Anton Gavel Pulls Out His Magic Wand As The Brose Baskets Bamberg Slip By The Deutsche Bank Sklyiners 71-62

After suffering a humiliating 85-58 loss in the Champions Cup 18 days ago, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners wanted to escape the memory of this Bamberg offense firing range the same way the Miami Dolphins did losing 62-7 to the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2000, the 1988 Baltimore Orioles losing their first 21 games in a row or the Miami Heat losing 148-80 to the Cleveland Cavaliers in 1991 which could of started fans covering their faces with bags and Frankfurt were a lot stronger than their last visit to the Steckert arena, but had their usual woes not being able to get by the 2010 BEKO BBL champion in the fourth quarter as they gave up a 16-2 run which was fuelled by three straight drawn fouls by Anton Gavel to end the game losing 71-62. Frankfurt has only won once in Bamberg in almost six and a half years and might have had that same feeling as actor Mickey Rourke was having when he was finally going to have success again all those years prior to the Wrestler movie being a success. “We knew coming in that this would be a very difficult game. Frankfurt was banged up in the first game and came back a new team with two new players and more confidence. They fought very hard and we won, but it wasn´t easy. The way Frankfurt came back to play better in this game from that 27 point loss last time was like a boxer who lost that first round, but came back in the next fight with more motivation to prove that they are better than their last loss. The whole Bamberg/Frankfurt history and the fact that they played each other so many times in the last year reminds me of the great rivalry of Ali and Joe Frazier”, stressed Bamberg American Kyle Hines. It was obvious by the fierceness of Frankfurt that they wanted to make amends for the Champions Cup loss. “The players had talked about the Champions Cup and were all disappointed, but didn´t want to dwell on that loss to much, but just be focused and I think that we showed that we could compete tonight and almost won”, added Skyliner Canadian national player Jermaine Bucknor.

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With the win, The Brose Baskets Bamberg move to 4-0 on the season, while The Deutsche Bank Skyliners move to 1-2. The Brose Baskets Bamberg might be undefeated, but with past experience wont get any bloated heads with their current success as the tough Euroleague season is around the corner and one of the main reasons they pulled out the win was because they clamped down on defense. “We are 4-0, but we want to be careful not to get too happy. If you remember, we started last season at 2-6 and we kept working and getting better. It doesn´t matter if you are 4-0 or 0-4, you have to get better each day and improve, because if you don´t then you most likely won´t win a title at the end. We showed tonight that we can switch many ball screens with multiple players which is something we were unable to do last season. One of the main reasons that we won tonight was not letting Wood get in the lane as much and not letting him get over the top”, stressed ex NBA player Casey Jacobsen. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners played a good game, but not being able to pull through in crunch time won´t get you a cigar anytime. “We fought hard until the end, but we were unable to pick the right plays and hit our shots and then feed off them. Bamberg will get one big basket and then feed off it. They have many good players at each position and make the shots”, commented Skyliner center Brad Buckman. “We had a big chance to win with Goldsberry not playing, but we can´t blame it on the refs calls. Bamberg were very strong and we were unable to play our systems the way we wanted to”, stressed Pascal Roller.

Despite a rare mid week game, the hut was sold out and the only thing one had to get used to was the new name of the arena which wasn´t Jako anymore, but Stechert. Perhaps a new name might start a positive trend in wins in the future, because the name Jako was like a nasty splint that takes forever to remove from the skin. Bamberg was also without starting point guard John Goldsberry who will miss 2-3 weeks because of an injury. Despite the American not playing, it seemed not to faze Bamberg. “John is an important player and last year as he missed some games it was hard to fill the void, but despite being a better team with him, we can always overcome one player being out”, warned Casey Jacobsen. The game started off with some possessions that led to missed shots, but The Brose Baskets Bamberg got on the board first going on a mini 4-0 run as Reyshawn Terry showed his athletic skills making a mid distance jumper and then making a nice fake and scoring on a reverse layup. Frankfurt stormed back going on their own mini 4-0 run as it was playmaker Dashaun Wood setting up Jermaine Bucknor with an easy layup and then scoring on his own with a nice penetration streak in the lane. Bamberg was just getting warmed up on offense as they quickly streaked out on a 7-0 run to lead 11-4. They caught Frankfurt napping twice as Terry and Anton Gavel scored on transition and Jacobsen who stayed very quiet on the scoring front scoring his only bucket of the night with a running left handed hook shot. Bamberg kept having the upper hand on offense scoring with consistency, but Frankfurt stuck with them as Jimmy Mckinney scored on a mid distance jumper and with a three pointer. Bamberg American Brian Roberts then gave a perfect alley op pass to Terry for the dunk and the 16-9 Bamberg lead. Skyliner captain Pascal Roller who is mired in a huge shooting slump found Marius Nolte inside for a lay up and German National player Tibor Pleiss made two free throws as Bamberg led 18-11. Frankfurt then closed out the first quarter with a 5-2 run as American Grayson Moyer made a nice head fake from the wing and came to the basket making a mid distance shot and Dominik Bahiense De Mello made a three pointer. After one quarter, The Brose Baskets Bamberg had the 20-16 lead. “Bamberg came out strong. Frankfurt slowed down Bamberg with their press and zone. Frankfurt hit big shots and Bamberg made easy baskets on transition”, stressed former Artland Dragons assistant coach Jamie Duncan. The Brose Baskets Bamberg were shooting 57% from the field and 100% from outside while The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were shooting 50% from the field and 50% from outside. Bamberg had the slight 7-5 rebounding edge and both teams had three turnovers.

In the second quarter, The Brose Baskets Bamberg would keep the lead. Skyliner Jermaine Bucknor started the quarter with much energy getting a steal off the full court press and drawing a foul and making both free throws. However Bamberg kept executing at a higher rate than Frankfurt and quickly went on a 4-0 run as Gavel made a fade away jumper over Roller and Kyle Hines scored inside over Brad Buckman as Bamberg led 24-18. After Dashaun Wood made one of two free throws, it was Predrag Suput who made a fade away jumper and the 26-19 lead for Bamberg. In between, the game was filled with a Jacobsen air ball an offensive foul by Bucknor and an easy missed lay up by Kimmo Muurinen that had misfortune on other occasions as well. Brad Buckman chipped away at the Bamberg lead with a three pointer cutting the Bamberg lead to 26-22. However one of the biggest Bamberg weapons is that whenever the opponent is threatening to come back, they find a away to not only execute on offense, but score in bunches. Germans Karsten Tadda and Maurice Stuckey scored two consecutive three pointers and as quickly as Frankfurt trailed by four, now they trailed 32-22. Dashaun Wood and AJ Moye gnawed at the Bamberg lead with two baskets as Frankfurt trailed only 33-27. Bamberg kept trying to pull away as Gavel nailed another three pointer and Terry hit a mid distance jumper, but Mckinney made another three pointer as Frankfurt went into halftime trailing only 39-32. “The strong Frankfurt full court press kept Frankfurt in the game. Bamberg did a great job hitting big shots not letting Frankfurt come back. Bamberg is a veteran team and know how to handle situations were opponents are coming back”, said ex Artland Dragons assistant coach Jamie Duncan. “Our defense was on, but we missed four easy layups which is eight points which is simple stuff and shouldn´t happen”, stated Jermaine Bucknor. The Brose Baskets Bamberg were shooting 56% from the field and 57% from the three point line while The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were shooting 44% from the field and from the three point line. Frankfurt had the slight 14-13 rebound edge, but had nine turnovers while Bamberg had only seven turnovers.

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners had been trailing all game and surely exerted a lot of energy, but they conserved energy at halftime and came out totally rejuvenated as they shocked the Stechert arena with a forceful 9-0 run to take their first lead of the game 41-39. Dashaun Wood scored five of the nine points with a steal and coast to coast run and then scoring on a lay up getting a quick pass from Moye. Moye and Marius Nolte also scored on this run. “We wanted to come out strong and seven points was much as we had been back that much before. We set the tone right away and got at them. We played hard, got steals and had easy possessions and played good defense”, stressed Austin, Texas native Brad Buckman. However Bamberg gave Frankfurt some of their own medicine returning with an 8-0 run as Suput hit two free throws and Roberts and Gavel dropped three pointers as Bamberg was trying to pull away again leading 47-41. Mckinney responded with a jumper, but then it was quick Kyle Hines that tip toed around Buckman for a layup as Frankfurt trailed only 49-43. Muurinen then responded with a layup after grabbing a mini lob pass from Wood. Wood then made two free throws as Bamberg led only 49-47. Hines then scored a layup as Bamberg led 51-47. Skyliner captain Pascal Roller then made two free throws and scored a pull up jumper tying the score at 51. Suput closed out the third quarter with two free throws as Bamberg led 53-51 after three quarters. The Brose Baskets Bamberg were shooting 45% from the field and 55% from the parking lot while The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were shooting 44% from the field and 36% from the parking lot. Frankfurt had the 25-22 rebounding edge and both teams had 12 turnovers a piece.

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners must of kept the start of the third quarter as a very vivid memory as the stormed out again strong going on a 9-2 run to take the 60-55 lead. Frankfurt came out very smart on offense looking for the open man and getting easy baskets. After beautiful ball movement De Mello got a pass and could of shot, but instead whipped a pass to a free Muurinen under the basket that dunked. Buckman then hit an open three pointer and then made a steal feeding Muurinen with a powerful one handed dunk and Bucknor ended the timely run with a lay in after getting set up nicely by Grayson Moyer. Frankfurt led 60-55 and seemed in control and had the momentum. Last season there were numerous games where the opponent had the comfortable lead in the fourth and Frankfurt found a way to come back and win and now it was Bamberg who pulled a Frankfurt coming back and pretty much shutting down Frankfurt offensively in the last five minutes. “ We didn´t help as much on the weak side on defense in the first half. We made more hustle plays, set charges and were more aggressive down the stretch”, said Kyle Hines. Kyle Hines started off the Bamberg 16-2 run with a layup getting a perfect Jacobsen pass. Then as if Anton Gavel had put on a black Magician costume and struck the court with a wand, he single handingly scored on the next five consecutive Bamberg possessions drawing four fouls and scoring on a layup. Bamberg now led 64-60 as time was running down, but nothing was lost yet. Buckman then set up Muurinen with a layup as Frankfurt cut the Bamberg lead to 64-62. Terry then scored inside as Bamberg led 68-62. With under three minutes to play, Frankfurt was unable to execute as Buckman had a turnover, Wood missed a difficult off balance shot, Buckman a three pointer and Mckinney a jumper. Terry, Tadda and Suput closed out the game with free throws. “That 16-2 run by Bamberg in the last five minutes really hurt us. We didn´t get off good shots. We have to learn to be more consistent on offense in the last quarter”, stressed Jermaine Bucknor. Bamberg once again showed how special a roster they have when the going gets tough, the tough get going. “The way we came back in the last minutes, people will say we are deep which is just words, but today it was action. We showed that we don´t have to rely on one or two players, but each guy on the team can make a difference on offense or make a stop on defense. Hines helped on the offensive glass or Roberts controlled the ball. We did a great job making Frankfurt take tough shots at the end”, stressed Casey Jacobsen.

The Brose Baskets Bamberg were led by Anton Gavel with 19 points and four rebounds. Reyshawn Terry added 15 points and two rebounds. Kyle Hines Chipped in with 10 points and nine rebounds. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were led by Dashaun Wood with 15 points, five rebounds and two assists. Brad Buckman added ten points and six rebounds. Jimmy Mckinney chipped in with 10 points.

Both teams shot pretty even from the field, but Bamberg had the 46-29 shooting percentage advantage from outside, but Frankfurt rebounded better33-31, but had 17 turnovers while Bambegr had only 15 turnovers. Despite the tight game, It was an important test for The Brose Baskets Bamberg, because they might face more tightrope games in the Euroleague season. “We hope that we can continue to close out games the way we did. We take this game as a learning experience, because we will have more close games in the future”, warned Casey Jacobsen. It was the second game out of three this season in the BEKO BBL, where The Deutsche Bank Skyliners lost a tight game at the end. Frankfurt played tough and didn´t give up and will take many positives into the next game against The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven. “We can´t dwell on this game too much, but stay positive. There are so many games left. This is a learning period right now. In the middle, we will be coming together better and at the end will finish what we have to do”, warned Brad Buckman. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners host the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven on October 17th.

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