PS Karlsruhe forward Jordan Talbert has had some huge games in Germany in the Pro B last season as well as this season, but so far in three tries against the Fraport Skyliners Juniors has come away on the short end of the stick in two different uniforms. Last season Talbert was wearing the Giants Nordlingen jersey well as he averaged 17.5ppg, Reb-1(11.0rpg), 2.4apg, 1.7spg, Blocks-5(1.5bpg), FGP: 48.5%, 3PT: 27.5%, FT: 73.4%. and he scored in double figures 28 times and registerd 19 double doubles. However he lost a bitter 73-71 contest in Frankfurt steering 14 points and then got smacked around at home 78-56 as he produced 26 points and nine rebounds. This season in a new jersey, he was unable to take the season opener at home with PS Karlsruhe as they lost a nail bitter 61-56 as he was controlled well scoring only seven points on eight shots. He was looking to break his 0-3 negative streak as PS Karlsruhe entered the contest having lost a nasty 76-63 game to the Bayer Giants Leverkusen while the Fraport Skyliners Juniors rode into the game with enormous self-confidence having continued their masterful winning streak to two games having won a tough road game in Rhondorf 74-69 as the savior BBL license player Mahir Agva had been on board for a second consecutive game and was a big factor in the Frankfurt squad winning again. The game pitted two of the leagues best defensive teams as PS Karlsruhe came into the battle leading the league in points given up with 69, while the Fraport Skyliners Juniors were the third best defensive team giving up only 73 points. Despite losing the first game at home, PS Karlsruhe did manage to keep Frankfurt at 61 points and wanted to supply another superb defensive performance and did stopping the Fraport Skyliners Juniors 77-72. After the victory, a pooped Jordan Talbert was just happy to finally get that Skyliner monkey off his back.
“It´s always good to win on the road and I am happy I finally was able to beat Frankfurt after three loses. But I must be honest I would rather have beaten the guys that had beat me before as some didn´t play, It was an ugly basketball game, but we struck together at the end. We defended well throughout the game and made up on the boards in the second half after they killed us on the boards in the first half”, stressed ex Giant Nordlingen forward Jordan Talbert. His teammate Orlando Parker was also thrilled for his teammate Talbert that he won his first game against Frankfurt. “It was redemption time for Talbert. I am happy he won. It was a big accomplishment for him”, added ex Wagner(NCAA) forward Orlando Parker. After the loss Fraport Skyliner Junior teammates Garai Zeeb and Stefan Ilzhoefer had much to discuss following the game and it was apparent they were very displeased about the close loss. “We had a good first half where we played with a lot of intensity and did a good job keeping their forwards in check and had good ball movement. In the second half they did a good job switching more on the ball screens and we didn´t do a good job on the mismatches and couldn´t find our offensive rhythm”, added ex Ludwigsburg guard Stefan Ilzhoefer.
The first quarter showed the abilities of both team´s defense as they punished each other with aggressive defense which turned to countless turnovers. PS Karlsruhe were blanked on their first five possessions as they coughed up four turnovers in a row and German point guard Dimitrij Kreis who played 132 games with Gotha and runs the offense must have had a frenzy going on in his mind, but the Fraport Skyliners couldn´t really take much advantage as they only got a trey from ex Bremerhaven guard Garai Zeeb. PS Karlsruhe finally scored their first field goal in their sixth possession as Orlando, Florida native Orlando Parker snuck inside as Kreis found him back door for the easy bucket. PS Karlsruhe was doing a superb job limiting the touches and looks of Alaska native Travis Thompson, so the club needed another player to step up and did with Zeeb who drilled home his second three upping the Frankfurt lead to 6-2. Both teams continued to defend well and put up bricks every so often and Frankfurt was unable to get away as PS Karlsruhe stayed on the heels of Frankfurt and found some daylight going on a mini run and taking advantage of their athleticism inside as ex Cuxhaven forward Bill Borekambi made an offensive rebound and put back while Talbert scored inside for the PS Karlsruhe 7-6 advantage. Zeeb continued to be on fire making his third three, but the new Frankfurt lead was short lived as Kreis used his quickness scoring inside to deadlock the game at 9-9. Parker then connected on a 20 footer from the wing closing out the first quarter as PS Karlsruhe led 11-9. “We came into the game not concentrated. I don´t really know why. Perhaps it had to do with that that guys like Agva and Bonga weren´t playing two guys we were prepared for. We need to be ready to play anyone be it a 16 year old or a BBL player. We started with many mistakes and the nervousness came as well and our self-confidence went away”, stressed Dimitrij Kreis. “We knew what they liked to do and had scouted them well. Zeeb kept us in the game, but we did miss too many open shots”, stressed Fraport Skyliner Junior Tim Oldenburg. PS Karlsruhe was shooting 45% from the field and 0% from outside and the Fraport Skyliners were shooting 17% from the field and 27% from outside. PS Karlsruhe had the 11-9 advantage on the boards, but seven turnovers while Frankfurt had five turnovers.
The game remained tight in the second quarter until PS Karlsruhe broke away somewhat, but that didn´t hinder the Fraport Skyliners Juniors from battling back and rallying back into the game. Tim Oldenburg got Frankfurt on the board first in the second quarter with a pretty spin move as he showed how lethal he is without the ball as he got free from his defender and got the perfect feed from Zeeb to tie the game at 11-11. However PS Karlsruhe didn´t let that burst of energy from Oldenburg get them away from their offense as they strolled out on a 6-2 run to lead 17-13. The club got valuable buckets from Croatian Dino Jakolis, Jordan Talbert and Bill Borekambi as they got active in the paint to give PS Karlsruhe the 17-13 lead. Frankfurt got a bucket from Stefan Illzhoefer to cut the PS Karlsruhe lead to 17-16, but Frankfurt had difficulty containing Parker and Kreis who scored in bunches surging the guests on a 9-2 run to extend their lead to 26-18. Parker scored five unanswered points as he scored on a runner and then dropped a three pointer while Kreis stepped up and continued to create havoc inside as he scored twice in the paint as his quickness continued to stifle Frankfurt. Frankfurt was napping on transition defense one of the things that head coach Eric Detlev had stressed as one of the keys to stop in the game. Frankfurt battled back as Illzhoefer scored inside again and Travis Thompson finally nailed his first trey cutting the PS Karlsruhe lead to 29-27. Frankfurt got two key buckets from 17 year old NBBL player Niklas Pons, but PS Karlsruhe kept their nose ahead as Talbert scored and Kreis hit a step back jumper to lead 33-29 at the break. “In the second quarter, we started to read the mismatches better, attack the rim better and find the open shooters. Parker gave us a push, but Frankfurt came back”, added Dimitrij Kreis. “We got beat too much on 1-1 defense something we practice a lot and it shouldn´t happen. We continued to do a good job against their athletic forwards”, stressed Tim Oldenburg. PS Karlsruhe was shooting 52% from the field and 20% from the three point line while the Fraport Skyliners Juniors were shooting31% from the field and 29% from the three point line. PS Karlsruhe had the 20-17 rebound edge, but 11 turnovers while Frankfurt had eight turnovers.
In the third quarter, it was the Jordan Talbert and Eric Curth show as the American scored 10 unanswered points in a row and ex Lich guard Curth connected on three three pointers. Ilzhoefer got Frankfurt on the board first with a basket to cut the PS Karlsruhe advantage to 33-31, but PS Karlsruhe then served the Fraport Skyliners Juniors part one of the Talbert and Curth show going on a 8-2 run to extend their lead to 41-33 as Curth hit two trey´s and Talbert scored inside. However Frankfurt showed why basketball is always a game of runs as they stormed back on a furious 8-2 run to cut the PS Karlsruhe lead to 43-41. In the Frankfurt comeback, they got solid production from Thompson who nailed a trey and Ilzhoefer and 18 year old Konstantin Schubert scored inside. However PS Karlsruhe then closed out the third quarter with a devastating 15-3 run to lead 58-44. In the run, it was Jordan Talbert who rattled off 10 straight points as he hit five three throws, a lay in and tested his 33,3% three point percentage finding nothing but net. After a Ilzhoefer bucket, it was Jakolis and Curth who rounded out the third quarter scoring. “I run the offense and try to get the player the ball who is hot. We never have a guy who will score 30, but all can score. It doesn´t matter if it is a Talbert or Curth”, added Dimitrij Kreis. “We got into a hole and played with less intensity which gave them more motivation which led to their run”, added Tim Oldenburg. PS Karlsruhe was shooting 53% from the field and 36% from the parking lot while the Fraport Skyliners Juniors were shooting 33% from the field and 30% from the parking lot. PS Karlsruhe had the 3ß-23 rebound lead, but 16 turnovers while Frankfurt had 13 turnovers.
In the fourth quarter, PS Karlsruhe did a good job keeping a double digit lead and weren´t overly in danger in the last minutes despite Travis Thompson getting hot and pulled out the win. Zeeb and Borekambi traded buckets to begin the fourth quarter, but PS Karlsruhe broke away going on a 7-2 run to get their biggest lead of the game at 67-48. In the run, PS Karlsruhe got support from Jakolis and Parker who scored twice. Frankfurt understood that time was running out and it was now or never and they found some burst of energy somewhere still hanging around in their tank smacking PS Karlsruhe with a 10-0 run to cut the guests lead 67-58. In the run, Frankfurt displayed solid inside out basketball as Thompson nailed two try´s and young German Armin Trtovac scored twice inside including a pretty baby hook shot. PS Karlsruhe had too many weapons as it was back to Curth who scored five points extending their lead to 72-60. PS Karlsruhe simply had to big a lead with too little time remaining for any of Thompson´s three trey´s in the last two minutes to do any real damage as they survived a late Frankfurt scare in their comeback winning their 10th game of the season. “I was a bit annoyed at the end that we weren´t as concentrated in the last three minutes. We played with six and a half players while Frankfurt has a deep roster where every guy wants to play BBL. We were tired at the end. Thompson made some three´s at the end, but we won and that is what counts. We will learn from our turnovers”, warned Dimitrij Kreis. “We had a little too little at the end. Thompson hit some three´s, but it wasn´t enough. It was a hard fought game and we had some misfortune in our game”, added Tim Oldenburg.PS Karlsruhe was led by Jordan Talbert with 21 points and eight rebounds. Eric Curth added 15 points and Orlando Parker and Dimitrij Kreis produced 13 points apiece. The Fraport Skyliners Juniors were led by Travis Thompson with 22 points. Stefam Ilzhoefer added 13 points and Garai Zeen supplied 12 points. PS Karlsruhe shot 51% from the field and 33% from outside while the Fraport Skyliners Juniors were shooting 40% from the field and 38% from outside. PS Karlsruhe won the rebounding duel 38-32, but had 22 turnovers while Frankfurt coughed up the ball 18 times.