Hearing these random numbers of 32, 28,30,24,26,24 might be an option playing the Lotto on a boring afternoon when no basketball is on TV or when you were a child hearing a combination of these numbers during a pick up kid´s football game could also happen. When I look back at my childhood when my family would travel over Christmas to Boca Raton, Florida, I can remember countless football games on the beach with my friend David from New York city where he was dreaming of being a Joe Montana getting away from a cowboy and I had Dwight Clark dancing in my head making the famous catch in the back of the end zone beating the Dallas Cowboys 27-26 reaching the 49ers first Superbowl. Before every call certain numbers would be called before David would yell hut hut and if the numbers 32,28,30,24,26,24 were ever called is unknown, but one thing is for sure, for fanatic Fraport Skyliner fans these numbers were the big scoring games of Andrew Rautins when he played for Frankfurt in the 2012-2013 season and all resulted in wins. Rautins was signed for one season, but the ex NBA player who played 5 NBA games for the New York Knicks played his last game on December 29th 2013 in a Frankfurt jersey against SC Rasta Vechta where he steered 10 points to the 70-67 victory before he was injured for the rest of the season. It would be unfair to rank a Rautins with the best that ever played for a Skyliners jersey simply because he only played 15 games, but in the short time he was there, he had some big games that reminded one of guys like Chris Williams and Dashaun Wood and what they were capable of doing. Rautins who played at Syracuse from 2005-2010 reaching the NCAA Sweet 16 and played at the 2010 World Championships also played in Spain for Lucentum Alicante, the D-league with Tulsa and last season with Openjobmetis Varese (Italy-Serie A) playing 28 games averaging 12.0ppg, 4.6rpg, 2.3apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 32.9%, 3PT: 39.5%, FT: 81.4%. This season he is playing with Royal Hali Gaziantep (Turkey-BSL) averaging 13,9ppg, 2,9rpg and 2,7apg in the Turkish league and in Europe Cup play averaging 15,5ppg, 4,2rpg and 3,0apg while shooting 46,5% from the parking lot. He may be classified mostly as a shooter, but he is an underrated passer and has a brilliant basketball IQ. It was more than two years since, the Canadian/American last tasted the rims in the Fraport arena and was back again wanting revenge for the 71-66 loss against Frankfurt in his living room, but couldn´t get it as ex teammate Quantez Robertson did a super job almost blanking him off the score board as the Fraport Skyliners defeated Royal Hali Gaziantep 91-79 extending their current winning streak to 9 games and to 11 in Europe Cup play and holding Rautins to afoot note of 3 points. If it hadn´t been for ex NBA player Jawad Williams who took the brunt of the production on his shoulder scoring 21 points, the Turkish team would have gone home losing by 30. After the loss, Rautins pulled an NBA, not talking, but his ex teammate and head coach did. “Rautins wasn´t happy that he fouled out so early. He was very motivated to play here again, but one can´t always have a great comeback. He was so hyped up and wanted to win very badly and play well, but it just wasn´t his day”, expressed ex Fraport Skyliner Anthony King who played 169 Beko BBL games. Fraport Skyliners head coach Gordon Herbert who always lauding the great player in Aaron Doornekamp would probably live in an igloo for a week if he had to just to get Rautins back in Frankfurt was pleased with how his team took the Canadian out of the game. “It was key taking him out of game. Quantez Robertson did a good job on him and we were lucky that he got in foul problems. He had been on a very hot streak as of late, but couldn´t find his rhythm against us”, stated Gordon Herbert.
2,640 fans were in the arena with many Turkish fans as 30,000 live in the Frankfurt region as the Fraport Skyliners entered the game without three key players with Germans Danilo Barthel, and Konstantin Klein out as well as Canadian national player Aaron Doornekamp out with back problems, but the club showed real moral and the mini Doornekamp was born as well as Philip Scrubb poured home a game and career high of 26 points as the rookie proved once again why one should let Gordon Herbert work his connections in Canada to find the right player. “It was a hard fought game. They are a tough team with good players. Key for us was that we played together on offense and defense. With three guys out, others stepped up. Scrubb stepped up in the first half and in the second half the whole team played together. Tez did a great job on Rautins attacking him and getting him into foul problems”, stated ex Seton Hall guard Jordan Theodore. However the whole team stuck together as they did agood job getting to the paint time in and time out as well as to the free throw line 38 times, but the story of the game was Scrubb who came up big in the second quarter having 18 points by halftime and getting Frankfurt in full rhythm. Scrubb won 8 titles at Carleton, three player of the year awards and one MVP in the CIS league and has become another steal for Herbert as like Doornekamp, he is from Canada, can shoot, has a high basketball IQ and is a team player. Scrubb looks anything like a superstar, but like the kid next door who forgot to take out the trash, because he was working on his shot and very humble in accepting praise after his exceptional game. “I felt good coming in. I had some early looks which helped and had chances to score. I don´t expect to be a main player on this team as we have many guys that can contribute. I just come on the court and be aggressive”, added ex AEK Athens guard Philip Scrubb. “Scrubb is a good player. Herbert did a good job bringing him in and he fits perfectly in our system. He is young and will get even better. I am glad he is on our team. He can take the ball at times and let me relax”, said Jordan Theodore. For Royal Hali Gaziantep, players were still baffled after the game including ex Skyliner Anthony King who took his time coming to a conclusion why the club had lost. “We missed too many free throws and some key players weren´t in rhythm. Philip Schrubb was big for Frankfurt. It just wasn´t our day”, added Durham, North Carolina native Anthony King.
The Fraport Skyliners got their motor running quickly jumping out on a 8-0 run. In the run, the club was supported by 2010 Eurochallenge winner with BG Goettingen John Little who scored seven points. Little was all over the court in that first minute sneaking inside getting a tip in, making a steal and finishing with a two handed dunk and then dropping a three pointer. Despite this rude run by Frankfurt, Royal Hali Gaziantep didn´t let it scare them as they felt that two can play at that as they erupted out on a brutal 16-0 run to take the 16-8 advantage. The Turkish side demonstrated just how potent their offense can be when its rolling as they played a fine brand of inside/out basketball that Frankfurt had no remedy for. In the run, the club was powered by their Turkish 32 year old veteran Altan Erol that showed a knack of scoring in bunches as he scored with the hard penetration, made a steal and lay in and also dropped a trey. The run was also fortified by ex NBA player Jawad Williams who played three seasons with Cleveland and one together with Lebron James and Shaq as he made a beautiful fade away jumper over Robertson using the mismatch and also hit a three pointer. American Earl Calloway who has 61 Euroleague game experience also hit from downtown. The Fraport Skyliners didn´t come to terms with the more aggressive defense coughing up the ball on a few occasions and not having good shot selection while the Turks had their ball movement rolling. Frankfurt got back a bit getting to the free throw line as Jordan Theodore made a free throw and Johannes Richter made a lay to cut the Turkish lead to 18-14. However Royal Hali Gaziantep finished off the first quarter nailing back to back three pointers from ex Syracuse guard Andrew Rautins and 2011 Eurochallenge winner with Novo Mesto Jure Balazic. “The game started with a few runs. Frankfurt wasn´t defending very well as the Turks had good ball movement and Williams used some mismatches against Robertson”, stated ex Lich head coach Igor Starkevic. Royal Hali Gaziantep was shooting 64% from the field and 63% from outside while the Fraport Skyliners were shooting40% from the field and 25% from outside. Frankfurt had the 7-5 rebound edge, but five turnovers while the Turkish team had three turnovers.
In the second quarter, the Fraport Skyliners fought back and retained the lead as fans witnessed the big gala from Philip Scrubb who knocked home 15 points to trail only 45-43 at halftime. Ex George Mason center Mike Morrison was inserted and got four points getting two free throws and a tip in dunk off a Scrubb miss as Frankfurt trailed only 24-20. Frankfurt then carved out a 11-5 run to retake the lead at 31-29. Frankfurt got massive production from Scrubb who nailed two three pointers and also from Lithuanian Tomas Dimsa who played 24 Euroleague games with BC Zalgiris as he connected on an off balance shot. 2005 NCAA champion with North Carolina Jawad Williams continued to wreck havoc on offense making another shot over Tez and then over Scrubb in the corner taking the mismatch to his advantage. Scrubb continued to show his masterful outside shooting making another trey, but also displayed an ability to go inside and finish with the underhand shovel. Royal Hali Gaziantep continued to stay with Frankfurt as they got timely buckets from Slovenian Juri Balazic who played at the 2015 European champion and Erol. Johannes Richter came from the bench and gave Frankfurt instant energy being active on the offensive glass with a dunk and reverse lay up as Frankfurt led 42-38. Ex NBA player Julyan Stone who played 47 NBA games with Denver and Toronto nailed two shots at the end giving Royal Hali Gaziantep the slim 45-44 lead. “Royal Gaiziantep weren´t doing a good job on 1-1 defense allowing Frankfurt easy points. Despite having three guys out, Frankfurt played with a lot of spirit, knew their roles and were able to compensate the losses”, expressed Igor Starcevic. Royal Hali Gaziantep were shooting 62% from the field and 62% from the three point line while the Fraport Skyliners were shooting 56% from the field and 50% from the three point line. Frankfurt had the 14-10 rebound edge and both teams had seven turnovers a piece.
In the third quarter the Fraport Skyliners took control taking the lead quickly and never looked back. Jordan Theodore started off the second half with a three pointer, but which was quickly erased by a lay in by Williams once again using the mismatch over Theodore and tying the game at 47-47. Then came the turning point of the game as the Fraport Skyliners went on a 14-3 to totally break open the game and lead 62-51. In the run, four different Frankfurt players scored. Frankfurt was continuing to take advantage of the paint area doing whatever they wanted to and getting easy baskets. Morrison scored twice as did Robertson and Little. Royal Hali Gaziantep were able to get the Frankfurt lead below 10 points at eight with two Earl Calloway baskets, but German national player Johannes Voigtmann made a tip in and Frankfurt led 66-56 after thirty minutes. “We knew that we had to come out in the first few minutes and dictate the game. We showed that we wouldn´t back down on defense and rebounded well. We got out running and moved the ball. We are a very good team when we move the ball”, stressed Jordan Theodore. The Fraport Skyliners were shooting 54% from the field and 39% from the parking lot while Royal Hali Gaziantep were shooting 54% from the field and 47% from the parking lot. Frankfurt had the 25-15 rebound edge, but had 10 turnovers while the Turks had eight turnovers.
In the fourth quarter, the Fraport Skyliners continued to keep a healthy lead as Royal Hali Gaziantep couldn´t find a way to get over the hump on the defensive end and deal a sling of stops to get closer. With Scrubb taking a back seat having done most of the damage in the first half, it now was time for Theodore to get active in the scoring department as he made a left handed lay in past King and then dropped a trey and Voigtmann made a tip in as Frankfurt led 73-58. The Turkish team got over the five team foul boarder early and Frankfurt got the free throw line until the end. Royal Hali Gaziantep now only had a one man show as Williams made four consecutive buckets, but the club never got close, because they couldn´t hinder Frankurt from getting to the free throw line as Frankfurt led 83-70. Down the stretch Ogut nailed a three and Robertson and Ruzic traded buckets, but with one minute to go Frankfurt still led 88-76. In the waning seconds it was Scrubb who hit a shot over ex NBA player Stone and he then closed out the game with a three pointer as Frankfurt won 91-79. “On that last Scrubb bucket that was good defense, but better offense”, smiled Quantez Robertson. “I never had the NBA player Stone in my mind. He played good defense and I made a tough shot. I don´t expect to make these shots each day, but it did feel good”, stated Philip Scrubb. It becomes more and more of a reality for Jordan Theodore to be shirtless in the catacombs after another victory while he is talking victory. “Getting us in the bonus early helped. Even when they scored, we got to the free throw line. Williams played a great game, but I feel that we did a good job containing him a bit”, stressed Jordan Theodore. The Fraport Skyliners were led by Philip Scrubb with 26 points. Jordan Theodore added 17 points. John Little contributed 14 points and Mike Morrison 13 points. Royal Hali Gaziantep were led by Jawad Williams with 21 points. Earl Calloway added 17 points and Altan Erol scored 15 points. The Fraport Skyliners shot 50% from the field and 38% from outside while Royal Hali Gaziantep shot 56% from the field and 54% from outside. Frankfurt won the rebound duel 32-19 and both teams had 12 turnovers a piece.