The Fraport Skyliners Win It For Quantez Robertson The Team´s New All-time Scorer Coming From Behind To Defeat The Hamburg Towers 97-93

29.01.2023 / Basketball BBL / -23- Quantez Tez Robertson / FRAPORT SKYLINERS

A few weeks ago the basketball life of the Fraport Skyliners looked a bit rosier again as they had a little bit more breathing from the cellar, but after 2 loses in a row again to Crailsheim and Chemnitz, the nervousness is taking shape again as they were tied with Braunschweig with 4 wins a piece and only had 1 win more than 18th placed team medi Bayreuth. The only good news was that they had won 3 of their last 4 games in their own living room. But the way they played in the last loss at home to Crailsheim made one uneasy about their overall play. They met 14th placed team Hamburg Towers who were sporting a unsatisfactory 6-10 record and had recently fired Raoul Korner. They came to Frankfurt sporting a 5 game losing streak and had also lost their last 3 easyCredit BBL games. Both teams were reeling on the edge and were in desperate need of a win. Fans in the arena saw two completely different halves as the Hamburg Towers dominated the first half, but in the second half watched as the Fraport Skyliners make a heroic comeback after being fueled by Quantez Robertson (188-SG-1984, college: Auburn, agency: Interperformances) breaking Pascal Roller’s club points record edging Hamburg 97-93. After the big win, Quantez Robertson was being flooded with interviews and fans wanting autographs, but one of the other hero’s JJ Frazier was alone in the runaway and was in a good mood to reflect on the 40 minutes of severe hard work. ‘Hamburg out ran us in the first half and were more physical and tougher and just executed a lot better at both ends. We always felt like we had a chance. We just wanted to keep it close. We just kept it simple and played at our pace. We started to make shots and they didn’t. We played well together and played smart in the fourth quarter getting the lead and keeping it. I always want to win it for Tez’, smiled Fraport Skyliner guard JJ Frazier. The Hamburg Towers lost total grip of the game in the second half and with time and every new Frankfurt basket got more unsure of themselves. They coughed up the ball at an alarming high rate and were just smothered by the Skyliners energy and fan support in crunch-time. ‘We played 20 good minutes of basketball. We got lazy and sloppy in the third quarter. Frankfurt made tough shots in the fourth quarter. When you feel comfortable and have the crowd behind you, you feel like every shot you take will go in’, warned Ex Paderborn guard Kendale McCullum.

Yoeli Childs at the FT line

It took the Hamburg Towers a few minutes to get going, but when they did the Fraport Skyliners were reeling and allowed 32 points in the first quarter. Ex Fraport Skyliner Len Schoormann got Hamburg on the score board first sneaking inside for the back door lay in. Frankfurt didn’t waste anytime either as German National player Lukas Wank scored 5 unanswered points for the 5-2 advantage. But the Hamburg Towers then started to display their strong offensive power going on a 18-7 run to lead 20-9. Before the Fraport Skyliners knew it, they had gotten their 5th team foul at the 7,09 minute mark. Hamburg did the logical thing and attacked inside as ex BYU (NCAA) Yoeli Childs was in constant attack mode and scored 3 buckets for the 15-9 advantage. Childs that fed ex Bayreuth guard Lukas Meissner for the 2 hand stuff and ex Bayreuth guard James Woodard nailed a trey. Frankfurt had no intensity on defense as it looked at times like the Hamburg Towers were on a casual Sunday walk doing whatever they wanted to in their living room. The Fraport Skyliners them executed well back to back nailing 2 three’s from sniper Marcus Lewis and ex Georgia (NCAA) guard JJ Frazier to cut the lead down to 21-15. But Frankfurt’s up and down play continued as they could never use their momentum to their advantage as new mistakes led to easy baskets for Hamburg. The Hamburg Towers then shifted gears out of nowhere going on a 11-2 run to lead 32-17. In The run ex ACB player from Slovenia Ziga Samar scored 7 points leading the charge scoring inside twice as there was no 1-1 defense from Frankfurt. Ex Vechta forward Seth Hinrichs also added a basket. Frankfurt closed out the first quarter with 2 Joshua Obiesie free throws and a lay in by 221cm giant Matt Haarms to trail 32-21. The Hamburg Towers showed their precision shooting of 10/14 shooting from the 2 point range and 9 players scored showing their love to share the ball and team play. ‘They came out aggressive and put us in foul trouble. We were behind the 8 ball, but knew that we had to regroup’, stated JJ Frazier.

JJ Frazier turn around shot

In the second quarter the Hamburg Towers continued to dominate as the Fraport Skyliners had positive short spurts on offense, but couldn’t hold down the fort on defense. Hamburg began with a swift 6-0 run halting Frankfurt’s first 5 possessions. Hamburg continued to move the ball well and get everyone involved as Childs and Woodard scored easily in the paint and new French guard Anthony Polite also got into the action with a lay up and commanding 38-21 lead. But then it was time for the Fraport Skyliners to showcase some lightening offense going on a quick 8-0 run. Obiesie began with a lay in at the 7,14 mark and then it was Skyliner legend Quantez Robertson who scored 3 buckets in a row something that hadn’t been seen in a while from him. He gave the team a lot of energy at both ends as Hamburg led only 38-29. It was a game of runs as now it was Hamburg’s turn again as they went on a 6-0 run to lead 44-29. Polite made a tip in, then McCullum caught Frankfurt napping as he unleashed a Tom Brady like touch down pass to Meissner for an easy basket and then made free throws. Frankfurt never gave up and then went on a run of 11-3 to cut the Hamburg lead down to 47-40. Frankfurt got massive support from their imports as Lithuanian sniper Laurynas Beliauskas drilled home 2 three’s, Lewis made a dunk on transition and Isaiah Washington dropped a trey. But once again the Fraport Skyliners couldn’t keep the momentum and allowed Hamburg to go into the break with a 7-0 run to lead 54-40. In the run they got a lay in by Samar, three ball from McCullum and free throws from Meissner. ‘We couldn’t get defensive stops. We were always a step behind and didn’t communicate well’, added JJ Frazier. The Fraport Skyliners shot 44% from the two point range and 41% from outside and had 17 boards and 5 turnovers while the Hamburg Towers shot 63% from the two point range and 36% from outside and had 23 rebounds and 3 turnovers.

Lukas Meissner from outside

In the third quarter the Fraport Skyliners continued to chip away at the Hamburg Towers and got closer as they scored 26 points and trailed only by 6 points after 3 quarters. Matt Haarms got Frankfurt on the board first in the second half with an easy lay in to trail 54-42. Hamburg then got sound production from Meissner with a lay in and Polite dropped a trey as Frankfurt trailed 59-46. Frankfurt continued to execute a lot better on offense and got a tap in from Haarms, three by Obiesie and a Frazier three pointer as Hamburg led only 62-54. But as hard as the Fraport Skyliners were fighting, they just couldn’t get over the hump as Polite continued to be a menace from outside scoring and Hinrichs connected on a turn around shot for the 67-54 advantage. But then came the historic and big moment of Quantez Robertson. He scored on a back door to be 1 point behind Pascal Roller and then scored on a lay in to become the all-time scorer as Frankfurt trailed 67-58. ‘Tez has been huge in my adjustment here. When he plays well, we play well. He is a role model for anyone. He has been around a lot longer than I have and I try to soak in as much as possible and apply it to my game’, warned JJ Frazier. Once again Frankfurt couldn’t take the momentum and ride with it as Marcus Lewis got a technical and got ejected from the game. That led to a free throw by Samar and Hinrichs lay in for the 70-58 lead. But Frankfurt still had lots of energy left in their come back attempt closing out the third quarter on a 8-2 run to trail only 72-66. Beliauskas and Obiesie did the brunt of the damage with 2 three’s while Tez lifted the decibel level in his living room with a hard two handed dunk on transition. ‘We didn’t really make any adjustments but just played better together. In the first half we were losing it and not wanting to win it. Now we wanted to prove that we could beat them’, added JJ Frazier. ‘I don’t think that the Tez record propelled them to do better things. They were just loose and were playing free. It is hard to play against a team that is really confident. Congrats to Tez on the record’, stated Kendale McCullum. The Hamburg Towers continued to shoot well from the two point range at 62% and 43% from downtown and had 29 rebounds and 11 turnovers while the Fraport Skyliners shot 48% from the two point range and 46% from downtown and had 24 rebounds and 8 turnovers.

Marcus Lewis at the FT line

In the fourth quarter the Cinderella game story of the Fraport Skyliners came true as they successfully completed their come back. They didn’t waste anytime as Beliauskas continued to have the hot hand drilling a trey and Haarms connected on a 20 footer to cut the Hamburg lead down to 72-71. But the Hamburg Towers weren’t prepared or willing to cave in just yet as Woodard hit another trey and Childs made a massive 2 handed dunk to keep the lead at 79-76. Ex Fraport Skyliner Jonas Wolfarth-Botterman made a put back dunk to keep Frankfurt at bay at 81-78. But after that play the dam burst for the Fraport Skyliners as they went on a 12-4 run to take the commanding 90-84 lead in crunch-time. Obiesie and Beliauskas made key baskets, but it was JJ Frazier that made the real clutch baskets making a 2 point lead into 6 points with a lay in and a runner. ‘I felt like Josh Obiesie might be getting tired so I tried to put some pressure off of him. I know what I’m capable of. I know my team doesn’t always need my offense, but at the end they did and I delivered’, warned JJ Frazier. After one McCulum free throw, Joshua Obiesie then nailed a clutch off balance three pointer with a hand in his face and 93-85 lead as Hamburg seemed helpless. ‘We knew that we had to get Josh the ball. He is a big shot type of maker. Once he get’s going, no shot is tough for him’, stressed JJ Frazier. Hamburg made exciting one last time as Woodard scored a trey and Polite made a reverse lay up to cut the Frankfurt lead to 93-90, but Obiesie sealed the win with 4 free throws. ‘We were battling the whole time and once we were down 3 points, we knew it was time to really execute. The difference was contested shots that we made them take. In the first half they got a lot of open looks’, stated JJ Frazier. ‘They made contested shots. They got big three’s from Beliauskas, Obiesie and Frazier. They had the confidence to make any shots’, warned Kendale McCullum. The Fraport Skyliners had 6 guys in double figures and were led by Joshua Obiesie with 21 points. Quantez Robertson and Laurynas Beliauskas added 14 points a piece while the Hamburg Towers were led by Anthony Polite with 17 points. Yoeli Childs added 14 points and Ziga Samar and Kendale McCullum added 13 points a piece. The Fraport Skyliners shot 51% from the field and 50% from outside and had 30 rebounds and 9 turnovers while the Hamburg Towers shot 55% from the field and 38% from outside and had 36 rebounds and 16 turnovers.


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