TV Langen and South Carolina native Martinis Woody could call the Fraport arena his second living room as he is there almost every weekend watching the Fraport Skyliners and his buddy Quantez Robertson battle Beko BBL or Eurochallenge opponents, but even if he often visits the BCM gym with TV Lich guard Jermale Jones where the Fraport Skyliners Juniors duel against German Pro B teams, he couldn´t call this mi casa in the last two years as he has departed the floor like a beaten dog does after his master has scolded him and refused him a dinner with Kibbles N Bits. Since coming from Bernau in 2012 to TV Langen, Woody has lost twice in Frankfurt with a combined score of 188-121. In both games, TV Langen were run off the floor the way a pack of Lion´s does a herd of antelope. Woody didn´t muster much in both games averaging only nine points and six boards. Two seasons ago TV Langen and he were trampled by Frankfurt 103-53 as he got an introduction to the future of German basketball as the big three Konstantin Klein and twin towers Danilo Barthel and Johannes Voigtmann combined for 42 points. American Larry Wright added salt to the nasty wound dropping 27 points. Last season TV Langen got hammered 85-68 as Kevin the light is Bright fired home 21 points, Johannes Voigtmann got in some practice with 16 points and 11 rebounds and Johannes Richter supplied 17 points. These two games may have been a bad nightmare for Woody, but sometimes three can be a charm as he returned back to the BCM hoping to finally return home to Langen with a victory, but once again was denied as TV Langen were flattened 88-67 by the Fraport Skyliners Juniors. After three straight loses, Woody and TV Langen have been outscored 276-188, but a curse isn´t on the mind of the ex Benedict(NCAA2) player. “There is no curse for me, but moreover Frankfurt doing a great job of making adjustments and taking me out of the game. Frankfurt double teamed and just shut me down. My team has to be able to find me even if the opponent is making pressure. We had a good first half, but broke down in the second half. Frankfurt came out aggressive and we couldn´t match their intensity”, stressed TV Langen forward Martinis Woody. For Fraport Skyliners head coach Eric Detlev, there was no curse for Woody, but just a great answer from his team concerning the last bad defeat in Hanau. “Woody has no curse, but seems to have had the short end the last few years. We were always the better team. We came out twice this season against TV Langen and played well after two bad loses. We know that Woody is a very good one on one player so we play good team defense and don´t allow him to play well”, added Eric Detlev. “We played a good first quarter getting easy baskets on transition while in the second TV Langen scored more easily getting back in the game. In the third quarter we started to move the ball better and made open shots. Our good rebounding was a big part of our success”, commented Canadian Kyle Fossman.
In the first quarter TV Langen had the slight lead 6-4 getting buckets inside from Martinis Woody, Tom Alte and Anish Sharda. However the Fraport Skyliners finally found their offense and stormed out on an eye popping 11-0 run to take the 15-6 lead. In the run, Frankfurt was benefited from good defense that translated into offense with good shooting and transition baskets. 17 year old 207 cm forward Niklas Kiel scored twice inside and on the fast break finishing with a massive two handed dunk and Kyle Fossman and Armin Musovic dropped two three pointers. The Fraport Skyliners kept on the pressure and were able to keep their comfortable lead as Stefan Ilzhoefer scored on the penetration from the wing. Michigan native Nick Freer cut the Frankfurt lead to 20-12 with a pull up jumper, but Frankfurt closed out the first quarter with a timely 8-2 run to lead 28-14 after one quarter. In the run, Frankfurt had solid production from Fossman who sealed home a runner, 18 year old German Lennart Okeke connected on a three pointer and Brit Jules Akodo made a steal and was off to the races for an easy lay in. “Frankfurt came out with a lot of energy and had more intensity than TV Langen. Frankfurt made plays and hit shots and did a good job keeping Martinis Woody out of the post”, said TV Lich guard Jermale Jones. After one quarter the Fraport Skyliners Juniors were shooting 53% from the field and 50% from outside while TV Langen was shooting 40% from the field and 0% from outside. Frankfurt had the 12-7 rebound edge and two turnovers while TV Langen had four turnovers.
TV Langen made their run in the second quarter and were able to get back into the game. TV Langen did damage going on a 12-3 run to start the second quarter cutting the Frankfurt lead to 31-26. In the run, TV Langen got ample support from Nick Freer who nailed a jumper and three pointer and 17 year Jan Moritz Overdick hit a high rainbow. TV Langen also got to the free throw line four times, but connected only on five of eight shots. The run was fed by TV Langen changing to a zone which brought Frankfurt out of their rhythm. TV Langen also was more aggressive drawing fouls an d on defense got big blocks from Woody and Alte. TV Langen couldn´t do further damage in the second quarter as the Fraport Skyliners went into halftime going on a 6-3 run to lead 37-31. Niklas Kiel remained aggressive scoring inside while Jules Akodo demonstrated his defensive qualities getting one of his three steals on the night and going coast to coast for the lay in. Sharda got a pull up jumper for TV Langen. “TV Langen went to a zone and Frankfurt was forced to make shots which they didn´t. TV Langen got some transition baskets and made more of the hustle plays”, added Alabama native Jermale Jones. The Fraport Skyliners were shooting 37% from the field and 31% from the three point line while TV Langen was shooting 38% from the field and 14% from the three point line. TV Langen had the 22-18 rebound edge, but nine turnovers while Frankfurt had six turnovers.
The turning point of the game came in the third quarter as the Fraport Skyliners went on a seemingly unending run to lead by 20 plus points. TV Langen did start the third quarter with a mini 5-2 run to get as close as 39-36 with a Tom Alte lay in getting the feed from Woody and ex Fraport Skyliner Junior Kevin Luyeye who played there in the 2011-2012 season dropping a three pointer. However then a TV Langen technical foul issued to their bench fueled a furious 18-0 run which TV Langen never recovered of as Frankfurt led 57-36. It really didn´t matter what aspect of the game it was, Frankfurt did everything better. Kyle Fossman was in the zone nailing three three pointers while Johannes Richter scored inside twice including one put back on the fourth Frankfurt try as TV Langen was nonexistent on the glass while Frankfurt had that aggressiveness edge. Ilzhoefer also scored getting a perfect back door feed from Armin Musovic. Gianluca Raebel tested his 43% three point shooting percentage hitting ending the Frankfurt run. Frankfurt continued to pour on the heat at both ends of the floor and ended the third quarter with a back breaking 11-4 run to lead 68-43. Kiel had two big dunks in the run, Akodo made a pull up jumper and Musovic hit a jumper and three pointer. “We moved the ball very well, stepped up the intensity on defense which made us rebound better. We got more stops and that made us play offense better. I felt good and hit some shots off our good ball movement”, expressed Kyle Fossman. “Fossman killed us. When you play a zone you have to be aware where the shooters are, but we weren´t”, added Martinis Woody. The Fraport Skyliners were shooting 45% from the field and 38% from the parking lot while TV Langen was shooting 38% from the field and 25% from the parking lot. Frankfurt had the 28-26 rebound edge and seven turnovers while TV Langen had 14 turnovers.
In the fourth quarter, TV Langen was able to produce 24 points, but not go a big run and clamp down on defense as the Fraport Skyliners continued to stay consistent and scored 20 points in the last frame. Fossman and Sharda traded three pointers to begin the fourth quarter. TV Langen started to hit more three pointers as Sharda hit another as did GIanluca Raebel, but Frankfurt still had the more than comfortable 78-54 lead. TV Langen continued to get some big plays on defense as Luyeye blocked Kiel and were rewarded with a Nick Freer steal and coast to coast lay in and Sharda finger tip roll in as TV Langen trailed only 79-58. After a Johannes Richter three pointer TV Langen got five consecutive points from Sharda with a step back jumper and three free throws and Tom Alte registered his third block of the night this time on Musovic. With time running down Frankfurt got buckets from Ilzhoefer and Richter both getting put backs and TV Langen got a basket from Freer with a step back and a runner from 16 year old Jona Hoffman. “We did lose some intensity in the fourth quarter, but didn´t really give up any ground. Sharda got them going a bit”, commented Kyle Fossman. “We were down too much to really stage a comeback. We had too little help as a team boxing out and rebounding. Rebounding is a team effort”, stressed Martinis Woody. The Fraport Skyliners were led by Kyle Fossman with 22 points. Niklas Kiel added 15 points. Johannes Richter, Jules Akodo and Stefan Ilzhoefer added 12 points a piece. TV Langen were led by Anish Sharda with 17 points. Nick Freer added 14 points and Martinis Woody produced 10 points. The Fraport Skyliners Juniors shot 46% from the field and 42% from outside while TV Langen shot 45% from the field and 38% from outside. Frankfurt won the rebound duel 36-29 and had 11 turnovers while TV Langen registered 16 turnovers.