#1. This week's number one is an experienced former international forward Dirk Nowitzki (213-78, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the Dallas Mavericks (19-26) in their last game. Despite Nowitzki's very good performance the Dallas Mavericks were edged 106-104 on the road by the Portland Trail Blazers.
He was the top scorer with 26 points. Nowitzki also added 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 34 minutes on the court.
It's Nowitzki's 15th season with the team.
He has individually a very good year with high stats. Nowitzki averages: 14.8ppg, 5.5rpg, 2.4apg, 2FGP: 44.1%, 3FGP: 37.0% and FT: 79.0% in the 18 games he played so far.
He played for the German senior national team two years ago.
#2. Second place goes to former U20 international forward Christian Standhardinger (203-89, currently plays college basketball in the States). Standhardinger led Hawaii to a victory against the Univ. of California-Santa Barbara (3-5) 78-73 in the NCAA last Saturday.
He recorded a double-double by scoring 31 points and getting 16 rebounds. Standhardinger also added 2 blocks.
The University of Hawaii has 4-4 conference record this season.
Standhardinger has relatively good stats this year: 14.8ppg, 5.5rpg, 2.4apg, 2FGP: 44.1%, 3FGP: 37.0% and FT: 79.0%.
He has a dual citizenship: Filipino and German.
Standhardinger played for the German U20 national team in 2009.
#3. The German player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Elias Harris (203-89, currently studies in the States). He contributed to an easy victory against the Brigham Young University (6-2) crushing them 83-63 in the NCAA on Thursday night.
Harris had a double-double by scoring 25 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 2 blocks in 33 minutes.
The Gonzaga University has quite an impressive 6-0 conference record this season.
So far his team won all six games in the conference.
Harris is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Gonzaga's roster.
This season Harris has relatively solid stats: 14.8ppg, 5.5rpg, 2.4apg, 2FGP: 44.1%, 3FGP: 37.0% and FT: 79.0% in the 18 games.
He is also a member of the German senior national team.
#4. Center Chris Kaman (213-82, college: Cent.Michigan, currently plays in NBA) is a teammate of previously mentioned Dirk Nowitzki. But that was another game of his team in NBA which we would like to mention.
Kaman was not able to help the Dallas Mavericks (19-26) in their game against the San Antonio Spurs (36-11).
He scored 8 points.
The Dallas Mavericks were defeated 113-107 in San Antonio by the Spurs.
It's Kaman's first season with the team.
This year Kaman has very high stats. He averages: 12.4ppg and 6.2rpg.
Kaman is a naturalized American.
He used to play for the German national team
back in 2011. Strangely Kaman has never played in Germany.
#5. Former international guard Chad Toppert (201-85, college: N.Mexico, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a CAI Zaragoza's victory against the 14th-ranked CB Canarias (7-12) 81-67 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night.
He recorded 9 points and grabbed 4 rebounds.
CAI Zaragoza (11-8) is placed seventh in the ACB.
Toppert's overall stats this season are: 4.3ppg and 2.1rpg.
He is a naturalized American.
Toppert used to play for the German national team
three years ago.
Apparently he has never played in Germany.
#6. Center Tibor Pleiss (215-89, currently plays in Spain) managed to help Caja Laboral Vitoria in a victory against the 13th-ranked Cajasol (7-12) 86-82 in the Spanish ACB in Saturday night's game.
Pleiss recorded only 2 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 12 minutes.
Caja Laboral Vitoria (16-3) is placed second in the ACB.
It was his team's ninth consecutive victory in a row.
This year Pleiss' overall stats are: 5.5ppg and 4.8rpg in the 16 games.
He is an international player who is currently on the senior German National Team roster.
#7. Former U18 international guard Sebastian Koch (203-91, is currently at the American university) helped Elon win their game against the Univ.of Tennessee - Chattanooga (3-5) crushing them 85-61 in the NCAA on Thursday night.
Koch scored 7 points, had 6 rebounds and dished 6 assists.
The Elon University has a solid 6-2 conference record this season.
It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row.
Koch's total stats this season are: 4.1ppg and 1.6rpg.
He used to play for the German U18 national team
four years ago.
#8. Swingman Kevin Bright (196-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Vanderbilt win their game against the Auburn University (2-4) 73-61 in the NCAA in Wednesday night's game.
Bright scored 12 points in 33 minutes.
The Vanderbilt University has rather weak 2-4 conference record this season.
This year Bright's total stats are: 4.1ppg and 1.6rpg in the 14 games.
He plays currently for the German U20 national team.
#9. 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 Sapporo (3-23) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Klette's good performance the bottom-ranked Levanga Hokkaido Sapporo was edged 75-73 in Kanagawa by the higher-ranked Toshiba Thunders (#5).
He recorded 14 points and grabbed 8 rebounds.
Klette has reliable stats this season: 12.9ppg and 6.5rpg.
He used to play for the German U22 national team
fourteen years ago.
#10. Forward Dennis Ogbe (201-91, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Tenn Tech win their game against the Austin Peay State University (1-7) 70-52 in the NCAA last Saturday.
He scored 10 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 29 minutes.
The Tennessee Tech University has 3-5 conference record this season.
They ended the series of three consecutive loses.
Ogbe's stats this year are: 12.7ppg, 5.2rpg and 2.8apg in the 23 games.
He is a former U20 international player as two years ago he still played for the German national team.
#11. U20 international point guard Mario Blessing (188-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped USC Upstate win their game against the East Tennessee State University 88-71 in the NCAA on Monday night.
Blessing recorded 7 points and added 4 assists.
Blessing averaged so far 12.7ppg, 5.2rpg and 2.8apg.
He plays currently for the German U20 national team.
#12. International shooting guard Patrick Heckmann (196-92, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA couldn't help the Boston Coll. (1-6) in their last game. Despite Heckmann's good performance the Boston Coll. lost 70-82 at home to the University of North Carolina.
He scored 12 points in a mere 19 minutes.
Heckmann has averaged so far 9.8ppg, 8.5rpg and 1.3apg in the 16 games.
He is also in the roster of the German national team.
#13. Former U18 international guard Thomas Reuter (198-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped E.Washington win their game against the Portland State University 76-65 in the NCAA in Monday night's game.
Reuter recorded 8 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists.
He has averaged so far 9.8ppg, 8.5rpg and 1.3apg.
Reuter used to play for the German U18 national team
three years ago.
#14. Former U20 international guard Maodo Lo (190-92, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA couldn't help the Columbia (1-1) in their last game. Despite his good performance the Columbia was edged 66-63 on their home court in New York , NY by the Cornell University.
Lo scored 11 points in 20 minutes.
He has averaged so far 9.8ppg, 8.5rpg and 1.3apg in the 16 games.
Lo used to play for the German U20 national team
back in 2011.
#15. Former U20 international point guard T.J. DiLeo (190-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Temple win their game against the University of Pennsylvania 76-69 in a derby game in the NCAA last Wednesday.
DiLeo scored 6 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists.
He averaged so far 10.7ppg and 5.4rpg.
DiLeo is a naturalized American.
He used to play for the German U20 national team
three years ago.
Interesting that DiLeo has never played in Germany.
The list of other players, who all have German passport but never been selected to any of German national teams:
#1. Experienced Federico Kammerichs (202-F-80, currently plays in Argentina) led Regatas Corrientes to an easy victory against the sixth-ranked Olimpico de La Banda (18-14) crushing them 84-60 in the Argentinian LigaA last Sunday.
He scored 12 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 20 minutes.
Regatas Corrientes (23-8) is placed first in the LigaA.
Kammerichs is currently fourth on the list of best rebounders with 8.1rpg.
This year he also averages: 10.2ppg and 1.6apg in the 31 games he played so far.
Kammerichs has a dual citizenship: German and Argentinian.
#2.Mario Stojic (198-G/F-80, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Belgium) contributed to a Base Oostende's victory against the closely-ranked Okapi Aalstar (8-6) 73-63 in the Belgian Ethias League last Friday.
Stojic scored 6 points.
It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Telenet Oostende (10-4) is placed first in the Ethias League.
It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row.
Stojic has reliable stats this season: 13.2ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.8apg.
He is another player who holds two passports: Croatian and German.
#3.Robert Tomaszek (204-F-81, college: Texas Tech, currently plays in Poland), who plays in the Polish TBL could not help Energa Czarni (9-9) to beat Asseco Prokom Gdynia (12-6).
Tomaszek scored 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 26 minutes.
Energa Czarni was crushed 85-60 on the road by the higher-ranked (#4) Asseco Prokom Gdynia.
There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.
This year Tomaszek's total stats are: 7.7ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.3apg in the 16 games.
He has both German and Polish nationalities.
#4.Martin Seiferth (208-F-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) led E.Washington to a victory against the Portland State University (3-7) 76-65 in the NCAA in Monday night's game.
Seiferth recorded 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 blocks.
The Eastern Washington University has not so impressive 3-7 conference record this season.
It was E.Washington's first victory after four consecutive loses.
Seiferth's total stats this season are: 7.7ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.3apg.
#5.Ismar Seferagic (201-F, currently plays in Canada) helped University of Windsor win their game against the Marauders (7-8) 80-73 in the Canadian university league CIS last Wednesday.
He scored 13 points in only a mere 10 minutes.
The University of Windsor has quite an impressive 12-3 record this season.
It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row.
This year Seferagic's total stats are: 4.1ppg and 1.6rpg in the 14 games.
He also holds two passports: German and Canadian.
#6.Ben Rice (195-F-90, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, currently plays in Israel) managed to help Bnei Eshet Tours Hasharon in a victory against the league outsider Hapoel Holon crushing them 103-77 in the Israeli Winner League on Sunday night.
Rice scored 5 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 16 minutes.
Rice has averaged so far 9.9ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.6apg in the 15 games.
He has Israeli and German nationalities.
#7.Julian Sensley (206-F-82, college: Hawaii, currently plays in South Korea) helped Dongbu Promy win their game against the closely-ranked LG Sakers 79-71 in the South Korean KBL in Tuesday night's game.
Sensley scored 8 points, had 8 rebounds and dished 3 assists.
Sensley averaged so far 12.7ppg, 5.2rpg and 2.8apg.
He is a naturalized American.
Interesting that Sensley has never played in Germany.
#8.Robert Sarovic (205-F-78, currently plays in Romania) was not able to help Timisoara in their game against U-Mobitelco in the Romanian Liga Nationala.
Sarovic recorded 7 points in 32 minutes.
His team lost 84-95.
Sarovic averaged so far 10.8ppg, 4.9rpg and 1.4apg in the 18 games.
He has dual citizenship: Serbian and German.
#9.Kiril Wachsmann (203-C/F-83, agency: Edge Sports, college: Iona, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) was not able to secure a victory for Melilla Baloncesto (4-12) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Wachsmann's good performance the bottom-ranked Melilla Baloncesto was defeated 83-78 in Barcelona by the higher-ranked FCB Regal II (#11).
He recorded 10 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists.
Wachsmann is ranked second on the list of the best rebounders in the league.
He has averaged so far 9.8ppg, 8.5rpg and 1.3apg.
#10.Josh Lockett (203-F/C-89, college: Georgetown, KY, currently plays in United Kingdom), who plays in the British BBL couldn't help the league outsider Liverpool Mersey Tigers (0-19) in their last game on Friday. Despite his very good performance the bottom-ranked Liverpool Mersey Tigers was crushed 121-58 in Newcastle by the leading Eagles.
Lockett was the second best scorer with 16 points. He also added 8 rebounds.
Lockett averaged so far 10.7ppg and 5.4rpg.
He is a naturalized American.
EuroLeague: Brose Baskets silence Maccabi in Tel Aviv - 11 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.