After giving a very spirited effort in the opening game in their living room against the mighty FC Bayern Munich who won the 2019 NBBL final losing 70-61, Eintracht Frankfurt-Fraport Skyliners went on the road and didn´t hang their heads, but played a very strong game against the Tennet Young Hero´s winning in style 83-69 qnd were led by 17 year old shooting star Len Schoorman with a stat filling effort of 23 points 8 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. The club didn´t have their best shooting day, but cleaned up in the paint winning the rebound battle 42-31 and showed their dominance crashing the boards and hauling down 17 offensive rebounds. Like against FC Bayern Munich, they also defended well again as their defensive game continues to develop nicely. Roth Energie BBA Giessen 46ers also entered the game with a 1-1 record after losing their opener on the road against Porsche BBA Ludwigsburg 70-62 and last weekend rebounded well at home winning against 2019 NBBL finalist Brose Bamberg-Troester Breitengussbach with 70-56 despite Jekabs Beck 24/20 explosion. In the upset win, the Hessen team got solid support from Sebastian Brach with 23 points, Paul Karl added 16 points And Tim Schneider contributed 15 points in the victory. They didn´t shoot so well, but defended well for 40 minutes forcing the Bavarian team to 22 turnovers. Both clubs were seeking their second win of the season as both teams were at eye level in the first quarter, but in the second quarter Eintracht Frankfurt-Fraport Skyliners were able to go on a run and build a nice comfortable lead which would grow in the second half leading to a 94-65 victory. After the contest an extremely content, but reserved Len Schoorman reflected on the win. “We played well today. When they started getting weak, we didn´t let up, but kept playing aggressive and stayed awake. Rebounding and controlling the paint was key. We could of defended better at times and limited our turnovers”, stressed 17 year old German junior national player Len Schoormann. Ex Frankfurt NBBL player Nicolas Lagerman took the loss ok, but was disappointed that the team couldn´t stick with Frankfurt longer. “In the first quarter we matched their intensity, but in the second quarter they went on a run and we fell apart and couldn´t recover. We had a tough time inside as Frankfurt was very physical. I remember when I played in Frankfurt with the JBBL team we always tried to play aggressive and be awake. I thought we played like that in the first quarter, but then lost it. Frankfurt played well as a team”, stressed Roth Energie BBA Giessen 46ers guard Nicolas Lageman.
Roth Energie BBA Giessen 46ers got off to the quicker start scoring 12 seconds in as 18 year old 201cm big man Fin Jakob scored, but Eintracht Frankfurt-Fraport Skyliners then gave the guests an early taste of what would be happening in the paint all agme long as ex Hamm center Erik Brummert scored as did ex Cologne RheinStar Jordan Samare and Len Schoormann hit free throws. Frankfurt would dominate the inside area, because they had a huge height advantage and they took advantage of mismatches all day long. 17year old Sebastian Brach who already has played 4 Pro B games with Giessen hit an off balance shot to cut Frankfurt´s lead to 6-5, but Eintracht Frankfurt-Fraport Skyliners continued to feed the ball inside as Frederick Fischbach made the nice extra pass to 18 year old 211cm center Julian Steinfeld and he then made an extra pass to Samare for another easy lay in for the 10-5 lead. Eintracht Frankfurt-Fraport Skyliners demonstrated early their unselfishness which would carry through the game. Roth Energie BBA Giessen 46ers was playing with a high intensity on offense and were executing well at that point as Lagerman used his biggest strength nailing a trey17 year old quick guard, Paul Karl hit a jumper, Brach nailed a step back and 17 year old 196cm forward Philip Boetz made a lay in for the 14-11 advantage. Roth Energie BBA Giessen 46ers calmed down on offense and took better shots while Frankfurt had lost a little intensity on defense. Len Schooormann wasn´t an offensive factor getting only one shot which he missed. But Eintracht Frankfurt-Fraport Skyliners closed out the first quarter in style going on a 5-0 run as 2019 JBBL top 4 player Amir Dorn used his quickness for a lay in and athletic 17 year Isaac Obanor hit a clutch three pointer showing that he had worked on his three pointer over the summer as he was 4/6 in the season from downtown. Roth Energie BBA Giessen 46ers trailed Frankfurt 16-14. “Giessen matched our intensity, but I felt that we were clearly the better team. Fouls killed us”, stressed Len Schoormann. Eintracht Frankfurt-Fraport Skyliners shot 50% from the field and 20% from outside and had 14 rebounds and 8 turnovers while Roth Energie BBA Giessen 46ers shot 32% from the field and 17% from outside and had 7 rebounds and 3 turnovers.
The turning point of the contest came in the second quarter as Eintracht Frankfurt-Fraport Skyliners went on a lengthy run to build a comfortable lead and from then on as Roth Energie BBA Giessen 46ers had to play catch up basketball. Eintracht Frankfurt-Fraport Skyliners didn´t waste any time jumping all over Roth Energie BBA Giessen 46ers going on a 10-4 run to extend their lead to 26-18. In the run Eintracht Frankfurt-Fraport Skyliners did two important things one crashing the boards and getting two easy put backs from Brummert and Obanor and second Len Schoormann finally got going hitting a trey and running hook shot back to back and presto he had 7 points and was instantly the top scorer at that juncture. Roth Energie BBA Giessen 46ers then found some instant offensive power getting a lay in from Paul Carl and 17 year old Tim Schneider who also plays for Regionalliga team Giessen Pointers to cut the Frankfurt lead to 26-22. That small burst of energy and production didn´t faze Frankfurt as their offense was working like a clock work and they fled on another gigantic run of 13-2 to extend their lead to 39-24. Eintracht Frankfurt-Fraport Skyliners moved the ball around very well and divided up the scoring as 2019 JBBL top 4 player Bennett Schubert hit a trey and Steinfeld continued to be a menace in the paint getting two buckets. Schoormann continued to demonstrate that his three pointer has really improved in the last two seasons netting two. The Darmstadt native also showed special maturity as he didn´t lose control or force shots in the first quarter when he wasn´t getting the usual touches or shots, but looked for his teammates and then in the second quarter it was his turn as he made use of very good shot selection and buried shot after shot. “I didn´t play well last week in the NBBL or Pro B. I wanted to come back strong today. I was injured for some time and just wanted to find my rhythm again by passing and helping my team first. I knew that I would get my share of shots later”, warned Len Schoormann. In the last minutes Roth Energie BBA Giessen 46ers go to guy Lagerman scored twice including a beautiful nifty left handed lay, but Frankfurt had done the most damage and led easily at the break 45-32. “They lost intensity and we defended a lot better. Our bigs also continued to score”, stressed Len Schoormann. Eintracht Frankfurt-Fraport Skyliners shot 50% from the field and 29% from the three point line and had 25 rebounds and 11 turnovers while Roth Energie BBA Giessen 46ers shot 39% from the field and 17% from the three point line and had 11 rebounds and 7 turnovers.
In the third quarter Eintracht Frankfurt-Fraport Skyliners continued to control the game and extended their lead to plus 20 points. Roth Energie BBA Giessen 46ers were stopped on their first three possessions and Eintracht Frankfurt took advantage of it going on a 5-0 run as Samare hit free throws and Schoormann dropped another trey for the overwhelming 50-32 lead. Roth Energie BBA Giessen 46ers had some offense going every now and then as Tim Schneider scored a lay in and Brach hit another three, but they couldn´t get consistent stops on defense allowing Frankfurt to get production and baskets from Fischbach, Brummert and Ibanor that hit Giessen for a 6-0 run leading 56-40. Eintracht Frankfurt-Fraport Skyliners did a good job displaying fine inside out basketball which made it defensively very difficult for Roth Energie BBA Giessen 46ers who also couldn´t handle the Frankfurt physicality. Frankfurt never let up ending the third quarter on a 13-5 run to up their enormous lead a bit more to 69-45. Frankfurt continued to spread the scoring love around as Fischback hit two three´s and 2019 JBBL Top 4 player Pierre Barthoum gave valuable energy from the bench with two buckets. “We hadn´t started off the third quarter well in the last games and didn´t want that to happen today. We did a good job staying strong and keeping our man in front of us. We also took away the right hand from Lagerman”, stressed Len Schoormann. Eintracht Frankfurt-Fraport Skyliners shot 55% from the field and 35% from the parking lot and had 35 rebounds and 16 turnovers while Roth Energie BBA Giessen 46ers shot 38% from the field and 18% from the parking lot and had 17 rebounds and 13 turnovers.
Eintracht Frankfurt-Fraport Skyliners continued to pour it on a bit more in the fourth quarter as they had done each quarter leading by plus 30 points and closing out the game with a well deserved win. Eintracht Frankfurt-Fraport Skyliners never lost their momentum and just kept playing hard and executing at both ends of the court beginning with a 12-4 run to extend their lead to 81-49. In the run Eintracht Frankfurt-Fraport Skyliners continued to move the ball well and share the scoring pie. Frankfurt continued to rule in the paint getting a put back from Julian Steinfeld and Brummert hook shot while Obanor scored from the wing with ease as no Giessen defender wanted to challenge his athleticism. With five minutes to go, the game was decided but Roth Energie BBA Giessen 46ers never gave up and outscored Frankfurt in that span 15-13. Roth Energie BBA Giessen 46ers got some buckets from bench players 18 year old German guard Henrik Kalusche and 17 year old guard Karl Maruschka as well as baskets from Jakob and Tim Schneider as well. Lagerman ended his day with 14 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists on 4/11 shooting and reflected on his game and leaving Frankfurt a few years ago for a new challenge with Giessen. “I wanted to be able to do more with Frankfurt, but wasn´t allowed to. I decided to leave and go to Giessen. I just try to help my team the best way I can with rebounding, moving the ball and making shots”, stressed Nicolas Lagerman. Frankfurt got baskets from Barthoum who nailed a trey, Samare with a back door lay in and little used big man 210cm center Liam O´Neill also got into the scoring parade. Two guys who have been integrated well from the JBBL(U-16) league to the NBBL(U-19) league have been Germans Pierre Bartoum and Amir Dorn who combined for 13 points in 28 minutes. “It´s not always easy scoring on this team as we have many scorers, but both have played well. Both are good penetrators, but need a bit more self confidence”, stressed Len Schoormann. Tim Schneider ended the contest with a free throw for Roth Energie BBA Giessen 46ers. “Important in the game was after they had a run to come back on offense and let everyone touch the ball and feel good. That made us go strong in the next defense which then led to us creating offense”, added Len Schoormann. “We played with pride at the end and played as well as we could, but it just wasn´t enough”, added Nicolas Lagerman. Eintracht Frankfurt-Fraport Skyliners was led by Len Schoormann with 24 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Frederick Fischbach contributed 13 points while Isaac Obanor, Erik Brummert and Julian Steinfeld added 10 points a piece. Roth Energie BBA Giessen 46ers was led yb Nicolas Lagerman and Tim Schneider with 14 points a piece. Eintracht Frankfurt-Fraport Skyliners shot 52% from the field and 32% from outside and had 47 rebounds and 19 turnovers while Roth Energie BBA Giessen 46ers shot 41% form the field and 25% from outside and had 24 rebounds and 18 turnovers.