Dashaun Wood couldn´t even take a break against TBB Trier after the track meet last weekend against Mark Dorris as he had to be sharp, focused and have his track speed on course against Lebron James friend Dru Joyce. Wood had to be alert against the crafty, smart, diminutive Joyce like Miley Cyrus will have to be even more alert against the paparazzi after her embarrassing confrontation with a bong, The way three time BEKO BBL team Brose Baskets Bamberg will have to be ready every weekend for every BEKO BBL team who will be gunning for them more and more especially Alba Berlin after being humiliated 103-52 on the road, as well as The New England Patriots having to be alert for teams who want to deny them winning a fourth Super Bowl and pe0ple in Central Europe knowing how to cope with any additional snow coming in the coming days. However Wood didn´t have any serious lapses against Dru Joyce as he was able to win the point guard duel on the court and help lead The Deutsche Bank Skyliners to a comfortable 72-55 win in the Ballsporthalle. “This was the first time that I played Joyce in a professional game in Europe. We played each other in college. Joyce plays like Jason Kidd and has gotten better and smarter. He is a leader and is not the kind of player that will lose a game for you. He just to shoot from way outside, but now he gets into the lane well and passes great on the pick and roll”, stressed Dashaun Wood. “We played against each other in college and I am familiar with his game. He is doing agreat job in Frankfurt and led his team to the win. He has a lot of poise which comes with experience. His game has really matured”, commented ex Ratiopharm Ulm guard Dru Joyce. Even though Wood won the scoring duel 15-11, the matchup seemed pretty equal. “It was a good duel and I think that nobody got the better of each other”, said TBB Trier American John Bynum. “It was a good duel, but I think that Wood was a bit quicker”, warned Giessen 46er center Jannik Freese. “Wood-Joyce was a good matchup. Frankfurt did a good job keeping Joyce out of the lane, but our offense should of helped him out more”, said TBB Trier American Barry Stewart. “Wood played better. Our defense played strong on the ball screen and pressured Joyce on the ball”, expressed Skyliner forward Roger Powell. Frankfurt won their third game in a row and even though the result looked like na easy win, it wasn´t. “The game was a lot harder than it seemed. TBB Trier played hard on offense and defense. They really make you work at both ends of the court. It was a tough game and we had to fight it out”, warned Dashaun Wood.
“We withstood runs, but then again also had some droughts where we couldn´t score. We have to play good for 40 minutes”, stressed Barry Stewart. With Christmas only a week away, the winter wonderland that has surrounded the Ballsporthalle already had a holiday feeling as one entered the arena. Inside the home of The Deutsche Bank Skyliners, it felt most definitely like Christmas which was only a short time away. Christmas songs were blaring away in the arena as the players were slowly coming onto the floor for warmups. The most famous TBB Trier figure has to be physical therapist Aggi Mock who could easily join the rock group ZZ Top and fill in at a gig if one of the members was sick as his beard is one just worth examining. Mock came from the locker room and already had that Christmas spirit as he was singing along to Paul Mccartney and his song “Merry Christmas everyone”. Mock also let it known that his favourite Christmas song is “Dreaming of a white Christmas. “I like the version from Bing Crosby. That’s the best version”, warned Aggy Mock. “My favourite Christmas song is Silent Night”, added ex Utah Jazz forward Roger Powell. “I like “We wish you a merry Christmas”, stressed Giessen 46er Jannik Freese who had the weekend off and was visiting the game. “My favourite Christmas song is “Let it snow from Boys to Men”, said Dashaun Wood. With Christmas only a short time away, one could see many red Santa Claus hats gleaming around the arena. Skyliner mascot Dunking Kong had his wife with him again for support and had a cute Santa Claus hat on as was firing up the fans on his scooter. The Ballsporthalle also gave that Christmas touch in that it wasn´t smug like in front of the fire place in the living room, but more chilly as if some doors had been left open letting unwanted brittle air come in. “Its cold in here. Tell them to crank up the heat”, stated Dru Joyce. Roger Powell had a coat on and was ready for a good 40 minutes of basketball as were the TBB Trier fans who made the long and slow journey from Trier. With Christmas around the corner and people still busy searching for the perfect Christmas gift as well as the overflow of snow hindering people to leave the couch, only 3,870 people wanted to see the basketball game in the Ballsporthalle between the Deutsche Bank Skyliners and TBB Trier. With TBB Trier only allowing 68 points per game, Frankfurt was up for a real test on offense and had difficulty in the early going finding a steady and solid offensive rhythm. TBB Trier took the early lead 3-0 as Tennessee native Barry Stewart hit a three pointer. However, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners struck back going on a mini 4-0 run to lead 4-3 as Dashaun Wood tested the TBB Trier defesne early penetrating to the hole and scoring and Frankfurt then playing perfect fast break basketball as Wood got a rebound fed Jimmy Mckinney and he found a streaking Dominik Bahiense De Mello to the hoop and making the lay up. TBB Trier then retook the lead as Akron alumnist Dru Joyce made a bank shot and then drowned tow free throws for the 7-4 TBB Trier lead. Frankfurt kept up the comeback pressure retaking the lead 9-8 as Jermaine Bucknor scored on the fast break after getting a crisp feed from Dashaun Wood and Mckinney then scoring a three pointer after getting a kick out pass from Wood. TBB Trier then retook the lead 10-9 as German forward Philipp Zwiener scored on a pretty turn around shot over Wood. Zwiener had an off day scoring only six points and grabbing three rebounds in 21 minutes. “I don’t think he has pressure to have to be the leading scorer every night for us. We have enough other guys who can lead the team in scoring”, warned Barry Stewart. It continued to be the quarter of mini runs as Frankfurt commenced on another 4-0 run to lead 13-10 as Wood made a spectacular penetration finishing with a finger tip role as he was falling to the right and Joe Dabbert scored on a lay in after Bucknor found Wood streaking to the hoop with a bounce pass and the American fed the big guy for two points. TBB Trier then retook the lead for the last time 14-13 as Stewart scored inside. Frankfurt finished the first quarter with a 5-0 run to lead 18-14 as there had been seven lead changes. Wood made a tip in on an own miss and Mckinney got free dropping a three pointer. “It was no surprise that the first quarter was so tight. TBB Trier had won 7 games and you can´t dominate any team in this league”, stressed Jermaine Bucknor. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were shooting 50% from the field and 50% from outside while TBB Trier was shooting 45% from the field and 50% from outside. TBB Trier had the 9-6 rebound edge, but five turnovers while Frankfurt had only one turnover. It took both teams a long while before getting any points as 3.30 minutes had gone by before German Oskar Fassler was able to nail three free throws after being fouled in the parking lot. Frankfurt slowly found its rhythm going on a 12-2 run to lead 30-19. Marius Nolte was being his aggressive self getting to the basket and drawing fouls making three free throws. In the run, Frankfurt got massive support from Kimmo “The Iceman” Muurinen who continues to play the under the boards as if he is a one man wrecking crew making two tip ins on a Wood miss. Pascal Roller nailed the first of five three pointers in this game as he is slowly finding the shooting touch back. “I am happy about my performance. I had a tough start into the season, but in the last 2-3 weeks, there has been more calmness in my game and I have been working more on my shot with assistant coach Klaus Perwass. Perhaps in the past, I was just hoping my shots would just go in”, said Skyliner captain Pascal Roller. “Pascal hit big shots tonight. I love to play with him in games and in practice. He is such a consistent shooter and is leading us”, said Jermaine Bucknor. TBB Trier got some more production from ex Alba Berlin forward Phillip Zwiener and from California native John Bynum who made a tip in on a long rebound. However Frankfurt was able to keep their big lead as Roller hit another three pointer and Bucknor made a shot after getting an offensive rebound. Frankfurt led 37-23 after two quarters. “The score was a bit of a surprise for me, because has been playing well this season and play good team defense. The 24-15 rebound edge for TBB Trier was also a big surprise since the Frankfurt guards do a good job at getting rebounds”, stressed ex New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig center Jannik Freese. “We still ran the same plays in the second and the only difference was that we were more consistent hitting our shots”, said Jermaine Bucknor. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were shooting 41% from the field and 36% form the three point line while TBB Trier was shooting 30% from the field and 17% from the three point line. TBB Trier had the overwhelming 24-15 rebound lead, but had nine turnovers while Frankfurt had only one turnover. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners came out of half time strong and were able to go on a 11-4 run and have their biggest lead of the game 48-27. TBB Trier did get some help form ex Alba Berlin forward Dragan Dojcin who scored inside twice, but Frankfurt had a surplus of weapons getting action as Roller scored, Mckinney made another jumper, Wood scooting by Joyce in the lane and Marius Nolte scoring on a nice feed from Muurinen. However basketball remains a game of runs and now it was time for TBB Trier to make a run as they closed out the third quarter with a 15-4 run to cut the Frankfurt lead to only 52-42. Frankfurt was suffering more turnovers as they had five after only having one in the first 20 minutes and TBB Trier had a longer span of consistency on offense. In this run Dru Joyce nailed two big three pointer including a bomb at the end of the third quarter. If Joyce wasn´t scoring, he was setting up his teammates with quick passes as German talent Maik Zirbes scored inside with a soft dunk. Luxemburg native Samy Picard who only played 8 games last season came in and hit a huge three pointer. Zirbes scored again inside as he was all free as Joe Dabbert was not in sight. “We didn´t execute as well on offense. TBB Trier went on a run which is only normal in the game of basketball”, stated Canadian national player Jermaine Bucknor. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were shooting 44% from the field and 33% from the parking lot while TBB Trier was shooting 35% from the field and 40% from the parking lot. TBB Trier was still winning the rebound duel 31-21, but had 11 turnovers while Frankfurt had seven. In the fourth quarter, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were able to keep their lead and despite TBB Trier fighting, they were unable to be able to cut the Frankfurt lead to lower than nine points. Captain Pascal Roller started the attack with another three pointer as Frankfurt led 55-43. TBB Trier found a trace of daylight as ex Bremerhaven guard John Bynum found an open slot and scored on a floater and forgotten German Oskar Fassler nailed a three pointer with a line drive shot as TBB Trier trailed only 57-48. After Zirbes and Nolte traded free throws, it Was De Mello that nailed a jumper as Frankfurt led 61-50. De Mello wasn´t as active in the scoring department finishing with four points, but there were enough other teammates who carried the load. A positive note this season has been the rising play of De Mello especially his mix of self confidence and killer instinct that is visible in his eyes when preparing and firing a jumper. TBB Trier was bale to cut the lead down to 64-55 as Fassler hit another bomb form the Feld Berg a she was falling back and Dojcin hit a free throw. However that was the last breath of TBB Trier as Frankfurt closed out the game with a 8-1 run to win 72-55. Muurinen scored on a tip in after getting his own rebound. All 6 points form Muurinen were on tip ins. After a Nolte lay in, Pascal Roller closed out the scoring with a three pointer as emotions were present on the faces of the 34 year old captain and Nolte as they both did the chest bump. Nobody will remember the two missed free throws by Marius Nolte in the last seconds. ”The key to winning this game was our defensive pressure not letting them get back into the game”, said Roger Powell. “Frankfurt had the home court advantage and shoot very well. TBB Trier fought back, but it wasn´t enough”, stressed Jannik Freese. “We played defense pretty well, but there was a stretch of 5-7 minutes where we didn´t execute our offense the way we wanted to and Frankfurt took advantage of it and took control. Its tough playing catch up”, stressed Dru Joyce. Dashaun Wood still had a strong game and showed that he doesn´t have to penetrate consistently for 40 minutes to be effective. “TBB Trier took me away from the lane in the first half so I got other guys involved. In the second half, I got into the lane better, because Dabbert and Nolte were rolling faster”, stated Dashaun Wood. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were led by Pascal Roller with 17 points. Dashaun Wood added 15 points, eight rebounds, four assists and two steals. American Jimmy mckinney was his usual steady self producing 10 points, two rebounds and two assists. TBB Trier was led by Dru Joyce with 11 points, four rebounds and two assists. Oskar Fassler produced nine points, four rebounds and two assists. Dragan Dojcin added seven points and six rebounds. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners go into the short Christmas holiday with a three game winning streak in the BEKO BBL. The club played hard for 40 minutes and one never had any fear that they could loose. “TBB Trier is a good team and we had a lot of respect for them, but our heart really carried us today and has the whole season. We have a respect for each other to play hard”, stressed Jermaine Bucknor. It was the fifth game this season where Frankfurt kept their opponent to less than 60 points and the club is showing that their defense isn´t letting them down too much this season. “The Frankfurt defense is so tough. They have such active hands, pressure the ball and made us work for every shot”, warned Dru Joyce. The biggest surprise and weak point in the game was the Frankfurt rebounding which they lost 40-32 against a weak rebounding team. “They crashed the boards well. They got some long rebounds and we didn’t box out well. Rebounding has do with effort and we didn´t show that under the boards”, added Jermaine Bucknor. “TBB Trier had too many offensive rebounds(18) which shouldn´t happen”, warned Jannik Freese. With the first half of the season almost completed, how close are The Deutsche Bank Skyliners to teams like Bamberg and Alba Berlin? “Frankfurt can compete with those teams. The Frankfurt guards can compete with their guards”, stressed John Bynum. “The only that Frankfurt is missing is a very strong inside presence that is a bit more dominating. However I don’t want to take anything away from Marius Nolte who is playing a great season and is a big part of the Frankfurt success”, warned Jannik Freese. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners play their last Eurochallenge game on Tuesday December 21st against Kimky Yunzy.