The unnormal warm and pleasant temperatures in the last few days gave a warm smile to most people in Germany and some may have even thought it could have been mid April or something as normally that is the stretch run of the NBBL playoffs as the usual suspects like Alba Berlin and FC Bayern Munich were making the last game arrangements for the yearly NBBL top 4 tournament in May. But actually it wasn´t mid April, but the beginning of March as the temperatures weren´t quite as warm any more, but it was still way to warm for the time of season and NBBL clubs weren´t battling in the playoffs yet, but were still battling in the last stages of the regular season. Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners came into their own living room having had a gigantic victory against the Juniors Baskets where German Calvin Schaum took over the scoring reigns exploding for 32 points and were boasting a terrific 13-1 record and already had the playoffs in their minds ready for battle. Frankfurt welcomed Team Bonn/Rhondorf who had had a disappointing season of 3-10. They began the season ok having a 2-2 record, but since then had rattled off eight loses in 9 games. In the first meeting in Bonn/Rhondorf, Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners had a uneventful 87-79 win where they didn´t give their best defensive performance, but had the needed scoring power to escape with a win. Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners were boosted by 2019 NBBL allstars Len Schoormann and Maxi Begue who combined for 45 points. Team Bonn/Rhondorf came to Frankfurt on the heels of a tough 90-68 loss against Leverkusen and wanted to get revenge for their first meeting loss in October. The guests gave it a good fight, but couldn´t find a way to really challenge the Frankfurt team as they lost 83-70. Even though Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners were without their two top guards Len Schoormann and Maxie Begue who played in the Pro B playoff game that night, they had prepared for the game knowing they wouldn´t be present. “We prepared without them playing in a tournament in Tuebingen without them. Everybody played their roles today and did a good job. We did a good job playing transition and getting them into foul problems. We overall had the better individual qualities”, stressed German forward Calvin Schaum. “I thought that we played well overall. Frankfurt was very strong and we had some injury problems. We fought hard and I felt that we made an important step growing together and believe that we will be able to get through the playdowns with our fight and hustle”, stated Team Bonn/Rhondorf German Marc Klesper.
Both teams found their offensive rhythms quickly as Frederick Fischbach and Jonas Falkenstein drilled home trey´s. Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners got to the free throw line while Team Bonn7Rhondorf got some needed buckets from 16 year old power forward Maximilian Koerner and a trey from Marc Klesper who had come from the bench dead locking the game at 10-10. Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners is one of those teams that can get going at anytime, but even without a Schoormann and Begue, they have enough weapons that can produce as 18 year old Risto Vasilijevic hit two three´s back to back and captain Alvin Onyia made a runner to up the Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners lead to 18-12. Team Bonn/Rhondorf then stepped up their defense and made a few big defensive stops as Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners had inserted some bench players and produced on offense. 200cm Mesut Can-Kara made a lay in and Aaron Isah scored as the guests took control in the zone and cut the Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners lead to 19-16. Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners got a few free throws and Marc Klesper closed out the first quarter with a trey cutting Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners lead to 22-19. Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners shot 38% from the field and 60% from outside and had 11 rebounds and one turnover while Team Bonn/Rhondorf shot 50% from the field and 50% from outside and had 9 rebounds and 4 turnovers.
In the second quarter Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners was able to slowly get away from Team Bonn/Rhondorf and keep the lead going into the break. Team Bonn/Rhondorf got on the board first as Can-Kara hit a 15 footer to cut Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners lead to 22-21 and they would never get that close again. Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners went on a 11-2 run to extend their lead to 33-23. Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners got some key baskets from 17 year old 2019 NBBL allstar Jordan Samare who hit a three and made a lay in while Fischbach used his quickness to get a lay in and 18 year old 198cm forward Leon Puellen also scored in the paint. Team Bonn/Rhondorf didn´t let this run effect them as they stormed right back going on a rapid 6-0 run to cut Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners lead to 33-29. In the run Team Bonn/Rhondorf got valuable support from 18 year old center Robin Dahl and Isah with lay in´s and 170cm guard Timo Schnieder made a submarine lay in. Basketball remains a game of runs and Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners used their strong offensive arsenal and went into the break with a 15-5 run to lead 48-34. Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners played sound inside out basketball displaying fine ball movement and getting three trey´s with two from Schaum and one from Vasiljevic and got some buckets in the paint from Puellen and Oniya. Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners shot 45% from the field and 50% from the three point line and they grabbed 18 rebounds and had 4 turnovers while Team Bonn/Rhondorf shot 30% from the field and 19% from the three point line and grabbed 19 rebounds and had 11 turnovers.
In the third quarter Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners was able to keep their double digit lead while Team Bonn/Rhondorf continued to battle, but just couldn´t get over the hump. Schaum got Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners on the board first with free throws, but then Team Bonn/Rhondorf got a burst of fire power from lefty guard Jonas Falkenstein who netted back to back trey´s cutting Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners lead to 49-40. Team Bonn/Rhondorf played a lot better aggressive defense, but couldn´t take more advantage other than the two three´s. Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners then punished the guests with a Samare 25 footer and a Vasiljevic three pointer upping their lead to 54-40. Team Bonn/Rhondorf then got some lightening production form Marc Klesper who scored twice including once with his left hand cutting Frankfurt´s lead to 54-44. Team Bonn/Rhondorf was unable to get a defensive streak going on defense as Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners just always had an answer. Vasiljevic scored twice at close range for the 59-45 advantage. Team Bonn/Rhondorf got some vital production from their long guard Nainoa Schmidt who scored twice, but Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners had that deep bench to contend with and got a huge three from little used German Vincent Dietrich. Team Bonn/Rhondorf got some momentum at the end as diminutive guard Timo Schneider connected on a buzzer beater fade away jumper to end the third quarter, but Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners led 65-54. “The lead was tight, but we were always able to keep the lead at 10 points. We rebounded better in the third quarter”, added Calvin Schaum. “We got open shots, but they didn´t fall. There isn´t more you can do”, added Marc Klesper. Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners shot 43% from the field and 45% from the parking lot and hauled down 26 rebounds and had 8 turnovers while Team Bonn/Rhondorf shot 51% from the field and 41% from the parking lot and hauled down 24 rebounds and had 15 turnovers.
In the fourth quarter Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners got off to a big start taking a 11-2 run to extend their lead to their biggest of the game at 76-56. Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners did a good job getting Team Bonn/Rhondorf into early foul trouble as they got their fifth team foul after a few minutes. Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners got free throws from Schaum and from Samare as well as two buckets from Oniya who scored in the paint using his quickness. Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners had decided the game early in the fourth quarter and let up a little at the end letting Team Bonn/Rhondorfgo on a 14-6 run. Despite having five team fouls, Team Bonn/Rhondorf didn´t allow that to affect their offense as they got to the free throw line and also got baskets from Klesper, Schneider and a game buzzer beater from Schmidt making the end result of 83-70 look a lot more tasteful. Frankfurt got some key baskets from Puellen and Schaum making the Team Bonn/Rhondorf come back not as stressful. “They had a small rotation and we did a good job taking their main guys out. We didn´t have our starting five on the court in the last quarter. We did a good job with the less inexperienced guys on the court”, added Calvin Schaum. “I was happy with our last quarter. It was our best quarter and we fought harder”, stressed Marc Klesper. Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners was led by Calvin Schaum with 18 points. Risto Vasiljevic added 16 points and Alvin Oniya added 15 points. Leon Puellen scored 13 points and Jordan Samare produced 10 points while Team Bonn/Rhondorf were led by Nainoa Schmidt with 25 points. Marc Klesper added 13 points and Timo Schneider had 12 points. Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners shot 45% from the field and 42% from outside and had 40 rebounds and 15 turnovers while Team Bonn/Rhondorf shot 44% from the field and 33% from outside and got 33 rebounds and had 16 turnovers.