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.
Taevaunn Prince(191-G/F-91, college: Missouri So.) is a 25 year old 191cm guard from Toronto, Canada playing his rookie season in Germany with the ScanPlus Baskets Elchingen (Germany-ProB). He started his basketball career in 2011 with S.Dakota St. (NCAA) where he played two seasons playing 59 NCAA games. He then moved to Missouri So. (NCAA2) in 2014 and as a junior played 16 games averaging 16.1ppg, 6.8rpg, FGP: 53.4%, 3PT: 28.2%, FT: 83.8%. As a senior he played 30 games averaging 26.4p... [read more]
Taevaunn Prince (191-G/F-91, college: Missouri So.) is a 25 year old 191cm guard from Toronto, Canada playing his rookie season in Germany with the ScanPlus Baskets Elchingen (Germany-ProB). He started his basketball career in 2011 with S.Dakota St. (NCAA) where he played two seasons playing 59 NCAA games. He then moved to Missouri So. (NCAA2) in 2014 and as a junior played 16 games averaging 16.1ppg, 6.8rpg, FGP: 53.4%, 3PT: 28.2%, FT: 83.8%. As a senior he played 30 games averaging 26.4ppg, 10.1rpg, 2.8apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 56.8%, 3PT: 44.9%, FT: 84.8%. He spoke to eurobasket about basketball recently.
Taevaunn thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. You are taking in your first Christmas season in Germany. What have you learned about the German Christmas tradition this season? Yes this is my First Christmas in Germany and everything is pretty much the same I have not been exposed to any differences from North America, I'm sure there are some difference though.
You are playing your rookie season in Germany with the ScanPlus Baskets Elchingen (Germany-ProB) and have a record at 10-3 at the moment. How happy have you been with the team's play in the first three months?
I think overall we have played well for the first 3 months, but we are not content or satisfied with 10-3, our goal is to improve and fix all the little mistakes and have a better second half to the season.
The ScanPlus Baskets Elchingen (Germany-ProB are first in points in the pro B with 89, but 22nd in points given up with 86. That is a pretty risky way to play. Why is the defense such a big work in progress? We need to play better defensively, and that is a goal of ours for the second half of the season. if we can improve our defense and remain effective on offense the sky will be the limit for us.
The ScanPlus Baskets Elchingen (Germany-ProB) have been a very good crunch time team this season except against PS Karlsruhe. What was key in the last minutes for losing this game?
Just execution for the most part, PS Karlsruhe is a good team and so are we so in the crunch it could of went either way.
Is it the overall experience that has made the ScanPlus Baskets Elchingen (Germany-ProB) such a good crunch time team this season or does it rely also on other factors?
I think we have some big time players in Filmore Beck as he is one of the best shooters in Germany that people don't know about, we have Brian Bulter a monster in the paint, Brandon Lockhart a great lead guard and Experience with Marin Petric, so we have all the tools to play well in the crunch time.
What does the club have to do most on the defensive end to carve down some of those opponents points most?
We need to play better team defense and help each other as all the great championship teams play great team defense. Communication will also be important for us to grow as a better defensive team.
You averaged 25,7ppg as a senior at Missouri Southern and this year your on a club stacked with a lot of scoring power, but your still averaging 17,2ppg. Are you a bit surprised that you are averaging so much?
No I am not surprised to be averaging so much because of all the hard work I put into my game throughout the summer, I am confident that I can score efficiently at the highest level on anybody because of my work ethic and consistent work on my craft
You have had some big games, but then some games where the opponent closed you out better limiting your shots and you lost two of those games. How well have you been learning to deal with patience as a rookie? I wouldn't say my opponents closed me out I more closed myself out mentally, As a first year player in those games I was still figuring myself out as a pro. As a rookie I'm absorbing everything I can learn and adding into my game, patience is apart of the process so I ask God to help me at all times.
How strange is it having Brian Butler as a teammate who is 4 months younger than you but already playing his 7th season in the German second division. How has he helped you get adjusted to the professional life in Germany on and off the court?
It's great because he can help me with it being my first and he has been there when I have questions about anything about German basketball or Germany in general, I am thankful to have him as my teammate.
How easy is basketball life for you when you have a guy like point guard Brandon Lockhart finding you all night long? What do you appreciate most about his game?
Brandon is a great point guard and I am happy to be playing with him on the court, he's always looking for others and making the best play possible for our team. I appreciate his vision the most , he see's everything on the court which is huge for our team.
How happy have you been on your game so far in the German Pro B? On what things will you be working on in the second part of the season to help your game get to the next level in your maturity?
I feel I have played ok , still have plenty more in the tank I think I'm just showing flashes of what I can do but haven't displayed it all, I will be working on every aspect of my game because I am not perfect and I can always improve.
You can really fill up the stats sheet, but what is a hidden strength in your game that doesn't get noticed right away?
I think I'm a good passer, my natural position is point guard so I think my court vision and passing is my hidden strength.
If you had to to what NBA player would you compare your game to?
I would say my game compares to James Harden, Deron Williams and for todays NBA and Baron Davis who is a former NBA player, we are big guards who don't mind contact and physical play
You played your first two college years at S.Dakota St. (NCAA) playing 59 NCAA games. In your second game as a freshman you scored 13 points and hauled down 10 rebounds against powerhouse Minnesota in a 71-55 loss. You held your own against a guy like Trevor Mbakwe who played at top Euroleague team Maccabi Tel Aviv. Do you sometimes ask yourself why your playing in the German Pro B?
Yes I have had some big games against some great completion in my college career, it is God's plan for me to be where I'm playing at currently so I can never question it , I'm confident that I will be playing at the highest level because of the hard work I am willing to put in and Prayers .It's not how you start it's how you finish.
At S.Dakota St. (NCAA) you played with top point guard Nate Wolters. What do you remember him doing on the court in a game that will always remain in your memory bank?
Everything, he was the best guard I have seen in the college ranks and watching him work in the gym and seeing all his success carved out the blueprint in my memory bank that hard work really pays off.
After having a decline in your stats in your second season at S.Dakota St. (NCAA) you moved to Missouri Southern State. Do you believe that taking a step back will help you as a player as you continue to climb the professional basketball ladder?
Making the move From SDSU was the best decision for my playing career, SDSU just wasn't the right fit for me, I went on to do great things at MSSU. To me basketball is basketball put me up against anybody and I'm going to fight and be the last one standing so I wouldn't say I step back more of a change of scenery and a better situation where I could display my talent and show what I can really do/
You recently played against Jordan Talbert of PS Karlsruhe who had an illustrious career at Missouri Southern State. What stories do you remember hearing about him when you were there?
Yes me and Jordan come from the same school, remember those times Jordan was just that smooth individual and always a had worker who took the game of basketball serious.
How did head coach Jeff Boschee groom and prepare you best for a professional career?
Coach Boschee is the best coach in the world, he's a players coach and I respect him for his work on and off the court, He helped prepare my game for the next level because he pushed me to my limits and held me accountable all the time.
Who won a one on one in practice you or Austin Wright?
One on one is my thing and I am scorer so I had to beat Austin in that category but he is the best shooter I have ever played with
Who was the best player that you played in the NCAA that is in the NBA now?
If you had to construct your own NBA Rushmore, which 4 heads would you choose?
Micheal Jordan , Allen Iverson, Kobe Bryant, Lebron James
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?
He's definitely up there when it comes down to it he will be top5 or even top 3 of all time
Where do you rank Kevin Garnett with the best power forwards that ever played the game?
For sure KG is Top 5 of all time out of all power forwards
Klay Thompson recently hit 60 points in 29 minutes touching the ball for only 90 seconds. Where does this performance rank with you?
Klay Thompson's performance ranks very high because of how efficient he did it and with the amount time he had the ball that hard to do.
One always talks about Lebron and Curry, but one has to mention Russell Westbrook. He is averaging triple double stats at the moment. Is he stat wise the best player in the world right now?
Stat wise yes Russell is a monster and he is in the race for MVP, stat wise yes he is the best player in the NBA right now
What was your most memorable Christmas experience in Canada when you were a kid?
Best memories are always being with my family and cousins, just hanging out and being together is always a good time
What was the last movie that you saw? Last Movie I saw was Belly and the last show I been watching is Power.
Gaffney's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - 3 hours ago
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32-year old power forward Tony Gaffney (206-PF-84, agency: Octagon Europe) had a great game in the last round for ALBA and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 19. He had a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds, while his team beat Braunschweig (#15, 4-14) 84-76. ALBA is placed at 4th position in German league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. ALBA will need more victories to improve their 14-5 record. It wa... [read more]
32-year old power forward Tony Gaffney (206-PF-84, agency: Octagon Europe) had a great game in the last round for ALBA and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 19. He had a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds, while his team beat Braunschweig (#15, 4-14) 84-76. ALBA is placed at 4th position in German league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. ALBA will need more victories to improve their 14-5 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Gaffney as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Tony Gaffney averages this season 7.3ppg.
Second best performed player last round was Skyler Bowlin (191-G-89) of Giessen 46ers. He is American guard in his first season at Giessen 46ers. In the last game Bowlin recorded impressive double-double of 20 points and 10 assists. Of course Giessen 46ers cruised to an 82-74 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Vechta (#17, 2-17). Giessen 46ers' 8th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 10-9 record is not bad and everything may still change. Bowlin is a newcomer at Giessen 46ers and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.
Third place about best performers goes to forward Jamal Boykin (203-F/C-87) of Braunschweig (#15). Boykin scored 25 points. Despite Boykin's great performance Braunschweig lost 76-84 to the higher-ranked ALBA (#4, 14-5). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Braunschweig can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 4-14 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Boykin he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Boykin has a very solid season. In 4 games in Germany he scored 13.5ppg.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Shaquille Goodwin (206-F-94) of Jena - 20 points and 10 rebounds 5. De'Mon Brooks (201-F-92) of Bayreuth - 19 points and 6 rebounds 6. Anton Gavel (189-PG-84) of B.Muenchen - 17 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists 7. Dwayne Evans (201-F-92) of Giessen 46ers - 12 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists 8. Quantez Robertson (188-G-84) of Fraport SKY - 13 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists 9. Frantz Massenat (193-G-92) of EWE Baskets - 15 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists 10. Joshiko Saibou (188-PG-90) of Giessen 46ers - 18 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc. The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy. The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)
Brandon Nazione claims German ProB weekly honour - 3 hours ago
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American Brandon Nazione (202-F-94) had an amazing evening in the last round for Bayer Giants and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com ProB Player of the Week award for round 16. The 22-year old forward had the game-high 21 points adding nine rebounds and four assists for Bayer Giants in his team's victory, helping them to edge out FC Bayern II (#5, 9-6) 75-71. Bayer Giants maintains the 3rd position in their group in German ProB. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a f... [read more]
American Brandon Nazione (202-F-94) had an amazing evening in the last round for Bayer Giants and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com ProB Player of the Week award for round 16. The 22-year old forward had the game-high 21 points adding nine rebounds and four assists for Bayer Giants in his team's victory, helping them to edge out FC Bayern II (#5, 9-6) 75-71. Bayer Giants maintains the 3rd position in their group in German ProB. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Bayer Giants will need more victories to improve their 11-5 record. In the team's last game Nazione had a remarkable 71.4% from 2-point range. He turned to be Bayer Giants' top player in his first season with the team. Eastern Michigan University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Nazione is in league's top in rebounds (9th best: 8.7rpg) and averages solid 58.9% FGP.
The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 25-year old American center Khalil Kelley (203-C-91) of Wolfenbuettel. Kelley impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 20 points and 17 rebounds. It was enough for Wolfenbuettel to edge slightly higher-ranked Rostock (#9, 7-9) by 1 point 81-80. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the top position in North. Wolfenbuettel keeps 11th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 5-11 record. Kelley is a newcomer at Wolfenbuettel and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.3ppg (#9). He also registered 10.3 boards per game.
The third best performed player last round was another Bayer Giants' star - American Kerry Carter (188-G-91). Carter showcased his all-around game by recording 23 points, five rebounds and ten assists (!!!) in the last round. He was another key player of Bayer Giants, helping his team with a 75-71 win against slightly lower-ranked FC Bayern II (#5, 9-6). Bayer Giants needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams in South. Their record at this point is 11 victories and 5 lost games. Carter has a great season in Germany. After 15 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 24.3ppg (best scorer). He also has 3.2spg and FGP: 53.7%.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Jarvis Davis (183-PG-91) of Rostock - 26 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists 5. Kaimyn Pruitt (203-F-90) of Itzehoe - 21 points and 8 rebounds 6. Lamar Mallory (198-F/C-90) of Licher Baeren - 19 points and 11 rebounds 7. Gary Johnson (188-PG-82) of Bochum - 22 points, 6