Only two and a half months ago, Dennis Mavin showed a consistent and effective performance with the ScanPlus Baskets netting 14 points in 17 minutes in a 80-72 victory against the Fraport Skyliners Juniors and now it´s 2019 and he is with Frankfurt and dueled against his ex team trying to help his new team get revenge for the early season loss. For Florida native Dennis Mavin, he brought 2 BBL games into the game with the Giessen 46ers from last season and a 2-1 record. He has had very good performances in all games with the Fraport Skyliners Juniors netting 15 points in his debut in the 78-65 win against Orange Academy, posted 21 points in the exciting 83-81 victory against the Dragons Rhondorf and last weekend steered 23 points in the tough 86-64 loss on the road in Leverkusen. Mavin faced his old team and his predecessor American Colton Ray who had arrived and played at Coastal Carolina(NCAA) before his professional career began was averaging 11.7ppg, 4,6rpg and 3,3apg and had scored in double figures in six games with the Scanplus Baskets. He had some great games like recently scoring 20 points in the exciting win against Orange Academy and 20 points against the Bayer Giants Leverkusen. It was a duel of two guards who wanted to continue to show just how valuable they are for their teams and Mavin surely still had some memories of his time with his ex team and why it didn´t work out there. The Fraport Skyliners Juniors controlled the game and except for a late fourth quarter scare by the ScanPlus Baskets were able to get revenge for the first loss on the road winning 81-75. After the big win, Dennis Mavin was congratulated by many of his ex teammates and he reflected on the victory and how it was battling against his ex team. “This win was huge since we clinched a berth for the playoffs. It was a total team effort. We were missing a lot of guys, but all stepped up from the starting five to the last guy on the bench. We played hard and did a good job staying consistent on offense and defense for 40 minutes. It was weird at first playing against my old team, but at the end of the day it was just basketball. It wasn´t overwhelming since I had done this before in college”, stressed Fraport Skyliner Junior Dennis Mavin. After the loss, one could easily spot the disappointment on the face of Colton Ray as he tried to describe the reasons for the loss and what it was like facing Dennis Mavin. “We didn´t play as hard as we should of. The younger guys on Frankfurt wanted it more. We didn´t match their intensity and when we did it was too late. Dennis was still with us when I arrived. He is a great player and I´m happy for how well he played and making that story book ending with the shot”, stated ex Costal Carolina(NCAA) guard.
The Fraport Skyliners Juniors got off to a quick good start leading 8-2 as their guards got aggressive and scored in the paint with ease with Dennis Mavin and 16 year old German Len Schoormann displayed. They also hit a pair of free throws. The only bright spot for the ScanPlus Baskets early on was German big man Kristian Kuhn who played 24 BBL games getting two buckets and dominating the boards. The Fraport Skyliners Juniors might have been without Zeeb, Freudenberg, Trtovac and Clarance, but that didn´t necessarily take away from their team athleticism as there were enough kids around as 17 year old Maxi Begue showed getting three baskets in a row including a pretty floater for the 14-7 Frankfurt lead. The ScanPlus Baskets had no outside game and also had to rely on their athleticism as 2017 easyCredit BBL slam dunk champion Brian Butler got busy and made a few buckets cutting the Frankfurt lead to 16-13 with a few minutes remaining in the first quarter. The three pointer had been invisible for Frankfurt, but at the end the club got huge back to back three´s from ex TV Langen guard Niklas Pons and ex Kronberg guard Felix Hecker. After a tough last season where Pons battled injuries and not having accuracy on his shot has returned strong this season and has made strides with his game and took full advantage in his increase in minutes. After 10 minutes, the Fraport Skyliners Juniors had the comfortable 22-15 lead. “We hit nothing, missed easy lay ups and had bad pick and roll defense”, stated ScanPlus Baskets sport director Dario Jerkic. The Fraport Skyliners Juniors shot 50% from the field and 33% from outside and had 10 rebounds and 5 turnovers while the Scanplus Baskets shot 36% from the field and 0% from outside and had 6 rebounds and 3 turnovers.
The ScanPlus Baskets got off to a roaring start in the second quarter going on a 12-2 lightening run to take their first lead of the contest at 27-25. In the run the ScanPlus Baskets finially hit shots as they got many guys involved. Bosnian big man Edin Alispahic scored 6 points including 4 free throws while Croatian 206 cm big man Jere Vucica dropped a trey and ex BBL player Marin Petric nailed a pull up jumper. Mavin briefly slowed down their run hitting a trey to give Frankfurt the lead back at 28-27, but the guests continued to chip away and force Frankfurt turnovers with more aggressive defensive pressure and offensively got four free throws and a lay in from Kuhn and a massive dunk from Brian air Butler for the 34-28 advantage. The ScanPlus Baskets did a great job creating mismatches and executing with ease. The contest proved again in this phase that basketball is a game of runs as the Fraport Skyliners Juniors shut down the guests run and started clicking on offense again going on a 11-1 run to lead 39-35 at the break. In the run, Frankfurt got key bench points. Frankfurt practiced a sound inside out game as Felix Hecker hit a three and NBBL captain Alvin Oniya scored in bunches with two lay ups as his quickness stifled the guests. Cosmo Gruehn also continued to shine as he scored in the paint and then closed out the second quarter with a pull up jumper buzzer beater. Frankfurt´s young kids continued to take responsibility and executed and were simply effective. The ScanPlus Baskets had no fire on the defensive end and allowed the Frankfurt kids to stick it to them. “We got back into the game with offensive rebounds. We were fighting well, but not scoring”, added ScanPlus Baskets sport director Dario Jerkic. The Fraport Skyliners Juniors shot 52% from the field and 42% from the three point line and they had 21 rebounds and 11 boards while the ScanPlus Baskets shot 36% from the field and 25% form the three point line and had 15 boards and 4 turnovers.
In the third quarter the Fraport Skyliners Juniors were able to distance themselves again from the ScanPlus Baskets as they found their accuracy from outside again. The ScanPlus Baskets came out strong again like they did in the second quarter going on a 4-0 run to dead lock the game at 39-39. Brian Butler scored both baskets with a lay in and massive two handed dunk on transition after a Stefan Fekete steal. The Fraport Skyliners Juniors were able to grab another nice lead again as they let the three fly and execute as Schoormann and Mavin scored for the 45-41 Frankfurt lead. Despite a Alispahic three, the Fraport Skyliners Juniors were able to build their lead as they got to the free throw line as Mavin, Begue and Gruehn scored for the 53-45 lead. After a Fekete left handed lay in, it was Gruehn hitting a huge three to extend Frankfurt´s lead to 56-47. It was another very good game for Cosmo Gruehn who continues to develop very well for Frankfurt. In his first season he averaged 4 points and 2 rebounds and last season it was 6 points and 2 rebounds. This season he continues to take responsibility especially in those games where other guys are missing. He finished as the game´s top scorer with 18 points, top game rebounder with 9 and top assist man with 3. “I´m so proud of Cosmo. He was huge for us today. He is playing with a lot of confidence and really stepped up for us”, stressed Florida native Dennis Mavin. Hecker followed with another three and ex Ehingen big man Tobias Jahn also scored with a pretty turn around bank shot as the Fraport Skyliners Juniors led 62-51 after three quarters. “We stuck to our defensive principles and stayed consistent while matching their defensive intensity”, stated Dennis Mavin. “Simple mistakes hurt us and we had break downs on defense”, added Colton Ray. The Fraport Skyliners Juniors shot 50% from the field and 47% from the parking lot and got 28 rebounds and had 15 turnovers while the ScanPlus Baskets shot 38% from the field and 21% from the parking lot and had 23 rebounds and had 10 turnovers.
In the fourth quarter the ScanPlus Baskets were able to stage two come backs, but when it counted most were unable to stop their ex player Dennis Mavin. The ScanPlus Baskets got off to their third straight quick start in the fourth quarter going on a 9-2 run to cut the Frankfurt lead to 64-60. In the run, the ScanPlus Baskets were led by free throws and lay ins by Kuhn, two by CJ Oldham and by Petric. The ScanPlus Baskets got easy baskets inside and stepped up their defense forcing Frankfurt to uncharachteristic turnovers. But the Fraport Skyliners Juniors were able to get on track again and start their own 11-7 run and lead comfortable again 75-67. In the run the Fraport Skyliners Juniors got continued big play from Cosmo Gruehn with 5 points, a lay in by Jahn after getting the inbounds pass from Schoormann catching the guests napping and Begue also scored in the paint. With 3,21 minutes to play the ScanPlus Baskets attempted one last comeback going on a 8-2 run to cut the Frankfurt lead to 77-75. In the run they got 5 points from Croatian forward Jere Vucica who also produced a trey and got a Oldham bucket and Butler free throws. With the clock winding down Frankfurt had possession and the ScanPlus Baskets did a great job on defense getting the shot clock down on Frankfurt´s possession as Dennis Mavin had to create his own shot and did hitting a very difficult fade away jumper for the 79-75 lead with 26 seconds to go. On the next Possession the ScanPlus baskets had 4 chances in the paint, but were halted while Cosmo Gruehn closed out the game with free throws for the win. “It was a broken play and I knew that I had to make something happen. I was confident that if I got to my spot that I would make it. I take that shot all the time”, stated Dennis Mavin. “We were close at the end. We played good defense, but Mavin made a tough shot”, stressed Colton Ray. The Fraport Skyliners Juniors were led by Cosmo Gruehn with 18 points. Dennis Mavin added 15 points and Len Schoormann had 10 points while the ScanPlus Baskets were led by Jere Vucica with 13 points while Kristian Kuhn and Brian Butler added 12 points a piece. The Fraport Skyliners Juniors shot 50% from the field and 47% from outside and got 38 rebounds and had 22 turnovers while the ScanPlus Baskets shot 38% from the field and 20% from outside and got 35 rebounds and had 12 turnovers.