It is always an advantage if you are able to do those things that you are used to doing as opposed to what you aren´t like strutting your beamer through the neighborhood instead of a broken down Ford Nova, New England Patriot star quarterback Tom Brady being able to riffle bullet passes to his favorite Texas tech target Wes Welker running routes or Hollywood actor George Clooney picking up women in swank clubs on the Cote D Azur instead of in third rate clubs in Boise, Idaho, but sometimes reality doesn´t let you do what you know and like. BG Goettingen have been playing in their beloved Lok Halle since 2007 and have had a lot of success playing in their locomotive turned basketball arena in the last years, but were struck with playing game 2 in the 40 kilometer away Kassel in the Rothenbach halle. Not being able to play in their usual home court train dungeon for opponents where the atmosphere is as fierce as any opponent getting the full work out treatment competiting against the American in his prime, It girl Paris Hilton having to wake up to After 8 mints in a Marriot hotel instead of a Hilton, Immanuel Mcelroy having to play in the old Max Schmeiling halle instead of the O-2 World arena, or Boston Redosx slugger David Ortiz having to blast moon rockets out of Nickerson field over the Charles river to Harvard instead of out of Fenway park. Despite many fans coming from Goettingen to support the team in Kassel and a strong atmosphere through out the game, BG Goettingen was unable to knot the series as they lost 76-67 to The Deutsche Bank Skyliners and trail the best of five quarterfinal series 2-0. “The atmosphere here compared to the Lokhalle is hard to compare. The Lokhalle is one of a kind. The atmosphere was very good though. Our fans supported us well”, stressed ex ratiopharm Ulm guard Kyle Bailey. “I thought the atmosphere was teh same a sin Goettingen. The crowd really got on you under the basket”, added Skyliner MVP Dashaun Wood. “The atmosphere was great. The only difference was that it was the same floor and baskets, but just another arena. Our fans supported us 100%”, commented BG Goettingen American Antoine Jordan. “The atmosphere was the same as in Goettingen. It wasn´t easy to play here. We showed a lot of moral and kept our cool despite the intense conditions”, expressed Skyliner sport director Kamil Novak. Marius Nolte friend Steven Esterkamp watched the game and was impressed by the atmosphere. “It was amazing to in the arena and witness this atmosphere”, added ex Paderborn Basket Steven Esterkamp. “This was a nice arena, but the atmosphere was not the same as in the Lokhalle. The Lokhalle is unique. I thought BG Goettinegn was a bit like a stranger in this arena”, stressed Marius Nolte.
The Deutsche Bank Skyliners entered the game having the 1-0 lead, but also knew that BG Goettingen had a must win not wanting to head back to Frankfurt down 2-0. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were unable to control BG Goettingen in the first five minutes, but fought back took the lead and never looked back. Frankfurt was able to contain BG Goettingen and their comebacks not letting the loud and feisty arena to take control of their emotions or nerves. “In the playoffs, you have to win on the road to be successful. Even when BG Goettingen is up by 18 points, they find a way to come back. This team never quits. Winning on the road in the playoffs is double as good”, warned Skyliner point guard Dashaun Wood. For BG Goettingen, it was another game where they fought until the end, but the club retained no cigar. The team did improve on certain areas from the first game, but in the end The Deutsche Bank Skyliners scored nine points more. “This was a hard fought game. We did many things right like picking up our intensity on defense, but you can´t forget that Frankfurt is a well oiled machine and when they get going , its very hard to stop them. We made Wood work a bit more usual and I think we picked up our game too late”, stressed Antoine Jordan. “This was a good example of real playoff basketball. It was a very physical game where each team fought until the end. Frankfurt hit more big shots. The key for Frankfurt was controlling the game and rebounding”, added Steven Esterkamp.
BG Goettingen had only played one other time in the Rothenbach arena winning a playoff game against The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven. The arena looked like a traditional trade fair like warehouse with stands inside. The inside arena reminded me of a mid west type of indoor building that could of hosted a horse or cow show. There was wood on the ceiling and around the sides. The only thing missing was a stray horse sneaking into the Rothenbach arena through a door and giving Super tez Robertson a break from one of his flights to the rim and giving him a ride to the basket. “This arena reminds me a bit of our Lokhalle. We brought many things from the Lokhalle like the floor and baskets. We want that the players feel like they are in the Lokhalle. We were also hoping that the good memory of the Bremerhaven win last season would rub off on the players”, stressed BG Goettingen manager Marc Franz. In the first minutes, it seemed like the success of the win against Bremerhaven in the playoffs last season was rubbing off on the team as BG Goettingen jumped on Frankfurt quickly leading 9-2. BG Goettingen nailed their first three three pointers as Robert Kulawick hit twice and Dwayne Anderson once. The offense of BG Goettingen was fluid as they continued to hit from outside from Kyle Bailey, but also found daylight inside as Jason Boone scored. Frankfurt was slowly getting their offense going as Dashaun Wood dropped a three pointer and Roger Powell was set up nicely by Dominik Bahiense De Mello for a dunk as he came in from the baseline. BG Goettingen also had some lady luck as Kyle Bailey tried to draw a foul and put up a very difficult shot over De Mello and the ball sailed in for a swish as BG Goettinegn led 17-7. However Frankfurt heightened their intensity a bit on offense and kept roaring back finishing the first quarter with a 12-3 run to trail only 20-19 after one quarter. Bailey did make the fifth BG Goettingen three pointer in a row, but Frankfurt countered with a Roger Powell three pointer, Jimmy Mckinney three pointer and Wood three pointer and lay in. “We had a very good start. It was clear that we wouldn´t keep hitting so well. Frankfurt found their game and got control. Their run was big at the end”, added BG Goettingen manager Marc Franz. BG Goettingen was shooting 54% from the field and 100% from outside while The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were shooting 54% from the field and 50% from outside. Both teams had six rebounds and three turnovers a piece.
In the second quarter, BG Goettingen got on the board first as 2000 Canadian Olympian Michael Meeks scored inside as BG Goettingen led 23-19. Basketball continues to be a game of runs and The Deutsche Bank Skyliners struck back with a 7-0 run to take their first lead of the game 26-23. Chris Moss scored twice once inside getting a nice feed from Mckinney and then nailing a jumper from the free throw line and captain Pascal Roller made a three pointer from the corner. Dwayne Anderson who hit Frankfurt with 26 points in game 1 was kept in better check in game 2, but scored easily on a lay up past Roger Powell as BG Goettingen led one more time 27-26, but would never lead again. With the score tied at 28-28, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners found a spark plug in Wood and De Mello going on a 14-4 run to lead 42-32. Wood scored inside twice including his hesitation step and then fade back jumper. Then it was time for the De Mello show as he scored 8 Frankfurt unanswered points including two three pointers in a row and a lay up. “Dominik was great tonight. We need to have a second and third type player that steps up. In game one it was Mckinney”, stressed Dashaun Wood. Bailey and Powell traded three pointers in the last minute as Frankfurt led 45-37. “Frankfurt was in their comfort zone in the second quarter. We didn´t have patience in our offense and didn´t rebound well. Frankfurt had way too much room. We couldn´t close the spaces”, stressed BG Goettingen manager Marc Franz. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were shooting59% from the field and 53% from the three point line while BG Goettingen was shooting41% from the field and 67% from the three point line. The rebounding was still deadlocked at 14 a piece, but Frankfurt had nine turnovers and BG Goettingen only seven turnovers.
The third quarter resembled more of a lopsided soccer game as Frankfurt out shot BG Goettingen 10-8. BG Goettingen got on the board first coming back from the break going on a 4-0 run to cut the Frankfurt lead to 45-41. Frankfurt came out flat as BG Goettingen had two consecutive steals as Dwayne Anderson and Kyle Bailey scored on the transition. Wood then scored inside as Frankfurt led 47-41. Then came a very ugly part of the game as 10 shots were missed and BG Goettingen coach John Patrick sustained a technical foul. Wood was sent to the free throw line in between as Frankfurt led 49-41. Both teams stepped up their defense as play looked wild at times, but really just reflected the harsh aggressive defense. BG Goettingen was forced out of playing team basketball and showed more one on one play then anything else. BG Goettingen then went on a mini 4-0 run to cut the Frankfurt lead to 52-45. Michael Meeks scored with a mini baby hook shot and Jason Boone made a heads up play catching a Jordan air ball and stuffing the ball home. Frankfurt could of led by more if Nolte hadn´t missed two free throws, but Frankfurt did end the third quarter on a positive note as Powell made a free throw and Nolte made a lay in after retrieving a fierce quick pass by Wood who was in the zone and then with a quick flick of the wrist whipped a no look pass to the German. Frankfurt led 55-45 after 30 minutes. “The third quarter was very physical which turned into ugly basketball”, stated Kyle Bailey. “We stepped up our defense intensity in the third quarter”, added Marius Nolte. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were shooting44% from the field and 33% from the parking lot while BG Goettinegn was shooting 35% from the field and 43% from the parking lot. Frankfurt had the slight rebounding edge 29-27, but 13 turnovers while BG Goettingen had 10.
The Deutsche bank Skyliners had the comfortable 10 point lead and except for one last gasp from BG Goettingen were able to keep the game under their control and go home with a 2-0 lead. Frankfurt was able to extend their lead to 18 points as they started out on a 9-0 run to lead 63-45. Nolte scored inside getting an extra pass from Wood and Mckinney and De Mello hit back to back ´bombs as if they were in their own Ballsporthalle living room. However BG Goettingen might have been exhausted but nobody would have ever noticed as they sped back on a 7-0 run to cut the Frankfurt lead to 63-52. Boone scored inside and Kyle Bailey made a turn around lay in in this run. Wood gave Frankfurt some breathing room with a three pointer as Frankfurt led 66-52. What was once an 18 point lead was quickly shrunk to a 6 point lead as BG Gottingen went on a 8-0 run to trail 66-60. German forward Robert Kulawick who has been quiet in this series nailed a three pointer as well as defense specialist John Little who was testing his 18,6% three point percentage. Nolte stopped the BG Goettingen run scoring on a lay in as he was found again by the quick passing of Wood. Dwayne Anderson then had to leave the game because of cramps. Little hit another bomb from the corner as BG Goettingen trailed only 68-63 with two minutes to play. However Frankfurt clamped down on defense closing out the game with a 8-4 run to win 76-67. The last spectacular play of the game was De Mello going coast to coast and scoring on a game ending buzzer beater lay up. “We stayed cool on offense and defense. We played very disciplined at the end”, added Kamil Novak. “The key in the game was that Frankfurt got a couple of more loose balls. The physicality was a difference from being down three points or five to eight points”, stressed Kyle Bailey. “We did a better job slowing down Wood, but if we could have slowed him down even more, than I think we would of had a better chance of winning”, warned Antoine Jordan.
The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were led by Dashaun Wood with 26 points, six rebounds and eight assists. “Tonight I think my stat line was a combination of Kobe Bryant and Dwayne wade. I have been watching a lot of NBA playoffs and the commentatorss had said how Kobe and Dwayne had come to the arena 3 hours early to work on their shots. I came to the gym an hour earlier yesterday just to work on my shooting. I guess I copied them”, joked Dashaun Wood. Roger Powell chipped in with 16 points and Dominik Bahiense De Mello added 13 points. BG Goettingen was led by Kyle Bailey with 19 points. Michael Meeks added 12 points and six rebounds form the bench and Dwayne Anderson produced 10 points and nine rebounds. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners and BG Goettingen both did some good things that they want to continue to do. “Our attention to detail was great. We had to focus more on execution and defense in this loud environment. You really couldn´t hear so well, but each guy was focused form the first to the last guy on the bench”, added Dashaun Wood. “The two most important things we did was having strong moral and rebounding”, said Kamil Novak. “We rebounded better than in game one. We also made it a little harder for Wood forcing him to more turnovers”, commented Kyle Bailey. BG Goettingen has a must win in game 3, while Frankfurt has to be careful not to take the game to lightly. “It is important to keep a cool head. It would be fatal to think that this will be an easy game. We have to stay disciplined and concentrated”, warned Kamil Novak. “We have to carry our good play from the second half into game three. We have to play with high energy and intensity for 40 minutes and control Wood even better”, stressed Antoine Jordan. “We want to win game 3 at home. I know BG Goettingen will be burning to win. This will not be an easy game. It will be the most important game in the series”, warned Marius Nolte. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners host BG Goettingen in game 3 May 8th at 15:00.