If one were to make a top 4 greatest players list to ever grace the Skyliner jersey combined with the best single season ever in the 14 year club history of the Frankfurt Skyliners, it wouldnt be difficult to name Skyliner legend and killer smile guard Pascal Roller, Mr slick moves in the paint Chris Williams who had the overall game to take over games at anytime, Mr ballerina Derrick Allen who played three seasons and carried the team in good and bad times and last but not least Mr road runner Dashaun Wood who dominated the Beko BBL in the 2010-2011 season often having to score for the team to win, but also setting up his players and giving standard Monta Ellis stats a new name. After sitting out the 2009-2010 season due to injury, the then Deutsche Bank Skyliners took a massive gamble choosing him, but the quick wit and feeling of Kamil Novak and head coach Gordon Herbert paid off as Wood came back from injury and for many critics had the best individual season of any player ever in the Beko BBL and he almost led the team into the Beko BBL final losing in a hard fought five games series to his future team Alba Berlin. Since departing Frankfurt in the summer of 2011, the Detroit native has been earning his dough on the river Spree with 8 time Beko BBL champion Alba Berlin. He is still looking for that first title in Germany and since leaving Frankfurt has a 3-0 record against his old team winning and he came back to his old stomping ground where he knew every inch of the Fraport arena paint area like his own home entertainment basement in Detroit. Wood who has a more reduced role now with Alba Berlin on account of the more than fortified roster returned back as was as focused to get that fourth straight win against his ex team as teammate Heiko Schaffartzik always is playing against one of his six ex teams in the Beko BBL or Bonn center Chris Ensminger is playing against ex team Bamberg that is always a challenge to see where you stand against the dynasty. However Wood lost for the first time against his ex team 65-62 as he had a big game scoring 24 points which brought back sweet memories to his dominant play two seasons ago which continued to help him being one of the best players that ever wore the Skyliners jersey. No disrespect to others guys on that Frankfurt team, but Wood was the team. I don't think I've seen a guys scoring average go up every game as the season goes on. The good thing about was his team won, he wasn't doing it on a last place team. I remember his speed the most. He was the fastest guy that I ever guarded. Considering the season he had he has to be in the top 2 in the history of that organization. Even though he was dominant he was able to do score in the flow of the offense. He is on a more talented team with Alba Berlin but still is just as dangerous because he has more weapons around him, stressed ex Phoenix Hagen guard Quentin Pryor who plays in Austria now for ECE Bulls Kapfenberg. Ex teammate Quantez Robertson (189-G-84, college: Auburn) didnt have long to think about the worth of Wood when they were teammates. Wood is a great player. I dont know if he is the greatest ever, but he is definitely up there, stated Quantez Robertson. After the loss, Wood wasnt happy with the outcome, but understood that his stellar play two seasons ago was attributed to his employer as well. I dont know if I am one of the four best players that ever wore a jersey, because so many great players have played here. I think I was blessed here because the support was so great which put me in a position to be a good player. That is why there have been so many great players in Frankfurt. I have to give a lot of credit to the organization, stressed Dashaun Wood.
The Fraport Skyliners entered the game riding a two game winning streak and were bursting with self confidence, but they also knew that playing against 8 time Beko BBL champion would be no cake walk. The Fraport Skyliners were very intelligent form the start in that they never let Alba Berlin get away with a big lead and played very aggressive defense for 40 minutes and as so often saved their best for last as they made a furious comeback in the fourth quarter getting even with Alba Berlin and then just going with the momentum of the crowd and slamming the door on their opponent with authority. We made a run in the fourth and just got stops. We also were able to get out on transition. Tez hit big shots and I finally started hitting shots which I couldnt in the first half. We showed today that we continue to fight no matter what. We enjoy each other on and off the court and that showed on the court today, stressed ex LTi Giessen 46er Ryan Brooks. The Fraport Skyliners had been played solid defense all game long, but in the fourth quarter put up even more energy in that department. We stepped up our defensive pressure and really took Wood out of the game after he had a big first half. We made the needed halftime adjustment on defense and after Tez and Brooks made big shots, our confidence rose and everyone just stepped it up when we needed it, stated Skyliner guard Larry Wright. For Alba Berlin, traveling has been something that has been frequently on their agenda with the Euroleague schedule still in full swing. After suffering a three game losing streak in December in the Beko BBL, the team has been fairly solid posting a 5-2 record coming into the game and winning a big 71-60 game in Bonn last weekend. However their Euroleague schedule of having played in Moscow 48 hours ago didnt help their preparation as they had to step on the court against a feisty Skyliner team. Alba Berlin assistant coach Maurcio Parra was almost speechless moments after the loss, but was unhappy that his team once again let a game get away. This is one of the dumbest losses ever. We have been tired for three months and having played in Moscow on Friday was no excuse for losing this game. We also were weakened not having Heiko Schaffartzik. We were up by eight points a few times, but always let them come back. We cant be happy losing an important game like this for the playoff positioning, stated Mauricio Parra.
When one is talking about Quantez Robertson, one usually defines him with top notch defense, athletic flights to the hoop and steals which lead to transition buckets. However offense has never really been a focal part of his game until this season. Coming into the game, Super Tez had scored in double figures 17 times and has been a real scoring option this season along with his great defense. He may only be shooting 27% from downtown, but he has had a knack this season for hitting big shots when most needed. Robertson finished as top Fraport Skyliner scorer with 16 points and as always filled out the stat sheet like a Lebron James hauling down 11 rebounds as top rebounder and top assist man with five assists, had four steals and one block. Robertson didnt really see any improvement on offense this season, but moreover has gotten more chances to showcase what he can do when he gets the ball. I feel that I have always been able to score. I think that the difference now is that I am shooting more and my confidence grows when my teammates try to find me. I just try to help my team as much as I can and when I get open looks, then I shoot, expressed Quantez Robertson. Je Kel Foster played against Roberston the last years with Oldenburg and Munich and knows what the Cincinnati native is capable of doing. I am not really here to judge another player if he has improve don offense, but Tez has always been a good player especially with his athletic ability, stressed Je Kel Foster.
With eight time Beko BBL champion Alba Berlin in the house and the return of ex Skyliner Dashaun Wood, it seemed like it was a perfect setting for a sellout, but instead only 4,760 fans wanted to witness the game. As the Fraport Skyliners were being introduced, one could observe Dashaun Wood pacing around the floor already in deep thought about what he would do and he didnt waste anytime as he already started getting hot in the first quarter, but not before the Fraport Skyliners displayed quickly that they were boss in their own living room as they went out on a furious 4-0 lead as Quantez Robertson scored in the first four seconds grabbing a loose ball off the jump ball and racing to the hoop for an easy layup. Zach Peacock then got free getting a dunk. Alba Berlin seemed like they were still in Moscow being in awe of the beautiful Kremlin as they had no offensive rhythm missing their first four shots. Wood who hails from Detroit showed his best version of being Alba Berlins version of the microwave something Vinnie Johnson was with the Detroit Pistons in the 80s as he got Alba Berlin on the board with a three pointer. Serb Nihad Djedovic scored on a jumper from the corner and then it was Wood again hitting a runner high off the glass for the 7-4 Alba Berlin advantage. Frankfurt then tied the game with a Dawan Robinson free throw and lay up as he once again showed his quick first step. Alba Berlin then took three lead changes only to let the Fraport Skyliners knot the game again. Alba Berlin pounded the ball inside as Yasin Idbihi and Zach Morley scored, but Peacock did his own Miami style microwave show as he scored twice to tie the score at 11-11. Wood then scored again for the 13-11 lead. Deon Thompson hit a free throw as Alba Berlin led 14-11 after one quarter. Frankfurt was missing easy shots. They were defending well and trying to make Alba Berlin tired since they had recently played in Moscow. Frankfurt was pressuring Alba Berlin very well, stressed Skyliners youth director Harald Stein. Both teams werent shooting well, but Alab Berlin had the 16-9 rebound edge.
Dashaun Wood kept up his offensive pressure hitting another three pointer for the 17-13 Alba Berlin lead. Alba Berlin kept up the offensive pressure in a low scoring game that was dominated by defense as ex North Carolina Tar Heel Thompson scored and American Zach Morely connected for a jumper as Alba Berlin led 22-15. Frankfurt did a good job not letting their head hang, but slammed a 8-0 right back at them taking the 23-22 lead and bringing some new life into the Fraport arena. Robinson kept being aggressive scoring inside and getting to the free throw line and Ryan Brooks scored on the transition. However just as the Fraport Skyliners seemed t be getting the momentum, it was Wood who led his team on a 5-0 run connecting for another three pointer and then finding Thompson for an easy hoop from the wing as Alba Berlin led 27-23. Wood runs that team and is the definition of a point guard. He just knows when to distribute or when to score at the right times. We were just lucky that he didnt let loose in the second half as Robinson and Gibson did a good job containing him, added Zach Peacock. Thompson then hit a pretty left handed hook over Danilo Barthel for the 29-24 lead. However the Fraport Skyliners closed out the second quarter in spectacular fashion as Robertson nailed a three pointer and Brooks slammed home a mega dunk over Foster as both teams went into halftime with the game dead locked at 29-29. Frankfurt did a good job on Ali Traore being aggressive and helping. He seemed helpless at times. Wood was the deciding factor. If they wouldnt have had his production then they would have been behind. Frankfurt had some one on one plays, but Robinson was an important factor for then staying in the game, said Harald Stein. The Fraport Skyliners were shooting 31% from the field and 20% from the three point line while Alba Berlin was shooting 35% from the field and 25% from the three point line. Alba Berlin had the narrow 23-21 rebound lead and both teams had six turnovers.
In the third quarter, Alba Berlin always kept their nose in front, but the Fraport Skyliners hung out on their back door porch never being shut out until the end of the third quarter where Alba Berlin were able to distance themselves somewhat. Je Kel Foster who had been pale in the first half missing three shots pulled a Wood in the third quarter scoring eight points with two three pointers and a step back jumper while the Fraport Skyliners countered with Robertson and Peacock lay ins, but still trailed Alba Berlin 37-34. Nihad Djedovic also got going a bit showing his powerful basketball instincts getting an offensive rebound and put back and hitting a step back jumper as Alba Berlin led 44-38. American Devin Gibson who had a slow first half came on stronger in the third quarter and he got Tez an easy bucket and hit a rare three pointer testing his 16,7% three point percentage as Frankfurt trailed 44-41. Thompson then hit a pretty fade away jumper as his foot work and touch around the zone is as elegant as Wendel Alexis back in the day. Gibson made a heads up play with a tip in as Frankfurt trailed only 47-43. Frankfurt continued to play calm offense looking for the best shot and Brooks nailed a three pointer, but Wood returned with a lay in as Alba Berlin led 51-45. Wood and Brooks then exchanged free throws as Alba Berlin had the 53-47 lead after three quarters. We didnt go away and stayed with Berlin. We continued to help on defense and we rebounded well, added Skyliner guard Devin Gibson. Alba Berlin was shooting 45% from the field and 36% from outside while the Fraport Skyliners were shooting 36% from the field and 20% from outside. The rebounds were deadlocked at 30-30 and Frankfurt only had seven turnovers while Alba Berlin had nine turnovers.
In the fourth quarter, everything came together for the Fraport Skyliners as they sped out on a 12-4 run to take the 59-57 lead. Alba Berlin got on the board first as Foster found French national player Ali Traore for the thunderous dunk and 55-47 Alba Berlin lead. However the Fraport Skyliners then went to work as silent Laquan Prowell finally got to work on offense nailing a three pointer and Brooks scored with two seconds left on the shot clock as Frankfurt trailed 55-52. However Wood hit a big jumper giving Alba Berlin the 57-52 advantage. Brooks then showed his crunch time magic hitting consecutive buckets with a fade away jumper and clutch bomb from Hochst train station as the game was tied at 57-57 and the crowd was getting louder. Alba Berlin started getting careless turning over the ball as Robertson got an easy bucket on a coast to coast run as Frankfurt led 59-57. Wood and Robinson then traded turnovers and Idbihi then tied the score with a tip in and 59-59. Robinson then struck with a massive three pointer, but Wood was able to silence the crowd again with a three pointer as the game was even at 62-62. Robertson then got the game winning three pointer for the 65-62 score. Alba Berlin had a few more chances in the last minute, but Thompson coughed up the ball a few times securing the win for the Fraport Skyliners. We got the win at the end being more aggressive then them. We made them make the move and not let them dictate how we should play, expressed Skyliner forward Zach Peacock. We could of won the game at the end, but we just lost our mind. They made their open shots and played good offense. We lost the ball on our last important possessions, stated Alba Berlin center Ali Traore. Our turn overs and missed shots got them and the crowd momentum and Frankfurt just took it and ran with it, warned Dashaun Wood.
The Fraport Skyliners Had four players in double figures and were led by Quantez Robertson with 16 points. Ryan Brooks added 15 points and five rebounds. Zach Peacock had 14 points and nine boards and Dawan Robinson chipped in with 12 points and four assists. Alba Berlin was led by Dashaun Wood with 24 points, five rebounds and three assists and Je Kel Foster contributed 12 points. It was a poor shooting day for both teams, but Frankfurt was still able to win the game despite shooting under 40%. Frankfurt did a superb job winning the rebound battle after a slow start 38-36 and only coughed up the ball 11 times and had 12 fast break points. A big strength was their post up defense. Team defense was a big focus today. We had to play good one on one defense to get our team defense. We did a great job in the post whenever their man spun on the baseline, we had help and trapped them well, stressed Zach Peacock. I didnt have to deal only with peacock, but it seemed like I saw many guys on me when I had the ball. Frankfurt crowded the paint, were low and always had their hands on the ball. It was tough inside today, explained Ali Traore. Our biggest strength today was getting stops and rebounds, added Ryan Brooks. Despite only scoring 65 points, the Fraport Skyliners showed less I, but only us basketball. Our offense was a little static in the first half, but in the second half, we were selfless team and no player played for themselves, but it was all about getting the next player involved. It was a total team effort, warned Zach Peacock. The Fraport Skyliners will look for their fourth win in a row next weekend in Ulm.
FC Bayern Muenchen (BBL) tabbed 27-year old Serbian international small forward Vladimir Lucic (202-91kg-89, agency: BeoBasket). He has played for the last three years at Valencia Basket in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 34 games he averaged 4.9ppg and 2.0rpg last season. Lucic helped them to make it to the semifinals. He also played 15 games in Eurocup where he had 5.7ppg and 2.7rpg. Among achievements Lucic received Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League Player of the Year award and Eurobasket.com... [read more]
FC Bayern Muenchen (BBL) tabbed 27-year old Serbian international small forward Vladimir Lucic (202-91kg-89, agency: BeoBasket). He has played for the last three years at Valencia Basket in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 34 games he averaged 4.9ppg and 2.0rpg last season. Lucic helped them to make it to the semifinals. He also played 15 games in Eurocup where he had 5.7ppg and 2.7rpg. Among achievements Lucic received Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League Player of the Year award and Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League Forward of the Year award back in 2013. Lucic has been also a member of Serbian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Serbian senior team since 2012. He has started his career in Serbia (Partizan).
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Hubo Limburg United (Scooore League) inked 24-year old American forward Seth Tuttle (203-109kg-92, college: N.Iowa). He played most recently at s.Oliver Baskets in German BBL league. In 37 games he averaged 10.5ppg, 5.2rpg and 3.0apg last season. A very good year in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Honorable Mention. Tuttle has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2015. Among other achievements his college team won MVC... [read more]
Hubo Limburg United (Scooore League) inked 24-year old American forward Seth Tuttle (203-109kg-92, college: N.Iowa). He played most recently at s.Oliver Baskets in German BBL league. In 37 games he averaged 10.5ppg, 5.2rpg and 3.0apg last season. A very good year in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Honorable Mention. Tuttle has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2015. Among other achievements his college team won MVC Tournament in 2015. Tuttle received also USBWA All-District VI Player of the Year award and NABC All-District 16 1st Team award in 2015. He graduated from University of Northern Iowa in 2015 and it is his second season in pro basketball.
ALBA Berlin (BBL) landed 23-year old American forward Malcolm Miller (201-95kg-93, college: Holy Cross). He played most recently at Maine Red Claws (D-League) in the U.S.. In 47 games he averaged 12.4ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.2apg and 1.3bpg last season. Miller helped them to win the Atlantic Division title. He was called during the season by the Boston Celtics. Miller has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League earlier this month. He received All-Patriot League 2nd Team... [read more]
ALBA Berlin (BBL) landed 23-year old American forward Malcolm Miller (201-95kg-93, college: Holy Cross). He played most recently at Maine Red Claws (D-League) in the U.S.. In 47 games he averaged 12.4ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.2apg and 1.3bpg last season. Miller helped them to win the Atlantic Division title. He was called during the season by the Boston Celtics. Miller has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League earlier this month. He received All-Patriot League 2nd Team award in 2015 at his college time. Miller graduated from College of Holy Cross in 2015 and it is his second season in pro basketball. Let's have closer look into His outlook:
A long, athletic wing. Can step out and shoot the three. Has the ability to get into the passing lanes and create turnovers on the defensive end. Possesses great speed, length and athletic ability.
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