Giordan Watson Gives The Beko BBL Reminder Who He Is Powering CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu Past The Fraport Skyliners 83-80 For Third Place In The Eurochallenge

The Fraport Skyliners came to Trabzonspor on Wednesday to prepare for the Eurochallenge Final 4 and had such high goals of wanting to bring the club its third title in their history and Germany its fourth international club title and were welcomed with gloomy and dank weather which could of already been a bad omen for what was to come in the semi finals as they lost to Nanterre as their come back came up short and they were unable to finish in crunch time something they had been able to do all season long especially with Beko BBL rookie from Los Angeles Justin Cobbs barking the calls. Instead of having a constructive Saturday and Sunday where the club would have been preparing diligently for their final opponent, they were stuck in a place for another 48 hours where they really didn´t want to be anymore as usually after a loss after a BBL game the team can disappear into the bus and snore away their misery until they reach home and can sleep in their own bed. Instead the Fraport Skyliners still had to stay in the resort city Trabzon on the Black Sea and prepare for a meaningless game for third place against Romanian team CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu and play for pride. With so much time to kill, the club could of visited some of the sights in Trabzon like the Hagia Sophia church, the Boztepe park which is a small park and tea garden on the hills above Trabzon that has a panoramic view of nearly the entire city or get infested with some culture and visit the the Trabzon museum which is located in the town center and offers interesting exhibits on the history of the region, including an impressive collection of Byzantine artifacts. The time until Sunday afternoon must have felt like an eternity for the Fraport Skyliners, but 16:30 finally rolled along and it was game time again for Frankfurt. They had an interesting meeting with ex Beko BBL guard Giordan Watson who played for Bremerhaven in the 2008-2009 season where he had solid stats of 10.1ppg, 2.7rpg, Assists-5(3.8apg), but never got a chance to prove himself in Germanyagain after as he played in lower leagues in Germany Pro A with Nordlingen and Iceland and Romania. However Watson got the last laugh powering his team to a third place finish over the Fraport Skyliners hitting the game winning shot with two seconds to play giving his team the 83-80 win. On the eve of the meaningless game, Watson had the BBL on his mind and had a big urge of wanting to win this game. “At this time in the season, my motivation for every game is high. Of course I want to have a great game being that I played in BBL before, but it’s not something I get emotional about. It’s in my head for sure, but again, Frankfurt is just another game that I must do my best”, warned Watson. Watson showed Europe that he could keep up with NBA talent like Justin Cobbs who finished with 16 points and four assists while Watson scored 18 points and dished out six assists. The Fraport Skyloiners had young German Stefan Ilzhoefer in the starting lineup while Justin Cobbs sat. CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu got off to the quick 6-0 lead as the two big men 33 year old Andreas Glyniadakis who played many years with top team Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus and won a bronze with Greece at the 2009 European championships and 27 year old Nemanja Milosevic who played at Western Kentucky(NCAA) as a kid scored inside. The Romanian team kept dominating inside as Israeli Tal Karpels scored inside. Frankfurt had massive problems getting a rhythm going on offense, were sloppy on offense and Porter Troupe was matching the energy of Quantez Robetrson well and taking away his penetrazion on one on one defense. After almost four minutes played ex Ludwigsburg guard Stefan Ilzhoefer got Frankfurt on the board with a big three pointer to cut the CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu lead to 6-3. CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu kept on the offensive pressure taking the 12-3 lead as Milosevic continued to show his presence inside getting free throws and a lay in. Frankfurt then found some flow on offense going on a 7-1 run to cut the CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu lead to 13-10. Frankfurt got good production inside as St Petersburg native Mike Morrison hit a fast running hook shot, ex Vanderbilt guard Kevin Bright snuck in from the base line and made a two handed dunk and Heidelberg native Danilo Barthel made free throws. Frankfurt couldn´t hold their new found momentum as CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu closed out the first quarter with a 7-4 run to lead 20-14. CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu got production from Louis Darby who played at Long Beach State(NCAA) and is in his sixth season for CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu hitting free throws, ex Bremerhaven point guard Giordan Watson nailed a big three over Johannes Voigtmann showing a 32cm difference doesn´t always have to be a disadvantage. Milosevic ended the first quarter with a tip in on his second try. Frankfurt got a lay in form German national player Voigtmann and additional free throws from Barthel. CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu was shooting 55% from the field and 50% from outside while the Fraport Skyliners were shooting 40% from the field and 33% from outside. Frankfurt had the 6-5 rebound edge, but six turnovers while CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu had four turnovers. In the second quarter CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu would extend their lead to 10 points, but the Fraport Skyliners continued to show their strength of fighting back cutting down the lead and trailing only by two points at the break. The Fraport Skyliners got on the board first as ex California(NCAA) guard Justin Cobbs showed his passing qualities going back door and connecting with Ohio native and ex Auburn(NCAA) forward Quantez Robertson. However CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu had their offensive firepower on tap as they got consecutive trey´s from ex s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg forward Lamont Mack and from ex Eastern Michigan(NCAA) point guard Giordan Watson to extend their lead to 26-16. Frankfurt always tried to use aggressive defense to get their transition going which sparked a 5-0 run as Cobbs hit a jumper, Barthel made a lay in after a feed from Robertson and he made a free throw cutting the CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu lead to 26-21. Frankfurt continued to be in come back mode as they went on a 8-3 run to cut the CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu lead to 29-27. Frankfurt got key buckets from Voigtmann who used his size and strength over and over inside for the easy bucket, Robertson showed that his athleticism is difficult to match scoring inside easily and Voigtmann made a tip in off a Cobbs miss. American Porter Troupe who played three seasons in the IBL for the Vancouver Volcanos before getting his shot in Europe hit a cool three pointer extending the CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu lead to 32-27. In the last few minutes CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu got key buckets inside from Andreas Glyniadakis and Karpels while Frankfurt continued to get easy buckets inside as Voigtman made a dunk after getting set up nicely from Cobbs and then made a tip in off an own miss as Frankfurt trailed 36-34. CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu was shooting 47% from the field and 50% from the three point line while the Fraport Skyliners were shooting 54% from the field and 25% from the three point line. Frankfurt led the rebound duel 14-13, but had 10 turnovers while CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu had eight turnovers. In the third quarter the Fraport Skyliners continued to heighten their game and took their first lead of the game and led after 30 minutes 56-55. Troupe who has found a niche with CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu the last five years started off the third quarter with a big three pointer and Karpels snuck inside for the lay in finishing off the 5-0 run extending the lead of CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu to 41-34. However as is so often the case basketball is a game of runs and the Fraport Skyliners demonstrated just how lethal their offense can be when they get hot going on a 10-0 run to get their first lead of the game 44-41. In the run, Frankfurt was bolstered by Voigtman jumper who can hit that 20 footer as easily and as often as Steph Curry can the three, Canadian national player and ex Braunschweig forward Aaron Doornekamp finished off the fast break with a lay in, Voigtmann showed off his three point shooting touch something he shares with FC Bayern Munich center John Bryant and Cobbs nailed a bomb form downtown for the lead. Frankfurt finally had a steady rhythm on offense and always pushing the ball while on defense forcing CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu to very tough shots and keeping them out of their comfort zone on offense. Frankfurt held the lead as Voigtmann used mis matches wherever he could and made like a point guard penetrating and scoring easily while Brooklyn, New York native Sean Armand dropped a nasty three pointer as Frankfurt led 50-46. The game remained tight at the end and CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu responded with a mini 4-0 run as Darby scored inside and Watson somehow finished off a floater in traffic knotting the game at 50-50. CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu then took the lead with a Glyniadakis lay in and free throw for the 53-50 lead which in turn was matched by another bomb from downtown form Armand. Barthel closed out the third quarter with a buzzer beater three pointer as Frankfurt had the 56-55 advantage. The Fraport Skyliners were shooting 58% from the field and 50% from the parking lot while CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu was shooting 45% from the field and 41% from the parking lot. Frankfurt had the 21-20 rebound edge, but 16 turnovers while CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu had 10 turnovers. In the fourth quarter the Fraport Skyliners led by five points late, but had some costly turnovers giving the game and third place away. Morrison started off the fourth quarter with a slam dunk that didn´t want to go through the hole like it should but opted to roll in instead. CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu then showed how you dunk properly executing on a perfect ally-op dunk as Watson found Darby as CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu still trailed 58-57. Armand then scored inside as Frankfurt led 61-57. Frankfurt then had some misfortune as Morrison made a big block on Glyniadakis, but the ball squirmed free and Troupe got it connecting on a three as CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu trailed 61-60. After a Cobbs jumper, it was Troupe again testing his three point shooting connecting to tie the game at 63-63. The game remained exciting as a team would take the lead only to be tied again. CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu played a zone to help protect their big men in foul trouble. Robertson then scored inside which was matched by a Darby step back shot. After Morrison free throws, it was Troupe again scoring inside and giving CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu the lead 68-67 with a free throw. Frankfurt then seemed in range to win the game as they took control of the game going into crunch time with a 8-2 run to lead 75-70. Frankfurt knew that the inside of CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu was in foul trouble and they attacked inside with a passion as Cobbs scored form the baseline and the German twin towers Voigtmann and Barthel made easy put backs. Instead of now slamming the door in the face of CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu, they allowed the 2014 Romanian cup winner to hang around and escape on a 6-2 run to cut the Frankfurt advantage to 77-76. CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu did exactly what Frankfurt did taking a page out of their game going inside as Darby and Karpels scored and Watson connected on free throws. With 43 seconds to play Watson nailed huge free throws to tie the game at 78-78. After an Armand turnover, Karpels made one free throw for the 79-78 CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu lead. Then Armand made his second consecutive turnover on a five second violation which led to a Troupe free throw and CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu 80-78 lead. Cobbs then tied the game at 8-80 with 14 seconds to play. Watson then stepped up took responsibility nailing the giant three pointer game winner over Robertson with two seconds to play. Sean Armand had one last chance to send the game into overtime, but came up short with a three. CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu was led by their American trio who scored 50 of the 83 points as Giordan Watson had 18 points and Louis Darby and Porter Troupe had 16 points a piece. The Fraport Skyliners were led by Johannes Voigtmann with 21 points and 11 rebounds. Justin Cobbs chipped in with 16 points and Danilo Barthel contributed 13 points. CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu shot 49% from the field and 47% from outside while the Fraport Skyliners shot 61% from the field and 46% from outside. Frankfurt edged out CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu under the boards 26-25, but coughed up the ball 20 times while CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu did 11 times.

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