It is always nice to see guys return back to a league after being away for a while. One of those players is American Lamar Mallory from Dayton Ohio, who played with Lich from 2015-2017 belonging to the best power forwards in the league amassing 17.9ppg, 7.8rpg and 16.8ppg, and 10,0rpg in his two seasons there. He then played a season in Australia with Albury Wodonga Bandits (Australia-SEABL) continuing his rampage down under averaging 19.6ppg, and 9.6rpg. Last season he returned back to Germany to play with the serlohn Kangaroos (Germany-ProB) averaging 18.3ppg and, 8.3rpg and also sampled further experience with BBC Arantia Larochette (Luxembourg-Total League) averaging 26.7ppg, 12.0rpg, 1.2apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 65.9%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 80.0%. He didn´t return back to Frankfurt last season because Iserlohn play in the Pro B north. Mallory always had good games against Frankfurt and owned a positive 2-1 record. He scored 13 points in his first game in a loss, but then came alive and poured it on in his two wins posting 21 points and 10 rebounds and 14 points and 11 boards. The ex Glenville St. (NCAA2) standout returned back to the BCM Frankfurt with a new team and wanted to continue his winning ways and win his third game in a row against them and did powering the former Pro B champion Scanplus Baskets to a convincing 84-64 victory. After the big win which gave the team a 4-2 record, the Ohio native was beaming all over, but mentioned quickly that his big game of 27 points and 10 boards was a team effort. “Frankfurt is always tough to play. They have good talent, coaching and discipline. After our loss to Baunach, this was a good win and confidence builder. Key to this win was our communication. We brought the right mentality wanting to win. We shared the ball well and played for each other. We were very active on defense rebounding and boxing out well. We did a good job applying pressure making everything uncomfortable for them”, stressed ex Lich forward Lamar Mallory. After the loss a disappointed Bruno Vrcic was limited with his words as he had to hurry to get to Ulm as the Frankfurt BBL team was preparing for a Sunday night game there. “We didn´t start well and couldn´t get the ball inside. Then from the second quarter until the end we gave up everything inside. They went on a big run in the second quarter and we never recovered from it. They beat us physically all night long”, warned ex FC Bayern Munich guard Bruno Vrcic.
The Fraport Skyliners started off ice cold as the ScanPlus Baskets jumped all over them leading quickly 7-2. It was ex Iserlohn forward Lamar Mallory that started the game off with a crushing alley-op dunk fed nicely by 21 year old Croatian Karlo Miksic Miksic was aggressive from the get go scoring on a lay in and then Mallory connected on a 15 footer. Ex Freiburg forward Cosmo Gruehn made a nice finger tip roll lay in, but Miksic struck again with a trey and 10-4 guests lead. The Fraport Skyliners Juniors finally woke up and cruised out on a lethal 11-4 run to take their first lead 15-14. Frankfurt was led in this phase by two trey´s from Tennessee native and ex Kenneshaw State forward Nigel Pruitt and Bruno Vrcic added 5 points. The Scanplus Baskets had totally lost their rhythm and made too many turnovers. Frankfurt kept the momentum and continued to run their offense effectively profiting from the Scanplus Baskets fifth team foul and getting free throws from Cosmo Gruehn and Canada native Jazz Bains. After 10 minutes the Fraport Skyliners Juniors had come to life and led 21-16. “We did a good job attacking the basket and weren´t shooting wild in your face three´s which we did soon after”, stressed Bruno Vrcic. The Fraport Skyliners Juniors were shooting 38% from the field and 13% from outside and had 10 rebounds and 4 turnovers while the Scanplus Baskets were shooting 35% from the field and 36% from outside and had 7 rebounds and had 4 turnovers.
Early in the second quarter German Kristian Kuhn was inserted and the game changed as he led the Scanplus Baskets on a 10-0 run scoring 8 points and they started to take control and wouldn´t look back. The ex MBC center who began to play basketball at age 17 and played 24 BBL games scored all 4 buckets easy in the paint. It was here that the poor help defense started and overall 1-1 defense. But the guests also played with severe physicality that the Frankfurt young players couldn´t match. Even if Gruehn broke the 10-0 Scanplus Baskets run, Kuhn was still aggressive and on fire as he scored two more baskets as there was absolutely no stopping him. Kuhn´s stat line at halftime read 14 points and 5 rebounds in 10 minutes. Mallory was kept in check, but the Scanplus Baskets showed that they have so many weapons that anyone can step up at any time in a game. Mallory came into the game averaging 11,4ppg and 8,4rpg and isn´t near his stats from his previous teams, but it´s obvious that when you have an abundance of scoring options that you probably won´t put up the dominant stats. “It doesn´t matter who it is on this team, but anyone can step up on any given night. It´s usually who gets hot gets fed. That was the case with me tonight. I won´t be sad if my stats go down”, stressed American Lamar Mallory. The Scanplus Baskets also profited from Frankfurt getting early 5 team fouls and got free throws from young German Niklas Moebus and Lamar Mallory leading 39-27. German Alvin Oniiya hit a clutch three pointer in the last seconds as Frankfurt trailed 39-30. “They started to dominate inside. They made easy baskets. We didn´t make anything difficult for them”, stressed 2 time NBBL champion Brno Vrcic. The Scanplus Baskets shot 42% from the field and 20% from the three point line and had 21 rebounds and 5 turnovers while the Fraport Skyliners Juniors shot 30% from the field and 18% from the three point line and had 17 rebounds and 8 turnovers.
In the third quarter the Scanplus Baskets continued to control the game and never allowed the Fraport Skyliners Juniors to get over the hump and get closer than 5 points trailed by 12 after 30 minutes. Six year man Konstantin Schubert who has played 7 BBL games with Frankfurt began with a trey to cut the lead down to 39-33 testing his 18% season three point accuracy. But the guests stormed back with a Mallory lay in and Miksic trey as Frankfurt trailed 44-34. But the Fraport Skyliners then had a good offensive spurt going on a 6-0 run to cut the lead down to 44-40. Ex Chemnitz center Aaron Kayser nailed two free throws and Bruno Vrcic hit a floater and lay in. Jacob Mampuya who played 16 BBL games with Tuebingen hit a trey and Schubert scored on a perfect back door pass from Gruehn as Frankfurt stayed on the Scanplus Baskets door step trailing 47-42. But the Scanplus Baskets always had another weapon in their sleeve as now it was time for German Luca Kamber to add some vital offensive punch nailing two three´s for the 53-44 lead. The guests had simply too many weapons that were consistent. Mallory who had been quiet for some time attacked the bucket and finished with a two handed stuff as the Scanplus Baskets led 56-47 after 30 minutes. “Our energy let us keep the lead. When you play with energy like that then shots fall easier and it´s easier to play defense”, added Lamar Mallory. “We began well getting some steals and easy baskets. But then they hit three´s expanding their lead again”, stressed Bruno Vrcic. The Scanplus Baskets shot 42% from the field and 32% from the parking lot and had 31 rebounds and 10 turnovers while the Fraport Skyliners Juniors shot 30% from the field and 20% from the parking lot and had 26 rebounds and 10 turnovers.
In the fourth quarter Lamar Mallory continued his consistent offensive game just tearing the Fraport Skyliners Juniors defense apart leading his team on a 10-2 run scoring every point. He nailed a trey, scored twice inside and finished at the free throw line as well as the Scanplus Baskets led more closely. Frankfurt got some key baskets from Pruitt and Jaz Bains who had an unfortunate shooting day, but couldn´t get consistent stops as CJ Oldham scored twice extending the guests lead to 71-56. The Scanplus Baskets continued to do what they wanted and the Frankfurt zone was their personal playground. Frankfurt couldn´t get inside and had to resort to taking tough contested outside shots that didn´t want to fall. The guests also got transition baskets which Frankfurt couldn´t combat. Frankfurt just had very limited offensive option on this night as Aaron Kayser got little touches and wasn´t put in good scoring situations and rookie Jaz Bains wasn´t effective like in previous games. Frankfurt got some baskets from Vrcic and Oniya, but the Scanplus Baskets then slammed the door shut on Frankfurt with a game ending 10-4 run. In the run Kamba who played 81 NCAA games and last season played with the Dresden Titans hit his third and fourth three´s of the night and Oldham made a reverse lay up. “I was in the right spots in the fourth quarter and went with the flow of the game. My teammates found me well. Luka Kamber was our unsung hero of the game. He is really dangerous when he is knocking down shots. He will be key for our success this season. He needs to be aggressive”, warned Lamar Mallory. “We were there mentally, but we didn´t help on defense and our 1-1 defense wasn´t there. They dominated us”, added Bruno Vrcic. The Scanplus Baskets were led by Lamar Mallory with 27 points. Kristian Kuhn added 14 points and Karlo Miksic and Luka Kamba added 12 points a piece. The Fraport Skyliners Juniors were led by Bruno Vrcic with 17 points. Cosmo Gruehn added 11 points and Nigel Pruitt 10 points. The Scanplus Baskets shot 44% from the field and 33% from outside and had 40 rebounds and 14 turnovers while the Fraport Skyliners Juniors shot 36% from the field and 22% from outside and had 32 rebounds and 15 turnovers.