Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners were breezing through the NBBL season as if they were waltzing through the park on a beautiful Sunday summer day with any turbulent storm about as far away as it is for a Len Schoormann to ever be held scoreless in a NBBL game. But then suddenly that comfortable walk through the park became uncomfortable last weekend as Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners unexpectibly lost 75-68 at home. The way the club was dominating the competition one could have had the idea that a perfect season was in the works, but sometimes a loss does a team good. Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners returned home with a clash with BG Goettingen who they had easily disposed of in the first game of the season 96-44 as they showcased a ruthless defense forcing the guests to cough up the ball an amazing 33 times while keeping their opponents shooting percentages under 30% while they had an awful shooting day from the parking lot going 1/12, but hit very well from everywhere else at 59%. The club had four guys in double figures as German Leon Pullen led the charge with 19 points. BG Goettingen still had the big fat 0 in the win column and were reeling and looking for their first win on the road, but against top team Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners, the chances of accomplishing that seemed as difficult a pig mysteriously arriving in the gym from the sky wrapped around with a BG Goettingen jersey and giving them the needed luck for the win. On a rainy Saturday afternoon, BG Goettingen arrived in Frankfurt with a short rotation of eight players as eight were missing due to injuries, sicknesses and even a school ski trip something that can only happen at the youth levels as stop scorer Domenik Jaschewskiand Tobias Perkovic were missing in action as their combination of 21 points per game were dealing missed as the deep lineup of Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners breezed to an easy 110-61 victory moving to 9-1 as BG Goeetingen slipped to 0-9. After the game a relaxed Len Schoorman of Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners reflected about another day at the office for the team. “We didn´t see video of our opponent this week, but focused more on our game. We had a team meeting yesterday where coach told us that he wasn´t happy with our communication. Today we were always yelling at each other. Our communication to day was key for our win as well as our ball movement”, stressed 16 year old guard Len Schoormann. It was a tough afternoon for BG Goettingen as they were severely limited, but despite the difficult circumstances played their hearts out and that was all anybody was asking for. “I thought that we did a good job as a team despite the loss and got better. We never gave up and did the best that we could. We played well as a team and showed less one on one play”, stressed Henrik Hadenfeld.
BG Goettingen got on the board first with a trey from 18 year old small forward Robin Oron, but it didn´t take long for Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners to find their offensive groove. Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners got going quickly thrusting out on a 15-3 run to lead 15-6. The athleticism of Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners took a toil early on BG Goettingen as Maxi Begue who began his career with BC Darmstadt hit a floater and that was followed by the first massive flight to the hoop by ex BC Darmstadt guard Len Schoorman who lifted off from the wing and rammed home a hard one handed dunk. Schoormann added a left handed lay in later and also got a bucket from birthday boy Jordan Samare who turned 17 on the pick and roll from Begue. Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners also got added support from captain Alvin Oniya and a lay in from 18 year old 198cm bull Goran Lojpur. BG Goettingen wasn´t impressed by the lightening Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners start and got some own offense going with a 8-4 run to cut Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners´s lead to 19-14. In the run BG Goettingen received key baskets from 18 year old guard Ben Lemmer and a trey from 18 year old guard William Heinrich. Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners stifled BG Goettingen with their aggressive press and got some easy transition baskets from Schoormann and Oniya as well as a pretty left handed hook shot from 18 year old 198cm forward Leon Pullen. Oniya closed out the first quarter with a three pointer as Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners led 31-16. “We started well. 31 points is very good for us and the communication was there”, stressed Len Schoormann. Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners was shooting at a high clip at 79% from the field and 67% from outside and had 13 rebounds and 5 turnovers while BG Goettingen shot 40% from the field and 25% from outside and 2 rebounds and 5 turnovers.
The Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners offensive machine continued to execute very well as they began where they left off in the first quarter going on a 17-9 run to lead with plus 20 points 48-25. Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners head coach Miran Cumurija did a fine job already in the first quarter clearing the bench and letting many guys play and continued to do so in the second quarter. A lot of the attention may have been on Jordan Samare since he was the birthday boy, but in the second quarter it was 17 year old role player Risto Vasiljevic who would climb into the spotlight on this day and hit three three pointers and be on his way of having his best game in the NBBL netting 26 points. “On this team anybody can have a huge day. I felt good after the first half and kept shooting. This wouldn´t have been possible without my teammates. This game gave me a lot of self confidence. You know a team is good when there are many scoring options”, stressed Risto Vasiljevic. Jordan Samare was also key in the big Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners run scoring three buckets and being very active on the boards as he had a huge height and weight advantage over his defenders mostly having that mismatch and using it to his advantage. Oron scored five points for BG Goettingen and Heinrich hit a trey. Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners kept up the pressure and rode into halftime clutching on to a convincing 60-34 lead with the game as good as out of reach for BG Goettingen. In the last minutes the Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners press continued to give BG Goettingen large headaches as they turned over the ball, but had only 9 at the break which was a big improvement to their 33 in the first game for 40 minutes. Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners got ample offensive support from Maxi Begue who averaged 10 points and 5 assists in the NBBL last season getting two lay ups and Leon Pullen also got inside the paint and made a few easy baskets as he continues to be a vital role player on the team. BG Goettingen received some offensive support from 2018 JBBL top 4 player Andrew Elawure and baskets from Oron and Lemmer. “We all know Risto Vasiljevic can shoot. He always shows it in practice. He is a smart player and just shoots when he is open”, stressed Len Schoormann. Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners shot 66% from the field and 63% from the three point line and had 26 boards and 6 turnovers while BG Goettingen shot 43% from the field and 33% from the three point line and had 9 rebounds and 9 turnovers.
In the third quarter Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners continued to play their game pounding BG Goettingen on the offensive end while annoying them with their press defense. Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners began with a quick 12-3 run to extend their lead to 72-37. In the Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners run, they got vital aid from Leon Pullen as he scored an old school hook shot and then spun to the hoop around a man for the easy basket. 2017 JBBL finalist Clavin Schaum who was coming off an injury hit a lay in while the birthday boy Jordan Samare made an offensive rebound and put back and then made a sweet alley-op dunk with Pullen supplying the dime. “That alley-op dunk was the perfect birthday gift for him. We sang him happy birthday in the locker room after the win”, added Risto Vasiljevic. Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners continued to get support from the bench letting the starters get more breathing space as Len Schoormann spent more time on the bench, but when he was on the court supplied a smooth trey, but it was Vasiljevic who continued to perform at a high level and took some of that shooting momentum from the first half and supplied more fire power in the waning minutes of the third quarter. The 17 year old hit two three´s with one being more beautiful than the other. On the first one, he had a few hands in his face while stepping back and hitting at the shot clock buzzer. The second trey gave Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners a 44 point lead, but even with such a big lead they continued to play as a team and showed no selfishness, but real solid team ball. 16 year old 182cm Frederick Fischbach gave this example as he penetrated to the hoop in traffic, but instead of trying to be like a Derrick Rose or Russell Westbrook did like a classic guard finding the open man for the open three. Oron closed out the third quarter with three, but Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners led 85-44 after 30 minutes. “We had good consistent team play. When the communication is there, it is easier to find the open man”, stressed Len Schoormann. “Frankfurt is a top 4 candidate and just a lot more athletic than we are. It is just difficult to play against them when they play their press. We had too many turnovers”, said Hendrik Hadenfeldt. Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners shot 64% from the field and 62% from the parking lot and hauled down 38 rebounds and 11 turnovers while BG Goettingen shot 46% from the field and 28% from the parking lot and hauled down 17 rebounds and had 17 turnovers.
With the game long decided, Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners gave the bench more added minutes and closed out the game in style. BG Goettingen didn´t give up and started off the last frame well getting some three´s from 18 year old Alan Bause and Henrich and a lay in Hadenfeldt as their execution got better. Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners got started by getting another three from Vasiljevic who was 6/7 from downtown at that point and also aid from 16 year old 210 cm center Liam O´neill and 16 year old 184cm shooting guard Isaac Ibanor. Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners continued to execute on offense and get to the free throw line while their defensive press now really hurt BG Goettingen as fatigue had set in and the turnovers now really began to add up as Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners got closer and closer to the 100 point mark. With Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners up 97-61, every player had scored up to that point except 18 year old Vincent Dietrich, but he then stepped up and hit a trey marking the 100 points. Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners closed out the game in style going on a 10-0 run as Oniya scored and Len Schoormann got three more buckets including a hard two handed dunk. “My second dunk the two handed one was better. One hand dunks are easier to do”, smiled Len Schoormann. “We continued to play our game looking to get open shots and didn´t try to get away form that”, added Hendrik Hadenfeldt. “They were a little tired of our press. Our press was ok. Sometimes we tried to hard to get the job done”, added Len Schoormann. Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners was led by Risto Vasiljevic with 26 points. Len Schoormann added 20 points while Leon Pullen added 15 points and Jordan Samare supplied 14 points. BG Goettingen was led by Robon Oron and William Heinrich with 15 points a piece and Ben Lemmer added 11 points and Alan Bause 10 ponts. Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners shot 60% form the field and 59% from outside and got 47 rebounds and had 18 turnovers while BG Goettingen shot 37% from the field and 325 from outside and gotb25 rebounds and had 33 turnovers.