Seeing basketball legends in the Fraport arena isn´t something too rare as every now and then one will find it´s way into the arena like in the past having a Henrik Rodl who won the 1993 NCAA title with North Carolina and is coach of the current German national team and was in the arena again, but at the moment it seems like legends and future legends are on the influx as only a few weeks ago it was ex NBA coach Larry Brown who experienced a narrow Euro Cup loss to Frankfurt and in a few weeks fans will see Telekom Baskets Bonn high flying guard Rashad James who is a good bet to winning the 2019 easyCredit BBL slam Dunk contest as his dunks could propel him to early legendary BBL status and yesterday it was Michael Stockton who played once again in the Fraport arena as he has done in the past with Ludwigsburg and BG Goettingen. He isn´t a legend yet, but his name is as his dad was one of the best NBA point guards in the 90´s and gave up sacks full of dimes to the mail man Karl Malone. “My dad was recently here and saw me play in Goettingen and saw my brother David play in Bayreuth in a BCL game. He is back in the states now”, smiled Michael Stockton. Putting legends aside there was a basketball game to be played as fans saw two hot teams with the Fraport Skyliners who entered the game with a two game winning streak having won an ugly contest in Vechta last weekend and a few days ago got by Euro Cup team Rytas Vilnius as the point guard duo of Jason Clark and Trae Bell-Haynes combined for 25 points in the win. BG Goettingen entered the game with a 2-1 record and two game winning streak having blown out MBC by 42 points and won a nail bitter over Wurzburg 91-87. After 40 minutes one came to the conclusion quickly that Frankfurt had been unable to let their big victory in Lithuania spark them in the BBL as they stunk up the house losing 72-64. Gordon Herbert wasn´t kidding after the bitter loss that this game had been one of worst he had ever been in and it was one of those games where you stop coaching. The stats said it all. The 2004 BBL champion shot 19/65 for 29%, had 14 more shot attempts than the opponent and grabbed 17 offensive rebounds which resulted in a measly 64 points only. Despite the terrible loss, the small kids will always love their basketball hero´s and after Canadian rookie Trae Bell-Haynes had writtenenough autographs and posed for photos, he tried to dissect the mess on the court especially the unbelievable misfortune of not executing on second chances. “We didn´t guard the three point line well giving up 8 in the first half which is way too much. We had a good start and played well at the end of the third and most of the fourth, but they hit three three´s at the end which deflated us. It was very demoralizing getting so many offensive rebounds and open looks and hot having any go in. We worked hard, but missed so many shots. It was just one of those days where nothing went in”, stressed Fraport Skyliner rookie Trae Bell-Haynes. After the big win, Michael Stockton was beaming all over and talked history. “This was a huge win for the team and program. I don´t think that we have won here in a long time. I won only one other time with Ludwigsburg in OT a long time ago. Frankfurt is a very tough team to play that always play hard. When their streak ended with holding us to three points in the fourth quarter, we made big three´s and they didn´t. We had more luck”, stated BG Goettingen guard Michael Stockton.
4,120 fans came on a beautiful autumn afternoon to observe good basketball and saw the Fraport Skyliners jump out all over 2010 Eurochallenge winner BG Goettingen 11-4. In the first two possessions, Frankfurt showed so problems capitalizing on offensive rebounds as they scored a three from ex Alba Berlin guard Akeem Vargas after Shawn Huff secured the rebound and Bell-Haynes scored in the paint after Skyliner lifer Quantez Robertson had grabbed the rebound. Frankfurt did a good job getting to the free throw line as ex Berlin player Jonas Wolfarth-Bottermann and Vargas hit free throws and Huff scored on transition. Frankfurt played very good defense holding BG Goettingen too to much isolation plays. BG Goettingen then went on a lightening 10-0 run as suddenly they got their three point game going as ex Oldenburg forward Dennis Kramer dropped a trey as did ex BC Partizan NiS Beograd forward Mihajlo Andric. BG Goettingen also got easy buckets inside from Stockton and ex Gonzaga(NCAA) guard Mathis Monninghof who sneaked inside back door getting the perfect pass from Kramer. Frankfurt did a good job keeping BG Goettingen top scorer Penvaris Williams under wraps, but suddenly couldn´t hit the ocean. Canadian Brady Heslip came from the bench and drilled home an open trey, but that was quickly answered by Monninghof with a trey and ex Oldenburg guard Dominic Lockhart also scored as the guests led 19-14 after 10 minutes. “Frankfurt started off very well, but then suddenly lost rhythm. As soon as Goettingen played more closer to the man they became problems. Not being able to score after the offensive rebounds hurt them mentally. They tried to regroup, but couldn´t”, stressed ex Lich guard Jermale Jones. BG Goettingen shot 53% from the field and 60% from outside and had 10 rebounds and four turnovers while the Fraport Skyliners shot 24% from the field and 20% from outside and had 10 rebounds and two turnovers.
After both teams couldn´t hit the ocean in the first four minutes, BG Goettingen then settled down and took command of the game to lead by 10 points at the break. Frankfurt had done a fine job in the first quarter getting transition buckets and continued in the second as Huff scored to cut the BG Goettingen advantage to 19-16. Then bricks started to fall left and right until Williams and ex Chicago Bull Erik Murphy hit back to back trey´s putting the fans out of their misery. BG Goettingen then started to connect on their three´s as Haukohl, Williams and Andrich connected while Heslip was left open again and penalized the guests with a trey as you really can´t leave him alone, but BG Goettingen led 31-23. In that 9-3 run of BG Goettingen, fans saw a beautiful play by 208cm big man Jonas Wolfarth-Bottermann who sprinted back on transition defense like a guard and made the spectacular steal. “These guys will do anything to win and they will go the extra mile and do the dirty work. He made a great play, ran then floor and made the nice steal”, added Jermale Jones. Williams hit another trey the third in the second quarter and he showed such calmness and such a good eye for the game. Ex Wichita State (NCAA) forward Darius Carter made a nice offensive rebound and put back and did exactly that which Frankfurt couldn´t do all day long and he made it look so easy. After a Kramer lay in, Bell Haynes made a buzzer beater lay in as BG Goettingen led comfortably 38-28. “In the first minutes both teams were giving their all and being scrappy but just couldn´t score. Goettingen made many three´s mainly because Frankfurt help so much that there was always someone open and they took advantage of it”, stressed Jermale Jones. BG Goettingen shot 54% from the field and 62% from the three point line and had 20 rebounds and 10 turnovers while the Fraport Skyliners shot 25% from the field and 24% from the three point line and had 17 rebounds and five turnovers.
BG Goettingen continued to keep the comfortable lead in the third quarter while the Fraport Skyliners continued to be inconsistent on offense and defense disallowing them to get over the hump. Frankfurt did play better offense, but their defense execution was poor. Bell Haynes remained aggressive and used his biggest strength getting to the hole and scoring which he did twice to cut the BG Goettingen lead to 40-33. The Bell-Haynes pressure didn´t faze BG Goettingen as they went on a 8-2 run to extend their lead to 48-35. In the run they got good support again from Serb Andric with a lay in and trey while Stockton used his quickness to score with ease. Frankfurt continued to have no execution luck after diving for loose balls and muscling down offensive rebounds while BG Goettingen preferred to live and die by the three. Robertson and Murphy drilled home two tough trey´s as did Haukohl, but BG Goettingen had the comfortable lead 51-41. After his solid game in Lithuania four days earlier in Eurocup action, American Jason Clark had a tough game against BG Goettingen, but at the end of the third found some daylight scoring five points on a lay up and trey heightening his self confidence, but BG Goettingen still led 57-46. “We did a better job rebounding and got a few more stops and made big three´s”, stated Michael Stockton. “Our missed shots set a toll on us and we didn´t see much light at the end of the tunnel”, stressed Trae Bell-Haynes. BG Goettingen shot 51% from the field and 59% from the parking lot and got 26 rebounds and had 13 turnovers while the Fraport Skyliners shot 28% from the field and 27% from the parking lot and got 28 rebounds and had 8 turnovers.
The Fraport Skyliners found back to their game in the first 8 minutes of the fourth quarter allowing BG Goettingen to only three points, but couldn´t get over the hump after cutting the guests lead to only two points. The Fraport Skyliners came in the fourth quarter motivated and upped their intensity and got to work quickly as Vargas went coast to coast with a tough lay in cutting the BG Goettingen lead to 57-48. Frankfurt got their offense into rhythm as Huff and Robertson blasted home two trey´s cutting the BG Goettingen lead to only to 58-54. BG Goettingen´s offense at this point wasn´t as fluid and felt Frankfurt huffing down their backs. BG Goettingen got a rare field goal as Williams scored displaying a great knack for picking his spot and dropping a pretty 15 footer to extend BG Goettingen´s lead to 60-54. Frankfurt kept scrapping away getting Huff free throw´s and then the Finish national player then executed on a thunderous two handed dunk on the break after getting dished a shovel pass from Vargas as Frankfurt suddenly trailed only 60-58. “Frankfurt defended well getting us out of rhythm and forcing us to isolation plays”, added Michael Stockton. “This was the best part of the game where we executed our game plan. We defended the three point line and forced them to isolation. We rebounded better and got big shots from Huff and Tez”, stressed Trae Bell-Haynes. Now it was only fitting for the happy end for the Fraport Skyliners, but instead BG Goettingen stepped it up big time playing the spoiler. Basketball can be so simple at times and BG Goettingen made it look easy nailing three big times trey´s from Monninghof, Stockton and Haukohl extending the BG Goettingen lead to 69-62 and they would never look back again. Bell Haynes hit a lay in late, but Andric made a free throw sealing the win. “We got good looks at the end and finally played Gottingen basketball which is moving the ball well and whoever is open shoots. We were able to play our brand of basketball finding the open man”, stressed Michael Stockton. “That is how the game goes sometimes. They hit tough shots at the end. We have to tip our hats to them”, stressed Trae Bell-Haynes. BG Goettingen was led by Mihajlo Andric with 16 points. Pendarvis Williams added 13 points and Michael Stockton had 12 points and nine assists. The Fraport Skyliners were led by Shawn Huff with 14 points. Akeem Vargas and Trae Bell-Haynes added 10 points a piece. BG Goettingen shot 47% from the field and 54% from outside and had 38 rebounds and coughed up the ball 18 times while the Fraport Skyliners shot 29% from the field and 28% from outside and got 37 rebounds and coughed up the ball 9 times.