Brian Harper Doesn´t Need An Extra Dose Of Kappes Reedisch Fueling TBB Trier Past The Fraport Skyliners 78-59

There are so many things to watch during a basketball game like the switching defenses, the various set plays a team possesses, how players play away from the ball, or boxing out underneath the hoop. Then again there are less important things to observe on the court like how often a player might yawn during the course of a game, how silly mascots can be on the sidelines, which cheerleader moves the best or which two players would win that smiling contest. Sometimes that smiling moment arises when two players joust and then make up flashing their whities. In the last years, the Beko BBL has been blessed with smiling basketball champions like a Michael Hakim Jordan, Titus Ivory or Immanuel Mcelroy. All three could have a career after basketball posing for Colgate tooth paste commercials. Another player that has that tender gregarious smile is Canadian Jermaine Bucknor of TBB Trier. Bucknor played his first four professional seasons in France, but in the last two years graced the basketball floors in the Beko BBL with the Deutsche Bank Skyliners and last season with the s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg. Last season, he was unable to play against Frankfurt with Wurzburg, but with Trier he got that chance to play against his former team. It is always pleasant to play their ex team and Bucknor was as focused as Peyton Manning will be when he faces against his ex team Indianapolis Colts or Tim Tebow is when he will play against his former team Denver Broncos. “I like seeing my ex players. I think its great seeing them play against and is one of the great sides of sports that binds people. You have a better understanding with some than with others. When I returned back to Ludwigsburg last season, I was happy to see that guys were happy to see me. It shows me that I did a good job there with them and they respected me”, stressed basketball expert Steven Clauss. Bucknor was all smiles after the siren sounded being the spark plug from the bench steering 13 points, but gets sad when the Fraport Skyliners lose also. “It was great playing against Frankfurt again. It was great playing against Tez and Marius Nolte again. I really enjoyed my time in Frankfurt. I always want to win, but it hurts when I see other teams beat Frankfurt. My wife and I always cheer for Frankfurt. I am a spark plug and am one of the older guys in Trier so I have to be a leader”, stressed TBB Trier forward Jermaine Bucknor. “It was nice seeing Bucknor. It was a lot different than playing against him in practice. He gave them good minutes off the bench and was aggressive on offense and defense”, added Fraport Skyliner Quantez Robertson.

One player that gave the Fraport Skyliners fits all day long and mismatch problems was 206cm forward Brian Harper who is listed at 83 kilos, but seemed more like he had roamed the desert of Sudan for some weeks without food. Harper reminded one of a slim Malick Badiane, but despite his slender stature, he played like a well nourished beast. A food speciality in Trier in Kappes Reedisch which is a type of German dish Sauerkraut with mashed potatoes and Kassler meat. Harper may have looked like his body needed energy, but it didn´t as he produced 16 points and hauled down 10 rebounds often making Danilo Barthel and Dion Dowell look in their rear view window for their jock strap as his first step was like a lightening bolt.  “I have always been thin and I can eat what I want. I use my strength to my advantage with my length and athletic ability. I played very aggressive today”, stressed Paine(NCAA2) alumnist Brian Harper.  “I kid him all the time about how skinny he is and that he should go to the weight room. He is a great player that is very effective on the court and knows how to use his body to his advantage. Those are the skinniest legs that I have ever seen”, added TBB Trier forward Nate Linhart.  “I knew that he would be aggressive. He is a stretch four player that likes to attack”, commented Fraport Skyliner guard Johnathan Jones.

The Fraport Skyliners played a solid first half battling against the constant pressure and intensity by TBB Trier being behind only 35-34, but fell completely apart in the second half like a beautiful snow sculputure when a mid February day in Chicago reaches 60 degrees. TBB Trier outscored the Fraport Skyliners in the second half  43-25 leading by as many as 23 points. The Fraport Skyliners came out sluggish in the third quarter, while TBB Trier put up the energy lever 3 gears and the Fraport Skyliners simply had no cure against their offensive fire power and defensive brutality. “We let it go in the third quarter. We simply played out of system. They hit tough shots. I don´t think it was so much them, but more us as we got out of our system. We gave up too many offensive rebounds losing many of the 50/50 balls. They showed that they are a very good defensive team. They got us out of rhythm and never let us regain it. This was the first team that I have seen double team as much in the German league”, stressed Skyliner guard Devin Gibson. It was the first home victory of the season for TBB Trier and they displayed something on offense and defense that each team is striving to have each game. “This was a great team effort. We have proven in the early going that a different guy can lead us each game. That will make us very dangerous. Our defense also did  a great job. I think that we are a better defensive team this season. We can cover more ground and be more aggressive because we are so long and quick”, warned Nate Linhart.

Before TBB Trier and the Fraport Skyliners commenced the jump ball there was so much interesting things to observe during the warmups. The Fraport Skyliner German three amigos of Danilo Barthel, Johannes Vogtmann and Konstantin Klein were seen taking in the atmosphere in the Trier arena seats, New Skyliner Ted Scott was seen doing his role as water boy carrying Skyliner supplies into the arena from the team bus. Ted Scott and Larry Wright also seemed a bit miffed at the score board seeing strange basketball names as the arena still had the New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig roster up. Basketball expert Steven Clauss had a long chat with TBB Trier head coah Henrik Rodl´s dad Helmut. Vogtmann and Barthel later had a very brief chat with TBB Trier German Mathis Monninghoff and Bucknor had a chat with his ex teammates Skyliner captain Marius Nolte and Quantez Robertson. 3,100 people wanted to see the game as the Fraport Skyliners were without American Devin Gibson and Konstantin Klein while TBB Trier had to play without DRagan Dojcin. The Fraport Skyliners got on the board first as Larry Wright hit his first shot, but that was quickly forgotten as TBB Trier raced out on a 5-0 run as Andreas Seiferth made a nice move past Zach Peacock finishing with his left hand and American Jarrett Howell nailed a three pointer. Peacock tied the scorer with a spot up jumper for the 5-5 tie, but then it was Harper who gave the Fraport Skyliners an introduction to his amazing first step as he blew into the lane making a layup. Barry Stewart then connected on a catch and pop jumper as TBB Trier led 9-6. Skyliner head coach Muli Katzurin then inserted new player Ted Scott who was tops corer in Poland in 2010-2011 avergaing 25 points per game and last season won the league title in Portugal with Benefica Lisabon and ex Skyliner Seth Doliboa. He didn´ t hesitate long nailing his first shot and showing a real shooters stroke tying the game at 9-9. “He was a tough player and talented shooter. You could tell right away that he is a scorer”, stressed Brian Harper. Scott then scored inside for Frankfurt lead 11-9. TBB Trier then went on a 5-0 run as Harper scored again using his lightning speed and Bastian Doreth hit a jumper for the 16-11 lead. Frankfurt rebounded with a Wright three pointer and dunk by Peacock at the buzzer as TBB Trier led slightly 18-16. TBB Trier could have been up by six points if Harper hadn´t missed four free throws. “TBB Trier played very dynamic and found success with the penetration while the Fraport Skyliners went inside and finished from outside”, stressed basketball expert Steven Clauss.  TBB Trier was shooting 78% from the field and 67% from outside while the Fraport Skyliners were shooting 43% from the field and 43% from outside. TBB Trier had the slight rebound edge 7-6, but five turnovers and Frankfurt three turnovers.

The  second quarter remained very tight. Mathis Monninghof started the scoring with a lay in, but Skyliner Zach Peacock went on a 4-0 run to knot the score at 20-20 with two free throws and a reverse layup where he easily went by Vitalis Chicoko and he got no help on the baseline. The Fraport Skyliners then had their shining moment going on a 9-2 run to lead 29-22 as new Skyliner Ted Scott scored eight unanswered points as he proved he can score in bunches as he hit back to back three pointers and a pull up jumper at the free throw line.  Despite this burts of Skyliner energy, it seemed like TBB Trier head coach Henrik Rodl had the right touch all day long inserting the right players at the right time to counter the Skyliner run. He brought in ex Skyliner Jermaine Bucknor that led his team on a 6-0 run as TBB Trier trailed only 29-28. Bucknor made a nifty double pump fingertip role lay in and got to the free throw line twice. Linhart also scored inside with his left hand. Jones then had the hot end in the latter half of the second quarter dropping a bomb from the corner and  scoring inside as Frankfurt led 34-31. However Frankfurt couldn´t hold TBB Trier as they closed out the quarter with a mini 4-0 run as Bucknor hit a mid distance jumper and Harper made a tip in at the buzzer as TBB Trier led 35-34 at halftime. “Both teams were shooting very well. Frankfurt did  agood job limiting TBB Trier to one offensive rebound, but at the same time had too many turnovers with 10. Frankfurt got a needed boost from Scott and were getting points from outside while Trier was inside”, added basketball expert Steven Clauss. TBB Trier was shooting 59% from the field and 33% from the three point line while the Fraport Skyliners were shooting 50% from the field and 46% from the three point line. The Fraport Skyliners had the 15-10 rebound advantage, but 10 turnovers while TBB Trier had six turnovers.

The third quarter was the turning point of the game as TBB Trier completely took apart the Fraport Skyliners as TBB Trier head coach Henrik Rodl found the right words, while the Skyliner players weren´t able to take his formula and make dividends on the court. TBB Trier quickly sped out on a 8-0 run leading 43-36. TBB Trier scored four times inside as the Fraport Skyliners were a liability down low. Stewart scored first with no help defense around and then it was Harper twice inside as Dowell couldn´t give any defensive resistance. Seiferth then scored inside. Scott then made his finest hoop of game making a spin move on the wing and finishing with a floater as Frankfurt trailed 43-36. TBB Trier continued to keep up the pressure closing out the third quarter on a 17-6 run to lead more than comfortably 60-42 after three quarters. TBB Trier continued to demonstrate that many could score in bunches. Stewart nailed a catch and pop shot that was more than contested and then scored inside with ease. Bucknor nailed a three pointer and also finished inside.  Stewart seemed to have a great touch as he nailed another contested three pointer and Chicoko scored inside on a second chance. “This was the quarter of Trier as they limited Frankfurt too only eight points. Frankfurt let up six offensive rebounds. The young guns were doing a good job off the bench for TBB Trier. Bucknor was the sparkplug for TBB Trier”, stressed Steven Clauss. “We wanted to come out with more energy and put our foot on the gas. We made the extra pass on offense and on defense had good rotations on post players and closed out their shooters”, added Brian Harper. TBB Trier was shooting 53% from the field and 42% from the parking lot while the Fraport Skyliners were shooting 40% from the field and 38% from the parking lot. TBB Trier regained the rebound battle 26-21 and had only seven turnovers while Frankfurt had only 15.

It didn´t get any better for the Fraport Skyliners in the fourth quarter as TBB Trier was able to extend their lead to 23 points. The nicest play of the game was also the first score of the fourth quarter as Bastian Doreth fed Vitalis Chicoko for a perfect ally-op dunk. Muli Katzurin then inserted Johannes Voigtmann as he made his Beko BBL debut. He made a beautiful pass form the low post finding Jones for an open three pointer, but Frankfurt still trailed 63-45. Monnighoff then nailed  a three pointer and chicoko scored inside with his left hand as TBB Trier led 69-46. The Fraport Skyliners were fighting, but everything was working for TBB Trier in the second half as all they could do was looking on helplessly. The Fraport Skyliners then made a mini comeback that seemed unnoticed as time was running out Frankfurt cut the TBB Trier lead from 69-46 to 71-56. Scott hit a three pointer, Jones a three pointer, Peacock dunked getting a no look pass from Scott and Wright scored inside. But that was all that the Fraport Skyliners had left in their gas tank as TBB Trier closed out the game with a 7-3 run. Howell who ahd been pretty quiet made a nice studder step moved to his right and made an off balance shot and Seiferth dunked as Harper gave him the perfect no look feed. Barthel closed out the game with a high rainbow shot. “We did a good job containing their three point shooters. Coach had told us that Frankfurt was one of the most dangerous three point shooting teams. We also contained Peacock making every basket difficult”, stressed Nate Linhart. “We played good defense in the first half, but in the second half we couldn´t handle their pressure. If one man got beat, we needed to rotate which we didn´t do”; stressed Johnathan Jones.

TBB Trier was led by Brian Harper with 16 points and ten rebounds. Jermaine Bucknor produced 13 points. Barry Stewart added 10 points. The Fraport Skyliners were led by Ted Scott with 20 points. Zach peacock added 14 points and five rebounds. Johnathan Jones contributed 11 points. Despite the loss, Scott had a lot of energy after the game and is ure that he will help the Fraport Skyliners. “I try to get each guy involved. I am the raw raw guy trying o keep all on the same page. I can get vocal during games. Teams can´t really get enough of it. We just have to stay together and bring more energy and bring it for a full game. We will be ready in the next game”, warned Ted Scott.  TBB Trier shot 52% from the field and 39% from outside while the Fraport Skyliners shot only 38% from the field and 36% from outside. The Fraport Skyliners did win the rebound fight 34-32, but still got hammered inside losing the points in the paint battle 42-16 and had 19 turnovers. “We didn´t crash the boards as a team. We did a good job in the first half. WE lost many 50/50 balls. It is important that we capitalize on that since we aren´t that big”, warned Johnathan Jones. The Fraport Skyliners next play the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven October 21st at 17:00.

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