Preston Medlin (193-G-91, college: Utah St.) is a 25 year old 193cm guard that is playing his third professional season and first with the Kirchheim Knights in the German Pro A. He started his basketball career in 2009 with Utah St. (NCAA) where he played until 2014 playinga total of 102 NCAA games. As a senior he played 32 games averaging 12.4ppg, 2.7rpg, 4.1apg, FGP: 41.1%, 3PT: 42.4%, FT: 78.0%. He started his professional basketball career in 2014 with BK Saldus (Latvia-LBL): 29 games... [read more]
Preston Medlin (193-G-91, college: Utah St.) is a 25 year old 193cm guard that is playing his third professional season and first with the Kirchheim Knights in the German Pro A. He started his basketball career in 2009 with Utah St. (NCAA) where he played until 2014 playinga total of 102 NCAA games. As a senior he played 32 games averaging 12.4ppg, 2.7rpg, 4.1apg, FGP: 41.1%, 3PT: 42.4%, FT: 78.0%. He started his professional basketball career in 2014 with BK Saldus (Latvia-LBL): 29 games: Score-4 (14.7ppg), 3.1rpg, 3.0apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 49.5%, 3PT: 42.7%, FT: 75.8%. Last season he had limited duty with Enosi Kalathosfairisis Kavalas (Greece-A1): 3 games: 3.7ppg, 1.0rpg, 1.3apg. Eurobasket talked to Preston after the big win against the Hamburg Towers.
Preston thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. 2017 has come and did you make any new years resolutions or is that something that you don't bother with?
No problem thanks for interviewing me. My wife and I always make little new years resolutions together but never anything to crazy, Just the normal stuff like eating better and being healthy.
The Kirchheim Knights went into 2017 riding a 4 game losing streak. What do you believe did the team get away from in this period that hindered you from getting victories?
That was a tough stretch for us, part of it was we played 4 playoff teams and 3 of the 4 games on the road. I think we got away from playing team basketball and got a little selfish. Also I think it was good for us to lose a few games (I am not sure it was good to lose 4 but) I think we were getting a little complacent and not working as hard as were should be.
A big worry in this 4 game losing streak was the offense that couldn't get 70 points in three of the four games. Do you feel like the team will continue to be able to score well in the second half of the season as its averaging 90 points in the two game winning streak?
I think if we can play as a team and to our strengths we should have no problem with our offense. But like any team we need to keep working and playing together so we can achieve our goals.
Congrats on the huge 87-86 win against the Hamburg Towers. Kirchheim was down39-33. It was able to pick up it's offense in the second half. Was there any adjustments that the team made to be able to score better?
To be honest we didn't really make any changes on the offense end we just kept playing hard and shots started to fall for us.
The Hamburg Towers went on a huge run in the fourth quarter and led as much as 14 points with four minutes to go. Was that amazing Mexico State come back and win form last week on your mind?
That's funny that you mention that because after the game my teammates and I were talking about the game and how we were all thinking that no matter the score the game is not over till the last buzzer.
The Kirchheim Knights then went on a 14-0 run to regain the lead at 84-83. How proud were of the team being able to make this instant comeback and what was key in having this happen?
Oh man I was so proud we fought hard for 5 minutes straight pressing and running up and down the court like mad men. And when we took the lead I was so happy.
You hit the game winning shot with three seconds left in the game. What experiences have you had with last second shots. How special was this one?
In my life I have maybe had 4 of 5 game winning shots but every time it happens it feels amazing. This on in particular was amazing because of the comeback that my teammates and I made in the minutes leading up to the shot.
You had had a pretty quiet night before making the shot as nothing was falling from downtown until the one that counted most. How thankful were you of the trust in your teammates in your abilities?
Yes up to that shot I was 0 for 4 and my shot was just not falling for me but if you want to be a good shooter you always have to have the mind set that the next one is going in. I am thankful that my teammates had the trust in me to shot the ball when the game is on the line.
With American Carrington Love out of the game with his fifth foul did you feel the need to step up on that last play?
The be honest the last play just kind of happened we got the rebound with about 10 seconds left and just went down the court and I was just trying to get the best shot possible for our team.
The team also showed it can win without Seth Hinrichs. Was this another good indication of how much heart this club has?
Missing Seth really hurts us because of the depth he give us plus he is a great shooter and does most of the dirty work for us. we need him to get healthy and on the court as soon as possible.
The Pro A continues to be very competitive as the Kirchheim Knights are only 3 wins behind number one team MBC. Does the team have more on their minds then just solidifying home court in the playoffs or is one looking at the possibility of finishing the regular season at the top?
I think every team has the goal to finish on top but we are just trying to take it game by game and worry about what we can control and that is our effort and heart on the court.
You stated in the last interview that the biggest challenge is being a consistent scorer. How can a player in general become a consistent scorer on a game basis?
That is a great question but I think it starts with having the mindset of a scorer. You have to do it in practice, you have to get that rhythm with your teammates and then it has to carry over to the game.
What in general have you learned to enjoy the most about playing in the competitive German Pro A?
I have learned that you have to bring your best every night because for the most part any team can beat any team so that makes the league really fun because you never know who is going to win.
Russell Westbrook obviously has gotten a lot of attention with his constant triple doubles, but James Harden is doing the same thing with the Houston Rockets. Where do you see him head to head against Westbrook as best point guard at the moment in the NBA?
I think they are both great players but in my eyes they are both not true point guards. But you have to give the edge right now to Westbrook I mean any guy that can average a triple double in the NBA is amazing.
Which 2 clubs will make the Superbowl and who will win it all?
I think the Patriots will play the Packers and the Patriots will win.
Murphy Burnatowski (200-SF-90, college: Colgate) is a 25 year old 200cm forward from Waterloo, Ontario, Canada that is playing his third professional season and first with Cytavision Apoel Nicosia (Cyprus-Division A). He started his basketball career with Maine (NCAA) in 2009 where he plyed two seasons playing 56 NCAA games. He then moved to Colgate (NCAA) where he played two seasons and 62 NCAA games and as a senior played 30 games averaging 14.2ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.6apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 45.5%, 3... [read more]
Murphy Burnatowski (200-SF-90, college: Colgate) is a 25 year old 200cm forward from Waterloo, Ontario, Canada that is playing his third professional season and first with Cytavision Apoel Nicosia (Cyprus-Division A). He started his basketball career with Maine (NCAA) in 2009 where he plyed two seasons playing 56 NCAA games. He then moved to Colgate (NCAA) where he played two seasons and 62 NCAA games and as a senior played 30 games averaging 14.2ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.6apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 45.5%, 3PT: 37.9%, FT: 76.8%. He started his professional basketball career in 2014 with WKS Slask Wroclaw (Poland-TBL): 12 games: 1.2ppg, 1.4rpg, left in Jan.'15, later that month moved to SLUNETA Usti nad Labem (Czech Republic-NBL, starting five): 21 games: 11.5ppg, 5.4rpg, 2.1apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 44.5%, 3PT: 30.4%, FT: 67.2%. Last season he played with Starwings Basket Regio Basel (Switzerland-LNA, starting five): 30 games: Score-3 (20.5ppg), 7.5rpg, 1.7apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 53.4%, 3PT: 34.1%, FT: 72.0%. He spoke to eurobasket before a Fiba Europe Cup game in Bonn against the Telekom Baskets Bonn.
Murphy thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. Welcome to Germany. What experiences have you had here? You played in the Czech republic as a rookie and last season with the Starwings Basket Regio Basel (Switzerland-LNA)
I have been to Germany many times. Most recently last season when I was playing in Switzerland. Basel was only about a five-minute drive from the German border so I would go frequently.
Your playing your first season with Cytavision Apoel Nicosia (Cyprus-Division A). As a Canadian how refreshing is it living in a warm place after living in cold places like Maine, New York and Europe the last years?
I would be lying if I said I didn't miss the snow just a little but its nice being able to still wear shorts and sandals in December. Even if some of my Cypriot teammates still look at me like I'm crazy.
The club is 3-3 in the Fiba Europe Cup and 4-4 in the Cyprus league. Do you feel like the team is a better club than what it's record displays?
There are definitely 2-3 games we wish we could have back as we have had some close losses. In FIBA cup we did what we needed to do to advance and are excited for the next round. The Cypriot league is a small 6-team league and every game is a war. As long as we keep improving I think we will be where we want to be come playoffs.
What has it been playing with four other Americans while being a Canadian. The five of you are all averaging double figures in each competition. It seems like everyone has left their ego on the shelf?
Coach stresses we play the right way. We look to exploit the mismatches and advantages we have in any given game. Sometimes that means you are the go to guy and other times it means you are a role player but I believe it makes it harder on the competition to scout and prepare for us.
How important has a guy like American Akeem Wright been for you? Granted your no rookie anymore, but he has so much more experience than you. What has been the most valuable thing that you have picked up from him this season?
You see a lot of guys become complacent with their game, as they get older. I have been impressed with Akeem's drive to get better even though he is approaching the last few years of his career. Whether it's through film or on court he's constantly trying to improve his weaknesses, something I hope to keep doing as my career progresses.
What is your role on the team? On a team that has many scoring option has it been tough not being that main scoring option which you were last season for the Starwings Basket Regio Basel (Switzerland-LNA)?
Every year that you come into a new team, full of guys who have never played together, there will be a period of time it takes to get familiar with every ones game and how the coach wants you to play. We are at the point in season now in which everyone knows what is expected of them and what we need to do individually for us to be successful as a team.
If you had to to what NBA player could you compare your style of play on the court?
I think I play similar to Kevin Love even though I am a bit shorter. Shooting might be the best aspect of my game but also able to post up and rebound.
You are a guy that can really fill the stat sheet, but do you feel is a hidden strength in your game that doesn't get noticed right away?
The cliche answer would be passing but I am going to go with that anyways. I think I am able to find my teammates when put in a position to do so.
How vital was head coach Robert Pavaloski last season for your development as a player? How quickly did he find trust in your game?
Coach Pavaloski let us to play really freely, something that really helped me after a rocky rookie season. I think it can sometimes benefit the team to play stress free and I think it allowed us to win some games that some wouldn't have expected us to.
As a rookie you played for WKS Slask Wroclaw (Poland-TBL): 12 games: 1.2ppg, 1.4rpg, left in Jan.'15, later that month moved to SLUNETA Usti nad Labem (Czech Republic-NBL) playing 21 games: 11.5ppg, 5.4rpg, 2.1apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 44.5%, 3PT: 30.4%, FT: 67.2%. What was your wake up call to being a rookie in Europe where you knew that you were very far away from Waterloo, Ontario?
I realized that there is no learning period for rookies, especially on a team that was as experienced and competitive as Slask was that year. Teams want you to produce whether you're a rookie or a 10-year pro and I knew I had to change my mindset if I hoped to be successful in this business.
You started your NCAA career in 2009 with Maine where you played until 2011. What overall experience was that for you? Did you feel like you could have been more of a factor on the offensive end?
I learned a lot in my time at Maine. I had some great teammates to show me the ropes of what NCAA basketball was all about. I wasn't too worried with my offense while I was there. We had some really good seasons that didn't end the way we wanted them too but I learned from that and it has helped me as a player.
You then moved to Colgate and had two fantastic years. How vital was head coach Matthew Langel for grooming and preparing you best for a professional basketball career?
Coach Langel helped me tremendously on the court and really challenged me while I was at Colgate. I believe he not only made me a better player but a better person as well. I still enjoy going back to visit during the summer.
You had Michael hakim Jordan as an assistant coach for two years. What was your fondest memory with him and couldn't he easily have his own TV show with his personality?
Being competitive must have something to do with the name Michael Jordan because whether it was on the court, during a conditioning drill, or even playing a game of Madden this guy hated losing to the extreme. However, when he decided to take part in conditioning it added some extra motivation not to lose a sprint to your coach.
When he was a professional in Germany he loved catching his teammates on film sleeping on raoa trips on the bus. Did he continue to practice that ritual at Colgate?
Yes, he most certainly did.
You played at the Albert Schweitzer International Tournament in Mannheim (Unofficial World Championships U18) in 2008. What memories do you have of this time and what players do you remember standing out there that have become big time players?
It was my first taste at international competition and it was one of the most exciting experiences I have had as a basketball player. There are a few big names I remember standing out including NBA players Matthew Dellavedova, Enes Kanter and I believe the MVP was Greece's Nikos Pappas.
You have had your time with the Canadian national team. Have you ever seen a better brother duo than the Scrubbs? How special are they as players and people?
Growing up they weren't always the top prospects but you could tell by their character and work ethic that they could be something special. They are both great teammates and know how to play the game the right way. I think a lot of that can be contributed to their time at Carleton University.
Philip Scrubb has been called the greatest Canadian college player of all-time. Could he be the next Canadian NBA player?
Sky is the limit for Phil. His shooting ability alone puts him in an elite class. Adding in his play making skills I wouldn't be surprised if he found himself on an NBA roster at some point in his career.
Who won a one on one in practice you or Damon Sherman-Newsome?
Dame was too busy getting cooked by Coach McGarvey to have time to play me.
If you had to construct your own NBA Rushmore, which 4 heads would you choose?
Jordan, Kobe, Lebron, Shaq
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?
2nd to MJ
Klay Thompson recently hit 60 points in 29 minutes touching the ball for only 90 seconds. Where does this performance rank with you?
I don't think we will ever see a performance like that again. Usually when someone goes off for 60 they have the ball in their hands the whole game. His ability to move without the ball and find ways to score is a big part of why Golden State is so successful. It allows the other players to be more ball dominate.
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?
It would be hard to argue against that. I think the most impressive part of it all is his motor and consistency. Will be interesting to see how he holds up over an 82 game season but he hasn't lost a step yet.
What was the last movie that you saw? Not a movie but HBO's Westworld was the real deal.
He still has that bushy beard that started as a routine playoff beard a few years ago, but with time Danilo Barthel has seemed to have developed a fascination with the facial hair something that his mother may still be coming to terms with. But what is different, the Heidellberg native isn't sitting on the bench next to the X block in the Fraport arena, but on the right side and the colors of the blue and white have turned into the bright red and even if the beginning letter to his team d... [read more]
He still has that bushy beard that started as a routine playoff beard a few years ago, but with time Danilo Barthel has seemed to have developed a fascination with the facial hair something that his mother may still be coming to terms with. But what is different, the Heidellberg native isn't sitting on the bench next to the X block in the Fraport arena, but on the right side and the colors of the blue and white have turned into the bright red and even if the beginning letter to his team does begin with an F, many Fraport Skyliner fans have had a hard time adjusting to the FC instead of the Fraport. After 167 games in the jersey of the Fraport Skyliners from 2011-2016, Barthel made the logical step last summer and joined Germany's most famous sports brand FC Bayern Munich where he got two things he couldn't get with Frankfurt with more dough and BBL title aspirations. In his time with the Fraport Skyliners, fans will never forget his poster dunk over Patrick Ewing jr in 2012 or his neverending hustle under the boards where he received more elbows, bruises and bloody noses than any other Skyliner in the last years. This season with FC Bayern Munich, Barthel has seen less action than with the Fraport Skyliners, but done the best out of his minutes as he was averaging 8,1ppg, 2,9rpg and 1,4apg in 11 minutes and 16 minutes per game coming into the Frankfurt game. The German has received stiff competition from other German national player and power forward Maxi Kleber and so far has had to be second fiddle as the ex Wurzburg player has the starting job position. The 25 year old 211cm power forward who had his taste of the NBA in the summer of 2014 where he played NBA Summer League with the Miami Heat returned back to his old stomping ground and living room of the Fraport arena and helped his team round out another normal day at the office by toppling the Fraport Skyliners 77-57 as they rebounded nicely from their embarrassing loss in Bonn where they relinquished 95 points. After the huge victory, most of FC Bayern Munich was already on the bus, but Barthel was still making the rounds of greeting old friends and well wishers and finally reached the locker room 35 minutes after the game had ended and was elated about his return back to Frankfurt. 'It was an unusual feeling to be back. I was happy to return and was a bit nervous at first, but that went away. I was very happy that I was received so well by the fans and it gave me a positive feeling. I try to bring energy from the bench and give the team the little things that we need to win. I am happy with my season so far and happy for coach's trust and hope that will continue', stressed ex Fraport Skyliner Danilo Barthel. Barthel teammate and captain Bryce Taylor who belongs to the top 5 players in the league was in great spirits after he exited the locker room after a 22 point effort and win and also was happy to be able to call Barthel his teammate. 'Barthel didn't say much in the days leading up to his return to Frankfurt. But I could feel that coming back meant a lot to him. I had played against him the last years, but he was much better than I thought. He is a great player', added FC Bayern Munich guard Bryce Taylor (194-SG-86, agency: BeoBasket)
The Fraport Skyliners came into the game
having lost six of their last seven in the BBL and could have had that six game
losing streak still at large had they not had massive fortune winning at the
buzzer in Braunschweig last weekend, but they did enter the game with an
unsatisfactory showing against AS Monaco five days ago in the Basketball
champions League and nobody expected much against the big mighty FC Bayern
Munich. Frankfurt had some good phases, but too often, they allowed the
opponent to go on big runs and when they did come back, they couldn't stay with
FC Bayern Munich and quickly lost their rhythm to their continued nasty ongoing
turnover phobia. After the game a rattled Antonio Graves who had four points
and three turnovers explained what the Fraport Skyliners have been unable to do
all season long. 'We need to find a way to put together a full game. We haven't
been able to do that all season long. Sometimes it is a good first half and
other times a good second half, but having only one isn't enough', stressed ex
Artland Dragon Antonio Graves. FC Bayern Munich came off an ugly loss against
the Telekom Baskets Bonn on the road and desperately needed to get a win in
Frankfurt to sooth the gentle nerves of head coach Aleksandar Djordjevic and to
get some sort of normalcy back into the club. FC Bayern Munich showed their
scoring talent at times and found back to their strength on defense, but if
there was a knock on the team then it was their carelessness taking care of a
big lead allowing Frankfurt back into the game a few times. After the game, ex
NBA player Nick Johnson who played 36 games for the Houston Rockets and dueled
at Arizona (NCAA) against ex Skyliner Justin Cobbs was happy that his team stuck
together each time Frankfurt came back. 'We stuck with it today. It was a game
of runs, but we were always able to make the plays we needed to. Bryce Taylor
was big for us and we had the advantage inside and did a good job with the
mismatches. We simply made plays from all over', commented FC Bayern Munich
guard Nick Johnson.
On a rather mild December Sunday afternoon,
4,930 fans came into the Fraport arena to witness the comeback of Danilo 'white
men can jump' Barthel, but had to wait until the end of the first quarter until
he was inserted for German national player Maxi Kleber. The first half was
tight until the last few minutes where FC Bayern Munich went on a 6-0 run to
close out the first quarter with the 22-16 advantage. Bryce Taylor got hot in
an instance nailing two back to back trey's, but Frankfurt retaliated with
buckets inside from Florida native Mike Morrison and ex Paderborn forward
Niklas Kiel as Frankfurt trailed 6-4. The Fraport Skyliners did a fine job
coming to terms with the high intensity of the Munich game and continued to
execute on offense and got some key baskets from Mike Morrison who supplied the
home crowd with an eye catching hard two handed throw down and ex
Nebraska (NCAA) forward Shavon Shields hit a trey to give Frankfurt it's first
lead of 9-8. Now both teams would trade the lead three times before FC Bayern
Munich secured the lead until the end of the first quarter. Taylor gave FC
Bayern Munich the lead back as he hit a beautiful fade away jumper from the
wing that reminded one of Boston Celtic legend Larry Bird back in the day and
one could have thought that the California native might have caught a glimpse
of the new Larry Bird ultimate highlight film. 'I actually just watched that
video. He was one of the smartest players of all-time. He was slow, but always
two steps ahead of you. I wasn't thinking of him when I shot the ball, but just
how I could get it off', stressed Bryce Taylor Shields and Taylor then traded
baskets as FC Bayern Munich was in the lead again at 14-12. Graves then tied
the score at 14-14 with a pull up jumper, but ex Bamberg sniper Anton Gavel
erased that with a lay in only to have Graves dead lock the game again at 16-16
with free throws. FC Bayern Munich then closed out the first quarter with a 6-0
run as ex NBA guard Nick Johnson sparkled with his bread and butter the pull up
jumper and ex Skyliner Danilo Barthel got busy scoring in bunches as he
connected on a floater and lay in as FC Bayern Munich led 22-16 after 10
minutes. 'We had a little of that Bonn loss still in our heads. We know that
Bryce Taylor can score, but the key was not our offense, but defense. With a few
exceptions in Europe, we are always capable of scoring 90 points a game', added
FC Bayern Munich manager Volker Stix. FC Bayern Munich was shooting 67% from
the field and 75% from outside while the Fraport Skyliners were shooting 67%
from the field and 50% from outside. FC Bayern Munich had the 5-2 rebound edge
and five turnovers while Frankfurt had seven turnovers.
the second quarter, FC Bayern Munich went on a 12-1 run to really break away
from the Fraport Skyliners, but Skyliner Kwame Vaughn who had a very cold first
quarter got going shortly before the break making eight points to get his team
back into the game, but the guests still led comfortably 40-33 at the break. FC
Bayern Munich was able to break out on the huge run, because their defensive
rotations were spot on and their one on one defense as Maxi Kleber was a
monster getting a block and redirecting shots and they were potent stopping the Fraport Sklyiners on
their first eight possessions which resulted in good offense. FC Bayern Munich
got healthy production on the offensive end from ex Alba Berlin forward Reggie
Redding who dropped a trey, Gavel also hit from the parking lot while Johnson hit
a pull up jumper and Kleber got free inside getting a lay up. Key on the run
for FC Bayern Munich was also that they did a superb job mixing up their
offense showing a healthy separation of inside out ball while Frankfurt was
making bad decisions on offense which led to poor shots or turnovers.
Basketball is a game of runs and the Fraport Skyliners showed heart and the
ability to compete with their mighty opponent striking back with a timely 14-3
run to cut the FC Bayern Munich lead to 37-31. A big problem on this afternoon
for FC Bayern Munich was their phases where they had a lack of concentration
and let Frankfurt back into the game. In the run, the Fraport Skyliners were
led by Kwame Vaughn who supplied 6 points while Shields continued to score
getting twice inside including getting a
perfect pass in the zone from Quantez Robertson who whipped the ball to the
American as if it was the easiest thing. Morrison also showed that he is more
than just a hard dunker hitting a pretty turn around shot in the post as well
as a runner. Frankfurt made a costly mistake in the last seconds fouling Serb
and ex Valencia Basket (Spain-Liga Endesa) player Vladimir Lucic where he
nailed all three and Vaughn finished the second quarter scoring with a reverse
lay up as Frankfurt trailed 40-33. 'We defended very well. We showed again how
we defend when many guys can guard multiple positions. We have to continue to
learn not to let up when we have a big lead. We can't let up for one second in
this league because every team sees our FC Bayern Emblem and want to beat us.
We have to always be aware of this', stressed FC Bayern Munich manager Volker
Stix. FC Bayern Munich was shooting 52% from the field and 45% from the three
point line while the Fraport Skyliners were shooting 50% from the field and 38%
from the three point line. FC Bayern Munich had the 14-9 rebound edge and both
teams had nine turnovers apiece.
the third quarter, the Fraport Skyliners came out of the gate focused to steal
the lead back only to lose it again and let FC Bayern Munich get another
enjoyable lead on account of a lack of concentration and unneeded turnovers
that dominated their game midway through the third quarter. Quantez Robertson had been quiet in the first half not scoring, but made up with three assists as a playmaker and came out in the third motivated hitting free throws, getting a steal and three to get Frankfurt back to 40-38. Frankfurt kept the pressure on retaking the lead 43-42 as Morrison scored and Stefan Ilzhoefer made a great play and second effort getting blocked, but following up with a floater. However then FC Bayern Munich showed their
whole class rebounding from this annoying Frankfurt comeback and showing how
lethal their offense can be and how quickly they can put up points in bunches. They
slapped Frankfurt rudely in the face with a crushing 10-0 run to up their lead
again to 52-43 as Taylor and Redding nailed three's and Johnson scored back to
back shots inside as he was benefited by Vaughn and Graves turnovers. However
Frankfurt didn't let this Munich burst of power hinder their motivation to keep
plugging away as Robertson and Shields hit trey's to cut the Munich lead to
56-52. FC Bayern Munich closed out the third quarter with a three point play as
Redding made a lay in and free throw as FC Bayern Munich led 59-52. 'Munich has
very good and efficient players and showed it. We didn't give the needed energy
in the key minutes', added Ohio native Antonio Graves. 'It was a game of runs.
We knew that they would come out and fight so we didn't want them to get the
crowd into the game. Redding and Taylor hit big shots and I tried to exploit
the Frankfurt defense', stressed Nick Johnson. FC Bayern Munich was shooting
54% from the field and 47% from the parking lot while the Fraport Skyliners
were shooting 46% from the field and 40% from the parking lot. FC Bayern Munich
had the 24-14 rebound advantage, but 14 turnovers while Frankfurt had 11
In the fourth quarter, the Fraport
Skyliners ran out of gas as FC Bayern Munich fired home 18 points while
stifling the home team to five points. FC Bayern Munich continued to run their
offense and executed the way a top team should nailing two trey's as Gavel and
Redding supplied the fire power while Robertson scored a three and jumper to
cut the FC Bayern Munich lead to 66-57. With six minutes remaining, Frankfurt
would score no more while FC Bayern Munich closed out the game with a solid
10-0 run. In the run, FC Bayern Munich was fortified by a Bathel lay in who
muscled home the ball on his second try, five points from captain Taylor who
shot very accurate 8/11 on the day and a King and Booker lay in. Fraport
Skyliners head coach Gordon Herbert inserted young German Garai Zeeb with 33
seconds and he was able to defend ex NBA player Nick Johnson on the last FC
Bayern Munich possession and then ended the game with an airball where he
wasn't exactly put in a high percentage situation to shoot the ball. 'It was
cool to shortly play against Nick Johnson at the end even if the game was
decided. I gave my best at the end even if there wasn't much light in the
corner for me', added Garai Zeeb. 'We had nothing in our tank at the end. We
didn't make the needed stops in the fourth quarter', added Antonio Graves. 'We
cut down on our mistakes and buckled down on defense', stressed Nick Johnson.
FC Bayern Munich was led by Bryce Taylor with 22 points. Reggie Redding added
13 points and five assists. Danilo Barthel added 11 points and Nick Johnson had
10 points. The Fraport Skyliners were led by Quantez Robertson and Shavon
Shields who had 14 points apiece. Mike Morrison added 12 points. FC Bayern
Munich shot 53% from the field and 48% from outside while the Fraport Skyliners
shot 42% from the field and 35% from outside. FC Bayern Munich won the rebound
duel 33-18 and had 18 turnovers while Frankfurt coughed up the ball 17 times.
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