After more than a month away from their living room Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners were back in their living room boasting a solid 3-2 record. The season hasn´t been an easy one with many JBBL(U-16 league) players to integrate as well as having the long injury to Maxe Begue. Top player Len Schoormann also hasn´t been available all the time as he continues to be an important role player for the farm team in the Pro B and exploded last weekend in Speyer with 30 points and recently celebrated his BBL debut in Wurzburg. Eintracht Frankfurt-Fraport Skyliners didn´t meet an easy foe even if they haven´t had a good start into the season. Brose Bamberg/Troester Breitengussbach reached the 2019 NBBL final losing to FC Bayern Munich. This season the club is only 2-3 and like the Frankfurt side haven´t always had some of their top players with Elias Baggette and Leon Bulic avaliable, because they play for the farm team Baunach in the Pro B. They have some very strong players with Becks and Bergmann, but the overall depth is missing in the roster. On a cold and brisk December Sunday the two teams met in the BCM in Frankfurt and Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners were as awake from the jump ball as a child is on Christmas morning in the States as they tore apart Brose Bamberg/Troester Breitengussbach 94-65. Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners played marvelous offense sharing the ball excellent, and on the defensive end remained consistent and stuck together for 40 minutes. After the big victory Maxi Begue of Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners reflected on the win, but despite the big success was quick to name problems in their game. “We played a solid game and a goal of our was to win the rebound battle which we did. We overall had good ball movement even though there were some plays in the second half where we should of kicked instead of gone to the basket. Our communication has to get better on defense. We gave up too much inside especially to Beck. I personally thought that it would have been more difficult to play them”, stressed ex BC Darmstadt guard Maxi Begue. The disappointment was written on the faces of the Bamberg players after the blow out loss. German 17 year old 197cm shooting guard Miles Osei tried to summarize why the club couldn´t put up more of a fight in Frankfurt- “They rolled over us at the start and we never recovered from it. They hit their outside shots well and we couldn´t stop their pick and roll. We gave up too many easy baskets”, stated Miles Osei.
Before Brose Bamberg/Troester Breitengussbach even knew what had hit them in the first minutes, they were down 13-1 and they would never recover. Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners came out focused from the first second and played with high intensity and got instant rhythm on offense. Bamberg was also without three vital player with Germans Adrian Bergmann, Paul Guck and Jannis Sonnefeld and were without 25 points htat they averaged together. Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners did a super job getting big man Julian Stenfeld involved early on as he got easy baskets in the paint and got to the free throw line. Begue also scored twice and Len Schoorman also scored. Frankfurt did a great job getting easy baskets off great defense and playing their feared transition game. The Bavarian team couldn´t muster good shots and often made bad decisions. It also hurt that they couldn´t involve their big men Beck and Bulic early on. Brose Bamberg/Troester Breitengussbach didn´t get their first field goal until the 5,30 mark through Beck. Bamberg then did a better job getting the ball inside as Beck would score three more times. But Bamberg couldn´t execute on defense. Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners began with getting baskets inside and then unleashed their lethal outside game as Frederick Fischbach, Schoormann and ex BC Darmstadt guard Risto Vasiljevic nailed three´s upping the Frankfurt advantage to 27-7. Bamberg did a good job closing out the first quarter with a 8-3 run to trail only 30-15 after one quarter. In the run the Bavarian team got solid production from Beck who scored twice and from Baggette who unleashed his nasty floater. “Frankfurt had good ball movement and got out on transition. They did a good job keeping the middle closed, but had difficulties switching on Baggette”, stressed Fraport Skyliner Junior Aaron Kayser. Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners shot 67% from the field and 67% from outside and had 5 rebounds and 1 turnover while Brose Bamberg/Troester Breitengussbach shot 46% from the field and 0% form outside and had 8 rebounds and 7 turnovers.
In the second quarter Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners continued to keep the pressure up at both ends of the court and hold the double digit advantage with ease. A big strength of Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners was that they got a lot of input from their bench as 9 players scored in total while for Bamberg it was only 6 guys. Miles Osel had to move to the four, but his aggressive play rewarded him with hard fought baskets. He got some big buckets in the post cutting the Frankfurt lead to 39-24, but Frankfurt continued to do damage as they got vital bench points from 2019 JBBL finalists Bennet Schubert and Pierre Bathoum. Bamberg simply had too little weapons to really be able to compete wit Frankfurt on this afternoon. Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners stayed consistent and calm on offense waiting for the best shot and practiced inside out basketball. Bamberg continued to cough up the ball and had phases where they couldn´t get baskets inside. In the second half of the second quarter, they began to be more active in the paint as Beck got a few baskets and Bulic hit a jumper, but he was too quiet on this day scoring only 7 points. The bench continued to come up big as Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners got big production from Vasiljevic with a trey, Isaac Ibanor who´s athleticism and penetration coupled with his good defense has given him more minutes than last season made an offensive rebound and put back while Schubert nailed a trey. Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners continued to give Bamberg nightmare´s as their clock work offense wasn´t weak. Baggette hurt Frankfurt in the last minute with two floaters including a buzzer beater, but Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners were able to go into the break with their heads held high leading 55-39. “Frankfurt did a good job staying consistent on offense. They had some holes in the defense and gave up easy baskets, but overall it was a very good performance”, stressed ex Chemnitz center Aaron Kayser. Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners shot 65% form the field and 67% from the three point line and had 12 rebounds and 6 turnovers while Brose Bamberg/Troester Breitengussbach shot 55% from the field and were still 0% from the three point line and had 15 rebounds and 13 turnovers.
In the third quarter Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners continued to play their game and lead by double digits not allowing any form of comeback for the guests. Bulic had little luck all afternoon wit his offensive game but hit a three in the first minute. But Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners continued to display so many different ways of scoring as they continued to flaunt the fast break as Schoormann scored and Steinfeld continued to look good on the offensive glass getting two offensive rebounds and put backs as Frankfurt led 63-44. Fraport Skyliner Junior Aaron Kayser watched his fellow big man and had his two cents to say about his game. “Julian is always ready in the post and has good hands. He also is good on the dunks, rolls well to the basket and gets to the free throw line. He needs to be better on contact though”, stated Aaron Kayser. Steinfeld had an excellent game finishing with 19 points and 7 boards. Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners then went on a 9-3 run to earn themselves their biggest lead of the game at 70-47. In the run, Frankfurt got valuable help from Begue with a three pointer and Steinfeld and Schoormann hurt Bamberg two more times on transition. Last season Begue had a strange looking shot, but corrected his mechanics last summer and has improved his shot. Frankfurt continued to perform their consistent offense while they upped their defensive intensity and pressure getting easy baskets while Bamberg lost intensity on defense and were missing those key role players. In the last few minutes, Jordan Samare did some work to help his stats getting two baskets inside. The first on a lob pass from Begue and the second on a nifty shovel pass from Fischbach. After 30 minutes Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners still had the very comfortable 74-51 advantage. “We played aggressive and used our full court press. It was risky, but still did a good job limiting their points. We continued to take out Bulic well”, stressed Maxi Begue. “We couldn´t get stops and allowed too many transition baskets”, added Miles Osei. Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners shot 59% form the field and 50% from the parking lot and 26 rebounds and 11 turnovers while Brose Bamberg/Troester Breitengussbach shot 47% form the field and 25% from the parking lot and had 22 rebounds and 19 turnovers.
In the fourth quarter Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners kept up the pressure while Bamberg lost intensity and seemed to get tired. Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners got an influx of easy baskets as the guests had less intensity on the defensive end. Bamberg got the first field goal on the first possession with Beck, but then gave up a brutal 9-0 run by Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners as they extended their lead to 83-53. In the run Frankfurt got a lay in from Samare who got the perfect bounce pass from Schoormann, then Vasiljevic showed how dangerous he can be from behind the three point line as he dropped a trey and Samare made a steal on the press defense and made the lay in. Samare remained a beast on defense getting in a passing lane and going coast to coast with the hard two handed dunk. Bamberg had a good offensive phase again inside which was up and down all afternoon as Beck executed twice in the paint, but on defense they had nothing left in their gas tank as Frankfurt led 87-60. Begue scored twice on the drive as no Bamberg player challenged him. On the next play the 192cm swing man Begue blocked the 2010cm big man Bulic as the German proved again that he does so much at both ends of the court. Begue filled up the stat sheet like no other finishing with 15 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals and 1 block. “I feel that I´m one of the best defenders in the league. In the last years I focused on my rebounding, but now I´m focusing on making the next step on offense”, stressed Maxi Begue. In the last few minutes, Steinfeld continued to play well and finished strong with two baskets. Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners head coach Sepehr Tarrah inserted little used 17 year old 210cm center Liam O´Neil and he registered a nice assist on the Schubert lay in off the drive from the wing for the last points of the contest. “We never let up and finished the game well. We kept up our aggressiveness and broke them in the last quarter”, stated Maxi Begue. “We continued to give up easy baskets. We had a mix of having lost our intensity and not having any energy left”, stressed Miles Osei. Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners was led by Julian Steinfeld with 19 points. Jordan Samare added 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 steals, and Maxi Begue had 15 points while Brose Bamberg/Troester Breitengussbach was led by Jekabs Beck with 22 points and 11 boards. Elias Baggette added 21 points and Miles Osei delivered 10 points. Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners shot 61% from the field and 51% from outside and had 33 rebounds and 18 turnovers while Brose Bamberg/Troester Breitengussbach shot 45% from the field and 18% from outside and had 27 rebounds and 26 turnovers.