Another Day At The Office For Dawan Robinson As He Leads The Fraport Skyliners Past The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven 86-73

There were times this season when winning for the Fraport Skyliners was as difficult as it was for Texas native Devin Gibson to hit his free throws on a consistent level, but that has all changed for both as the 2004 German champion has slowly risen from a team in the unwanted cellar to one that is slowly seemingly getting invincible. The Fraport Skyliners won their fourth game out of their last five games and have finally moved out of the last two places moving to 16th place after a superb 86-73 win against the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven getting revenge for their loss earlier in the season in Bremerhaven. After the game, the club and fans enjoyed the win conservatively not engaging in the Humba rumble, but just enjoying the moment. For Skyliner point guard Dawan Robinson, who talks as softly as he glides into the zone with power was his usual self smiling and talking about the win, but despite being the teams top scorer, it wasn´t an ordinary day at the office out of his view. Any other player would have been thrilled with 17 points and a big win, but the Philadelphia native was as focused as always and just not content to the fullest with his performance even if it was brilliant from the view of everyone else. “It wasn´t really a good day for me, but I finished strong and most important is that we got the victory. I controlled the tempo and when we had the lead kept the team calm. I made them play 24 seconds defense something they didn´t like”, stressed Dawan Robinson. His opponent Stanley Burrell who belongs to the top point guards in the last months and might be in the Beko BBL, but already has that NBA touch with his lets talk and walk gave all he could, but just couldn´t get his team over the hump and had his hands full with Robinson. “Robinson has a lot of experience and I have much respect for him how he controlled the tempo. He led his team and created for them and his teammates helped him out by knocking down shots. The Frankfurt system is perfect for him. They have great spacing and with the high pick and roll with Peacock and Prowell fits him perfect”, stated Indianapolis native Stanley Burrell. Larry Wright who could observe the play of Robinson from the bench had another opinion about his work day at the office. “Robinson is our floor general and he did  a great job keeping a good pace. He didn´t go a million miles an hour as so many other point guards do, but just did the right things. It was a normal day at the office for him”, commented Larry Wright.

The Fraport Skyliners came into the Fraport arena having won the last four games in their own living room and after the big win at home against five time champion Brose Baskets Bamberg had a lot of confidence and just controlled the game for 40 minutes getting their offense rolling early and just defending with a passion that would have made Tom Thibodeau smile. “Our defense and Laquan Prowell were key for us getting the win tonight. Laquan played the way he did when he was with Giessen. It seems that he has been lacking confidence on the defensive side, but it was great tonight”, stated Dawan Robinson. After the game Eisbaeren Bremerhaven head coach Doug Spradley was stoic as he was staring at the stats and analyzing the game in his thoughts. He seemed helpless at times on the sidelines, but was quick to point out that he had no excuses for the loss. “Frankfurt deserved to win this game. We weren´t able to play as hard and as together as we wanted to”, commented Doug Spradley. Oklahoma native Jacob Burtschi who was battling the flu 24 hours later was happy to be back, but was disappointed with the performance of his team. “It was good to be back. Frankfurt is a great organization with great fans. I liked the cheers during the introductions. We got outplayed tonight on the individual ball. Whenever we made a run we followed with mistakes which put the lead back up for them. It was a great team win for Frankfurt”, stated Jacob Burtschi.



Often professional basketball players go where the money is happening no matter in what country it is being offered and sometimes a player just has the luck to return back to the same league time in and time out because the offers are good, or perhaps because that player just likes the style of play. Drevo  is one of those players that has had a knack of returning back to the Beko BBL  31 year old  202cm power forward Andrew Drevo from Lincoln is one of those rare players that has played in Germany  in his nine year career five times for teams like Braunschweig, Bremerhaven and the Artland Dragons. He is back in Bremerhaven for a third time and perhaps it is the allure of a massive body of water or polar bears something which is as rare in Nebraska as is being able to take a subway in the countryside.  When inspecting Andrew Drevo on the court, he looks like a sophisticated country boy with the military buzz cut in one and the cunning expression of a secret agent that is as dangerous as a basketball James Bond sneaking around the three point line ready to fire away at any split second and always ready to flee from any annoying opponents.  The American has good size and can run the floor while adding a solid presence in the paint. He is an all-around player that  can pass well inside and has the ability to step outside the arc, which will create matchup problems for opposing defenses. Drevo was a valuable pick up from head coach Doug Spradley in the stretch run and with Jacob Burtschi two very solid position four players that will drive the opponent crazy. Drevo who has had some big games against Frankfurt in the last years in the playoffs with Bremerhaven in 2010 and some games with Braunschweig where he nailed big threes, returned back to the Fraport arena and hit some big shots in the second half and finished with nine points and six rebounds. Drevo will be an important piece for the stretch run. “He knows what I expect form him and what he is getting into with him coming back to a familiar place. I like his smartness and that he is willing to take the big shots. Not all players are willing to do this. There are so many guys that are athletic and can jump out of the gym, but he is just smart and does the things that he knows he can do”, stressed Eisbaeren Bremerhaven head coach Doug Spradley. Basketball expert Steven Clauss also sees the same in Drevo that Spradley does. “He knows the German league. He isn´t athletic, but he is so dangerous, because he may not always be present, but then he makes the good decisions. He is a superb player coming from bench. He won´t come in and do the wild things, but contribute to the game”, added Steven Clauss.

4,320 fans wanted to witness a rare Friday night joust in the Fraport arena and one of the positives that the Fraport Skyliners have been able to do in the last games have been to start off quickly and get into a rhythm. Ryan Brooks and Zach Peacock hit shots, but were met by Stefan Jackson and Scott Morrison free throws to knot the score at 4-4. Laquan Prowell who is slowly finding his form from his Giessen days tested his 50% three point shooting % nailing a shot. Bremerhaven then caught Frankfurt sleeping as American Stefan Jackson scored on the fast break cutting the Frankfurt lead to 7-6. Frankfurt kept their offense threat alive as Robinson drowned a three pointer and then the two ex Giessen 46ers two P´s Prowell set up Peacock for a dunk and 12-6 lead as Doug Spradley had to call a time out. Frankfurt did a super job hitting four of their first five shots and getting an offensive rhythm fast, keeping Stanley Burrell in check and doing a good job on penetration defense. However the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven came out of the time out refreshed as Canadian Scott Morrison led the team on a 4-0 mini run with a put back after getting an offensive rebound and then making a thunderous left handed dunk cutting the Frankfurt lead to 12-10. Prowell and Jackson then traded baskets as Frankfurt led 14-13. However Frankfurt then put up their intensity a notch closing out the first quarter with a 13-4 run to lead 27-17. Frankfurt just was at a different level then Bremerhaven in the last two minutes scoring from all over and getting production from many players. Brooks scored inside, Quantez Robertson nailed a three pointer, Marius Nolte snuck inside for a layup and German Danilo Barthel put a stamp on the first quarter with a buzzer beater three pointer. “Frankfurt played very good defense limiting Bremerhaven too one shot. On offense they had good ball movement, were creating  good shots and nothing as being forced. Prowell also was playing well. It was no surprise how he played. I see him do it each day in practice”, stressed Fraport Skyliner junior Taylor Brown. The Fraport Skyliners were shooting 67% from the two point range and 67% from outside while Bremerhaven was shooting 55% from the tow point range and 0% from outside. Bremerhaven had the 8-5 rebound edge, but six turnovers while Frankfurt only had two turnovers.

Despite coughing up the ball three times in the first two minutes, the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven were unable to make up ground against the Fraport Skyliners on offense, but had to witness Laquan Prowell finish with a mega dunk and Devin Gibson score inside as Bremerhaven trailed 31-19. The Fraport Skyliners continued to have the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven for dinner as they were able to extend their lead to 40-23. Robinson dropped a three pointer, Prowell scored inside again as Peacock once again displayed his fine passing touch and Ryan Brooks dunked hard over German national player Philipp Zwiener. The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven quickly rebounded as slasher Terrell Everett scored with his left hand and Zwiener connected from downtown as Frankfurt led 40-28. Bremerhaven point guard Stanley Burrell who had been kept quiet in the first quarter exploded in the latter half of the second quarter hitting two in your face jumpers over Danilo Barthel showing that he wasn´t scared form the 208cm hitting as if it was the easiest thing as Frankfurt only led 44-35. Robertson then hit a jumper and Burrell made one of two free throw as Frankfurt went into halftime with the 46-36 advantage. “Frankfurt let up a bit not rotating as well leading to more open shots. But they were still moving the ball well and hitting shots. Robinson continued to control the tempo and they did a good job getting easy points inside against their zone finding guys”, stressed Taylor Brown. The Fraport Skyliners were shooting 63% from the field and 45% from the three point line while the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven was shooting 52% from the field and 33% from the three point line. Bremerhaven led the rebound duel 12-10, but had 11 turnovers while Frankfurt had seven turnovers.

Basketball is a game of runs and the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven started their run off the bat in the third quarter jumping on the Fraport Skyliners on a 9-3 run to cut the lead to 49-45. After Jackosn and Robinson traded jumpers, it was Bremerhaven that put pressure on offense and defense as Burrell was the main factor in the run getting to the free throw line and then buried a three pointer as Robinson was too slow to get to the American and could only watch the rainbow as if he was in Philadelphia on a rainy muggy summer afternoon. Morrison then scored inside getting a pretty pass from Burrell as Bremerhaven trailed only by four points. Fraport Skyliner head coach Muli Katzurin called a timeout and when his team came back on the court, an unbelievable wave of vicious energy was thrust upon Bremerhaven from athletic guru´s Ryan Brooks and Quantez Robertson who led their team on a nasty 6-0 run to make a four point lead back toa more comfortable 10 point lead. Brooks started the run with a swift sprint past Morrison, then made a steal and went coast to coast and then Super Tez made a dunk to get the Fraport arena electrified. Burrell and Robertson then traded shots as Frankfurt led 57-47. Gibson then came from the bench hitting a clutch three pointer. After  Jackson scored inside, it was Gibson that had the clock in his view and finished the third quarter with a second to play with a left handed lay in as the Fraport Skyliners led 62-51. “Brooks can always score the ball and showed it in the third quarter. He was aggressive the whole game and passed up shots in the first half, but in the second half when he got the shots, he made them”, stressed Larry Wright. The Fraport Skyliners were shooting 65% from the field and 42% from the parking lot while the Eisaberen Bremerhaven were shooting 51% from the field and 22% from the parking lot. Bremerhaven had the 18-13 rebound edge and 18 turnovers while Frankfurt had 14 turnovers.

In the first minutes of the fourth quarter, the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven were threatening and chipping at the Frankfurt lead, but just couldn´t withstand the consistent offense of their opponent. After Ryan Brooks started the fourth quarter with a free throw and reverse layup, it was Bremerhaven that scored inside twice with Zwiener and Burrell to cut the Frankfurt lead to 64-55. After Gibson and Jackson got to the free throw line, it was Drevo again making that big shot which he had did with Braunschweig and Bremerhaven in the last years against Frankfurt got Breemrhaven back to 66-59, but that was as close as they would get in the game. Bremerhaven was getting tired and just had less and less energy to fight combat the Frankfurt offense machine as they gave up a 12-0 run as they trailed 78-59. Super Tez Robertson started the run with a flight to the hoop with so much air time that the only thing missing was his tongue to help make the dunk Jordanesque. Robertson then hit a three pointer, Prowell  and Robinson then drove to the hoop hard getting layins. “Tez has really improved his shot. We stuck around  a lot last season after practice working on our shots. He obviously has continued to practice his shot this season”, expressed Jacob Burtschi.  Stanley Burrell kept getting into the paint and cut the Frankfurt lead to 80-67 with an off balance runner. However time was running out and the Fraport Skyliners were able to close out the game with successful free throws from Robinson and Robertson. “We made too many simple mistakes like the technical foul and the Tez dunk got the crowd going. We shot ourselves in the foot and there was no chance of coming back”, expressed Jacob Burtschi. “Frankfurt kept their momentum on defense. They were able to contain Burrell and keep the ball out of the middle”, added Larry Wright.

The Fraport Skyliners were led by Dawan Robinson with 17 points. Ryan Brooks added 16 points. Quantez Robertson contributed 15 points and Laquan Prowell contributed 14 points. The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven were led by Stanley Burrell with 19 points and five assists.  Scott Morrison added 13 points and six rebounds and Philipp Zwiener produced 13 points, nine rebounds and three assists. Stefan Jackson scored 12 points. The Fraport Skyliners had a strong shooting day hitting 61% from the field and 35% from outside while Bremerhaven shot 50% from the field and 25% from outside. Bremerhaven won the rebound duel 27-20 and had 20 turnovers while Frankfurt had 18 turnovers. Frankfurt did a superb job scoring 38 points in the paint. The Fraport Skyliners continue to overwhelm their opponents with their aggressive defense which kept Bremerhaven at bay all night long. “We did what we needed to do to be successful. We made it tough on Burrell and closed out their shooters. We did good team rebounding our denying in the post was strong. Our help defense was key in getting this win”, added Dawan Robinson. The Fraport Skyliners now have a free weekend while the Beko BBL Top 4 takes place in Berlin. The Fraport Skyliners get back to work next weekend in Wurzburg.

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