After a tough start to the season where the Fraport Skyliners had to play a number of the top BBL teams, they have slowly come into their own and are beating the teams that they have to. In the last weeks they beat teams like Chemnitz, Bayreuth, Braunschweig, MBC and BG Goettingen all teams that they had to beat to keep competitive in a very exciting league this season. They could of even had one more win more, but threw away a victory in Giessen. The Fraport Skyliners met s.Oliver Wurzburg sporting a 5-6 record while their Bavarian opponent had a unsatisfying 3-7 record, but last weekend had beat the Telekom Baskets Bonn 89-77 and had a spec of self-confidence as did the Fraport Skyliners. It was one of those games where one of the best players Matt Mobley took a step back and watched two ex Pro B players Cameron Hunt and Rasheed Moore steal the show as they exploded and combined for 46 points, but Hunt had the last laugh as he helped carry s.Oliver Wurzburg to a much deserved 80-72 victory. “Moore is very powerful inside., His big strength is his outside shot. He is tough, versatile and a tough cover”, stated Cameron Hunt. “Hunt is a quick guard that hit tough shots. When he gets going and attacks the rim, he is hard to stop. It is nice seeing guys from low levels succeed. I always root for the low level guys”, stated Rasheed Moore It was a game that was even in the first half and a game in the second half that gave both teams runs, but it was Wurzburg that had the last run that decided the game. S.Oliver Wurzburg head coach Denis Wucherer had the same stern expression on his face despite having a big win, but one could see that he was very proud of his boys. “The team showed today that when you have the right heart, chemistry, attitude and energy, that you can come away with a win. Today we gave a very good answer”, stressed Denis Wucherer. The Fraport Skyliners played a solid game, but when it mattered most in crunch-time were unable to execute on offense or get the needed stops. “We didn´t play with the necessary physical energy in the second half. We had problems on the offensive glass and it hurt that we didn´t have Kessens. It was one of those days where not everyone was clicking and we didn´t have guys step up when we needed it”, stressed Fraport Skyliner forward Rasheed Moore. “We played together despite missing some guys. One of our goals was to win the rebound battle and we did. Our German guys and bench really stepped it up”, stressed Wurzburg guard Cameron Hunt.
The first quarter was a tight battle that saw both clubs share the lead, but no team led by more than 4 points. S.Oliver Wurzburg got the rapid 5-2 lead as German Felix Hoffmann connected on a trey and ex Weber State(NCAA) center Brekkot Chapman scored on a lay in after getting the perfect feed from American Tyson Ward. Ward who balled at North Dakota State University (NCAA) came back and hit a trey from the corner extending the guests lead to 8-4. Frankfurt got some key baskets from ex Vechta center Michael Kessens and ex Davidson)NCAA) guard Jon Axel Gundmundsson to dead lock the game at 8-8. Frankfurt continued to work for good shots and gained the 14-10 advantage as Gundmundsson nailed a trey and ex Miami(NCAA) center Kamari Murphy hauled in a bullet pass from Quantez Robertson for the easy lay in. At the 2,15 minute mark, American second year man Cameron Hunt was inserted. He quickly took over the reigns of the Wurzburg offense and led it on a 7-3 run to end the first quarter tied at 17-17. The American who tore up the NAIA averaging 31,5ppg as a senior at Southwestern College, KS (NAIA) was involved in the last three Wurzburg scores. He hit free throws, then made the extra pass for a Koch trey and then hit a tough turn around shot to end the first quarter. “The first quarter was a feeling out process. After a while both teams found each other out”, stressed Cameron Hunt.
The second quarter continued to be a very tight affair as no teams could get away from each other as no team led by more than 3 points. In the first minutes, it was Gundmundsson and Hunt that carried their teams. The Iceland national player connected for 5 points as he made a coast to coast lay in and dropped a trey from the wing while Hunt connected on a three pointer and then displayed his amazing first step scoring with his left hand and giving Wurzburg the 26-22 advantage. There had been no real runs in the contest until now where the Fraport Skyliners found some offensive daylight and went on a 7-0 run to capture the lead back at 29-26. In the run the 2004 BBL champion got important support from guard Joe Rahon and Quantez Robertson who scored in the paint and Gundmundsson nailed another trey as his calmness behind the parking lot was mesmerizing. Despite Frankfurt having an offensive rhythm, they continued to have little break downs on defense that allowed Wurzburg to still be able to peak their heads through the back door. A Chapman 20 footer and another Hunt trey tied the game at 31-31. Wurzburg was able to go into the break with the narrow 38-35 advantage, Wurzburg did a fine job spreading the ball around as Ward made a lay in in traffic, Koch showed that his quickness is underrated scoring with his left hand on a lay in and Chapman hit free throws. Hunt was a big help for Wurzburg as his key offense continued to carry the team. “I just took what the defense gave me. When I had open looks, I took them. I knew that we needed a spark”, said Cameron Hunt.
In the third quarter the Fraport Skyliners broke free and led by as much as 11 points, but allowed s.Oliver Wurzburg to hang around as they came back and trailed only 59-58 after 30 minutes. The Fraport Skyliners didn´t waste anytime to make a change in the tight game by cruising on a lethal 16-2 run to take the 51-40 lead. In the run, it was the domination of Rasheed Moore who got on fire as he scored 11 points. He hit two three pointers,scored in inside and got to the free throw line. Mobley also added a three pointer as the Fraport Skyliners moved the ball better and forced the guests to tough shots. “This was a good career day for me. I didn´t play that well in the first half and wanted to be more aggressive in the second half. My teammates told me to shoot the ball more which helped me get into a rhythm”, stated Rasheed Moore. But just as quickly as Frankfurt got a double digit lead, they also lost it again as s.Oliver Wurzburg took their run out scoring Frankfurt 18-8 to trail only 59 -58. In the run the guests did a good job taking advantage of Michael Kessens having had to leave the game because of injury getting the ball more to Chapman who scored. But Wurzburg also showcased their offensive versatility as they let it rain getting three pointers from Koch and Hunt. Hunt was also on fire in this run scoring 7 points including a floater. “We also had been down in Bonn and were able to come back. So we knew that it was all about sticking together. We knew that it was still a long game and it was a game of runs and we would come back”, said Cameron Hunt.
The first five minutes of the fourth quarter remained a dog fight, but as crunch-time approached s.Oliver Wurzburg made the last punch of the game and decided the game with a game ending 13-6 run to win their second game in a row. S.Oliver Wurzburg kept their offensive pressure on keeping the lead as they got a bank shot trey from Julius Albus and Cameron Hunt showed twice how well he can pick between finishing and finding his teammates as he fed young German center Jonas Weitzel for two easy lay ins. Rasheed Moore continued to execute and keep Frankfurt close with another three pointer and lay in to trail only 67-66. S.Oliver Wurzburg then went on their run as German Florian Koch was huge making a lay in and 15 footer while the Wurzburg defense forced a turnover and Gundmundsson shot an air ball as Frankfurt trailed 71-66. Wurzburg continued to defend hard and got two more stops which led to a Chapman lay in taking advantage of Frankfurt´s small ball and young German Joshua Obiesie hit a trey for the 76-66 Wurzburg lead with little time remaining. It didn´t help Frankfurt´s cuase that they couldn´t get to the free throw line on a consistent basis. Wurzburg did a great job not letting Frankfurt top scorer Matt Mobley get shots. “We really needed to get him the ball more. He didn´t have a great game, but all a scorer like that needs is to see the ball go in once. That can help him get on a roll. Once he gets going, it opens up everything for us”, stated Rasheed Moore. After Mobley hit a free throw, Wurzburg then slammed the door shut on Frankfurt with a Ward lay in and Chapman free throws for the 80-67 lead. Gundmundsson closed out the game with five consecutive points, but it was too late too little. “We saw Frankfurt go small so we gave Chapman the ball more. On defense we did all the little things and everyone was talking”, stated Cameron Hunt. “They hit big shots and their offensive rebounds killed us”, said Rasheed Moore. S.Oliver Wurzburg was led by Cameron Hunt with 23 points and 7 dimes, Brekkot Chapman had 18 points and 10 rebounds and Florian Koch added 14 points while the Fraport Skyliners were led by Rasheed Moore with 23 points and Jon Axel Gundmundsson had 21 points. S.Oliver Wurzburg shot 46% from the field and 36% from outside and had 37 rebounds and 11 turnovers while the Fraport Skyliners shot 45% from the field and 39% from outside and had 27 rebounds and 13 turnovers.