scott. The Fraport Skyliners look to extend their winning streak to two games with a win against FC Bayern Munich on December 29th.
EuroLeague: Brose Baskets silence Maccabi in Tel Aviv - 10 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.