In the last years fans saw a huge German talent play in the BCM with Oscar Da Silva and each time he left the floor as the winner helping his team IBAM progress further through the playoffs. In his last game, he denied future NBA player Isaac Bonga of taking part in the NBBL Final 4 on home turf as it was being held in Frankfurt in 2017. Oscar da Silva is playing his third season in the States in the NCAA for elite school Stanford. The 21 year old 207cm forward has made great strides there on the floor and improved his stats each season and currently is putting up 16/6 numbers. Also off the court he is a model student and an ex teammate wouldn´t be surprised if he passes up a professional basketball career, because he has vast interests off the court. He isn´t the only talented Da Silva in the family, but he also has a younger brother named Tristan who made his BCM debut against Eintracht Frankfurt-Fraport Skyliners. It isn´t easy playing in the shadow of his brother Oscar but he put up stellar stats last season averaging 18.4ppg, 7.4rpg, 3.2apg, 2.2spg, Blocks-2(2.1bpg), 2PT: 68.8%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 66.7%. Tristan is 4 centimeters smaller but holding his own averaging big numbers as well in his last year with 17,7ppg, 6,8rpg, 3,9apg and 2,4spg.The younger Da Silva wanted to keep up the stellar Da Silva record in the BCM as well as help sweep the season series as IBAM had won the first game at home 77-65 where they forced Frankfurt to 25 turnovers and hit 9 three´s, but Eintracht Frankfurt-Fraport Skyliners had other ideas as they played a very consistent game for 40 minutes registering their biggest win of the season dumping IBAM 78-60. Frankfurt led a vicious charge from the get go paralyzing IBAM with a lethal offense and aggressive defense scoring 25 points in the first quarter and allowing only 5 points. “We had everyone on board except for Jordan Samare. We came out with a lot of energy on defense. We pressured well so that they always got late into their offense and couldn´t find a rhythm. This was our strongest first quarter this season”, warned 17 year old Len Schoormann. Granted IBAM only had 25 minutes warm up time on account of their jerseys arriving late and were without two key players Bent Leuchten and Leander Schwalm, but still had more than a capable 12 man roster and one could of expected a lot more from them. After the tough loss a shaken Tristan Da Silva tried to explain what went wrong. “Our problem today was that we woke up too late. We were down by 20 after one quarter and lost by 18 points. That can´t happen. I feel like if you had taken away the first quarter that we would of won. We can´t make any excuses that we were without two key players”, stressed Tristan Da Silva.
Even if there are 30 more minutes to play after the first quarter, one could say that the first quarter was the turning point of the game, because IBAM never recovered after being down a miserable 20 points. Eintracht Frankfurt-Fraport Skyliners didn´t waste anytime getting to work doing it at both ends of the court from the get go. On offense they got the ball inside and got instant free throws from big man Julian Steinfeld and guard Len Schoormann. On the defensive end, they quickly created a stopper mentality as Julian Steinfeld registered back to back blocks which led to a Maxi Begue lay in and soon after 2017 JBBL finalist Calvin Schaum dropped a trey and IBAM was staring at a brutal 8-0 deficit. Steinfeld is having a super season averaging 14,0ppg and 8,0rpg in his first year of NBBL play at age 18 after spending the last two years in the States playing high school ball. “I am very surprised by his play, but he has very much much much much potential. He has amazing timing on blocks. Now he has to continue eating and getting bigger”, stressed Fraport Skyliners Juniors head coach Miran Cumurija. Eintracht Frankfurt-Fraport Skyliners continued their lethal quest to put the ball in the net getting a hook shot basket from Steinfeld and two more buckets from Begue. A third Steinfeld block was denied as Rafael Rodriguez who hails from Porto Alegre got a goaltending call and IBAM trailed 14-2 and head coach Robbie Scheinfeld was reeling with disgust on the sidelines. Frankfurt played great team basketball and shared the ball the way a good team should. IBAM had massive problems stopping the Frankfurt 1-1 play. Begue also did a great job at defending IBAM´s top player Oscar da Silva who had 0 points. Frankfurt continued to execute with ease on offense getting more baskets from Schaum and young German Ben Karbe who came from Mainz hit two clutch three´s off the bench. Rodriguez got another lay in, but Eintracht Frankfurt-Fraport Skyliners had done gigantic damage leading 25-5 after one quarter. “We communicated and rotated well on defense. We came better into our offense with good defense”, stressed Len Schoormann. Eintracht Frankfurt-Fraport Skyliners shot 57% from the field and 50% from outside and had 17 rebounds and 2 turnovers while IBAM shot a pathetic 11% from the field and 0% from outside and had 7 rebounds and 2 turnovers.
Eintracht Frankfurt-Fraport Skyliners kept up their stellar play in the second quarter at both ends of the court, but IBAM began to find their rhythm better and to execute better on offense. But Eintracht Frankfurt-Fraport Skyliners still controlled the game and had a comfortable 18 point advantage at the break. Schaum got Frankfurt on the board first with a trey and free throw, but IBAM didn´t wait until their eight possession to score like in the first quarter and rattled off a pretty pick and roll play with a Rodriguez two handed stuff to trail 29-7. IBAM then stifled Frankfurt a bit going on a 10-5 run to trail only 34-17. In the run, IBAM finally got their outside game going as two ex FC Bayern Munich players Jonas Maerz and Mohamed Barako who won titles last season nailed trey´s. Bastian Maerz who will play at a NAIA school in the States next season also made a lay in. The Maerz brothers gave IBAM a lot of energy on offense and came up with key buckets in the run. But a big deficit on this night was the inability of IBAM to have a better stop rate on Eintracht Frankfurt-Fraport Skyliners players. IBAM would have cut better into the Frankfurt lead had they been able to get more stops. IBAM got some confidence after that run and started another run after a Steinfeld 20 footer from the wing. Just like Eintracht Frankfurt-Fraport Skyliners, IBAM had a deep bench and got good minutes from their players. IBAM cruised out on a 7-0 run to trail only 36-24 and it seemed like they might have solved their bad start with much better play in the second frame. In the run, they got a trey from Bulgarian forward Ivan Borissov who won the 2019 JBBL title with FC Bayern Munich last season and got lay ins from ex Wurzburg guard John Saigge and Rodriguez again. IBAM then began an aggressive press which led to a Frankfurt turnover, but Frankfurt quickly solved the press and got added baskets from Begue and Steinfeld, while IBAM got more energy and two baskets from another bench player with big man Clint Schoenheiter who was another exile player from FC Bayern Munich as he scored twice, but Eintracht Frankfurt-Fraport Skyliners still led 40-27. Eintracht Frankfurt-Fraport Skyliners closed out the second quarter strong with a 7-2 run to go into the break with a nice 47-29 lead. In the run Eintracht Frankfurt-Fraport Skyliners got vital free throws from Schoorman who got 4 points and a key offensive rebound and put back from superb role player Risto Vasiljevic who began his career at BC Darmstadt. 20 minutes had been played and Oscar Da Silva still had the big goose egg in the points department. “ We continued to play our game. IBAM put in a press, but we quickly found a way to beat it. It was important that we found a way to adapt”, added Len Schoormann. Eintracht Frankfurt-Fraport Skyliners shot 54% form the field and 56% from the three point line and had 23 boards and 8 turnovers while IBAM shot 35% form the field and 20% from the three point line and had 15 boards and 6 turnovers.
In the third quarter Eintracht Frankfurt-Fraport Skyliners continued to keep control of the game as IBAM was never able to cut the deficit down to more than 14 points as they trailed by 18 points after the third frame. IBAM actually began the third quarter with good energy stopping Eintracht Frankfurt-Fraport Skyliners on their first three possessions and on offense were able to execute well going on a mini 4-0 run to cut the Frankfurt lead to 47-33. In the run, IBAM got a tap in from Rodriguez who continued to make a good figure on the court despite not having been playing the game long and being classified as a long term project who probably will get scooped up by a top team once he develops better. The big man made a tap in as containing his wide body gave Frankfurt problems and Bastian Maerz hit free throws. When in need Eintracht Frankfurt-Fraport Skyliners can always call up their two top players and roommates Begue and Schoormann who gave Frankfurt some instant offense with lay ins as their top athleticism give teams big problems. Da Silva was finally freed by his scoring drought finally scoring his first field goal at the 7,19 minute mark of the third quarter. That score didn´t impress Eintracht Frankfurt-Fraport Skyliners as they then reeled off a 7-0 run to extend their lead to 58-36 as Schoorman scored twice with lay in´s in traffic. Schoorman had his finger on the aggressive button all night long as he always tried to penetrate and was more often than not successful. Steinfeld also scored in the paint as he was unstoppable all night long as IBAM had absolutely no defensive answer for him. The German showed how IBAM couldn´t withstand the 1-1 play, but at the same time showing team basketball at other moments. IBAM would show some flashes of execution, but couldn´t master it consistently as Saigge who began his career with the Art Duesseldorf dropped a trey and then made a steal and coast to coast lay in and free throw to cut Frankfurt´s advantage to 58-42. Begue continued to stay aggressive on offensive showing his versatile inside out game making a tip in and trey while Rodriguez closed out the third quarter with a left handed running hook shot, but Eintracht Frankfurt-Fraport Skyliners led 63-46. “Both teams showed signs of fatigue, but we continued to show that we were the stronger team”, stated Len Schoormann. “We continued to defend badly with no help side. We weren´t allowed to play our game. We live off our momentum and when we play bad, you really notice it”, warned Tristan Da Silva. Eintracht Frankfurt-Fraport Skyliners shot 47% from the field and 38% from the parking lot and had 33 rebound1 turnovers while IBAM shot 38% from the field and 29% from the parking lot and had 21 rebounds and 13 turnovers.
In the fourth quarter, Eintracht Frankfurt-Fraport Skyliners was able to keep their big lead mainly because they could match IBAM in the scoring department and the guests couldn´t break away as the quarter ended 15-15. Da Silva continued to execute better on offense and finished the game with 10 points and 8 rebounds on a bad shooting night of 4/12. After the bitter loss, the German who is the little brother of current Stanford(NCAA) standout Oscar Da Silva was disappointed with the loss and his play. “When I´m not scoring, I try to continue to play well for the team in other areas. If I go into halftime with 5 assists then that makes me just as happy as if I had made three three pointers”, added Tristan Da Silva. Eintracht Frankfurt-Fraport Sky
liners continued to get good scoring production from Begue who hit another trey as his shot selection and accuracy shooting 2/3 from outside was spot on and Steinfeld continued to dominate in the paint making a tip in extending the Eintracht Frankfurt-Fraport Skyliners lead to 70-51. Eintracht Frankfurt-Fraport Skyliners continued to play an excellent inside out game keeping IBAM on their toes as their 1-1 defense continued to be weak, while Frankfurt also still had energy on the defensive end forcing IBAM to more turnovers. Eintracht Frankfurt-Fraport Skyliners won the scoring in the last minutes 8-7. Fans witnessed some more scoring from Da Silva who displayed his versatile play with an offensive rebound and put back and runner while Schoormann also had one more exiting highlight ready as he roamed through the zone and for once had no bodies to fly over, but flew alone to the rim finishing with a massive one handed dunk something he already displayed as a 15 year old in NBBL play two years ago. Da Silva closed out the game with a free throw leaving Eintracht Frankfurt-Fraport Skyliners with their biggest victory of the season 78-60. “They got tired and you could feel their frustration. We continued to pressure them and didn´t get hectic. We remained calm in our offensive sets which was very important”, expressed Len Schoormann. “We didn´t stick together. We were abit tired at the end. There is no excuse to let a Schoormann dunk on us like that”, warned Tristan da Silva. Eintracht Frankfurt-Fraport Skyliners was led by Len Schoormann with 23 points. Maxi Begue added 19 points and 8 rebounds. Julian Steinfeld contributed with 14 points, 10 rebounds and 3 blocks while IBAM was led by Rafael Rodriguez with 17 points and 7 rebounds and Tristan da Silva had 10 points and 8 boards. Eintracht Frankfurt-Fraport Skyliners shot 43% from the field and 28% from outside and had 43 rebounds and 15 turnovers while IBAM shot 38% from the field and 21% form outside and had 30 rebounds and 15 turnovers.