There are numerous guys that have played in the Fraport arena over the years that one could describe as athletic specimens like a Jawad Williams that had the honor to play with Lebron James and Shaq on the same team or a Brandon Bowmann that was close to reaching the NBA twice with the Nets and 76ers, but instead found himself packing his bags and returning for another Europe season adventure when Allen Iverson decided to come back to Philly. When you look at both guys, they have that certain swagger that one can only compare to the tall and athletic creatures that roam the NBA arena´s. Bowmann has had the opportunity to battle the Fraport Skyliners with three different teams and coming into the Europe cup game he has a 500 record with a record of 3-3. In just his third season as a professional after having an illustrious career at Georgetown where he had as much game as a Roy Hibbert and Jeff Green, but had to watch them live their dreams out in the NBA while he came to Europe helped the Telekom Baskets Bonn sweep Frankfurt in the 2008-2009 season and in his first ever game in Frankfurt scored 22 points and hauled down 11 rebounds while getting four steals. However his next two attempts with SC Rasta Vechta and medi Bayreuth didn´t turn out as well as he only had a 1-3 record with them. With SC Rasta Vechta he lost two nail bitters 70-67 in Frankfurt where he mustered 13 points and then a very bitter 76-75 loss in Vechta as Quantez Robertson made the steal on a William Conroy inbounds play and fed German Kevin Bright for the buzzer beater three pointer. Last season, Bowman who is known as a gym rat and might call Los Angeles his address, but the gym worldwide as his address lost a heart breaker in Frankfurt with Medi Bayreuth 90-89 as American Javon Mccrea could put home the easy bucket from close range. After a bitter cup final loss last weekend, Bowman was back in Frankfurt hoping to make some positive news with his club Petrolina AEK Larneca, but the California native fell to 3-4 against the German team in his career as the Fraport Skyliners played their typical ruthless and almost flawless defense and had their offense playing Skyliner basketball losing 83-60 as Frankfurt took the 1-0 series lead in the best of three series. After the game, ex Seton Hall guard Jordan Theodore was stretching and he had his normal another day at the office expression as telling what happened continues to be the same procedure after a big win. “We wanted to bounce back after the loss in Ludwigsburg. Being 13-0 in this competition feels good. We set the tone on defense and did a good job moving the ball. We knew that they had many older guys, so we wore them down. I just feels good to win with guys that always want to win and compete every night. This is what separates us from the other teams. I also have to give a lot of credit to coach Herbert who always has us well prepared”, stressed Fraport Skyliners guard Jordan Theodore. After the loss a dejected Brandon Bowman exited the locker room and only had one word on his lips for his summary of the game. “Their defense is my summary. They are great at scouting. They knew everything that we ran. They knew our defense and were well prepared. They played me tough. We got no steals. Doornekamp got in rhythm and Morrison also played very well. It will take all of us to beat them at home”, stressed AEK Larnaca forward Brandon Bowman. Ex Fraport Skyliner Jimmy Mckinney who plays for the Telekom Baskets Bonn was the team´s good luck charm. “Jimmy just showed up and started to laugh. He put some excitement into the atmosphere”, smiled Quantez Robertson.
In the first few minutes both teams were trying to find a rhythm, but couldn´t as shots weren´t falling at all. Ex Maryland(NCAA) guard Parrish Brown opened up the scoring with a three pointer and German national player Johannes Voigtmann got some flair into the rather quiet Fraport arena with a massive two handed dunk as ex Auburn star Quantez Robertson dished him the perfect pass. The Fraport Skyliners then finally found a rhythm on offense as Robertson nailed a three pointer. Jordan Theodore then let his defense do the talking making a rapid steal and finding Florida native Mike Morrison on the break with the lay in as Frankfurt led 8-3. After AEK Larnaca took a time out, it was ex NBA player Primoz Brezec who played 8 seasons in the NBA and tailed a total of 342 games with 6 different teams made a pretty fade away from the baseline to cut the Frankfurt lead to 8-5. However this little spark of offense didn´t faze Frankfurt as they started to play Skyliner basketball on offense going on a 9-0 run to lead 17-5. The run was sparked by Mike Morrison who got two easy buckets inside, 5 time CIS winner Philip Scrubb scored on transition and Canadian national player Aaron Doornekamp dropped a three pointer. American CJ Leslie who played at North Carolina State with Phoenix Suns American TJ Warren was inserted and instantly gave the Cypriot team energy as he used his athleticism scoring from the base line and then made a turnaround jumper. Robertson made free throws and the Fraport Skyliners led 20-10 after one quarter. “Frankfurt was better at everything and had more structure. Their defense was superb as the rotations were good and weren´t giving up the pick and pop”, stressed agent Kevin Koch. The Fraport Skyliners were shooting 54% from the field and 67% from outside while AEK Larnaca was shooting 29% from the field and 20% from outside. Frankfurt had the 12-5 rebound edge, but four turnovers while the Cypriot team had five turnovers.
In the second quarter, the Fraport Skyliners were able to ultimately pull away from AEK Larnaca having the double digit lead. Frankfurt got on the board first with a Theodore coast to coast lay in and Konstantin Klein trey while the only input the AEK Lanarca offense could get were two buckets from Slovenian Brezec as Frankfurt led 25-14. Frankfurt then got big time production from ex Braunschweig forward Aaron Doornekamp who hit for two three pointers and scored inside extending the Frankfurt lead to 33-16. Frankfurt had a very good rhythm on offense having a strong ball movement opening up easy shots. AEK Lanarca are always capable of getting some offensive power going and did surprising the Frankfurt stellar play with a 7-2 run to cut the Frankfurt lead to 35-23. In the run it was Flint, Michigan native Thaddus Mcfadden nailing a jumper and free throws while ex SC Rasta Vechta forward Bowman hit a pretty shot over Doornekamp. However a big strength of Frankfurt is too never panic and just play their brand of Skyliner basketball closing out the second quarter with a nasty 8-2 run to lead to go into the break comfortably 43-24 as Jordan Theodore tested his 40% three point shooting accuracy and hitting as did Doornekamp his third of the quarter. “The Frankfurt offense was very consistent. They were getting quality shots and hitting. Frankfurt did a good job having 4-5 guys touching the ball on every possession while AEK Larnaca had two guys at best three touching the ball. Doornekamp was hitting shots. That is just what he does”, stressed American Zeon Gray. The Fraport Skyliners were shooting 52% from the field and 58% from the three point line while AEK Larnaca were shooting 33% from the field and 17% from the three point line. Frankfurt had the 22-11 rebound edge and both teams had seven turnovers a piece.
The Fraport Skyliners continued to dominate the game in the third quarter leading as much as 20 points, but despite a small run and lack of concentration in the later part of the quarter, the team were able to go into the fourth quarter strong carrying the momentum into the fourth quarter. AEK Larnaca came out of the locker room motivated and quickly went on a 4-0 run to cut the Frankfurt lead to 43-28. Chicago native Parrish Brown opened up the second half with free throws and then made a pretty off balance jumper. Frankfurt got their offense on track again dominating in the paint as Theodore made a pretty spin move and lay in Robertson made a steal and found 2010 Eurochallenge winner John Little for the easy lay in as Frankfurt led 48-30. Frankfurt was able to extend their lead to 54-34 as Mike Morrison continued to have the hot hand scoring on transition as Scrubb made the perfect bounce pass and Robertson fed the big man for the alley-oop dunk. AEK Larnaca then had their best three minutes of the game going on a stunning 9-0 run to cut the Frankfurt lead to 54-43 and giving the 2015 Cypriot champion a glimmer of hope. In the run, the club got solid support from their Americans Bowman and Mcfadden. Bowman connected on a three pointer and lay while ex Braunschweig guard Mcfadden scored on transition and made a step back jumper. “We gave up 19 points in the third quarter. It´s not always easy when your up 20 points and keep the same intensity. We need to remember the game isn´t over then and that basketball is a game of runs and have to continue to execute until the end”, warned Jordan Theodore. Frankfurt stayed on their feet and showed moral stopping the AEK Larnaca run and going on a 6-0 run to lead 60-43 after 30 minutes. Frankfurt got production from Morrison getting an easy put back, a jumper from Scrubb who then fed Robertson for the transition lay in. On the Morrison basket, Frankfurt once again displayed why they adore giving up the good shot for the great shot which ultimate team player Doornekamp proved once again. “We lost focus on defense on their run. We had no communication on defense and weren´t boxing out. They got a few shots to fall”, stressed Ohio native Quantez Robertson. “We went small, were aggressive and hit shots. This is how we got quality wins in the last month when we went small”, added Brandon Bowman. The Fraport Skyliners were shooting 52% from the field and 50% from the parking lot while AEK Larnaca was shooting 42% from the field and 23% from the parking lot. Frankfurt had the 26-18 rebound advantage. Frankfurt had 10 turnovers while AEK Larnaca had 13 turnovers.
In the fourth quarter, the Fraport Skyliners continued to play their dominating game letting their offense flow while their defense wore down the opponent leading at one time by 26 points. Frankfurt had a lot of fortune in the game getting the majority of the loose balls on the evening. After a Morrison free throw, he was standing under the basket ready to get back on transition defense, but instead suddenly found the ball resting in his hands that he disposed in the bucket. The Fraport Skyliners then nailed two three pointers from Doornekamp and Klein extending the Frankfurt lead to 71-48 as AEK Larnaca were just going through the motions and already thinking what their post-game meal could be. After a Leslie bucket which cut the Frankfurt lead to 71-50, Frankfurt fans got another act of brilliance from Philip Scrubb who is like a green Leprechaun as the only thing missing is a slick green outfit and pot of gold as most everything he touches has turned to gold. He came into the game shooting 66,7% from down town, but before he nailed another trey, it was his hidden strength of passing that dazzled everyone. The Canadian was forced into the corner by two Cypriot players and somehow heaved up a perfect lob pass as if he knew where Voigtmann was to center court who then fed Robertson for the crushing two handed dunk as Frankfurt led 76-50. AEK Larnaca had one last ounce of energy as Bowman rode his team on a 5-0 run with a three pointer and lay in as Frankfurt led 78-55. Frankfurt then inserted their youngsters Max Merz who nailed a trey and Stefan Ilzhoefer while AEK Larnaca put in 19 year old Cypriot Christoforos Leontiou who also hit a three pointer ending the game. “We continued to make open shots, got on the fast break leading to easy lay ups and hit our free throws”, expressed Quantez Robertson. “The Frankfurt offense over rolled us. After we were down by 12 points, we went back to our game plan. That is when Frankfurt went on another run”, stated Brandon Bowman. The Fraport Skyliners were led by Aaron Doornekamp with 19 points. Mike Morrison added 17 points and Quantez Robertson had 13 points. Thaddus Mcfadden had 12 points and Parrish Brown chipped in with 11 points. AEK Larnaca was led by Brandon Bowman with 14 points. Thaddus Frankfurt shot 51% from the field and 57% from outside while AEK Larnaca shot 42% from the field and 31% from outside. Frankfurt won the rebound duel 35-25. Frankfurt had 15 turnovers while AEK Larnaca had 17 turnovers. Frankfurt won all the important other stats on the night like points in the paint 32-24, bench points 37-10, steals 11-4, and assists 26-8. Ex Fraport Skyliner Jimmy Mckinney made the trip from Bonn and had a long chat with ex teammates Quantez Roberston and John Little and is very proud how well his ex team is doing. “Frankfurt can win the Europe Cup and BBL cup. They are well coached and just stay within and play the right way. The chemistry is there as well. The team sees blood and just want to win very badly”, stressed Jimmy Mckinney.