Quinton Hooker is a 24 year old 183cm guard from Brooklyn Park, Minnesota playing his third professional season and first with Falco-Vulcano Energia KC Szombathely (Hungary-A Division) currently averaging 9,7ppg, 2,6rpg and 3,0apg in Hungary and 8,7ppg, 3,7rpg and 3,1apg in the BCL. Last season he played with Jean D’Arc Vichy Clermont Metropole (France-ProB) playing 36 games averaging 12.1ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.1apg, Steals-5 (1.6spg), FGP: 46.2%, 3PT: 42.2%, FT: 81.7%. As a rookie he played with GTK Gliwice (Poland-PLK) playing 31 games averaging 15.0ppg, 4.7rpg, 5.0apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 47.8%, 3PT: 36.6%, FT: 74.8%. He played at University of North Dakota (NCAA) from 2013-2017 playing a total of 124 NCAA games and had brilliant statistical seasons as a junior and senior averaging 20.1ppg, 4.9rpg, 3.5apg, 1.9spg, FGP: 53.3%, 3PT: 38.3%, FT: 85.8% and 19.3ppg, 4.6rpg, 3.6apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 48.6%, 3PT: 44.4%, FT: 86.5%. He spoke to germanhoops.com before a Basketball Champions League game against the Telekom Baskets Bonn in Bonn.
Quinton thanks for talking to germanhoops.com Welcome to Germany. Is this your first time to Germany? What has been your overall impression of the country and it’s basketball over the years?
This is my first time in Germany. I know that it is a top and competitive league in Europe.
After playing your first two professional seasons in Poland and France your now playing your first season in international club competition. You have been to Greece, Turkey and Italy to name just a few. You have seen so many new countries within a period of 3 months. Was there a place that stood out for you?
That’s a tough question, but if I had to chose one it would have to be Spain. I have visited Barcelona before. The country in general was very nice.
Your playing your first season with Falco-Vulcano Energia KC Szombathely (Hungary-A Division). What kind of experience has it been wearing their jersey and are the expectations high to defend their first ever club title?
Coming off a title season and now playing in the Basketball Champions League and playing well, there has been pressure on us from the organization, but in a right way. We all want to win. We have the capabilities to win. We just have to take it one day at a time.
How would compare the league to the other two leagues you have played in in Poland and France in terms of style and player talent?
Playing in the Hungarian league, each game is a battle. There are good imports in this league and the teams overall are deep.
The club has been playing very well in the Hungarian A-League and in the Basketball Champions League mainly with many new faces. What has been the secret to the success of the team?
We knew coming in that it would be difficult playing in two competitions. The coaching staff put confidence in us early and we haven’t lacked any. We gelled early as a team and we all want to win. Also not having been selfish as a team has helped us as well. We go out there thinking that we can win each game.
Let’s talk a little about your teammates. How appreciative have you been of teammate Juvonte Reddic? How has he made your job a lot easier on the court?
It is great having a big guy like him on board. He has shown dominance in both leagues. He is always ready each night. I can always trust him that he will be in the right position. I feel he doesn’t get the right amount of credit for his basketball IQ. He always gets the team going as well.
How important has the signing of Ron Curry Been? How vital has the fact been that this is his second tour of duty with this team?
The addition of Ron Curry has been huge for us. He has a lot of experience and played in Hungary has been important. He brings another winning mentality to the team. His biggest asset that he can always get a bucket or a stop on defense. He has fit in with the team right away.
Let’s talk about your game. You’re a 183cm point guard that can do a lot on the court. If you had to compare your game to an NBA player who would best fit the description?
Being a 6 foot point guard I Have been compared to many point guards. Guys from the past that I have been compared has been Chauncey Billiups and Andre Miller. Now I get compared to guys like Fred Van Fleet and Jahmeer Nelson.
I have to ask you about your outside shooting. You have been shooting the ball well in the last few years as a senior at North Dakota and last season in France. This season you are shooting out the lights in Hungry, but poorly in the Basketball Champions League. What has annoyed you most about your current shooting accuracy?
The difference is consistency. It is frustrating not having the consistency in both leagues. I just take it game by game. I know that I will hit shots and miss shots, but no matter what I always have that confidence that I will hit every shot I take. Being able to be a good shooter, you have to have that mental trust.
How much pride do you take on playing defense? What do you do on a regular basis in practice to continue to increase your defensive performance?
Being able to step it up on the defensive end has been a big focus for me this season. I have to give a lot of credit to coach who has challenged me to make the next step. He has pushed me to get better on racing around screens or in the full court. The coaching staff does a good job pushing the whole team. I also try to push everyone in practice. I go harder in practice so other guys can react.
Last season you played with Jean D’Arc Vichy Clermont Metropole (France-ProB) playing 36 games averaging 12.1ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.1apg, Steals-5 (1.6spg), FGP: 46.2%, 3PT: 42.2%, FT: 81.7%. You finished the season losing 2 tough games to Gries/Oberhoffen. Why couldn’t the team close out those games?
It was a tough series. It came down to a close home game loss at their place. It was tough losing our home game on a final second shot. The loss took the energy away from us. It was tough losing like that and then playing on the road and losing in a tough environment. They were the type of team that played lights out at home. We were fighting to survive, but they made more shots.
As a rookie you played with GTK Gliwice (Poland-PLK) playing 31 games averaging 15.0ppg, 4.7rpg, 5.0apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 47.8%, 3PT: 36.6%, FT: 74.8%. What was your wake up call to being a rookie in Europe where you knew that you were very far away from home?
My wake up call to being a rookie in Europe happened around November/December when I realized that the season is a long one. I realized at that point that I wasn’t going to get a break. You have to take the good with the bad. I realized that not many have the opportunity to live the dream of being a professional player.
How important was it having fellow rookie Jonathan Williams on your side. Was the whole adjustment period as a rookie easier because you had him on your side?
Having him and Maverick Morgan made going through the rookie process a lot easier. We figured things out together. We got each other through everything.
You had a massive 40 point double double game and with a little more luck with the bounces and rebounds could have had a triple double against BM Slam Stal, but lost the game 96-94. After doing so much on the scoring front how much did it hurt losing this game?
That game was a tough one to lose. It was near the end of the season. We had won something like 6 or 7 games in a row and making a push for the playoffs, after having a bad start. It would have been a big win for us.
You played at North Dakota University (NCAA) from 2013-2017. Not many guys have made the professional ranks. Have you been aware of Harry Boyce who carved out a nice career in Germany?
Yes I had seen pics of Harry Boyce at the university. We haven’t had too many guys that have went the professional way, but in the last years and now we have been trying to change that.
You averaged 20 and 19 points as a junior and senior. Did you develop a chip on your shoulder after putting up numbers like that? Do you feel like the Big Sky Conference is underrated?
Yes I do feel the conference is underrated. There are a lot of good mid major programs in the conference. The conference is very competitive and schools beating non conference schools. There have been quite a few players that have gone to professional careers. Because of this, I have had a chip on my shoulder and so have many other players in the conference.
I would have thought after your very strong rookie season in Poland that you would have been taken by clubs in higher leagues in Europe. Has this fact motivated you to keep grinding harder and harder as a professional? Yes of course. After having a good season in France Pro B and now playing in the BCL and being able to continue to develop is very important. I feel that the whole development process isn’t always seen on the stat sheet. Being on a winning team now and playing in the BCL has made me continue to keep pushing hard. I know that this season is another huge opportunity for me.
How vital was the small point guard senior Aaron Anderson when you were a freshman for your game? Did his pesky play prepare you well for the kind of adversity you can get on the court at the NCAA level?
I learned a lot from Aaron Just learning from him day to day was important especially how to keep body and mind right. He didn’t only show me the ropes, but also pushed me to help me get to that next level. He also did a good job integrating me into the team.
You had so many great games in the NCAA. You had a triple double against Idaho State and scorched Weber State and Portland State for 38 points. Which of these games was your most memorable?
That is a tough question, but I think my most memorable game was thetriple double game. That was the first triple double in school history. And being able to achieve it at home made it that much more special. But the most memorable moment was going to the NCAA tournament.
In your last NCAA game you lost to Arizona, but netted 25 points against future NBA players Rawle Alkins, Kadeem Allen, Alonzo Trier and Lauri Markkanen holding your own against them. Do you feel like you got noticed after this game?
I think I did. I played well. After I got 3 NBA pre draft workouts with the Timberwolves, Raptors and Rockets. It really helped my situation. It also showed that a guy from North Dakota could play well against top level competition.
How did head coach Brian Jones groom and prepare you best for a professional basketball career?
He did an amazing job. He had a big influence on me in being able to grow and get better each year. He gave me insight and expectations to lead the team and help make other players paly at my level. I was also fortunate to have great assistant coaches.
Who won a one on one back in the day you or Aaron Anderson?
I have to go with me. He will say himself. We had many battles and he may have got me a few times, but I edged him out. It was always competitive
Who was the toughest player that you battled in the NCAA that is in the NBA?
Alonzo Trier of the New York Knicks. He is a walking bucket. People overlooked him going into the NBA Draft.
Please name your 5 best teammates of all-time?
Devin Buckley, Carson Shanks, Geno Craddle, Aaron Anderson and Juvonte Reddic.
If you had to construct your very own NBA Rushmore which 4 heads past or present would you take?
Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Lebron James, Chauncey Billiups.
What is your personal opinion of the never ending debate of who is the greatest of all-time Michael Jordan or Lebron James?
It is tough to debate. I never saw Jordan play live and seeing a player play in person is always different. I have to take Lebron James.
Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners entered the short Christmas break losing a tough 88-66 contest to undefeated team Porsche Ludwigsburg BBA and returned back to their living room for the second half of the season having to face the same club coached by David Gale and assistant David Mccray who had a long successful BBL career that now has decided to give back to German basketball and guide the youth. In that first game against Ludwigsburg, except for a strong second quarter, the 4-3 Frankfurt team had difficulty scoring as they averaged only 14 points in the other three quarters and were way over their season points allowed average of 69 points. Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners had difficulty containing huge German talent Ariel Hukporti who guided the Ludwigsburg team with 24 points and 12 boards. Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners did a good job battling under the boards losing the rebound battle 46-44. Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners definitely showed signs of good effort, but just couldn´t find a good offensive rhythm against the leagues sixth best defense as they gave up only 61 points per game. With 2020 here, Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners wanted to start off the new year in fine fashion and had revenge on their minds It looked good for one half as Eintracht Frankfurt led 28-20 and had stifled the guests with their defense forcing them to only 17% shooting from the field, but in the second half Porsche BBA Ludwigsburg changed up their game bringing an aggressive press defense and their offense finally started to click and hit shots scoring 29 points in the third quarter paralyzing Frankfurt for the 76-61 victory. After the win 213cm beast Ariel Huckporti reflected on the win. “We weren´t strong in the first half, but in the second half we played as a team. We moved the ball better and hit shots. Our press also worked very well helping us to the win”, stressed U-18 German national player Ariel Huckporti. In basketball a game takes 40 minutes and Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners only played for 20 minutes and paid the price in the second half. “We couldn´t match their energy in the second half and we couldn´t play well against their press break. We weren´t on the same page. Ludwigsburg began to hit shots and we weren´t consistent. I also feel like we were missing some experience”, stated ex TG Hanau forward Calvin Schaum.
Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners jumped on top of Porsche BBA Ludwigsburg right of the jump ball taking a quick 5-1 lead with a Schaum trey and a lay in from ex Cologne JBBL player Jordan Samare. Frankfurt got good rebounding help from allrounder Maxi Begue and played solid defense, but the guests did miss some easy shots. The guests didn´t let Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners walk over them for long as Johannes Patrick the son of MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg head coach John Patrick took control displaying a very high intensity hitting a clutch trey and then making an acrobatic lay in giving his team a 7-5 advantage. Now the game lead would change hands a few times as Samare scored a lay in and Johannes Patrick stayed aggressive finishing with his left hand in the paint for the 9-8 lead. Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners then got the lead back and wouldn´t relinquish it again until the third quarter. Down the stretch of the first quarter, Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners took total control again finishing with a 11-4 run to lead comfortably 20-12. In the run Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners got a three pointer from Begue and a transition bucket from Risto Vasiljevic and a trey and fade away jumper from Schaum. Porsche BBA Ludwigsburg continued not being able to hit the ocean as their field goal percentage was horrible which Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners took total advantage of. “Frankfurt did a good job getting stops and containing Hukporti in the paint and allowing him to pass the ball more which led to turnovers and easy baskets which opened up the game”, stressed Fraport Skyliners Junior Nigel Pruitt. Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners shot 46% from the field and 40% from outside and had 13 rebounds and 7 turnovers while Porsche BBA Ludwigsburg shot 18% from the field and 14% form outside and had 12 rebounds and 5 turnovers.
In the second quarter Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners continued to defend solidly and Porsche BBA Ludwigsburg continued to miss shots. Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners began the second quarter with a put back from Calvin Schaum and on the defensive end got a massive block from Samare on 16 year old Giovani Calamita. There were a few minutes where both teams hit nothing. Porsche BBA Ludwigsburg finally got on the board for the first time in the quarter at the 5,43 mark as Lukas Herzog who has 5 BBL games on his resume nailed a huge three pointer. Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners then got a lay in from Samare as Begue gave him the prefect no look pass for the 24-16 Frankfurt advantage. Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners continued to defend well and kept Huckporti from dominating in the paint he way he would have liked. Huckporti couldn´t be stopped forever as he glistened with a beautiful old school left handed hook shot which was matched by a Begue lay in as Len Schoormann gave him the pretty no look bounce pass for the 26-18 lead. Huckporti had 2 more big moments in the last minutes getting a lay in and then totally stuffing a Schoorman dunk attempt. Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners closed out the second quarter with Brummert and Begue free throws and the 28-22 lead. “It was a very physical game and one could see that there were some 1-1 personal battles. The Frankfurt offense slowed down and they held the ball too long getting three second shots”, stressed Nigel Pruitt. Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners shot 28% from the field and 17% from the three point line and had 30 rebounds and 13 turnovers while Porsche BBA Ludwigsburg shot 17% from the field and 17% from the three point line and had 24 rebounds and 9 turnovers.
The turning point of the contest happened in the third quarter as Porsche BBA Ludwigsburg changed their game starting an agonizing press which Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners couldn´t handle and their offense finally began to play the way that they know how scoring 29 points and lead 51-45 after 30 minutes. 18 year old 211cm big man Julian Steinfeld of Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners got his team on the board with a hard two handed dunk and 30-22 advantage. But then the tide turned drastically in favor of Porsche BBA Ludwigsburg as they cruised out on a lethal 20-3 run to lead 42-33. In the run Porsche BBA Ludwigsburg finally began to find their three point range getting two trey´s from Herzog, one three from Radii Casin who has 43 Regionalliga games and 19 Pro A games on his resume with Vechta. The guests also scored in the paint getting strong production from 17 year old 207cm modern forward Georg-Christian Cotara who has a game similar to CSKA Moscow center Johannes Voigtmann got a lay in and made a pretty hook shot. 17 year old 192cm Tyreese Blunt also strengthened the run with a smooth step back three pointer. Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners stayed with the guests getting buckets from Begue and 17 year old 191cm guard Ben Karbe to cut Ludwigsburg´s lead to 44-39. It looked like Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners were back on track after Samar made a lay in cutting Ludwigsburg´s lead to 44-41, but then a Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners foul and technical foul led to 4 Hukporti free throws. Porcshe BBA Ludwigsburg had the 51-45 advantage after 30 minutes. “We don´t like the slow game so we speeded it up. Herzog carried team with big shots”, added Ariel Huckporti. “We continue to have problems in the third quarter which has been happening a lot this season. They got hot and we couldn´t match their energy or press. They wanted it more than we did”, stressed Calvin Schaum. Porsche BBA Ludwigsburg shot 26% from the field and 32% from the parking lot and had 31 rebounds and 14 turnovers while Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners shot 31% from the field and 11% from the parking lot and had 40 rebounds and 21 turnovers.
Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners had a good start in the fourth but they couldn´t stay consistent allowing Porsche BBA Ludwigsburg on a run from which they couldn´t recover and get over the hump. Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners went on a quick 4-0 run getting buckets from Schaum with a lay in and a basket from Erik Brummert. Begue was huge in this phase making a beautiful pass while being tripled and found the big man and then sprinted back on defense stripping Johannes Patrick the ball forcing a turnover. But despite this energy from Begue, Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners gave up a 13-4 run as Porsche BBA Ludwigsburg had the comfortable 64-53 lead and never looked back. In the run the guests silenced Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners rapidly with back to back three´s from Herzog and Johannes Patrick. The Porsche BBA Ludwigsburg defense continue to sizzle getting steals and a transition basket from Johannes Patrick and a tap in from Cotoara and a turn around shot from Herzog. Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners were unable to get over the hump as the guests continued to execute well on offense. The big men Steinfeld and Huckporti exchanged baskets , but Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners still trailed 67-57. Down the stretch Herzog nailed his fifth and later his sixth three pointers and Huckporti put a harsh exclamation point on the win with a brutal left handed dunk that got one or the other ooh´s in the gym. Begue closed out the game with a runner, but Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners moved to 4-4 while Porsche BBA Ludwigsburg went to 9-0. “Frankfurt came back, but we didn´t want to give away the game. We fought, played fast and good defense. We also stayed aggressive on the boards and closed out the game”, expressed Ariel Huckporti. “We didn´t defend the three point line well, but they did hit some tough shots. We helped too much inside and got burned from outside”, added Calvin Schaum. Porsche BBA Ludwigsburg was led by Lukas Herzog with 24 points. Ariel Huckporti added 19 points and Johannes Patrick contributed 14 points while Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners was led by Jordan Samare with 17 points. Calvin Schaum and Maxi Begue added 12 points a piece. Porsche BBA Ludwigsburg shot 33% from the field and 33% from outside and had 41 rebounds and 20 turnovers while Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners shot 34% from the field and 9% from outside and had 47 rebounds and 27 turnovers.
The Dragons Rhondorf have demonstrated all season long that they can score at a high rate averaging 95 points per game, but in the first game on the road against Ibbenbueren they were met with a tough notch defense where they could only muster 68 points which was their lowest point total of the season so far. Plus the Dragons Rhondorf also lost the rebound battle and Ibbenbueren also did a good job taking care of the ball as top player Bryce Leavitt did a great job holding the reins and leading the team to success. 2020 started out with a bang for the Dragons Rhondorf as they won the season series against Leverkusen 2 on the road led by Curtis Hollis´s 25 points, and Killian Binapfl´s strong return after having a couple tough games at the end of 2019. The Leverkusen game also marked the return of big man Gabriel De Olveria who had been out of action for a few months. Ibbenbueren also wanted to get back on track with a win after their shocking 79-45 loss to the RheinStars Cologne. The game also marked a real interesting duel between both teams best players Curtis Hollis and Bryce Leavitt who both had achieved triple doubles this season. The Dragons Rhondorf had a fast lead right from and would never look back controlling the contest for 40 minutes pounding Ibbenburen 102-84. The Dragons as usual were a treat to watch on offense, but also on defense, they showed new steps in improvement and got a huge game as usual from Curtis Hollis, but also big games from Anish Sharda who did a bit of everything with big three´s, perfect passes for assists, a quarter buzzer beater and solid defense. After the second win in a row, Texas native Curtis Hollis was pleased by the team effort. “We had a really good first quarter, but after that our energy and intensity went down, but we got the win. We played good on offense and moved the ball well. We changed up some things on defense with icing on the ball screen as well as having better help side defense”, stressed Curtis Hollis. Washington native and Ibbenburen guard Bryce Leavitt was disappointed after the loss in that his team was unable to put important components together during the course of the game for success. “Rhondorf came out with a lot of intensity and really took it to us. We took too long to respond to their intensity. They are a top team that was playing at home. They just wanted it a little more than we did. They played well. They play a lot faster now with the new coach. In the first game we had more intensity, were more physical and set the tone. In this game, it was the complete opposite. We didn´t play a complete game”, warned Bryce Leavitt.
The Dragons Rhondorf raced out to a fast 12-0 lead as Dragons fans seemed a bit shocked, but at the same time totally content with the good fortune of the team. The club shared the ball really well right from the start as Slovenian big man Jere Besedic nailed a hook shot, Curtis Hollis unleashed a massive two handed dunk coming from the wing, Gabriel De Olveira made a tap in on the offensive glass, young German Simonas Lukosius hit a trey and Hollis made a left handed lay in. Rhondorf played smart disciplined defense not allowing any good looks getting 6 stops. Ibbenburen finally got on the board at the 6,05 minute make as ex Artland Dragon Benjamin Fumey connected on a trey. Rhondorf was playing excellent team basketball selecting the extra pass a lot and got out on transition. Rhondorf continued to excel on offense as Hollis was displaying his magnificent mid range game while Ibbenburen was slowly finding their rhythm as Bryce Leavitt showed his nice passing skills with a no look pass to Fumey and then drilled home a trey to cut the Rhondorf lead to 18-8. Even if Ibbenburen was finding their game, they had no intensity or consistency on defense allowing a 15-4 Dragons run to close out the first quarter 33-12 in very spectacular fashion. Dragons head coach Yassin Idbihi did a good job using his bench and they stepped up. Guys like Mark Kotieno and Jeffrey Martin executed, but the big story was 37 year old Anish Sharda who´s shooting would be spot on. He hit a deep tree for the 26-12 lead, but he saved his best for last hitting an amazing half court buzzer beater to close out the first quarter. “The break was good for the team Yassin Idbihi changed up some things on the defensive end. The pick and roll defense was better. You could see that when they defense well, then the offense comes from itself. When Sharda put up that last shot it looked good. I got up early from my chair. You always hope that those last second shots will fall. It was good for the fans”, stressed Dragons Rhondorf CEO Alex Dohms. “We know that this was a big game. We played with intensity and together. We got steals and easy baskets on transition”, stressed Curtis Hollis. The Dragons Rhondorf shot 76% from the field and 60% from outside and had 11 rebounds and 3 turnovers while the Bringiton Ballers Ibbenburen shot 23% from the field and 28% from outside and had 5 rebounds and 4 turnovers.
In the second quarter, Ibbenburen had a good start, but the Dragons Rhondorf quickly found back to their offensive execution and would lead by 24 points at the break. After giving up only 68 points to the Dragon Rhondorf, they were more than embarrassed to have given up 33 points after only 10 minutes wanted to come out with fire in the second quarter and did going on a 10-2 run to trail the Dragons only 35-22. The guests got free throws from German Marcello Schroeder, another trey from Fumey, a lay in from Spaniard Albert Del Hoyo and a trey. Rhondorf had lost their offensive rhythm while Ibbenburen played more calmer looking for the right shot. But that lightening Ibbenburen run didn´t impress Rhondorf as they recovered with a harsh 8-0 run to up their lead up to 43-23. In the run the Dragons Rhondorf showed some amazing plays ex FC Bayern Munich forward Killian Binapfl hit free throws, Hollis made a lay up on transition after getting a perfect touch down pass from Sharda and De Olveira made an alley op dunk getting the perfect pass from Hollis. The passing seemed like it came from another world and one could have thought that maybe Larry Bird had been flown in during the week for some extra passing tips. There was no Larry Bird, but just more guts from the players to make plays. “We have many good passers on the team. When you are playing well, then you tend to have the confidence to risk more difficult passes and it worked for us”, stressed Dragons Rhondorf CEO Alexander Dohms. From this point on both team´s offenses functioned well, but that didn´t help Ibbenburen as they couldn´t make any ground in their comeback. The Dragons continued to share the ball the way a top team should as Lukosius hit another trey, Sharda hit from downtown and Besedic scored inside getting the perfect back door pass from Hollis. Ibbenburen got huge production from ex Florida International(NCAA) guard Marco Porcher Jimenez who took total responsibility hitting three buckets in a row, but still no ground was made as Rhondorf led 52-32. “What I appreciate most about Marco is that we compliment each other well. He is good off the ball while I´m good on ball. He is one of the best efficient scorers in the league. He takes a lot of pressure of me”, warned Bryce Leavitt. The Dragons Rhondorf continued to put on the pressure closing out the first half with a 12-6 run to lead 64-40 at the break. De Olveira dominated with 8 points showing his good inside out game with a rare trey and was aggressive on the offensive boards. Hollis also let his athleticism take control scoring two buckets. “We continued to step up while Ibbenburen couldn´t do much against us. Our transition and attacking worked well, but the best part was our defense”,added Alex Dohms. “We took care of what we had to. We had some mistakes, but played together as a team”, stressed Curtis Hollis. The Dragons Rhondorf shot 64% from the field and 46% from the three point line and had 19 rebounds and 7 turnovers while Ibbenburen shot 37% from the field and 41% from the three point line and had 13 rebounds and 9 turnovers.
The scoring went down in the third quarter and despite a quick start by Ibbenburen, the Dragons Rhondorf calmed down and closed out the third quarter well. Hollis began the second half with a lay in, but Ibbenburen struck back with a lethal 8-0 run to cut Rhondorf´s lead to 66-48. In the run, Ibbenburen got 5 points from Albert Del Hoyo and a trey from Italian Juan Manurl Barga. Basketball is a game of runs and Rhondorf retaliated with a quick 6-0 run as the two big man De Olveira and Kotieno scored and Hollis made a step back. The two German big man combined for 26 points and 13 rebounds and are a real force in the Regionalliga. “They even each other out. De Olveira is aggressive and mobile while Kotieno is skilled and smart. They both have different games, but compliment each other well”, stressed Curtis Hollis. Ibbenburen got some clutch buckets down the stretch from Leavitt and Fumey, but the Dragons Rhondorf just wouldn´t let down on offense continuing to share the ball and just have fun playing together. Hollis continued to destroy the opponent with his mid range game, Sharda dropped another trey and Kotieno scored again inside as the Dragonds Rhondorf led 81-63. “We didn´t lose control and kept the intensity up with stops and baskets on transition”, added Curtis Hollis. “We had a hard time putting it all together. First we were out of position and gave up lanes, then we helped better, but gave up three´s and then we didn´t rebound. We couldn´t put it all together. That killed us”, stressed Bryce Leavitt. The Dragons Rhondorf shot 60% from the field and 38% from the parking lot and had 27 rebounds and 12 turnovers and Ibbenburen shot 39% from the field and 35% from the parking lot and had 25 rebounds and 14 turnovers.
The fourth quarter turned out 21-21 as Ibbenburen couldn´t find a rhythm on defense and get over the hump as the Dragons Rhondorf were able to finish the game strong with their seventh game of the season with over 100 points. Both teams got some added input from players from their benches who hadn´t played yet as Germans David Falkenstein and Tim Kosel got on the score board with buckets. Porcher Jimenez also got into scoring mode again with a trey while Hollis continued to be aggressive making a two handed dunk and a lay in on the trick inbounds pass from Sharda as they caught Ibbenburen napping on defense. Sharda hit another three pointer for the 95-71 advantage. With only a few minutes to play the only question any fan had in the arena was who would get the 100th point for the Dragons. Ibenburen snuck in a 6-0 run as Leavit scored twice and Porcher Jimenez made an offensive rebound and put back to cut Rhondorf´s lead to 95-77. Sharda drilled home another trey for the 98-77 advantage. Porcher Jimenez wasn´t done yet as he took his team on a 7-1 run scoring three baskets to cut the Rhondorf lead to 99-84. With time running out the Dragons Rhondorf eclipsed the 100 points on their last play as who better than Anish Sharda to hit a trey to seal the win. “We finished the game well. We weathered the storm and played defense. Sharda was big. We work out 1-1 2-3 times a week. He has taken me under his wing and helped my game a lot”, warned Anish Sharda. “We ran out of gas making dumb turnovers. We missed rebounds and it was the little things that we couldn´t do that good teams make”, added Bryce Leavitt. The Dragons Rhondorf were led by Curtis Hollis with 29 points. Anish Sharda added 21 points and Gabriel de Olveira produced 18 points while Ibbenburen was led by Marco Porcher Jimenez with 25 points. Benjamin Fumey added 17 points and Bryce Leavitt 15 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. The Dragons Rhondorf shot 54% from the field and 45% from outside and had 38 rebounds and 16 turnovers while Ibbenburen shot 43% from the field and 30% from outside and had 35 rebounds and 19 turnovers.
Kyle Hines is a 33 year old 198cm power forward from Sicklerville, New Jersey that is playing his seventh season with CSKA Moscow and last season won the Euroleague And VTB titles. He currently is averaging 8,9ppg, 4,1rpg and 1,2apg in the Euroleague and 5,7ppg, 4,0rpg and 1,8apg in the VTB league. He played at NC-Greensboro (NCAA) from 2004-2008. In his senior year, he played 31 games averaging 19.2ppg, 9.1rpg, 1.4apg, 1.8spg, 3.1bpg, FGP: 55.6%, 3Pts: 12.5%, FT: 62.8%. He was invited to play at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament (Pre-NBA Draft): 3 games: 17.3ppg, 7.3rpg, 1.3apg, 2.3spg, 3.3bpg, FGP: 78.6%, FT: 72.7%. He then had pre draft workouts with Sacramento Kings and the Charlotte Bobcats (NBA). In 2009, he took part in the Orlando Pro Summer League (Oklahoma City Thunder). In 2009-2010, he stayed in Italy with Prima Veroli (Italy-Lega2) playing 40 games averaging 18.5ppg, 8.1rpg, Steals-2 (3.5spg), Blocks-4 (1.6bpg), FGP-3 (64.0%), 3PT: 18.8%, FT: 57.8%. He played NBA Summer League in Las Vegas (New Orleans Hornets) in the summer of 2010.In 2010-2011 he played for the Brose Baskets Bamberg (Germany-1.Bundesliga) playing 10 Euroleague games averaging 12.9ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.1bpg, FGP: 64.3%, FT: 46.7%; and in the German League played 46 games averaging 10.4ppg, 4.6rpg, Blocks-3 (1.2bpg), FGP-3 (61.1%), 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 52.4%. He won the double with Bamberg. He played for Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus (Greece-A1) from 2011-2013 winning two Euroleague titles. germanhoops.com conducted it’s 18th interview with him before a Euroleague game against FC Bayern Munich
Kyle thanks for talking to germanhoops.com. You are playing your seventh season for CSKA Moscow. What have you learned to appreciate the most about how Christmas is celebrated in Russia?
I appreciate how Moscow goes over the top with it´s decorations and lights. Everywhere you go there are Christmas trees and skating rinks.
When you have won 4 Euroleagues the most by any American ever could you have a secret and rather want a 5th Euroleague win then the newest gadget or other present you may be craving. Yes of course. For me the biggest thing is always winning. I am always looking forward to trying to win that next title. It would be great to win another Euroleague title.
This season things aren’t running as smoothly for CSKA Moscow at this point of the season than other seasons. The VTB hasn’t been a cake walk and in Euroleague play the team has lost 5 games. Did the departures and slower integration of the new players take a toll on the team? We have a brand new roster. Literally all on the team are brand new except for a few guys. The injury to Will Clyburn wasn’t planned. We had a lot of road games early and it was tough and a reason why our record is what it is. I feel like we were in all games and had an opportunity to win each game. We feel that as a unit we are right there. We hope to use the experience from the first round and use that to get more wins now in the second round of the season.
Did you have a feeling when the season started that losing top players Sergio Rodriguez, Nando de Colo, Corey Higgins and Othello Hunter could affect the team as much as it had? Anytime you lose so many guys that have big roles on the team, it definitely isn’t easy to take. It has been a transition period. It is what it is. The new guys have new roles, a new style and a new system. I think that we have done fairly well, but of course I would have liked us to have been better. I don’t think that there would be many teams in Euroleague that had our situation that would be one of the top 4 or 5 teams. I think that we have taken adversary as a positive thing to get closer as a team. Our situation has forced guys to step up a lot earlier than expected.
Despite many good additions do you feel like opponents got a little more confidence playing you this season on account of so many great players leaving? No. I think that we are just a bigger target on our back. Everybody wants to beat us badly every game. That is a part of being the defending champion.
You had a strong start to the Euroleague season winning the first 5 of 6 games, but then had a tough stretch in November losing 3 of four games. Did the 67-66 loss stay in the minds a bit longer? No it didn’t. The Euroleague is a long grind, a marathon. You can see the results from this season that there have been a lot of surprises and teams being up and down. We don’t linger on one loss, but are always trying to get better.
What did the club get away from their game in this stretch and how is it playing better basketball now as it has won 5 of it’s last 6 games? We had growing pains. We are still coming together and finding our roles. We are still trying to figure each other out and getting to know each other better as a unit. I feel in the last games we have gotten more comfortable in their roles and system. Guys are thinking less and things are coming more by nature.
In the Euroleague you’re the best rebounding team, 4th best defensive team and 7th best offensive team. What does the team have to continue to work on to be able to successfully defend their Euroleague title? Defense is a huge part. We have to continue to play at a high level each night. There is so much offensive talent in the Euroleague that you have to defend well. Rebounding is also big, because it gives us extra possessions and let’s us control the tempo. We have to continue to make clutch shots down the stretch and finish games well.
You won the first contest in Moscow against FC Bayern Munich. When you look at their roster does it surprise you that they are struggling so much? I think that that is how the Euroleague is. It is very balanced and not too much separates each team. Every team is somewhere between 2-3 games of each other. Munich is a great team. They are able to score in many areas. They usually play well together at home. Despite their record, they have a lot of potential to do a lot of things.
In the first game ex NBA player Greg Monroe had 17 points and 10 boards. How much of a challenge was it playing against him and what is the toughest thing when defending him in the post? He is obviously very talented. He came to Europe with a lot of NBA experience. He has an array of many different post moves and has the ability to finish in many ways. The biggest challenge for me is just trying to limit his touches and not allow him to feel too comfortable.
Let’s talk about your teammates. How much of a pleasure has it been playing with Mike James. What does he bring to the team that the club didn’t have the last years at the point guard position?
Mike is an extremely talented player. He has the capability of making most tough shots look easy. He can carry a team with his scoring or creating. He is a dynamic scorer that can score in bunches or go on runs by himself.
He is having a strong VTB campaign, but is playing even better in the Euroleague. Is he the best point guard in Europe now? He is my teammate so I root for him. I see him as the best point guard in Europe. He has played very well and proved that he can play at a high level anywhere.
Another player that has been integrated well has been ex NBA player Darrun Hilliard. He is known as being able to be an explosive scorer and hit the three, but what other quality in his game do you really appreciate that is vital for the club having success?
He is a great shooter and offensive player. His maturity and improvement have been big. He has done a great job trying to get better into our system. His willingness and work ethic to want to improve has impressed me the most.
German Johannes Voigtmann is playing his fourth Euroleague season and first with CSKA Moscow. He is a modern versatile big man. How has the style of CSKA Moscow helped his game most this season?
Our system fits him well. He plays the pick and pop 4 or stretch 5. He has been featured a lot in our system and has stepped up in big games. His ability to spread the floor has been big and his creating has brought a different component to our game.
He is shooting the ball very well from outside at 65% in the VTB league. Do you feel like his outside shooting has taken another step being around so many good shooters? I think so. He has shown that he can take and make the big shots. He has taken big strides to improve as a player.
What kind of relationship do you have with Voigtmann? Is he a guy that will come to you and ask for tips on possibly how to be more physical in certain situations? We have a great relationship. We talk a lot. He is a great player and person. We talk a lot about the game. That is a big benefit of our team is having each other and always helping each other out.
How proud are you of having been a member of Brose Bamberg when you witness guys like Daniel Hackett and Janis Strelnieks make strides. Both have made big strides as players. Talk a little how they have developed further? Bamberg does a great job developing players further. Bamberg is a great place to go to when you want to make the next step in your career. Both players are intrical parts of our team. Janis has been that secondary creator and scorer. Daniel’s physicality, aggressiveness and leadership has been huge. He played his best basketball last season and was a big reason why we won the Euroleague. He is a big part of our team this season.
Let’s talk about your game? In our last interview you stated this ‘the most important thing for me is always to win. I don’t care how we get there and I never look at individual stats. For me it is always about the team. This was one of the best season’s I had. Having the experience to win the Euroleague again was great. Your averaging 8/4 in the Euroleague and 5/3 in the VTB and shooting 59% or better from the field. How do you summarize your play up until now this season? I’m always critical about my game. My job is to help the team win games. Whatever it takes to help my team win on any night is what I will do. My personal stats aren’t my #1 goal. My number one goal is to help my team win or put it in the best position to win.
In our last interview you stated ‘I feel that as a player you can always get better. In the off season, I look at every aspect of my game and try to figure out how to make my weakness a strength. As a player you can always improve whether your 21 or 31’. Do you feel like the area’s that you focused on last summer in the lab have benefited your game this season? I think so. I’m trying to become a better overall player. It is more the smaller area’s where I want to improve. I want to become more fit. I am a firm believer that I can still improve at my age.
It is no secret that when players get older, their game regressions. That hasn’t been the case for you. What do you feel is the most important thing that you have to continue to do each day so your game doesn’t regress? Important for me is to maintain my daily habits and follow what I have done my whole career that has helped me be successful. I always want to keep my body in great shape so I can play as long as possible.
How difficult is it in general as you get older knowing if your doing to little for your body or too much? Do you have your own additional program to stay fit at age 33 or does the normal conditioning that the club does enough? I have played a long time, so I know my body well. I know what works and what doesn’t. I think it is important doing the little things that will benefit your body for the rigors of both leagues.
You stated in our last interview that you would be working on touch and drives over the summer. Do you feel like that work has paid off for you this season? Yes I think so. I worked on finishing better at the rim in different ways.
A couple of years ago you produced the documentary series ‘Just a kid from Sicklerville’ and last season you had the podcast the Kyle Zone. On what projects are you working on at the moment off the court? Continuing working on the second part of the documentary series of first time players in the Euroleague. We are also continuing on working and expanding on the podcast. We also area adding an additional documentary on how player spend their off season.
You played for Brose Bamberg in 2010-2011. Do you still keep in contact with some of your teammates? It isn’t easy with the rigors of the season. I recently saw Predrag Suput at our game in Moscow. I play against Tibor Pleiss in the Euroleague and I try to communicate with guys over social media.
We have discussed a lot of your ex Bamberg teammates, but one guy that I believe we never have spoken about is Predrag Suput. What memories do you have of him and how important was he for the success that season? He was one of our go to guys. He always was able to make the tough shots. I learned so much from him. He helped me become a better post player as well as a more intelligent player. He was fast or athletic, but he had a very high IQ. I picked up the small tricks of the trade from him
It was the dog days of summer in July 2006 as Germany was experiencing record heat where one didn´t even need to go south to Spain for a summer break. The month of July broke heat records in Germany at that time with the warmest day recorded was on July 16th with 38C in Kalkar. Not only were German´s having sauna like conditions that summer, but had also just witnessed the football World Cup in their country which brought the whole country a bit more together and gave mini flags placed on the mirrors of cars a new meaning and despite losing in the semi-finals to Italy, everybody was content with the outcome and life went on with the massive sweating. August slowly approached which would save those delicate German´s who hated the heat as that month would be a lot cooler. Football was on hiatus for a while, but basketball in Germany was heating up for the World Championships in Japan. As usual then German head coach Dirk Bauermann who had made a name for himself coaching Bamberg to their first BBL title in 2005 and would follow with a second a year later constructed an interesting pre-season schedule that saw Germany with Dirk Nowitzki play against other countries. At the end of July, Germany faced Canada in a friendly in Hamburg and a day later in Nurnberg, Germany. I remember traveling to Nurnberg from Frankfurt for the game at the cooler temperatures of August were no where in sight as the arena felt like somebody had transported some of that humidity from Saudi Arabia. The highlight for most there was seeing Dirk Nowitzki, but then again the German side also had other great players like all-time German national game leader Patrick Femmerling, ex North Carolina great Ademola Okulaja or the talented guards Demond Grenne and Stefan Hamann. I also remember young Germans Johannes Herber and Julian Sensley As for the game, it was a contest that Germany easily won as the team shot the lights out which Canada couldn´t get adjusted to. Unfortunately there aren´t any articles or stats available online, so finding additional information to the game online was difficult. I remember from fotos I took after the game that Team Canada had guys like Osvaldo Jeanty, Nate Doornekamp, Ransford Brempong, Carl English and a young man who hadn´t played a professional game yet named Jermane Anderson. I remember after the game interviewing German national player Mithat Demirel and also observing Dirk Nowitzki making the rounds patiently signing autographs for the rove of fans for at least 15-20 minutes until he disappeared onto the bus and the team was off. I don´t remember Jermaine Anderson one bit, but I would get to know his game a lot better over the next years as he would play for teams like Bamberg, Tuebingen, Trier and Braunschweig. Only a few months later Anderson would start his professional career in Germany with Bamberg. Head coach Dirk Bauermann must have seen something in Anderson´s game during the pre season games in Germany and then signed him. One might have thought that his good play on the court was his meal ticket to Bamberg, but he felt it wasn´t. “I don’t think it was my meal ticket. I think I played well throughout the course of the game and showed that I was willing to compete at a high level”, stressed Jermaine Anderson. Four years later he played at the World Championships in Turkey and will never forget it. “! I only had two goals throughout my national team playing career (to represent Canada at the Olympics and World Championships). Even though I didn’t make the Olympics, I was able to participate in the 2010 World Championships. Playing in Turkey was the pinnacle moment in my national team career”, warned Jermaine Anderson. At the 2010 World Championships he played 5 games averaging 8.4ppg, 2.2rpg, 3.0apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 28.6%, 3PT: 27.3%, FT: 75.0%. He played with the Canadian national team from 2004-2018 and served as a team captain. Anderson had a very stellar 11 year professional career that took him to countries like Germany, Croatia, Russia, Greece, Montenegro, Spain and France. He retired in 2018 and knew that it was time to go then. “To be honest the timing was perfect. Even though I wanted to play one more season, I placed a lot of restrictions on myself in regard to location, team etc. Once comfort took precedence over everything else, I knew that my mindset had shifted and that it was time to walk away from the game. I was fortunate enough to play for the national team one last time during the FIBA World qualifier in February 2018”, stressed Jermaine Anderson. He is doing very good things off the court and still very much busy with basketball related things. I look back on the career of Jermaine Anderson in the Miles Where Are They Now player feature.
Jermaine Anderson was born on February 8th, 1983 in Toronto, Ontario and went to Eastern Commerce High School. He then made the next step in his young basketball career attending Fordham(NCAA) in New York city from 2002-2006 playing a total of 122 NCAA games. There he underwent a sound development being able to improve his scoring each season and averaged double figures in scoring in his last two seasons averaging 12.0ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.5apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 39.8%, 3Pts: 38.4% as a junior and returned as a senior upping those stats with 15.6ppg, 3.7rpg, 3.4apg, FG: 42.9%, 3PT: 41.4%, FT: 85.2%. “I was able to improve each year because I lived in the gym. But everything changed when coach Jay Triano invited me to work out and practice with the national team. I was able to play against Steve Nash on a daily basis for a month and I was around pros throughout the summer. I learned so much from being around those guys and I was able to develop mentally”, stressed Jermaine Anderson. Even though his game developed nicely, the team didn´t achieve much in his 4 years, but he does remember one game and player that will always be in his memory bank especially his mouth which took a beating. “My most memorable game was an ESPN game against St. Joseph’s University during my Sophomore season. At the time St. Jospeh’s was undefeated and ranked #1 in the country. I remember preparing and thinking about this particular game for weeks, as a collegiate athlete playing on ESPN is everything, especially against the best team in the country. We were playing really well as a team and I had a great start, but midway through the first half Delonte West’s inadvertently hit me in the face with his forearm. Long story short, I was rushed to the hospital and my two front teeth were at the back of my throat. A specialist was called in to readjust my gum line and as a result I had a wire in my mouth for six weeks. I did not lose any teeth thank God but we ended up losing the game. With that being said I would have to say the toughest player I played I faced was Jameer Nelson from St. Joseph’s University”, stressed Jermaine Anderson. It wasn´t only hard work that helped the Canadian/Jamacian mature and become a better player, but his head coach for the last 3 years Dereck Whittenberg had an immense influence on him not only as a player, but as a person. “Coach Dereck Whittenberg saved my life. I almost flunked out of school after my freshman season and Coach Whittenberg held me accountable from day one. He called me into his office one day and told me that I needed to change my mindset immediately. For Coach Whittenberg study hall was a way of life and I was able to improve my grades within a year”, added Jermaine Anderson. But it wasn´t only experiencing so much on the court and getting the desired grades from his sophomore year up, but making those long lasting relationships that are still alive today especially with guys like Michael Haynes, Drew Williamson and Sebastian Greene who all would ball in Germany as professionals. “All those guys are family to me, and Michael Haynes was a big brother for all of us. When I arrived on campus my freshman year, I came with the bare minimum. The only thing of value that I possessed at the time was my meal card. Mike gave me access to his family in NY/NJ and he would literally give me the clothes off his back (thank God 3xl was in style back then lol)” said Jermaine Anderson.
In the summer of 2006, Anderson was very busy with the Canadian national team, but also found time to get a taste of what it´s like breathing a little NBA air playing NBA Summer League with the Toronto Raptors. He didn´t play much averaging only 1,8ppg, but just seeing a trace of how the NBA was then was an important experience as he was preparing for his professional career. “The NBA Summer League was a great experience and I had a chance to meet a few people that I still consider close friends to this day. It was a bit of a spectacle because we had the number one pick in the draft that year (Andrea Bargnani). I remember making a shot off Bargnani’s screen and I was subbed out of the game immediately. I was confused and I asked the lead assistant, “why did I get subbed out of the game, did I do something wrong?” His response was, “no, you were playing great, but Bargnani was open on the roll. You’re not here to score, your job is to get Bargnani the ball…” It wasn’t as funny at the time but now it’s absolutely hilarious. PJ Tucker was also on the Summer League team as well and his journey has been a joy to watch. He developed his game in Europe for five years and is now one of the best 3-point shooters (corner 3) in the NBA, not to mention a premier defender”, commented Jermaine Anderson. When your balling in Europe, it isn´t always easy to keep track of the NBA with the harsh time difference, but now that he is retried and back in North America, he has been able to follow the NBA closer and has seen how the NBA has changed since his NBA Summer League gig in 2006. “The NBA has completely changed without a doubt. In 2006, teams were still playing inside out and guys that did not have a position were considered “tweeners”. Now, everybody on the floor needs to be able to shoot the three and position-less basketball has become the norm”, warned Jermaine Anderson. He split his rookie season with the Brose Baskets Bamberg playing 8 BBL games averaging only 2.4ppg; and played 3 ULEB Cup games averaging 2.3ppg, and with Polpak Swiecie (Poland-DBL) playing 17 games averaging 7.8ppg, 2.2rpg, 2.2apg, 2FGP: 27%, 3PT: 39.4%, FT: 90.3%. Despite his short first stay in Germany, he had no regrets and had no sour feelings toward the organization. “To be honest, my first year in Bamberg was memorable and a great learning experience. I was a rookie point guard and I didn’t have a clear understanding of the FIBA game. Coach Bauermann and my teammates were extremely helpful, and they taught me a lot during my time with the team. We had a veteran group and I was able to learn from each of them on and off the basketball court”, said Jermaine Anderson. He also was very fortunate to not only have very skilled teammates, but high character guys who showed him the ropes in the early going like Chris Ensminger, Robert Garrett, and Vincent Yarbrough. “I loved all of those guys and as I previously stated, I was able to learn something from each of them. Another person that was a great on-court mentor for me was Dejuan Collins. Dejuan had a wealth of FIBA experience and playing against him every day definitely prepared me”, warned Jermaine Anderson.
After getting some experience in Canada´s top basketball league with the Halifax Rainmen (ABA) averaging 15.1ppg, 5.5rpg, 6.5apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 47.9%, 3PT: 37.6%, FT: 86.4%, he then would play parts of two seasons with the Walter Tigers Tuebingen (Germany-1.Bundesliga) playing 15 games averaging 13.9ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.6apg, 2FGP: 57.1%, 3PT: 45.0%, FT: 90.3% and in 2008-2009 played 34 games averaging 12.8ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.6apg, FGP: 49.0%, 3PT: 30.1%, FT-2(89.6%). In his second season with Tuebingen he scored 28 and 23 points in wins over the Artland Dragons and Bremerhaven. Being able to perform well on a consistent level despite playing for a non playoff team was huge for his early development as the confidence and knowing the European style was important for him being able to continue getting jobs each season. “In professional basketball, besides good character, having good stats/percentages is everything. My years in Tübingen set the stage for my career and I was able to sign a really good deal in Cedevita Zagreb because of my stats in Tübingen”, said Jermaine Anderson. He was reunited again with his ex Fordham(NCAA) teammate Michael Haynes who retired a few years before Anderson. Haynes was one of many great players that was a borderline NBA type player. “ I think once he didn’t get signed or called up after playing in the D-League I knew it was going to be hard for him to get into the NBA. He averaged close to 20ppg and if I’m not mistaken his team won the championship as well that season. I was shocked that he didn’t get called up, but that’s the nature of the business”, stressed Jermaine Anderson. He played with so many great players over his career and one of those was AJ Moye who´s career was sadly cut short in 2010 by a stroke he suffered in the Fraport arena during a practice. Moye was as tough as nails and Anderson saw up close just how special a player he was. “AJ Moye is by far the fiercest competitor and probably the hardest working teammate that I played with. We would be in the gym for hours before and after practice shooting or playing one-on-one, we both were obsessed with the game. We were inseparable because we lived in the gym and when we were not playing, we were probably watching a game. I don’t think it was healthy but it was a way of life at the time”, stressed Jermaine Anderson.
One of the great things about being a professional baller overseas is that staying with one team for a while is very rare unless your Jermaine Bucknor who has made Trier his home for almost a decade, but for Anderson, he didn´t want to be a Germany lifer, but wanted to also explore what else Europe had to offer and in the 2009-2010 season played with Cedevita Zagreb (Croatia-A1) playing 17 Croatian League games averaging 9.5ppg, 3.5rpg, 3.3apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 54.5%, 3PT: 43.1%, FT: 76.3%; played 6 EuroChallenge games averaging 13.2ppg, 3.5rpg, 3.3apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 80.0%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 75.0%; and played 26 Adriatic League games averaging 12.3ppg, 3.6rpg, 4.4apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 41.1%, 3PT-2(48.0%), FT: 89.4%. Usually a player will play in one league competition or at best in two, but rarely in three as he did which was a huge challenge. “The one thing I that I remember in Cedevita was having to adjust to the style of play. The Adriatic League had a specific style in comparison to the BBL and coach Pixie Subotic was absolutely amazing. Pixie was an offensive minded coach and he wanted us to play fast and shoot threes. We were unselfish and everybody scored, and we had great team success. I loved playing for Cedevita and Zagreb is a great city”, added Jermaine Anderson. In the 2010-2011 season he saw two new leagues playing withTriumph Lyubertsy (Russia-PBL) playing 8 Russian League games averaging 10.0ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.9apg, FGP: 39.5%, 3PT: 34.6%, FT: 79.3%; and played 2 EuroChallenge Qualifying Round games averaging 4.5ppg, 2.0rpg, and also played with Panionios ON Telecoms Athens (Greece-A1) playing 12 games averaging 12.8ppg, 2.7rpg, 2.8apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 38.1%, 3PT: 48.0%, FT: 81.0%. He had played against future NBA stars in the NCAA, but when he played in Russia, he was able to play against top team CSKA Moscow who had two great players with JR Holden and Trajan Langdon. Anderson held his own scoring 18 points in a loss against CSKA Mosco. “JR Holden and Trajan Langdon were already well established legends in their own right during that time. I remember looking forward to the challenge of playing against one of the best teams in Europe and a really good friend of mine was on the team (Jamont Gordon). I would occasionally go to dinner with JR and Jamont in Moscow and even though JR had attained a level of success, he was extremely humble. In Triumph I was the only import on the team and at times I felt alone and isolated because the majority of my teammates did not speak English. Those guys, especially Jamont, allowed me to feel a sense of peace and I used them as a mental break when I had a few days off. I’m still in contact with both of them and I just recently saw JR Holden at the G-League showcase in Las Vegas”, said Jermaine Anderson. In the 2010-2011 season he won his only two professional titles with KK Buducnost Voli Podgorica (Montenegro-1A) playing 14 EuroCup games averaging 10.4ppg, 2.7rpg, 3.0apg, FGP: 47.2%, 3PT: 37.2%, FT: 88.2%; played 26 Adriatic League games averaging 9.3ppg, 1.8rpg, 3.0apg, FGP: 45.2%, 3PT: 39.1%, FT: 87.7%; and played 13 Montenegrin League games averaging 7.2ppg, 1.5rpg, Assists-2(3.7apg), FGP: 55.3%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 90.5%. “Buducnost was the most successful team that I played for throughout my career. We won the Montenegrin league championship, qualified for top 8 in EuroCup and advanced to the Adriatic League final 4. Once the NBA lockout was over, we lost our best player (Nikola Vucevic), and our supporters did not believe that we become a successful team. The best part of the journey was proving everybody wrong and overachieving as a team. Championships are hard to come by at any level and I cherish that season and we were more than a team, we were brothers”, warned Jermaine Anderson. He played twice against Maccabi Tel Aviv losing both games, but played against an assortment of great players including Keith Langford who is still playing today. He also played against guys like Baby Shaq, Devin Smith and Jordan Farmer who were on that Maccabi team, but being in awe was never a part of the equation for the Canadian. “I had already played against the USA Dream Team and other top ranked countries summer after summer. I was exposed to high-level players throughout my professional career and with the national team, I was never intimidated”, warned Jermaine Anderson.
After three seasons getting acquainted to new cultures and learning new styles of basketball, his basketball path found him back in Germany this time with a new team called the New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig (Germany-BBL) where he played 20 games averaging 9.5ppg, 2.2rpg, 2.5apg, FGP: 42.5%, 3PT: 42.4%, FT-2(91.4%). He came at a great time as top young German point guard Dennis Schroeder was in his last stage of development as only 6 months later would be a NBA first round pick with the Atlanta Hawks. Anderson remembers the time with Schroeder who plays with the Thunder today as if it was yesterday. “Initially, I think Dennis saw me as a threat, but over time he realized that I had his best interest at heart. I believe it became evident when I started talking to him about Hoop Summit and how he should approach the event. My former high school coach is the head coach of the World Select Team (Roy Rana) and I would call him on a weekly basis raving about Dennis. Dennis attended Hoop Summit and the rest his history. Once he came back to Braunschweig, he became a better teammate and was more confident in himself. Sometimes players that have a chip on their shoulder are misunderstood and mistaken for being arrogant. I believe that chip is Dennis’ edge and he’s been able to become a solid contributor in the NBA because he doesn’t back down from anybody”, warned Jermaine Anderson. One of his more memorable games with Braunschweig was helping lead them to a 84-80 victory over Alba Berlin where he steered home 17 points. He would remain the next two seasons in Germany balling for TBB Trier playing a total of 67 BBL games. In his first season he averaged 10.5ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.6apg, FGP: 38.9%, 3PT: 38.2%, FT-1(96.9%) and in his second season averaged 9.9ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.6apg, FGP: 49.7%, 3PT: 38.5%, FT: 89.2%. He didn´t have those staggering scoring stats in his career, but he showed on many occasions that he could excel at the free throw line. “Not sure if it’s my proudest statistical achievement but I remember being perfect from the line for nearly the first half of the season. When people started talking about it, I did feel some pressure, but once I missed my first free throw I was relieved”, stated Jermaine Anderson. He had known Jermaine Bucknor from the Canadian national team and like in Tuebingen where he was reunited with Michael Haynes, he suddenly was teammates with Bucknor on a club team. They have been through a lot on and off the court and it´s no surprise that they are very very close. “I’ve known Jermaine since I was 16 years old and playing with him for two seasons was a blessing from God. We were able to grow as men together and I was there to witness the birth of his first child, which is more important than basketball. He allowed me to stand by his side as a groomsman at his wedding and we have a bond that will never be broken. Jermaine does a great job of taking care of his body, he started by changing his diet and he’s in the weight room almost every single day. He does all the little things to prepare his mind and body to work and I believe he will continue to play until God says his time is up”, expressed Jermaine Anderson.
In the 2015-2016 season he made another gigantic step in his playing career making the big show in Europe reaching the top league ACB in Spain together with the Euroleague playing for Baloncesto Sevilla (Spain-Liga Endesa) playing 15 games averaging 3.3ppg, 1.3rpg, 1.1apg. One can see from the stats that he didn´t get the amount of minutes that he was used to. “Unfortunately, I was very frustrated during my time in Sevilla, but I do not blame anybody but myself. I did not play well consistently, and I had a hard time adjusting to the practice schedule and style of play. Sevilla is a beautiful city with a lot of history, and I wish I had a better experience”, added Jermaine Anderson. In Spain he was teammates with ex NBA player Bostjan Nachbar who had played in the BBL when he was playing there. Having the opportunity to be teammates with him was just another one of numerous joys he had being able to play with very talented guys. “Even though he was much older when we played together, he was still able to carry the team offensively on his own.Nachbar was a special player and probably one of the most talented players that I’ve seen throughout my career”, warned Jermaine Anderson. He will have memories for a lifetime playing against top teams like Real Madrid or FC Barcelona with Juan Navarro, Carlos Arroyo and Tomas Satoransky and even was fortunate to catch a Luka Doncic at a very early stage of his career. “At that point I already played against so many great players. I always had a chip on my shoulder against big teams and I just wanted to prove myself and win the game. I actually played against Luka Doncic for the first time in an exhibition game before the season. He played the majority of the game and I quickly realized that he was well beyond his years. At the time he was deceptively athletic and mobile with great size. I knew that he was going to be an NBA point guard, but I did not expect that he would have an immediate impact. I think that Luka can become an all-time great because of his size, IQ and ability to make tough shots down the stretch”, warned Jermaine Anderson. He finished the season in Germany again with the Basketball Loewen Braunschweig averaging 7.7ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.3apg, FGP: 52.0%, 3PT: 30.8%, FT: 80.0%. There he witnessed a big step in the coaching development of Raoul Korner who would make the next step the season after leading medi Bayreuth back to the playoffs after years and years of missing it. “Coach Raoul Korner is a “players coach” and he is open and honest with each player. He holds everybody accountable for their actions on and off the court. I am not surprised that he’s been successful with Bayreuth and I believe that he will only get better over time”, added Jermaine Anderson. That would be his last season in Germany. He played most of his career in Germany totaling 7 years and it´s only natural that the country that gave us Becks beer and Boris Becker will forever remain in his heart. “Germany definitely became a second home for me and it’s the place that I felt the most comfortable throughout my professional career. My first contract was with Brose Baskets Bamberg, I learned how to drive a manual car in Tübingen and I was able to play with a dear friend in Trier for two seasons (Jermaine Bucknor). Even though I have a love and appreciation for every country and club that gave me an opportunity to play the game, I have so many life experiences from my time in Germany that I will never forget”, explained Jermaine Anderson. His last full professional season was 2016-2017 where he split time with Champagne Chalons-Reims Basket (France-ProA) playing 12 games averaging 3.4ppg;, and then moved to KK Mornar Basket Bar (Montenegro-Erste Liga) playing 6 Adriatic League games averaging 1.7ppg, 1.3rpg, 1.3apg, 1.3rpg, 1.3apg. Not playing so much at that stage of his career didn´t bother him, because he knew that the next stage in his life was approaching. “At that point I was already preparing for the transition. Even if I played 40 mins per game, I knew that I was on my way out. I was able to play with some old teammates from Buducnost, so I had a great time even though I did not get much playing time. I was at the tail end of my career and I didn’t really care if I played five or thirty minutes per game”, warned Jermaine Anderson. Four of his five best teamamtes of all-time were his teammates in Germany with AJ Moye, Jermaine Bucknor, Aaron Dorenekamp and Michael Haynes and he will never forget his toughest opponent on the court and how fans should remember him most. “ Carlos Arroyo was the toughest player I faced. I played against Arroyo every summer for nearly ten years at various qualifying tournament (FIBA Americas). He had the green like to shoot every possession and his playmaking ability was incredible. I just want people to know that I did everything to prepare myself and help each respective team succeed”, stressed Jermaine Anderson.
Anderson has been retired for a few years now and he has been involved in many projects and like being a good basketball player with a positive character has continued to make strides as an individual in his life off the court. After retiring he went back to school and graduated with an MBA from Ryerson University (Ted Rogers School of Management) in Toronto. He first was a player development coach for Canadian basketball and then was a player development coach for the well known Chinese club Shanghai Sharks that introduced the world to Yao Ming before becoming a top center in the NBA. Also he recently was named GM of a team in the Canadian Elite Basketball League (Hamilton Honey Badgers). The league is entering its second season in May, and he will attempt to build a competitive roster. He also has been shadowing the coaching staff and front office personnel within the G-League organization Raptors 905 which will help him with his new job with the Hamilton Honey Badgers. The CEBL league has been constructed to help players, coaches, referees and sports administrators develop further.. “I´m extremely thankful for the opportunity because I´m getting a holistic perspective of the NBA”, stressed Jermaine Anderson. But that isn´t all that he has done as he has been busy around the clock. He also brought thenot for profit organization called Fifty for Free Youth community initiative to life. “Fifty for Free Youth Community Initiative is comprised of all three of my passions; basketball, finance and community. Fifty for Free is a program that offers financial literacy programming to marginalized youth through sport free of charge”, added Jermaine Anderson. It is obviously very rewarding to be able to give back to the community. “I never knew my father and God blessed me with countless people that helped to fill that void (family, teachers, coaches, friends etc.). Various people helped me grow as a man and athlete throughout my career. My way of repaying the people that guided me is by giving back to youth within my community. The best way to give back is to repay it forward”, warned Jermaine Anderson. Over the years I have been able to manage good relationsships not only with players and organizations, but also with agents. People often think that agents only care about the money. That isn´t true for all. I have known Aaron Reilly of AMR agency for a while and when he approached me asking if I could do one of those career ending pieces on his client Jermaine Anderson, I didn´t hesitate. For one, Anderson had had a very prosperous, long and interesting career and second, Reilly had got me the number of Tony Wroten recently so I could do an interview, so it was only obvious that I would grant him his favor. I have had more intense relationships with some players than with others and Jermaine Anderson is one of those guys that I didn´t have much contact to when he was playing. When I did meet him after a game, I remember him as always being very friendly and patient with my many questions. Obviously if he had worn a Fraport Skyliner jersey, it would have been a different story as I have been covering that organization for 17 plus years. I pretty much only saw what he did on the court. I had seen him play maybe 8 or 9 times live at most, but that was it. Despite not having that closer and special relationship with him off the court, I did recognize how good of a player he was. He was known as the rock, a nickname given to him by his childhood friend Junior Reid, because he always had a basketball in his hand and was muscular as a kid and was a true floor general, with tons of experience of international competition either with his national team as a starting point guard in World Cups and FIBA Americas or in top level European leagues. He made everyone around him better. But what is even greater than having been able to know Jermaine Anderson as a player is the opportunity to know him now as Jermaine Anderson the person. He is a great example of a person that didn´t decide to take it easy after a professional career, but continues to want to be successful off the court and try to help others and just be a good person. It really isn´t any different to when he was a point guard. He was always in attack mode then and is still in attack mode now with his new endeavors trying to be the best that he can and trying to do good in the community.
Curtis Hollis a 21 year old 198cm forward from Arlington, Texas that is playing his first season overseas and first in Germany with the Dragons Rhondorf currently averaging 22,0ppg,8,4rpg,3,8apg and 3,2spg. He began his career at Mansfield Summit High School. In 2017-2018 he played with Hutchinson CC (JUCO) playing 34 games averaging 6.9ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 27.0%, FT: 66.3%. In 2018 he played in Lavar Ball’s new league with the Houston Ballers (JBL) playing 7 games: Score-5 (29.3ppg), 11.3rpg, 5.3apg, 2.6spg, FGP: 46.0%, 3PT: 21.2%, FT: 71.8%. He and I team up every week to talk basketball in the Miles basketball minute.
Curtis you recently were home in Texas for Christmas. How was that time for you? Was there one present that really stood out for you? It was good for me. I got to get away a little bit and see my family so it was great. All the presents I got were nice!
What was your best NBA moment when you were at home? Could you follow the NBA a bit more and did you go to a Mavericks game? Man there’s so many. I can’t really remember. Probably the Lakers – Clippers game! I couldn’t catch one but I will soon. Hopefully.
You returned back to Germany before 2020. How did you experience the New Year in Germany? Where is the Firework experience better in USA or in Germany? I just was at home watching basketball! The fireworks here are crazy something I didn’t expect at all.
Congrats on the 86-76 win in Leverkusen. The team started off slowly sustaining a 11-2 run and getting out rebounded 21-12. Why wasn’t the team intensity there from the get go in the first game back in the second part of the season?
I’m not sure. We kind of just tried to figure it out as the game went on and we did.
The Dragons Rhondorf played better in the second half securing the win. How key was the second technical foul? Was that the final turning point of the game? No it wasn’t a turning point to me. It was cool though we got shots and the ball so that’s always good for us!
The Dragons defended a lot better in the fourth quarter. What did the team do better then and will the team find a way to defend better consistently in the second half of the season? Yes we will. We just guarded man to man better and helped each other out!
The next game is against Ibbenburen who you lost to on the road. What will be key in getting the win at home? Playing key defense and playing together offensively. When we played them the first time we struggled but were a completely different team now so I think we will be ready to go.
Kilian Binapfl had another strong game again with a double double after having some tough weeks in December. Do you feel like the time off from the Regionalliga did him good? He was still here in Bonn with the BBL team so I’m sure getting to be with them and practicing and playing with them helped him get more comfortable when we started back.
Gabriel de Olveria was back again after missing a few months. He scored 16 points. How much did the team miss his inside presence? We missed his presence a lot. Marek & Jure do a great job of holding it down while he’s gone but his energy and presence is big for us.
You had a very strong game with 25 points and 6 assists. How happy were you with your performance? You carried the team once again in the second half?
I was happy I played well and we won so that’s always good for me. I wouldn’t say I carried the team. I made some plays like I’m supposed too and my teammates did as well so it was a group effort for sure.
Did you do any conditioning work at home in the 10 day break and pick up a basketball? Of course. I can never stay away I got in the gym as soon as I got back.
The Patriots lost in the Wild Card to Tennessee. Is their dynasty over? I’m not sure. You can never count out Tom Brady but they need to get him some help very fast.
After a two week break, it was finally time to play Pro B basketball again, but the Fraport Skyliners Juniors had a huge obstacle as they met second place club TG s.Oliver Wurzburg. They had had a unsatisfying 10th place finish last season, but this season ex Juniors head coach Eric Detlev who coached the Pro B program in Frankfurt from 2012-2017 has done a fantastic job building a new winning culture in Bavaria as the team scores the most points in the entire league with 90, is second best in rebounds at 34 and first in assists with 21. A big reason for the success is the inspiring play of their two imports American Cameron Hunt and Lithuanian small forward Rytis Pipiras who average almost half the team´s points. But they also have been inspired by their fast developing German big man Jonas Weitzel. The Fraport Skyliners arrived in the contest with a bitter 5 game losing streak as their defense continued to be a massive work in progress allowing 82 points per game and 90 points during their losing skid. Frankfurt had surprisingly won the first game in Wurzburg in a 101-94 shoot out where Bruno Vrcic and Cosmo Gruehn exploded for 58 points combined on 13/19 shooting from the parking lot but in the return contest in Frankfurt, TG s.Oliver Wurzburg got revenge crushing the Fraport Skyliners Juniors 99-67. The guests did a great job controlling the boards, taking care of the ball and defending like a team something Frankfurt couldn´t do right all night long. After the big win, the Wurzburg players went into the stands to celebrate with the many fans that made the trip to Frankfurt. After the celebrating died down a bit, Texas native Cameron Hunt was able to reflect on the team´s 11th win of the season. “We didn´t start so well, because we hadn´t practiced together in a while. We have many good shooters and we made shots. Even when we aren´t making shots, we always rely on our defense. We rebounded very well and were able to get out on transition a lot”, explained Cameron Hunt. The losing woes of the Fraport Skyliners Juniors continued as the club continued to be up and down and any signs of defensive improvement continued to be absent. After the loss a disappointed Nigel Pruitt tried to explain why the team lost again. “Our first half was good. We were only down by 8 points. If you can play consistently for 40 minutes, then you will have good chances of winning. It was another roller coaster ride for us. We came out flat in the second half and we showed that we can´t rebound. They played like a team and we didn´t”, stressed Tennessee native Nigel Pruitt.
The BCM the home gym of the Fraport Skyliners Juniors is usually so quiet that you could hear a conversation in the top row, but on this day, the gym atmosphere was incredible. It must have felt like a home game for TG s.Oliver Wurzburg because their fans made noise noise noise like it had never been heard before in that gym. But the loudness didn´t effect the Fraport Skyliners Juniors in the first minutes as the home team cruised out on a quick 10-1 lead as Pruitt was all over the court hitting two three´s and swatting away 2 balls while 17 year old guard Len Schoormann made a finger tip roll lay in and ex Chemnitz center Aaron Kayser made a pretty left handed hook shot. It was a pleasure watching Frankfurt ball with a high intensity while the guests still seemed like they were on the bus snoozing. “Frankfurt hit some tough shots, but we knew that if we kept contesting that we would find our rhythm which we did”, stressed Cameron Hunt. But Frankfurt couldn´t keep the intensity going consistently as TG s.Oliver Wurzburg raced back on a 8-0 run to cut the Frankfurt lead to 10-9. Ex BG Goettingen guard Philipp Hadenfield got the guests their first field goal at the 7,45 minute mark and then it was the Cameron Hunt show as he scored 3 consecutive buckets with a pull up jumper, left handed lay in and step back jumper showing exactly how much he had in his offensive arsenal. Frankfurt held on to the lead as Nigel Pruitt continued to be the Frankfurt energizer scoring another lay in and three pointer for the 15-11 lead. One of TG s.Oliver Wurzburg´s best players is Lithuanian forward Rytis Piparas, but he would have a cold day and German Fynn Fischer who reached the 2017 NBBL final 4 took responsibility and led the guests on a 13-3 run scoring 5 buckets as Wurzburg led 24-18. Fischer is playing his second season with the club and not only showed his knack of securing offensive rebounds and mastering put backs, but also displayed a fine mid range game. “We started well, but then they threw the first punch and we didn´t respond. We couldn´t rebound the ball”, stressed Nigel Pruitt. TG s.Oliver Wurzburg shot 55% from the field and 0% from outside and had 17 rebounds and 6 turnovers while the Fraport Skyliners Juniors shot 44% from the field and 33% from outside and had 7 rebounds and 4 turnovers.
In the second quarter TG s.Oliver Wurzburg continued to have the lead and control the game leading mostly by double digits, but Frankfurt had some good phases where they were able to execute on offense and even cut the guests lead to 4 points, but at halftime Frankfurt was down 46-38. TG s.Oliver Wurzburg sped out on a quick 4-0 run to extend their lead to 28-18 as Fynn Fischer continued to be active in the paint making free throws and a tap in. Frankfurt lacked the physicality of Wurzburg and couldn´t find a remedy for it. Even if Frankfurt didn´t have all guys on the same page there were phases where a few played with that special intensity. The Fraport Skyliners Juniors played their best basketball in the second quarter going on a lethal 14-8 run to cut Wurzburg´s lead to 36-32. Pruitt continued to take responsibility on the offensive end nailing two three´s while Schoormann contributed 6 points. Wurzburg lost a little concentration on the defensive end. Down the stretch, both teams were able to execute well on offense. Hunt was able to display a great balance between scoring and finding his teammates as he hit a three and lay in while Frankfurt was able to stay at bay getting two clutch three´s from captain and ex USC Freiburg forward Cosmo Gruehn, but Frankfurt still trailed 46-38. TG s.Oliver Wurzburg shot 50% from the field and 13% from the three point line and had 24 rebounds and 8 turnovers while the Fraport Skyliners Juniors shot 45% from the field and 41% from the three point line and had 18 rebounds and 12 turnovers.
The turning point of the game occurred in the third quarter as TG s.Oliver Wurzburg exploded on offense scoring 33 points to have the 79-57 advantage. Fischer continued to be a beast as he scored the first 4 points of the third quarter with a lay in and a 20 foot jump shot for the 50-38 lead. The Fraport Skyliners Juniors were able to execute well on offense continuing to get production from guys like Schoormann, Kayser and Pruitt, but they just couldn´t get over the hump and were always trailing by double digits. Plus Frankfurt also had absolutely no clue how to slow down Cameron Hunt. He had his second stretch of the game where he gave scoring in bunches a new meaning as he scored 3 consecutive buckets to give the Bavarian club the 61-46 lead. In the stretch run of the third quarter, TG s.Oliver Wurzbrug heightened their offense a bit more going on a 18-8 run to lead 79-57 after 30 minutes. Wurzburg let the three fly getting two trey´s from ex BBL player Julian Albus who has 85 BBL games on his resume and Hadenfeldt also scored from the parking lot. When young Fynn Fischer took a breather, it was time for the other young Wurzburg big man Jonas Weitzel to get to work and did scoring twice in the paint and registering free throws. “We got more stops and were able to run as well. We sped up the game and were more physical then them”, added Cameron Hunt. “We experienced the snowball effect. First we didn´t rebound and then we didn´t defend. Hunt got hot. We couldn´t guard him”, expressed Nigel Pruitt. TG s.Oliver Wurzburg shot 52% form the field and 31% from the parking lot and had 34 rebounds and 9 turnovers while the Fraport Skyliners Juniors shot 46% from the field and 37% from the parking lot and had 27 rebounds and 18 turnovers.
The contest was already decided in the fourth quarter, but TG s.Oliver Wurzburg continued to play their game and also defended better holding Frankfurt to 10 points. Young German Noah Camden made his Frankfurt debut after beginning the season with the wiha Panthers and recently had a very short stay with BBC Coburg. In his Frankfurt debut he scored 6 points and grabbed 5 rebounds including 4 offensive rebounds in 15 minutes. He gave Frankfurt some physicality that they have been missing this season. Kamdem should give the club vital energy from the bench with that added touch of physicality. Mr triple double Tim Eisenberger who registered 7 triple doubles in the Regionalliga scored twice as he ended the night with 6 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals while Rytis Pipiras who started slowly finished with 11 points 5 rebounds and 2 assists. He also showed his shooting range hitting a 20 footer and trey. Hunt entered the fourth quarter with 21 points, but wasn´t finished yet as he contributed 7 points in the last frame to finish with 28 points. Wurzburg had the 30 point lead after Eisenberger threw up an alley op inbounds pass to Hunt who tapped it in. Jazz Bains closed out the game with a penetration lay in for the 99-67 end result. “We stuck with our game plan and focused on the pick and roll defense and did a good job with it”, expressed Cameron Hunt. “When you looked at the scoreboard and saw the big lead, it was emotionally draining. We stuck to our concept on offense and defense even if we were losing. I felt we played a little selfish at the end”, stressed Nigel Pruitt. TG s.Oliver Wurzburg were led by Cameron Hunt with 28 points and 7 assists. Fynn Fischer added 20 points and 7 rebounds and Rytis Pipiras and Juilian Albus scored 11 points a piece while the Fraport Skyliners Juniors were led by Nigel Pruitt with 20 points and Cosmo Gruehn added 13 points. TG s.Oliver Wurzburg shot 52% from the field and 32% from outside and had 43 rebounds and 9 turnovers while the Fraport Skyliners Juniors shot 39% from the field and 30% from outside and had 39 rebounds and 21 turnovers.