With the summer slowly winding down and it is still warm and comfortable to wear shorts and a tee-shirt, the vicinity around the Dragon Dome in Rhondorf is bustling with more people and cars than in the dog days of summer and you see some team buses in the parking lot then you know it´s basketball time again. The 2019-2020 season hasn´t begun quite yet, but like every year at the end of August, it is time for the annual Gezeiten cup. The Gezeiten Cup is hosted by the Dragons Rhondorf and usually showcases two easyCredit BBL teams as this year it was the Telekom Baskets Bonn and s.Oliver Wurzburg and Pro A club Romerstrom Gladiators. In the two semi-final games on Saturday, fans witnessed two massive blow outs as The Telekeom Baskets Bonn scorched the Dragons Rhondorf by more than 50 points while the s.Oliver Baskets destroyed the Romerstrom Gladiators by more than 40 points. The game for third place was won easily by Trier who crippled the Dragons Rhondorf and in the final it was a rematch of last summers final between Bonn and Wurzburg. This time thee s.Oliver Baskets got revenge from last year´s loss and dismantled the Telekom Baskets Bonn 89-72. Wurzburg won the title by playing their fast style and controlling the boards while the Telekom Baskets Bonn stunk up the building shooting a miserable 3/25 from the parking lot. After the contest game high scorer Noah Allen who played three years at UCLA was content with the team´s effort. “It was a good weekend. We are continuing to know each other better and it was a good test for our team chemistry. We played pretty well on defense and used our many offensive weapons and were able to run”, stressed California native Noah Allen. Ex NBA player Trey Mckinney-Jones wasn´t totally disappointed as he saw the team still taking strides in the loss. “Coach has told us the whole pre season that it isn´t about the outcome, but our focus is to improve each day. The season is still so young and everything is still very basic including our plays. Despite being short handed, I feel we picked up our defense. We were out of position a lot. I had to play the four a lot. It was a close game for the most part. We are getting better each day and we took a step in the right direction”, warned Trey Mckiney-Jones.
s.Oliver Wurzburg took a quick 10-4 lead as their offense got going quickly taking control inside as they got easy buckets from ex Citadel(NCAA) guard Cameron Wells, ex Weber State forward Brekkot Chapman and ex Skyliner Johannes Richter while Noah Allen nailed a trey. Bonn had problems settling in on defense as Wurzburg hurried their offense to perfection. A trend that would be often in the game was when Wurzburg tried to get away, it was Mckinney-Jones that would hit a big bucket to keep Bonn close. He did it twice in the first quarter with a lay in and three cutting the Wurzburg lead to 17-12. The Telekom Baskets Bonn found some momentum in the last minute closing out the first quarter with a 8 -0 run to take the first lead of the contest at 18-17.Bonn severely upped their intensity on the glass and got a lay in by Bartolo and vital offensive rebounds and put backs from ex Iserlohn big man Gabrieel De Oliveria and Montenegren forward Bojan Subotic who has won 10 titles in his career. The Telekom Baskets Bonn couldn´t get anything going from outside shooting at a horrible 1/9 clip. Their timely baskets inside in the last few minutes kept them afloat in the game. Rookie Chapman had 6 points to lead the charge while Mckinney-Jones also had six points.
The second quarter was a real dog fight as no team could escape from the other. S.Oliver Baskets regained the lead again in the first minute relying on their deadly guard shooting as Mr 50/40/90 of the past five years player Jordan Hulls hit a three while Chapman scored at ease again while ex Nurnberg guard Nils Hassfurter stroked home a jumper on the fast break as Wurzburg led 27-21. The Telekom Baskets Bonn stayed on the heels of Wurzburg, but couldn´t get over the hump. Ex Fordham(NCAA) guard Brandon Frazier hit a runner while Bartolo scored dead locking the game at 29-29. From then on Wurzburg kept their nose in front and Bonn would tie the game a few times. Richter who wasn´t 100% healthy gave his 180% as always getting a reverse lay in and free throws. After Allen gave Wurzburg the 37-35 advantage, it was Frazier who scored on a jumper tying the game at 37-37. German beast Martin Breunig then finished a crushing dunk only to have to watch Skyler Bowlin do his magic as he hit a timely trey with two seconds remaining handing Wurzburg thee lead again 40-39 at the break. The story of the game continued to be the Telekom Baskets Bonn inability to make three point shots. Wurzburg were the more clever team in shot selection and were reading the other team´s defense better than did Bonn. The Telekom Baskets Bonn were still shooting a pathetic 14,3% from outside while Wurzburg was shooting at a blazing clip of 62%.
In the third quarter s.Oliver Wurzburg would go on little runs only to see thee Telekom Baskets Bonn match the runs. S.Oliver Wurzburg wasted no time breaking out on a 9-2 run to open up the second half. Allen nailed a trey and later made a steal and two handed stuff. Chapman scored again while Bowlin snuck inside and grabbed an offensive rebound and made the rapid put back for the 49-41 advantage. The Telekom Baskets Bonn continued to chip away and got some baskets from Frazier and Breunig, but just couldn´t buckle down on defense allowing another lay in by Allen and allowing Hassfurter to hit four free throws. for the 55-48 lead. The Telekom Baskets Bonn then raised their defensive intensity a bit making it harder for Wurzburg to attack going on a 9-2 run to tie the game at 57-57. In the run, the Telekom Baskets Bonn were aided by Mckinney-Jones who supplied five points including a trey and buckets by Polas and Joshiko Saibu. Bonn was getting easy baskets and Mckinney-Jones was playing that go to guy kind of role. And the Telekom Baskets Bonn were unable to keep their high intensity allowing the s.Oliver Baskets to close out the third quarter on a 5-0 run to lead 62-57. They hit two free throws and Hulls dropped a trey after getting a pretty kick out pass from young German Joshua Obiesie. “Our defense was key, because we got stops. We got out running and took good shots”, stressed Noah Allen. “We couldn´t hit from outside. When you can´t do that then it´s tough to win”, added Trey Mckinney-Jones.
The s.Oliver Baskets took over right from the start of the fourth quarter going on a 8-2 run to lead 70-59 and the Telekom Baskets Bonn were unable to react positively from the onslaught. In the 8-2 run, the s.Oliver Baskets got another key trey from Hulls, a pretty left handed hook shot from ex Marquette(NCAA) standout Lukas Fischer and another bucket from Allen who finished the game with 21 points. “I am still trying to find my niche. We have so many scorers that I don´t always have to score. Important for me is to be unselfish, play good defense and effect the game”, stressed Noah Allen. The fast tempo from Wurzburg continued to give the Telekom Baskets Bonn fits which led to easy baskets. The Telekom Baskets continued to have problems scoring when they wanted to and couldn´t limit the guests. After a Breunig basket, Wurzburg went on their next run of 7-2 to get their biggest lead of the game at 77-63 thanks to five key points from Cameron Wells. After a Mckiney-Jones lay in, it was ultimately good night as Richter scored and Hulls and Allen hit back to back three´s for a hard to swallow 8-0 run giving Wurzburg their biggest lead of the contest at 83-67. Bonn got two more baskets from Bartolo and Breunig, but it was too little too late for Bonn to defend their title. “We continued to bring energy and ball pressure that they couldn´t handle”, stressed Noah Allen. “We had two back to back games which is tough, but so did they. We let the game get away from us in the fourth quarter. I was happy with our defensive intensity in the fourth quarter. We didn´t let it waver, but stuck with it”, warned Trey Mckinney-Jones. S..Oliver Baskets were led by Noah Allen with 21 points. Jordan Hulls added 12 points and Johannes Richter contributed 11 points while Brekkot Chapman 10 points. The Telekom Baskets Bonn were led by Martin Breunig with 17 points. Trey Mckinney-Jones added 13 points and Yorman Polas Bartolo had 12 points. S.Oliver Wurzburg shot 54% from the field and 37% from outside and had 39 rebounds and 22 turnovers while The Telekom Baskets Bonn shot 42,6% from the field and 12% from outside and had 33 rebounds and 16 turnovers.