There are numerous exciting aspects that happen during basketball games like a crushing Larry Gordon dunk, a twisting cross over from Demond Mallett or a sweet catch and pop jumper from the Bremerhaven polar bear cage by Jacob Burtschi, but one thing that cant ever be avoided is when ex teammates jostle again on the court. Back in the 2007-2008 season, it was the last time Alba Berlin won the German championship, Robin Benzing (209-SF-89) was a 18 year old kid with huge potential playing for TV Langen and dreaming of the Beko BBL and Quantez Robertson (Auburn) was still tangling with friend MarK Dorris (Marshall) on the play ground courts during the summer and displaying their dunking talent. In the 2007-2008 season, also showed two Americans Dawan Robinson (Fraport Skyliners) and Jared Homan (FC Bayern Munich) pursuing the same goal with ASCO Slask Wroclaw (Poland-DBE) trying to win as many games and at the same time develop their game more as they had been playing as professionals only a few years. Robinson had a very solid season for the Polish squad playing ULEB Cup: 12 games: 13.1ppg, 2.1rpg, 2.8apg, 1.8spg, 2FGP: 51.5%, 3FGP: 31.8%, FT: 78.3%; Polish League: 34 games: 11.6ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.6apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 45.6%, 3PT: 27.1%, FT: 73.9%. His teammate Jared Homan also had a solid season playing Polish League: 28 games: 12.1ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.1apg, Blocks-2 (1.1bpg), 2FGP: 45.8%, FT: 62.0%; ULEB Cup: 12 games: 11.0ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.0spg, 1.3bpg, 2FGP: 47.2%, 3FGP: 0%, FT: 45.7%. Both guys were key figures for their team and five years later they duel in a span of a little more than one month for a second time. Both players got further experience in the last years playing in countries like Italy, Croatia, Greece and in the D-league. In the first encounter in Frankfurt, FC Bayern was able to defeat the Fraport Skyliners 73-59 as Frankfurt played a solid game, but the Bavarian team was simply a class better. Homan finished with nine points and grabbed four rebounds while Dwan Robinson had six points and two assists. It was the second meeting between the two Americans and Robinson was highly motivated and sought revenge, but he lost for the second time to his ex teammate Jared Homan 79-72 registering 12 points, to rebounds and two assists while Homan produced 16 points and five rebounds. Ex LTi Giessen 46er Jeffrey Bonds who played five games earlier in the season for the Hessen club who is practicing with FC Bayern Munich looking for a new team enjoyed the game and could relate to ex teammates squaring off again. When two ex teammates like Robinson and Homan play against each other it is always very competitive and each guy always wants the upperhand. Both guys have mutual respect, but you always wants to win. Homan now has bragging rights, smiled Jeffery Bonds.
The Fraport Skyliners were looking to break their two game losing streak and climb from their 15th position and came into the Audi dome in Munich very motivated without head coach Muli Katzurin who was in Israel on account of the death of his father. The Fraport Skyliners looked like reborn from their less than satisfactory effort against the Artland Dragons and played wonder team basketball for the first three quarters, but were unable to complete it for 40 minutes falling apart in the fourth quarter letting FC Munich back into the game from 12 down and give them their seventh win in a row in their living room. We didnt hit our shots in the fourth quarter after hitting well in the first three quarters. I feel that their coach Pesic influenced the refs a bit. We played well on offense, but had some misfortune on defense at the end. We got tired in the fourth quarter. Our captain Marius Nolte was sick and that hurt us under the boards, reflected Fraport Skyliner guard Konstantin Klein. For FC Bayern Munich, they continue to roll with new head coach Svetislav Pesic winning their second game in a row after a satisfying 76-70 win over the New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig three days ago. The club had played without Americans Tyrese Rice and Brandon Thomas the last two games and didnt seem to miss them. FC Bayern Munich now is 8-2 under new head coach Pesic and showed a lot of courage and fighting spirit rallying from 12 points down to come back in the fourth quarter for the win. This was a great energy performance from us. I think that the Steffen Hamann lay up and steal to start the third quarter changed the game. It was a very tough game for us. Frankfurt played great and were well coached. We had a sick coach and two sick players, but we still needed to win this game and the club pulled through. It wasnt a pretty win, but more exciting for the fans and just a well fought win from us, stressed FC Bayern Munich youth coordinator Volker Stix.
In the last week, there had been much happening with the Fraport Skyliners with the departure of American Ted Scott, the arrival of two LTi Giessen 46er players Americans Ryan Brooks and Laquan Prowell, the death of Muli katzurins father as assistant coach Klaus Perwass had to step in as head coach for the game and the quiet departure of Dion Dowell who didnt make the trip. Nobody was really sure how the Fraport Skyliners would react to all the hoopla and how the two new players would play, but all in all the team looked very much different than last weekend against the Artland Dragons. The two new players Ryan Brooks and Laquan Prowell played as if they had already been with the club for months. Both averaged 27 points combined for Giessen and tonight combined for 21 points and gave the Fraport Skyliners a huge boost on the offensive and defensive end. Both of them were integrated. This showed how professional they are and how they can adapt to a different situation quickly. They always play hard won or loose and I should know since I played with them this season, added Jeffery Bonds. Fraport Sklyiner rookie Konstantin Klein had only high regard to the attitude of Brooks and Prowell. They are very well integrated. None of them forced anything, but just did what they could. Brooks played very strong defense. I am so happy that we have a real team now and we can build on this. We have a much stronger team than before, warned Konstantin Klein. Ryan Brooks who had a long chat after the game with his agent Patrick King not only played focused on the court, but also spoke as if he still wanted to accomplish a lot with the Fraport Skyliners this season. It felt good today. I competed hard and had fun. I thought that we could win. We hit shots, played good defense and if we could of hit a few more shots could of won. I think that with this team, I can show so much more than just my scoring ability. We have a Peacock who cans core and a great defender in Tez. My aggressive play on offense opens up the court for other players. I have to continue to defend well. The staple of the Skyliners is defense and my athletic ability can only help there, warned ex Temple player Ryan Brooks.
FC Bayern Munich got on the scoreboard first with a nice pick and roll play as Steffen Hamann found Jared Homan for easy points. Quantez Robertson then tested his 29% three point shooting with a three point bomb and the 3-2 Frankfurt lead. FC Bayern Munich then slowly glided away from the Fraport Skyliners with a 6-0 run scoring inside three times with a Robin Benzing lay up, Hamann lay up and Chevon Troutman lay up. Frankfurt didnt sink their heads, but matched the intensity of FC Bayern Munich going on a 5-0 run to knot the game at 8-8. Dawan Robinson penetrated by Homan for an easy bucket and Robertson dropped his second three pointer of the night. Benzing then nailed a three pointer for the 11-8 advantage. The runs kept happening as the Fraport Skyliners regained the lead with a 6-0 run and wouldnt lose it until late in the fourth quarter. Prowell made a dunk and Robertson and Gibson followed with easy buckets inside and the 14-11 lead. Prowell then tested his league leading 52% from the parking lot with a three pointer and Robinson scored again inside as the Fraport Skyliners led 19-16 after one quarter. Frankfurt found a good rhythm on offense quickly. They were shooting well from outside while Munich was only 1/5 form outside. Frankfurt was defending very well and playing well against the Munich high low trying not to get wrapped up in the mismatches. Brooks and Prowell were integrated quickly, stressed basketball expert Steven Clauss. The Fraport Skyliners were shooting 47% from the field and 60% from outside while FC Bayern Munich was shooting 44% from the field and 20% from outside. Munich had the 9-8 rebound edge and two turnovers while Frankfurt had one turnover.
In the Second quarter, the Fraport Skyliners remained having the lead, but FC Bayern Munich stayed on their heels until the visitors could slowly pull away at the end of the second quarter. Konstantin Klein played only four minutes getting three fats fouls, but continued to show his self confidence not hesitating to release shots hitting a three pointer for the 22-16 lead. FC Bayern Munich continued to make use of their height and body advantage by pounding the ball inside as ex Memphis Grizzlies Lawrence Roberts scored and three time NCAA Sweet 16 with Pittsburgh participant Chevon Troutman hit a reverse layup as FC Bayern Munich trailed 23-20. However whenever Munich threatened to retake the lead, it was the consistent offense of Frankfurt that really was working as Peacock hit free throws and Robinson made a mid distance shot for the 27-20 lead. Troutman continued to be a menace hitting shots and drawing fouls as he made five points cutting the Frankfurt lead to 29-27. The Fraport Skyliners now with the help of a Munich technical foul make a run to close out the second quarter with a 11-4 jaunt and lead at halftime 40-31. It was the ex Giessen 46ers making the damage as peacock hit free throws, scored inside as well as a mid distance shot and Brooks made a slam dunk as Tez found him as the trailer. With a second to go Hamann made a slick ally-op pass to Troutman for the last points of the second quarter. The Frankfurt defense continued to be excellent. Keeping Munich to 31 points is a great effort. Frankfurt continued to paly calm on offense and hit their shots. They were simply playing their game, added Steven Clauss. The Fraport Skyliners were shooting 38% from the field and 40% from the three point line while FC Bayern Munich was shooting 46% from the field and only 11% from the three point line. Frankfurt was leading the rebound duel 20-16 and had only four turnovers while Munich had six turnovers.
Despite a lightening 4-0 run by FC Bayern Munich to start the third quarter, the Fraport Skyliners were still able to control the game and lead comfortably heading into the fourth quarter. Hamann who played at Bamberg from 1997-2008 and learned many tricks form Dirk Bauermann and lives off his fierce defense and almost unstoppable drive to the hoop started with a lay in and then made a steal at the center line and fed Benzing for a dunk as FC Bayern Munich trailed only 40-35. Hamann that despite coming from the bench for Tyrese Rice this season, has really stepped up in the last two games and is still a very feared point guard in the Beko BBL with 31 years of age. Hamann led the team like a captain should. I always knew that he could flourish in a situation like this. These are the kinds of games where he is most highly concentrated. I saw enough of it when he played at Bamberg, stressed ex Bamberg assistant coach Volker Stix. Hamann did a good job to turn game around. He made his lay ups and hustled on defense, stressed Konstantin Klein. Brooks then connected for a three pointer and Hamann once again used that quick first step sneaking by Robinson for a quick bucket as Frankfurt still led 43-37. Frankfurt then may have played their three best consecutive offense and defense plays getting three straight steals two from Robertson and one by Peacock that led to easy points. Robinson, Peacock and Prowell all benefited from the quick change from defense to offense with lay ups. Frankfurt continued to play for revenge after the loss in Frankfurt at the end of December leading 49-37. Despite the continued hard play by Hamann who scored free throws and an off balance shot to cut the lead to 49-41, Frankfurt continued to run their plays and hit shots. Frankfurt went on a 7-2 run to lead 56-43 very much in control of the game as Prowell hit a jumper, Robinson a step back jumper and Tez snuck in the lane for an easy bucket. Danilo Barthel and and Troutman traded baskets at the end of the third quarter and the Fraport Skyliners still led 59-47. FC Bayern Munich continued to be unable to break the Skyliners rhythm. Frankfurt continued to defend well keeping Munich to 2/13 from outside. The Frankfurt offense continued to play calm and hit their shots, added Steven Clauss. The Fraport Skyliners were shooting 42% from the field and 35% from the parking lot while FC Bayern Munich was shooting 43% from the field and only 15% from the parking lot. Munich had the rebound edge 28-26, but 13 turnovers while Frankfurt had eight turnovers.
It was no secret that keeping up this performance for 40 minutes wouldnt be easy for the Fraport Skyliners and FC Bayern Munich got stronger and started to make a comeback. Brooks started the fourth quarter with a free throw, but FC Bayern Munich made a bang with a 6-0 run to cut the Frankfurt lead to 60-53. Troutman continued to get to the line making four free throws and Homan hit a mid distance jumper. FC Bayern Munich never quit and slowly realized that Frankfurt was getting tired and upped the intensity. After a Troutman lay in, it was Brooks who made a lay in and free throw and Frankfurt still had a nice 65-55 advantage. FC Bayern Munich went to work showing how dangerous they can be even when they have been behind for most of the game surprising Frankfurt with a 12-2 run to tie the game at 67-67. All Germans contributed to the 12 points as Hamann made a seemingly impossible off balance shot with a tough angle, Demond Greene who ahd been fairly quiet on offense now poured it on with a lay in, Benzing made a running hook shot and Greene a three pointer to tie the game. Benzing then connected on three free throws giving FC Bayern Munich the lead which they would never lose again. Benzing hit big free throws and took care of the mismatches. He is a big three man. Even if his shot wasnt falling in the first half, he stayed mentally focused and connected at the end, expressed Jeffery Bonds. Homann then made a dunk as he was fed with a bullet pass from Benzing as Frankfurt trailed 74-69. Peacock then missed two consecutive free throws. Benzing and Troutman made free throws sealing the victory for FC Bayern Munich as they closed out the game with a back breaking 24-7 run. Frankfurt seemed tired in the fourth quarter. Munich went inside, hit their shots and the crowd got loud. Munich increased intensity on defense holding Frankfurt to one shot and Frankfurt let up 32 points in the last quarter. They got over the penalty early and might have been a bit more timid on defense, added Jeffery Bonds. This game got away from us. We are happy with the effort. We need to continue to fight and play hard, warned Ryan Brooks.
FC Bayern Munich was led by Chevon Troutman with 26 points and nine rebounds. Jared Homan added 16 points. Steffen hamann produced 13 points, eight assists and six rebounds and Robin Benzing added 13 points. The Fraport Skyliners were led by Zach Peacock with 16 points. Quantez Robertson had 13 points and 10 rebounds. Dawan Robinson added 12 points. Ryan Brooks scored 11 points and Laquan Prowell 10 points. After shooting very well for three quarters, the Fraport Skyliners ended up with poor shooting stats with 38% from the field and 20% from the three point line while FC Bayern Munich ended with 50% from the field and 20% from the three point line. Munich ended up winning the rebound battle39-31. FC Bayern Munich had 15 turnovers and Frankfurt 13 turnovers. Despite the loss, it was a well team effort by the club with a new spark on offense and as always solid defense. It was not difficult to see what the biggest strength was of the team. We played as a team tonight. We were in the huddle more than usual and played more as a team than in other games, warned Konstantin Klein. Frankfurt did a good job controlling the tempo of the game, added Jeffery Bonds. Now the Fraport Skyliners have three games in a row against beatable opponents BBC Bayreuth, New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig and the Walter Tigers Tuebingen. Wins will need to come in order not to sink further into the cellar swamp.
Last year was a season to forget for the Dragons Rhondorf as they finished dead last in the German Pro A and were regulated back to the Pro B, a place where they had played many seasons against the Fraport Skyliners Juniors. Two seasons ago, both teams split as the Dragons Rhondorf lost an exciting spectacular game in Frankfurt 77-75 as Kyle Fossmann won the game with his bread and butter the deep three from the parking lot and teammate Johannes Richter was in monster mode under the board... [read more]
Last year was a season to forget for the Dragons Rhondorf as they finished dead last in the German Pro A and were regulated back to the Pro B, a place where they had played many seasons against the Fraport Skyliners Juniors. Two seasons ago, both teams split as the Dragons Rhondorf lost an exciting spectacular game in Frankfurt 77-75 as Kyle Fossmann won the game with his bread and butter the deep three from the parking lot and teammate Johannes Richter was in monster mode under the boards netting 22 points and grabbing 17 rebounds. In the return game in Rhondorf, fans witnessed the total opposite as the Dragons Rhondorf destroyed the Fraport Skyliners Juniors 119-65 as they had five players score in double figures led by American Justin Smith with 26 points and Germans Tim Schonborn had 21 points and Fabian Thuelig contributed 20 points. A little more than two years later the two teams met again as the eighth place Dragons Rhondorf with a record of 4-6 faced the Fraport Skyliners Juniors with a record of 3-7 and resting in tenth place. Only a hand-full players from two seasons ago remained with Viktor Frankel-Maus and Sascha Tratnjek while Frankfurt could only offer Lenny Okeke. The Fraport Sklyiners Juniors now had to contend with the beast Aaron Nelson who carried 23 and 13 stats into game and Frankfurt head coach Eric Detlev wished that he could of had a Johannes Richter on board, but then again didn't need him because he had Mahir Agva who came on the train with teammate Stefan Ilzhoefer from Braunschweig after helping beat the Basket Lowen Braunschweig the night before with the Fraport Skyliners and helped the Pro B team overcome a Rhondorf come back in the second half and beat them 74-69. After the loss, a dejected Dragons Rhondorf point guard Viktor Frankl-Maus reflected on the loss and buzzer beater from two seasons again. 'I remember that buzzer beater as I was just coming back from an injury. I warmed up before the game, but didn't play. That was an up and down game with less points. I thought that we could get back and possibly win this game tonight with a last shot. It is hard to believe that we couldn't win despite having 22 offensive rebounds. Usually you should score 80-90 points when you get that much. We didn't shoot well, but our defense was ok except for the second quarter', explained German Viktor Frankl-Maus. After the win, Agva was stretching and when confronted with the notion that he had been responsible for the team turnaround after his return where he produced 30 points and the game winner against Leverkusen a week ago and 15 points in Rhondorf, he just innocently sighed and took the winning feeling all in stride. 'I try to be the team leader and do what the team needs from me with scoring and rebounding. We were lucky to win this game. Usually when you get 22 offensive rebounds you win. We had big plays at the end and made our free throws. But that is how basketball works sometimes. Our defense was key at the end as well. I am glad that we are winning and I think that we are on a good way', stressed Fraport Skyliner Mahir Agva.
It was another new home coming for Fraport Skyliners head coach eric Detlev who worked 11 years for the Dragons Rhondorf starting as an assistant coach and getting the head coaching job in 2009 and leading the club to the Pro B title in 2010 and then moved to Frankfurt in 2012. Before the game he felt like he shook 15 hands as well as hugs from many well-wishers from back in the day. When the last well-wisher traded his own anecdote with Detlev, the game finally began which saw the guests get out in a big way leading 6-2 quickly as Alaska native Travis Thompson (185-G-91, college: Alaska-Anch.) who tested his 64% three point percentage and ex Ludwigsburg guard Stefan Ilzhoefer dropped consecutive three pointers. However Rhondorf got into the game quickly as they set the tone early on the offensive glass demonstrating their aggressiveness and never ending desire to rule on the rim as they got some easy buckets inside from Illinois native Aaron Nelson and German Florian Wendeler made an offensive rebound and put back dunk and then dunked on the pick and roll with Frankl-Maus as the game was tied at 10-10. Both teams then would trade buckets twice as Ilzhoefer and Thompson scored while Rhondorf countered with a Nelson lay in and Thomas Michel off balance shot to tie the game at 14-14. The Canadian sensation Mike Lucier than muscled down an offensive rebound and made the put back for the first Dragons lead of the day. However 17 year old German sensation Isaac Bonga rammed home an extra athletic exclamation mark as he saw daylight and flew down the lane with a thunderous one hand dunk which silenced the Dragon dome ending the first quarter 16-16. 'We did a good job getting second chance opportunities and points. We also played with a lot of heart against the physical defense of Frankfurt', stressed Dragons Rhondorf CEO Boris Kaminski. The Fraport Skyliners Juniors were shooting 50% from the field and from outside while the Dragons Rhondorf were shooting 39% from the field and 0% from outside. Rhonndorf had the 13-5 rebound edge, but five turnovers while Frankfurt had three turnovers.
In the second quarter, Frankfurt gave an early sign that they were in the mood of breaking away, but Rhondorf withstood a few tries, until they wilted halfway through as the guests would break open the game and lead by double digits. The Fraport Skyliners Juniors took control right away going on a 8-3 run to lead 24-19 as ex Bremerhaven guard Garai Zeeb connected on back to back three pointers and young German Armin Trtovac hit a pretty 20 footer. Rhondorf came back getting buckets from New York native Will Trawick and German Bastian Winterhalter who made a running hook shot to cut the Frankfurt lead to 26-24. Then came the turning point of the second quarter as the Fraport Skyliners Juniors exploded for a 14-2 run to go into halftime with the comfortable 40-26 advantage. In the run, Frankfurt dominated the paint area as there was no big body to serve as a wall as Nelson was on the bench. Frankfurt got two tough buckets in traffic from Ilzhoefer and Thompson and then the Alaska native rushed by two Rhondorf defenders for another easy basket. Agva got to the free throw line twice, but connected only twice while Bonga made a runner. Agva really put a dagger through Rhondorf's heart in the last seconds as he nailed a trey with his usual high rainbow. 'Not having Nelson in hurt us in the paint area as Frankfurt got many easy baskets. Our back up point guard Patrick Reusch couldn't play to add stability when Frankl-Maus was out. It really hurt us when he wasn't in. We started to lose confidence and had doubt after a few missed shots', added Dragons Rhondorf CEO Boris Kaminski. The Fraport Skyliners Juniors were shooting 60% from the field and 56% from the three point line while the Dragons Rhondorf were shooting 31% from the field and 0% from the three point line. Frankfurt did a better job on the boards narrowing the Rhondorf rebound advantage to 18-17. Rhondorf had six turnovers and Frankfurt had five turnovers.
In the third quarter, the Dragons Rhondorf staged a fierce comeback carving down the Frankfurt lead to 52-50 after 30 minutes. The Fraport Skyliners started off the third quarter with a beautiful play as Ilzhoefer found Bonga back door, but instead of making the lay up chose to distribute the no look pass to the better positioned Agva who made the bucket for the 42-26 advantage. Bonga once again demsonstarted his unselfish play something which can be credited to his early beginings in Koblenz. Rhondorf got some production from Frankl-Maus making free throws and from Nelson getting another easy basket inside to cut the Frankfurt lead to 44-32. Zeeb and Ilzhoefer then made free throws extending the Frankfurt lead to 46-32. Then came the Dragons run of 18-6 which shocked Frankfurt and got the home team back into the life and brought life back into the quieter Dragon Dome. American Will Trawick started the big run with a trey ending the Rhondorf three point drought. Rhondorf just kept chipping way looking for Nelson inside for easy buckets and Frankl-Maus also scored inside showing how well he can help lead a team under pressure. Michel also made a big bucket converting on a trey to cut the Frankfurt advantage to 48-42. Frankfurt got an important basket from 17 year old ex TV Langen guard German Niklas Pons who helped them get some production in this Rhondorf dominated time, but Nelson simply continued to be too much scoring from anywhere as he dropped a 20 footer and then converted an offensive rebound into a put back and Wendeler secured free throws as Frankfurt led by only 52-50 after 30 minutes. 'We didn't play good offense. We all made mistakes including myself. Rhondorf got the momentum and the gym got loud which helped them', stressed Mahir Agva. 'We played a lot better and that showed with our bod language and intensity on the court. We worked from stop to stop and did all the small things better like rebounding and getting loose balls. We also did a good job keeping the Frankfurt defense under pressure', added Viktor Frankl-Maus. The Fraport Skyliners Juniors were shooting 50% from the field and 36% from the parking lot while the Dragons Rhondorf were shooting 35% from the field and 14% from the parking lot. Rhondorf rebounded a lot better again having the 34-24 edge and both teams had eight turnovers a piece.
In the fourth quarter, the Fraport Skyliners executed on another huge run, but the Dragons Rhondorf exhibited heart again not letting their heads hang and fought back a last time. Nelson got Rhondorf on the board first with a lay in over the Frankfurt double team to dead lock the game at 52-52. Frankfurt then burst out on a 12-0 run to claim the comfortable 64-52 lead. In the run, they got continued solid production from Agva who connected on another mid distance shot and rocked home an off balance shot. Bonga also scored on an off balance shot, Ilzhoefer and Thompson connected on free throws and Zeeb poured home a deep three on transition rounding out the run. Frankfurt had the momentum again displaying how quickly their offense can get going and played more rigid defense not letting Rhondorf get good shots. Rhondorf still had some energy in their tank and kept their composure and rode out on a 13-4 run to cut the Frankfurt lead to 68-65. In the run, Rhondorf got some much needed support from downtown as Nelson and Trawick connected, but also got vital production in the paint from Wendeler with a lay in and Frankl-Maus showcasing his immense speed once again not getting contested by Bonga. Nelson nailed a baby hook shot over Agva and all of a sudden the Dragon Dome was loud again and Rhondorf down by only 68-65. Bonga and Frankl-Maus then traded free throws as Frankfurt still led 70-67. Despite the youth of Frankfurt as they average only 18 years per player, they stayed very calm in the last minute and a half and gave the reigns to Travis Thompson who drove the Fraport Skyliners Juniors to the win with a very difficult drive form the base line in traffic and connected off the glass for the 72-67 Frankfurt lead. Frankl-Maus then made free throws as did Thompson for the 74-69 lead. Ilzhoefer doused the last attempt by the Dragons Rhondorf with a steal ending the game. 'We were a bit tired at the end, but we can't take that as an excuse. I think that not having Reus today hurt as impulses from him were missing. We played good defense on Thompson and he made a tough shot', stressed Viktor Frankl-Maus. 'They were tired at the end, but so were we. We were the better team mentally and wanted to win the game more', expressed Mahir Agva.
The Fraport Skyliners Juniors were led by Travis Thompson with 21 points. Mahir Agva added 15 points and seven rebounds. Stefan Ilzhoefer produced 12 points while Garai Zeeb contributed 11 points and six assists while Isaac Bonga had 10 points, five rebounds and four assists. The Dragons Rhondorf were led by Aaron nelson with 27 points and 10 rebounds. Viktor Frankl-Maus produced 15 points, five rebounds and eight assists. The Fraport Skyliners Juniors shot 52% from the field and 38% from outside while the Dragons Rhondorf shot 37% from the field and 22% from outside. Rhondorf had the 43-31 rebound edge including the massive 22-3 offensive rebound edge and both teams coughed up the ball 10 times a piece.
Openjobmetis Varese (Serie A) signed 29-year old American shooting guard Dominique Johnson (192-88kg-87, college: Azusa Pacific, agency: Higher Vision Sports). He already started the season at ALBA Berlin in German BBL league. In 11 games he had 8.6ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.9apg this season. Johnson also played 6 games in Eurocup where he recorded very impressive stats: 15.2ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.5apg and 1.7spg. The last season he played at Banvit in Turkish BSL. In 32 games he averaged 13.5ppg, 1.9rpg,... [read more]
Openjobmetis Varese (Serie A) signed 29-year old American shooting guard Dominique Johnson (192-88kg-87, college: Azusa Pacific, agency: Higher Vision Sports). He already started the season at ALBA Berlin in German BBL league. In 11 games he had 8.6ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.9apg this season. Johnson also played 6 games in Eurocup where he recorded very impressive stats: 15.2ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.5apg and 1.7spg. The last season he played at Banvit in Turkish BSL. In 32 games he averaged 13.5ppg, 1.9rpg, 2.3apg and 1.3spg. Johnson helped them to make it to the Turkish Cup Semifinals. He also played 18 games in Eurocup where he got 14.6ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.0apg and 1.2spg. In 2010 Johnson was drafted by Idaho Stampede (D-League) in third round (16th overall). The former Azusa Pacific University (NCAA Div.II) standoutis in his seventh season in pro basketball. Johnson has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2012. He was voted All-NAIA D1 1st Team back in 2010 at his college time. Johnson is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Israel (Maccabi Rishon), Poland (Slask and Stabill), D-League (Sioux Falls Skyforce, Salt Lake City Stars, Texas Legends and Canton Charge) and NBA (Minnesota Timberwolves). Johnson could be described:
Dominique is an athletic 6'5" combo guard with a strong body and great ability to score and defend. He is an outstanding teammate and personality, a smart player who is better suited in Europe as a scorer and a top defender. Dominique could easily become one of the top players in Europe even at the Euroleague level.
Vance Hall(193-PG-91, college: Bellarmine) is a 25 year old 193cm point guard from Frankfort, Kentucky that is playing his second professional season and first with the MLP Academics Heidelberg (Germany-ProA). Last season as a rookie he played for Thor Thorl (Iceland-Dominos League) playing 26 games: 23.6ppg, 6.8rpg, 4.5apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 48.3%, 3PT: 37.9%, FT: 86.8%. He started his basketball career in 2010 with Wright St. (NCAA) where he played until 2010 playing a total of 55 NCAA games. [read more]
Vance Hall (193-PG-91, college: Bellarmine) is a 25 year old 193cm point guard from Frankfort, Kentucky that is playing his second professional season and first with the MLP Academics Heidelberg (Germany-ProA). Last season as a rookie he played for Thor Thorl (Iceland-Dominos League) playing 26 games: 23.6ppg, 6.8rpg, 4.5apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 48.3%, 3PT: 37.9%, FT: 86.8%. He started his basketball career in 2010 with Wright St. (NCAA) where he played until 2010 playing a total of 55 NCAA games. In 2012 he moved to Bellarmine (NCAA2) playing 32 games: 14.9ppg, 3.7rpg, 2.4apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 55.0%, 3PT: 45.9%, FT: 91.4%. As a senior for Bellarmine (NCAA2) he played 31 games: 14.7ppg, 4.6rpg, 4.7apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 49.2%, 3PT: 41.4%. He spoke to eurobasket after the 64-49 win against Nurnberg.
Vance thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. Congrats on the big 64-49 win against Nurnberg. Coming into the game Heidelberg had lost three of four games. How important was getting the win and is this the start of a longer winning streak? Losing 3 out of 4 games is very tough but I hope we learned from each of those games. It was very crucial that we went to Nurnberg to handle business and get back on the winning side of things. Hopefully this is a start to a longer streak of wins
Last week Diante Watkins went off for 34 points. This time you held him to 14 points and six turnovers. How vital was it really making basketball life difficult for him for 40 minutes?
it was very important for us to limit him in that game and we did so by team defense. That was one of our goals for the game
You held Nurnberg to the lowest point total of the season with 49 points. Was this the best defensive team effort of the season or was games against Chemnitz, Hamburg or Essen better?
I would say this was definitely one of the top three defensive performances from us this year. Not sure which is the first
Heidelberg is the best defensive team in the German Pro A giving up 69 points per game. How have you seen the progression of the defense from game one?
We are starting to communicate a lot better with each other out there on the court. You need good communication to have a good defense and we have improved I think every game with that
What is the secret to the success of the stellar defensive play? Is it effort coupled with trust? Definitely trusting your teammates. Trusting your teammates is one of the most important things on both sides of the ball. Offense and defense
Your playing your first season in the Pro A and as a rookie played with Thor Thorl (Iceland-Dominos League)26 games: 23.6ppg, 6.8rpg, 4.5apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 48.3%, 3PT: 37.9%, FT: 86.8%. What has been the biggest adjustment coming to the Pro A from Iceland? The biggest adjustment would really just be learning new teammates and what style of basketball they play. This league is a step up too so competition is better
The team has many scoring options, but you are one of the most consistent scorers on the team. What is your role on the team? My role on the team is to do whatever it is possible to help us get to our next win. Some nights that may consist of scoring the ball and some nights that may mean I need to play more defense in certain areas or make hustle plays to get us going
You have meshed very well with experienced Hrvoje Kovacevic. How have you benefited most from his basketball mind? Kova has been a great teammate. He is always there to lend a helping hand of knowledge when it is needed. He has been a very big asset to our team in the season so far
You are a guy that can fill the stat sheet, but what would you say is a hidden strength in your game that doesn't always get noticed right away on the court? I take pride in making toughness plays. There might be that one loose ball that gets us that extra possession and I want that for my team
What was your wake up call to being a rookie in Iceland last season where you knew that you were very far away from Kentucky?
The first night I laid my head down on the pillow I thought where am I, but once I got to the basketball gym that was no foreign language to me. I knew I was there to work and get better with my team
After you finished at Bellarmine (NCAA2) in 2014, you didn't turn professional right away and then played in the Kentuckiana Pro Am (Team KPA #1) before going to Iceland. Were you not sure that you wanted to go the professional route after school? I really wanted to go play professional basketball for sure but there was no reason for not going right away, I just put it in Gods hands and it wound up turning out for the best for me
After not playing much at Wright State (NCAA) you transferred to Bellarmine (NCAA2) and had two strong seasons there shooting over 40% from downtown. How do you feel did you grow as a player in your last two seasons? I feel I did great in my last two seasons. I loved the location I was in and to be a part of the Bellarmine basketball program was something special to me
You came to Bellarmine after Braydon Hobbs had left and he has had a stellar career moving up the basketball ladder step by step. Is he like a role model for you in that you want to follow in his footsteps as a professional and be successful? Of course Braydon is a role model to me. We keep in touch often and see each other at times in the summer. He's a great guy and I hope he keeps his trail of success continuing
As a freshman at Wright State (NCAA) you were teammates with Vaughn Duggins for one season before he went overseas and has had a great career in Germany and France. What memories do you have of him? What were you able to learn from him that has helped you throughout your career?
I learned a lot from Vaughn being a freshman at Wright State. Going up against him and other elite guards every day definitely helped shape me into the guard I am today.
How did head coach Scott Davenport groom and prepare you best for a professional basketball career at Wright State?
Coach Davenport taught us many things at Bellarmine. How to present ourselves on and off the court. He was a very big part in helping me take my game to the next level at Bellarmine and I have nothing but thanks for him
Who won a one on one you or Vaughn Duggins? I'm not sure haha I think I could give him a run for his money
What have you learned to appreciate most about Germany? You live in a very nice area and you can visit many nice places quickly? I love Germany and the location I am in. So many places to go and see right here in Heidelberg
Lebron finally brought an NBA title to the Cavs. Where does he stand at the moment in the never ending debate with where he stands as the best of all-time? I think he is definitely one of the best of all time. I'm not sure who is number one but he is definitely in the conversation for number one
Where do you rank Kevin Garnett with the best power forwards that ever played the game?
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