In Oakland which is the home of the 2015 NBA champions Golden State Warriors you have the apparent heir to Lebron James as the future best player in the world with Steph Curry who looks like a little helpless fly when standing next to the bigger and stronger Lebron James who hovers like an angry spider, but the ex Davidson player has a shot that could spin its own web in the netting of a basket if it really wanted to and in Boston about 45 minutes south there is the home of the New England Patriots which has a Tom Brady who will most likely retire from the game as the greatest football player to play the game while in Frankfurt you have the Fraport Skyliners who are the little darlings of the Beko BBL and currently the hottest team in the league as they don´t have one main superstar, but many great players that just do their job, but to keep the comparison going will chose New York native Jordan Theodore who can´t compete with a Curry or Brady in greatness yet, but he does have one thing in common with all three in that he is currently unbeaten having helped win the last 11 games in a row for Frankfurt while Curry and the Golden State Warriors are an amazing 18-0 and Brady and the New England Patriots are 10-0 going into the weekend. Theodore is playing in only his fourth professional season and after three years playing for losing teams in Turkey and France finally knows what it feels like to win. At least Theodore can say his first name was chosen because of ex Chicago Bull legend Michael Jordan and his middle name of Michael for the same reason. Maybe having that famous name in his name has finally rubbed off not only on his game, but his teammates to perform at a level that no other team has been able to cope with for the last six weeks. The Fraport Skyliners had five days to prepare for their next victim with the Basketball Lowen Braunschweig who came into the game in ninth place with a record of 4-5 and hadn´t beaten any top teams and were coming across an unending bulging self-confidence of the Fraport Skyliners who were looking to defend their own living room and win their 12th game in a row and did 70-59 moving into second place of the standings even if it wasn´t pretty as it was the turnover party as both teams combined for 42 turnovers. “We couldn´t catch the ball today. We were throwing the ball all over the place and just rushing plays and looking for the home run play instead of the right play”, stressed New York native Jordan Theodore. “42 turnovers tells the story that it was ugly. A big problem was that Frankfurt always made us pay on our turnovers always capitalizing”, added ex Purdue(NCAA) guard Keaton Grant. When one erases the turnovers and analyses the game it was the same old story as Frankfurt was once again the better team down the stretch on offense and defense. “You never really know what will happen in a game and things happen. We had our rhythm on offense in the first half, but in the second half they slowed down the game and it took us some time to figure out their zone. Once we got our offense going again, we locked down on defense. Grant and Needham kept them in the game and Needham made some tough step back shots against me, but in the end it was our defense that got us the win”, added ex Seton Hall guard Jordan Theordore. Braunschweig was a pesky opponent, but it was the turnovers that did them in. “Frankfurt executed better down the stretch. We had untimely turnovers and they had some key offensive rebounds, but it was a neck for neck battle that went back and forth. It was a good test for us to see where we are, but we just need to clean up the little things at end”, warned Dalton, Illinois native and ex Fairfield(NCAA) guard Derek Needham.
4,710 excited basketball fans came on a mild, windy and rainy Sunday afternoon to witness if the Fraport Skyliners could keep their winning streak alive and saw the home team come out roaring taking the early 4-0 lead as German national player Johannes Voigtmann nailed his bread and butter the 15 footer which is as secure as Fort Knox and other German national player Danilo Barthel snuck inside getting the back door feed from ex Auburn(NCAA) player Quantez Robertson who fired him the ball out of the post for the easy bucket. However Braunschwieg didn´t waste any time getting their offense going as their two biggest weapons Keaton Grant and Derek Needham supplied the firepower with free throws and a three pointer for the 5-4 advantage. Both teams then traded buckets and leads as Heidelberg native Barthel was aggressive on the offensive glass getting the rebound and making the put back dunk for the 6-5 lead, but Braunschweig countered with a Keaton Grant trey as ex Xavier center Kenny Frease made a nice pass out of the post as Braunschweig led 8-6. Canadian national player Aaron Doornekamp then got going hitting two jumpers including a three testing his league leading 55% as Frankfurt led 11-8. Ex Alba Berlin guard Nico Simon who has rapidly improved his outside shooting in the last few years tied the game at 11-11. Mike Morrison then made free throws and Needham got ahead of the pack scoring on the fast break as the score was tied again 13-13. Morrison then found some room and marched into the lane with the “get out of my way romp” as no Braunschweig player dared to intervene finishing with a two handed slam dunk. German role player Nico Gertz then tied the score again scoring on the fast break to even game at 15-15. Frankfurt closed out the first quarter with a 7-3 run to lead 22-18 as ex Gotha guard Konstantin Klein made free throws, a steal at center court and lay in and 2010 Eurochallenge winner John Little made a three pointer. Grant slowed down the run with an annoying three pointer at the buzzer. “Braunschweig came out aggressive, but I thought as soon as they made some changes came a break in the game. Frankfurt found a good offensive rhythm quickly”, stated Fraport Skyliners U-14 coach Igor Starcevic. The Fraport Skyliners were shooting 62% from the field and 50% from outside while the Basketball Lowen Braunschweig were shooting 60% from the field and 80% from outside. Frankfurt had the 6-3 rebound edge and six turnovers while Braunschweig had eight turnovers.
In the second quarter the Fraport Skyliners had start problems not converting a field goal until the fifth opportunity, but then settled down and went into the break with the lead. Braunschweig went on a 6-0 run to start the second quarter to retrieve the lead back at 24-22 as Sid Marlon Theis scored two buckets with a lay in after getting an extra pass from ex BC Zepter Vienna forward Amin Stevens and then dropping a bomb from downtown. Ex Notre Dame forward Tyrone Nash made one of two free throws. The Fraport Skyliners finally got out of their offensive funk at 6.51 as ex Braunschweig forward Aaron Doornekamp nailed a trey and Voigtmann scored on a lay in after playing pick and roll with Robertson for the 27-24 Frankfurt advantage. However the lead was short lived as 2015 NCAA finalist with Wisconsin Josh Gasser scored from outside to tie the game at 27-27. The Fraport Skyliners then had a good phase until the break going on a 11-4 run to lead 38-31 at half time. In the run Johannes Voigtmann was on fire scoring four field goals with a lay in, a 15 footer, 20 footer and a mean one handed dunk as he left his man ex Tuebingen center Kenny Frease in the dust as before he could even hear the chewing of his gum, the big man had already electrified the crown with his dunk. “Big joe is a tough cover. He does so much well that he is very hard to cover. I don´t even understand how teams can prepare for him. Joe makes my game so much easier. I always know that when I get him the ball it will be an automatic assist. I am glad that he is on my team”, warned Jordan Theodore. “Voigtmann can do it all. He is the most versatile and best center that we have played against this season”, added Derek Needham. Theodre contributed to the run drawing big fouls and making three free throws. Grant connected on his own miss in the lane. “Both teams were defending very aggressive that led to many turnovers. Some turnovers were dumb though. Voigtmann played very well making me wonder if he would miss a next mid distance shot”, smiled Igor Starcevic. The Fraport Skyliners were shooting 54% from the field and 33% from the three point line and the Basketball Lowen Braunschweig were shooting 48% from the field and 67% from the three point line. Frankfurt had the 13-12 rebound edge and 10 turnovers while Braunschwieg had 15 turnovers.
The third quarter was a curious one as the Basketball Lowen Braunschweig got back in the game going on a massive run switching up their defense which stifled the Frankfurt offense and in the second half of the third there was a scoring drought for both teams as shots were not falling at an alarming rate while the turnover party carried on as well. Braunschweig went on an annoying 12-3 run to regain the lead 43-41 as they also stepped up their defense with a mix of zones that didn´t allow Frankfurt any easy shots or led to turnovers. It was the American duo of Grant and Needham that stepped it up as Grant had seven points consisting of two three pointers and a free throw and Needham made two step back jumpers with one reminding you of the damage that Justin Cobbs did last season with that offensive weapon. Doornekamp made a trey in the run and Little tied the score at 43-43 with a pull up jumper. Little that heated up a bit making a three pointer to give Frankfurt the lead back at 46-43. Grant then made two free throws for the 47-46 lead, but Barthel made one free throw to dead lock the game at 47-47 after three quarters. “Our zone surprised them and we did a good job getting out on their shooters at the end of the shot clock. We then got sloppy in the last minutes”, added Derek Needham. “Needham got hot hitting pull up jumpers. You got to give him credit for his play. He is a good player. We had too many unforced turnovers, but credit their zone”, added John Little. The Fraport Skyliners were shooting 45% from the field and 36% from the parking lot while the Basketball Lowen Braunschweig were shooting 46% from the field and 47% from the parking lot. Braunschweig had the 23-19 rebound edge, but an unacceptable 20 turnovers while Frankfurt had 15 turnovers.
In the fourth quarter, the Fraport Skyliner´s offense found life again and they cut down their turnovers coughing up the ball only twice and buckling down on defense in crunch time. Derek Needham started off the fourth quarter with instant offense nailing to step back jumpers, but Theoodre stayed calm as he was waiting in the corner for the ball and when he got it hammered home a trey to tie the game at 52-52. The Fraport Sklyiners then went on a 11-3 run which decided the game as they would never look back again extending their lead to 63-55. Robertson started off the run with a runner which was thrown quickly, but got a good bounce trickling in and Theodore then made two field goals as he had been pretty quiet before, but came up big now. Voigtmann also unveiled his versatile game with a timely three pointer. Braunschweig desperately tried to get closer, but couldn´t as Frankfurt got the needed stops and kept their offense ship flowing down the court. Braunschweig was over the foul limit and Frankfurt got big free throws from Klein and Theodore and Voigtmann made a tip in to seal the 12th win in a row. “Our offense got consistent again and we started to execute again. We shared the ball, made the extra pass and Tez showed his leadership qualities as well as Doornekamp and Klein giving their experience to having bene in these situations”, added ex Wurzburg guard John Little. “Frankfurt got their offense rolling again and we traded baskets with them which was good for our defensive principles and they made us pay. I had some turnovers late and we had mixed some box outs which sealed the win for Frankfurt”, added Derek Needham.
The Fraport Skyliners were led by Johannes Voigtmann with 17 points while Jordan Theodore added 12 points and Aaron Doornekmap chipped in with 11 points. The Basketball Lowen Braunschweig were led by their American duo who chipped in combined with 39 points as Keaton Grant had 22 points and Derek Needham 17 points. The Fraport Skyliners shot 47% from the field and 37% from outside while the Basketball Lowen Braunschweig shot 45% from the field and 43% from outside. Frankfurt won the rebound duel 29-26 and had 17 turnovers while Braunschweig had 25 turnovers. The Fraport Skyliners continue to win games and one of their amazing strength is their ability to move their game up a gear in the fourth quarter when other teams are starting to wilt as they have continued to show this as of recently against KrKa Novo Mesto and now Braunschweig as their fourth quarter power was too much for their opponent. “This has to do with our will to win. We have a lot of experience and like to compete. We go like this in practice also. We are always talking about having the high intensity in the game”, added John Little. “It is our will to want to win. We feel that we still have so much to prove especially me. I played my first three seasons in Europe for losing teams and now to be winning so much, this is everything for me. I am always excited to play every game as I have never had a run like this. We are always happy and it is an unbelievable feeling. We want to show people in every game that we have the best coaches, players, offense and defense. We just want to show that we are the best team”, warned Jordan Theodore.