With every new loss of Eintracht Frankfurt-Fraport Skyliners, the appetite to finally win and frustration of constantly losing continues to grow. It hasn’t been an easy season for Eintracht Frankfurt-Fraport Skyliners as they had a 0-6 record a few weeks before Christmas. They have been defending well, but their inability to average more than 62 points per game has been the big road block in their journey to gaining wins. It didn’t get any easier as they met Bavarian team Nurnberg Tornados who came to Frankfurt with a 3-3 record. They had started the season in strong fashion with a 3 game winning streak, but lost track in the last weeks sporting a 3 game losing streak. They also are a team that have difficulty scoring, but do a better job on the defensive end allowing only 66 points per game. On an unusual late Sunday starting time at 15,30, Eintracht Frankfurt-Fraport Skyliners welcomed the Tornados who brought their fantastic trio of Trummeter, Feneberg and Joshua Eckert who produce almost half of the team’s points per game and they sparkled once again combining for 54 of the team 86 points. The Bavarian club took charge in the third quarter and despite Eintracht Frankfurt-Fraport Skyliners staging a late surge in the fourth quarter were able to comfortably win the game. After the victory, German guard Leo Trummeter who scored a game high 26 points was pleased with the team win. ‘After 3 bad loses and leading by 13 points in the fourth quarter and losing to IBAM, we didn’t want to let that happen again. We gave it our all and even if our fourth quarter wasn’t so strong, we finished the game. Our big strength today was our energy and tempo’, stressed Leo Trummeter (190-PG-2004) For Eintracht Frankfurt-Fraport Skyliners the losing continues and every new loss is more difficult than the last. One could see the helplessness on the face of Eintracht Frankfurt-Fraport Skyliners head coach Miran Cumurija. ‘I’m at a loss of words. I’m very disappointed. We lost the game in the third quarter. Turnovers continue to be our big problem. We have no problem with our effort. The team is always fighting and playing with heart. They just aren’t getting rewarded’, warned head coach Miran Cumurija.
Barnabas Bode at the FT line
The first quarter was a tight affair as no team could get away from the other as Eintracht Frankfurt-Fraport Skyliners led by 4 points after 10 minutes. Both clubs had problems finding a rhythm as shots weren’t falling in the first minutes. Dusan Nikolic who had been out for months was finally back in action and scored the first basket of the game. But the Eintracht Frankfurt-Fraport Skyliners lead was short lived as 3×3 2022 European champion Simon Feneberg nailed a trey for the 3-2 advantage for the Tornados Franken. Eintracht Frankfurt-Fraport Skyliners had problems coming to terms with the aggressive Tornados defense and coughed up the ball a lot and twice Moritz Ekert scored on transition as the Tornados Franken led 7-4. But Eintracht Frankfurt-Fraport Skyliners then had one of their better phases of the game going on a 11-4 run to lead 15-11 after one quarter. The three’s weren’t falling for either team, so both teams attacked the rim more only with Eintracht Frankfurt-Fraport Skyliners being more successful. Joscha Zentgraf was huge in the run with an offensive rebound and put back and was aggressive getting free throws while Barnabas Bode, Viktor Malinowsky and Alexander Lagemann scored on the drive. Both teams were under 40% from the field and were shooting combined a miserable 1/14 from outside while Eintracht Frankfurt-Fraport Skyliners dominated the boards 16-6, but had an unacceptable 10 turnovers while the guests had 5 turnovers.
Tobias Drochner at the FT line
In the second quarter The Tornados Franken finally found their offensive rhythm scorching Eintracht Frankfurt-Fraport Skyliners for 31 points while the home team had 23 points. The magical trio of Feneberg, Trummeter and Josha Ekert had only had 7 points combined in the first quarter, but in the second quarter scored almost 4 times as much as they combined for 27 points. Feneberg nailed a trey while Josha Ekert had 5 points with a three pointer and floater while Eintracht Frankfurt-Fraport Skyliners got vital support from the bench from German Fabrice Heberer with 4 points and a basket from Sergio Grothe as Frankfurt led 24-19. But the Tornados Franken continued to execute better getting key baskets from Tom Stoiber and Feneberg and Trummeter was incredibly aggressive and played with his usual energy scoring twice with using his quickness on the drive to dead look the game at 28-28. Even if Eintracht Frankfurt-Fraport Skyliners had received key support from their bench, they couldn’t keep their man in front of them and had massive problems on 1-1 defense. The Tornados Franken then took the lead going on a 8-1 run to lead 36-29. In the run it was the magical trio again as Trummeter and Feneberg who hit three’s. Frankfurt stayed close getting baskets from Finley Pruever and Lagermann, but Trummeter was on fire as he was a one man offensive wrecking machine scoring 2 more times. Josha Ekert added a lay in at the end for the Tornados Franken 42-36 lead at half-time. Both teams upped their field goal shooting be only a little under 50% while their three point shooting improved being at 31%. Eintracht Frankfurt-Fraport Skyliners still had the 21-14 rebound edge while Frankfurt only had 5 turnovers being at 14 while the Tornados Franken had only 1 turnover having a total of 6 turnovers.
Sergio Grothe with the la yin
The turning point of the contest came in the third quarter as the Tornados Franken went on a massive run and would never look back. The Tornados Franken came out of the locker room on fire and cruised out on a lethal 15-0 run to extend their lead to 57-41. They made 12 stops in a row as the press was giving Eintracht Frankfurt-Fraport Skyliners enormous problems. Frankfurt coughed up the ball too much having 11 turnovers in the quarter. On offense the Tornados Franken got great support from their bench as the magical trio only had 5 of the 15 points as Trummeter made a lay in and Feneberg hit a trey. Moritz Ekert supplied a three pointer while big man Benedikt Hoppert had 4 points and super role player Tobias Drochner also connected from down town. Julian Haskins finally put Eintracht Frankfurt-Fraport Skyliners on the board at the 4,09 minute mark with a trey. The Tornados Franken were able to keep the big lead as they got added baskets from Josha Ekert with a trey and lay ins from Trummeter and Lucas Gockov. But Eintracht Frankfurt-Fraport Skyliners also had some success executing as Zentgraf and Malinowsky made free throws and Nikolic closed out the third quarter in style with 5 points including a deep trey with Trummeter in his face, but the Tornados Franken still led 66-50 after 30 minutes. ‘The whole team was there in the third quarter. Our press worked well. We have many smaller guys and know how to press. When we press well, then our offense follows’, said Leo Trummeter Both teams shot 44% from the field and 31% from outside while Eintracht Frankfurt-Fraport Skyliners still had the overwhelming rebound edge of 33-21, but Frankfurt had 25 turnovers while the guests had 9 turnovers.
Tom Stoiber with the lay in
Eintracht Frankfurt-Fraport Skyliners kept fighting in the fourth quarter, but couldn’t get over the hump and never trailed by less than 6 points. Eintracht Frankfurt-Fraport Skyliners got on the board first as Sergio Gorthe made a lay in as the loose ball flew into his arms like an early Christmas present and the team was aggressive in the first minutes getting to the free throw line as well but Grothe and Malinowsky only scored one free throw. The guests got a big basket from bench player Tobias Neubert and led 71-54. But then came one last gasp of air by Eintracht Frankfurt-Fraport Skyliners as they dominated going on a big 10-1 run to cut the guests lead down to 72-64. Nikolic once again demonstrated that he can score in bunches as he made a trey and then a big one handed dunk. Lagerman also scored twice using his great athleticism scoring twice in the lane. Eintracht Frankfurt-Fraport Skyliners had the momentum and seemed like they would get over the hump, but then came the biggest moment of the game for Leo Trummeter as he scored back to back transition buckets putting a dagger through Eintracht Frankfurt-Fraport Skyliners big heart as the Tornados Franken led 78-64. ‘I always play with high energy. But my team supported me today. It is most important when every guy can give their support to the win and that is what we did’, commented Leo Trummeter Eintracht Frankfurt-Fraport Skyliners still had energy and just kept chipping away at the Tornados Franken lead and again made a magical run of 9-1 to trail only 79-73. Eintracht Frankfurt-Fraport Skyliners upped their defensive aggressiveness and on offense got key buckets from Bode who hit a trey and Lagerman and Grothe scored in the paint. But time was running out for Eintracht Frankfurt-Fraport Skyliners as Tornados Franken center Benedikt Hoppert made a lay in and dunk to give the guests the 84-75 lead and win. ‘Our energy helped us get the win at the end’, said Leo Trummeter ‘Our record doesn’t mirror how good we are. We have the talent. We should have 3 wins already’, warned Miran Cumurija. The Tornados Franken were led by Leo Trummeter with 26 points. Simon Feneberg added 16 points and 10 boards while Joscha Ekert had 14 points while Eintracht Frankfurt-Fraport Skyliners were led by Alexander Lagerman with 14 points while Dusan Nikolic added 12 points. The Tornados Franken shot 45% from the field and 30% from the parking lot and had 29 rebounds and 16 turnovers while Eintracht Frankfurt-Fraport Skyliners shot 45% from the field and 30% from the parking lot and had 45 rebounds and 28 turnovers.