BBG Herford Survive Scare From The Dragons Rhondorf Winning 97-91 On The Road

Even if two of the last three seasons were tough ones for the Dragons Rhondorf as they missed the playoffs twice and were sent down to the Regionalliga, one thing fans can´t complain about is having top players to swoon about on any given night. In the last three years the big dawg Aaron Nelson, “Mr Seton Hill not Seton Hall” Kameron Talyor and the “double double beast Zygimatas Riauka impressed fans every weekend not only at home, but also in other gym´s. This season the Dragons Rhondorf have carried on that great tradition for a fourth straight season reeling in the athletic Curtis Hollis who has not disappointed anyone with his game, but been that quiet leader the team missed a bit last season. He has shown that he can fill the stat sheet with ease like a Russel Westbrook and some have compared him to a Kameron Taylor. He has made the decision to start at the bottom in his quest to reach the highest level possible. Last weekend, he amassed an amazing triple double including 10 steals against Leverkusen 2 and with a performance like that makes it even more fun to come back to the Dragon Dome each weekend to see if he can achieve another one. This weekend he had his hands full as he had to lead the charge against the 4-1 Herford team that has their own amazing player with Derlyton Hill who came into the contest averaging an astounding 28,6ppg and 13,2 boards. The Dragons Rhondorf had a 3-2 record and wanted to extend their home winning streak to three games, but couldn´t as they weren´t mentally there playing poor defense for the most part of the game and despite a late fourth quarter comeback couldn´t get over the hump losing 97-91. Curtis Hollis didn´t achieve another triple double, but had another normal day at the office scoring 24 points and had some nice dunks and a massive block. After the third loss of the season, he was more than disappointed about the loss. “We weren´t focused 100% mentally today. We dug ourselves into a hole and couldn´t dig ourselves out. We didn´t get the job done on defense. We gave up too many back door baskets, gave up open shots, gave up rebounds and didn´t have good rotations”, stressed Texas native Curtis Hollis. After the big win a smiling, but somewhat worried Derylton Hill reflected on the victory that he only contributed to half-time as in the second quarter he watched from the bench as his teammates got the job masterfully done without him. “We played together as a team and hard on defense. We rebounded well as well and knocked down shots. I thought that even when the game was going back and forth in the first quarter that we had control of the game. I feel the difference of the game was that we could score the ball easier than they could. I´m really proud of my teammates how each guy stepped up in the second half in my absence”, stressed Florida native Derylton Hill.

Miles Schmidt-Scheuber interviewing BBG Herford´s forward Derylton Hill after he dropped 13 points 5 rebounds and 5 assists in the win in Rhondorf

Both teams didn´t waste anytime putting points on the board as both got busy quickly in the first quarter as they found their rhythm on offense easily. There were an impressive 12 lead changes in the first quarter. Even if both clubs combined for 7 three´s in the first quarter and half of the total shots were attempted from outside, it felt like both teams were preferring to get the easy buckets in the paint. BBG Herford were doing a good job spreading the scoring around, but one quickly realized that their offense revolved mostly around the quartet of Hill, Ole Wendt, Vaidotas Volkus and Omar Zemhoute. The Dragons Rhondorf also spread around the scoring well as Jure Besedic and Killian Binapfel led the scoring. Besedic was feeling it from outside while Binapfel had that non stop aggressiveness that helped the Dragons find their offensive rhythm faster. Even if the game was tight, the Dragons Rhondorf weren´t defending well as they were giving up way too many easy baskets and gave up three back door buckets. The Dragons Rhondorf let up and lost intensity in the last few minutes letting BBG Herford escape on a 12-3 run to lead 31-23 after 10 minutes. In the run, BBG Herford recieved clutch three´s from German Jan Benedikt Behrens and Ole Wendt. Hill showed his extreme versatility making a smooth no look pass to Wendt for a lay in. “Herford played very good team basketball. That was the reason why they had the lead. Rhondorf didn´t defend well”, stressed Telekom Baskets Bonn guard Brandon Frazier. BBG Herford shot 63% from the field and 57% from outside and had 11 rebounds and 3 turnovers while the Dragons Rhondorf shot 56% from the field and 42% from outside and had 4 rebounds and 3 turnovers.

In the second quarter the inconsistent Rhondorf defense continued to be a thorn in their sides and they couldn´t make extra ground on the offensive end as they trailed 51-42 at the break. BBG Herford continued their offensive consistency going on a 6-2 run to start the second quarter to extend their lead to 37-25. In the run they got a key lay in from little used 24 year old German Rafael Fischer and a trey from Hill. Rhondorf continued to be a liability at both ends of the court. Not only did they continue to give up easy baskets inside, but weren´t covering the three point line. Hill was the ultimate work horse and was doing absolutely everything for his team to win. “He was the best player on the court. He looked like a man among boys. He was doing everything for his team. There was a big difference between him and everyone else on the court”, warned Telekom Baskets Bonn guard Brandon Frazier. After a Rhondorf time out, the Dragons struck with a three from Anish Sharda, but Hill struck back again with a three pointer to keep the BBG Herford lead at 40-29. Here and there the Dragons Rhondorf would be able to cut into the BBG Herford lead with Lotola Otshumbe or Gabriel De Olveira baskets, but they couldn´t keep up the defensive intensity as they would get baskets from a Wendt or Hill and hold the 46-35 advantage. Down the stretch the Dragons Rhondorf got some production from Curtis Hollins who made a massive dunk and runner, but BBG Herford countered with two Volkus baskets keeping their lead at 51-42. “Rhondorf is a very young team and were gambling a bit too much on defense while Herford played more together”, added Telekom Baskets Bonn guard Brandon Frazier. BBG Herford shot 54% from the field and 37% from the three point line and had 18 rebounds and 8 turnovers while the Dragons Rhondorf shot 48% from the field and 40% from the three point line and had 17 rebounds and 10 turnovers.

Miles Schmidt-Scheuber interviewing Curtis Hollis after he scored 24 points in the loss

In the third quarter BBG Herford continued to play their game finding simple ways to execute and lead by as much as 17 points. The Dragons Rhondorf went on a little run in the latter half of the third quarter to cut the lead down to 7 points, but still trailed by 9 points after 30 minutes. The Dragons Rhondorf began well getting a hook shot from Mark Kotieno, but then continued not being able to execute on the defensive end giving up a 10-0 run to trail the guests 61-44. In the run, BBG Herford displayed their fine inside out game as Volkus nailed a trey and Wendt and Zemhoute scored easily on the penetration. Hill had collided with De Olveira in the first minutes of the third quarter and would never return. BBG Herford showed that they could continue to execute on offense without Hill and did displaying nice team basketball while Rhondorf´continued to have difficulty getting stops as their rotations were off. The Dragons Rhondorf definitely had their moments in this game. Basketball is a game of runs and now it was the Dragons turn to fight back as they went on a 12 -2 run to cut the BBG Herford lead to 63-56. In the run, they got 5 points from Hollis who continued to show how simple he makes the game look with his suave movements and precision shooting. Sharda also dropped a trey, De Olveira scored in the paint and Jeffrey Martin hit a mid distance jumper. Rhondorf profited from having that big body of Hill not on the floor. De Olveira was very aggressive and understood how to use his body to his advantage. Despite the Dragons being  closer, BBG Herford got their outside shooting going again as Zemhoute and Behrens connected to give BBG Herford the 71-58 advantage. In the last minute, the Dragons Rhondorf got another trey from Sharda and Hollis remained aggressive getting an offensive rebound and put back and hit a jumper, but BBG Herford still led comfortable 74-65 after three quarters. “We got big three´s from Behrens and Wendt. We shared the ball well and played good defense”, added Derylton Hill. “We were up and down and it was tough bouncing around. They hit big shots at the end after our run”, stressed Curtis Hollis. BBG Herford shot 57% from the field and 47% from the parking lot and had 23 rebounds and 13 turnovers while the Dragons Rhondorf shot 53% from the field and 46% from the parking lot and had 23 rebounds and 15 turnovers.

            In the fourth quarter BBG Herford continued to control the game and it looked like they would cruise to victory, but the Dragons Rhondorf never gave up and made one more run to cut the guests lead down to two points, but in the end couldn´t get totally over the hump. The Dragons Rhondorf were unable to get off to a good start in the fourth quarter as they relinquished a 8-0 run to trail 82-65. BBG Herford continued to pour it on without Derylton Hill as Volkus contributed 6 points and Zemhoute made two free throws. The Dragons Rhondorf continued to fight and chip away at the guests lead as Besedic hit a trey and De Olveira scored three times in the paint showing that he can be a force cutting BBG Herford´s lead to 86-75. Zemhoute then hit a trey giving BBG Herford the very comfortable 89-75 advantage. The Dragons Rhondorf still had energy left in their tank and gave it all they had going on a 14-2 run to amazingly cut the guests lead down to 91-89 with a minute to play. In the run, the Dragons Rhondorf played their best basketball of the game executing on  Besedic who sunk a trey, Hollins scored in the paint, Sharda made free throws and Binapfel connected for two baskets. “We defended better allowing only one shot and rebounded better. We also got on transition and to the free throw line”, added Curtis Hollis. “We missed too many shots and they attacked, got the and ones and made free throws”, added Derylton Hill. On the next BBG Herford possession, they played very smart getting Volkus the ball inside via the lob pass something they had perfected all day, as his big body and length secured two easy points for the 93-89 lead. On the next play Rhondorf was stopped which led to Wendt free throws securing the win for BBG Herford. “We knew all we needed was one stop. So we knew that was all we needed to win the game. We got that stop and Wendt then knocked down free throws to get the win”, added Derylton Hill. “The play was designed for me on the high ball screen. I was double teamed and tried to draw the foul I got the ball back and found Binapfel. He might have rushed a bit and turned the ball over. He is still young. I am sure that sort of thing will never happen to him again. If we want to be a top team, we have to close out games better”, stressed Curtis Hollis. BBG Herford was led by Vaidotas Volkus with 26 points. Ole Wendt added 21 points and Omar Zemhoute added 19 points and 10 assists while the Dragons Rhondorf were led by Curtis Hollis with 24 points. Gabriel De Olveira contributed 18 points and Killian Binapfel had 14 points. Jure Besedic had 13 points and Anish Sharda 12 points. BBG Herford shot 51% from the field and 44% from outside and had 33 rebounds and 18 turnovers while the Dragons Rhondorf shot 52% from the field and 38% from outside and had 34 rebounds and 20 turnovers.

The Miles Basketball Minute: Can Jason Clark Please Give The Fraport Skyliners Some Basketball Consultation On Greg Monroe

Just how much can a team endure after losing two games back to back in crunch-time and not totally lose one´s nerves? One has to wonder what kind of mind games Quantez Robertson was having on the brief two hour bus ride back to Frankfurt. Was he immersed in his head phones or did he attempt the short trek to the front of the bus to talk basketball with head coach Sebastian Gleim?  The only things that counts are wins and the Fraport Skyliners need one badly quickly, but that may have to wait for a while. In the case of the Fraport Skyliners the tide could change very rapidly from bad to worse as their next two opponents are Euroleague clubs FC Bayern Munich and Alba Berlin. After starting off the season at home against BG Goettingen with a tough 79-74 loss, a game they could have won, but not necessarily should have won, the 2000 BBL cup winner began the regular season in Bonn only 72 hours after the loss to Goettingen and lost a heartbreaker 77-76. I reach Fraport Skyliners captain and lifer Quantez Robertson on a Friday morning less than 48 hours after their turnover fest in Bonn and reach a good tempered ex Auburn(NCAA) player, but one could sense at times in his tone that the last hours hadn´t been easy for him as losing is a terrible thing, but sometimes how you lose can put one into a depressing state. It wasn´t a bad night at the office in terms of turnovers, but a lousy night for Frankfurt. They didn´t cough up the ball a pathetic 15 or 16 times, but an unacceptable 26 times. It didn´t take the American long to utter what annoyed him most about the loss. “It was mainly our team turnovers, but also the couple of turnovers that I had in the fourth quarter”, stressed Quantez Robertson.

Miles Schmidt-Scheuber and Quantez Robertson at the 2016 Fiba Europe Cup title parade in Frankfurt

                Obviously the only thing that counts after 40 minutes is the win, but the Fraport Skyliners actually came out reborn and had a very strong first quarter scoring 27 points. For some Skyliner fans that potent first quarter quickly erased the bad loss against BG Goettingen, but that brief high was short as Frankfurt was unable to keep their consistency. They couldn´t keep their momentum going into the second quarter as The Telekom Baskets Bonn dug into the huge Frankfurt lead dropping four trey´s led by American Brandon Fraizer´s two. The Fraport Skyliners couldn´t defend quite as well as the first quarter and execute as well on offense, but still had the comfortable lead at the break with 42-34 something they also had against BG Goettingen. “We fought really hard in the first half. We were talking a lot on defense and were able to run the way we wanted to”, stressed Quantez Robertson.

                The second half got worse and like against BG Goettingen where they suffered a 11-0 run, they couldn´t stop a 7-0 Bonn run to begin the third quarter. Soon after the Telekom Baskets Bonn got the lead through their best player of the contest with Brandon Frazier. Frankfurt came out of the break as if they had woken up on the wrong side of the bed as suddenly everything that had functioned in the first quarter on tight execution was a struggle in the second half. They coughed up the ball 10 times in the fourth quarter and could of won the game at the end even after two Leon Kratzer´s missed free throws, but a last second shot by Robertson that could have given him another added dose of legendary status in Frankfurt didn´t want to fall. “We missed many easy open shots in the fourth quarter. We were unable to execute our defensive plan at the end and couldn´t execute our offense the way we wanted to in the last 3-4 minutes”, warned Quantez Robertson.

                Despite the loss there were some bright spots on the team. After his less than satisfactory game on Sunday against BG Goettingen, Leon Kratzer stormed back with a strong 20 points and 11 rebounds effort and found back to his range shooting 72% from the field. It was only bitter that his big weakness with shooting free throws let him down at the end. Lamont Jones was great again netting 16 points and showing he can be that playmaker and knowing when to score and create and dishing out 9 dimes. So the Fraport Skyliners finally found that second player with Kratzer to carry the team, but other than those two, there wasn´t enough support elsewhere. Quantez Robertson had another normal day at the office game in terms of filling the stat sheet, but his 5 turnovers really hurt and with a few less the club probably would have won the game. German Richard Freundenberg had a solid game of 7 points, 2 boards and a steal in 15 minutes, but why didn´t he play more in the second half? Matt Mcquaid continues to get very slowly out of his shell scoring 5 points getting 2 rebounds, 2 assists and a steal. He was very effective on offense, but still hasn´t adjusted to the physical European play on defense. Frankfurt shot frequently again from downtown, but only at 31% another area of their game that has to get better. A plus point was that they worked tenaciously and hard on the boards and were rewarded with the 36-29 advantage and 10 offensive rebounds. They also dished out 23 assists. The club is looking for an additional point guard as Anthony Hickey will be out at least a month.

                The Fraport Skyliners don´t have much time to prepare for the mighty FC Bayern Munich, but have a day extra than they did for the Telekom Baskets Bonn. They don´t have much time to regroup as FC Bayern Munich not only had a stellar off season as they found their form quickly, but also began their regular season with a bang. They destroyed new BBL team Hamburg Towers in their own living room by a massive 56 points and also won their Euroleague debut getting by Italian club Milan. The Munich side defend with a passion and it is no secret what Frankfurt are tweaking the most in the next days. “We are focusing mostly on taking care of the ball. We had a lot of turnovers in the last game. Munich like to force turnovers and get into the open floor. We have to take care of the basketball and also try to get into the open floor”, warned Quantez Robertson. In the past especially since Quantez Robertson has been on board, the Fraport Skyliners have often rebounded well after having their backs to the wall and been able to give out of the ordinary performances against top teams like FC Bayern Munich, Brose Bamberg and Alba Berlin and depart the floor after 40 minutes with victories. The question is will it happen this time again? The answer is probably not. But could FC Bayern Munich possibly underestimate Frankfurt? “It is the beginning of the season. They won´t underestimate us. They haven´t seen us play yet and don´t know us yet. I know that we will play hard and fight the way we did against Bonn and Goettingen. Our effort will have to be a lot higher than it was in Bonn for us to have a chance to win against Munich”, stressed Quantez Robertson.


Miles Schmidt-Scheuber interviewing Greg Monroe expert Jason Clark during the 2018-2019 season

FC Bayern Munich have without a doubt the strongest roster in their history. It personally wouldn´t surprise me bearing injuries for them to go undefeated in the BBL this season. They kept a lot of seasoned veterans upholding part of the team chemistry and added an amazing mix of four ex NBA players with Josh Huestis, Paul Zipser and Demarkus Nelson and NBA prospect Matthias Lessort. Obviously none of these fine new signings can compare to the signing of ex Georgetown center Greg Monroe who played nine seasons in the NBA and belonged to the top 10 best centers in the league. He has to be the best player the BBL has ever seen play in Germany. Despite having this huge name grace the Fraport arena on Sunday, it won´t have a big impact on Quaantez Robertson going any differently into the game in the game of the year for Frankfurt. “It will be just another game for me. We play the same sport. He was just able to play at a higher level than I have. For me it is always fun to play the game of basketball no matter who the player or team is. No matter who the team is or who the players are, I always have fun”, warned Quantez Robertson. The Fraport Skyliners will need a gigantic miracle on Sunday to get a win. It also wouldn´t hurt if Quantez Robertson wakes up Sunday morning with a magical cape on his back. Then we could see the real super Tez demonstrate unhuman like qualities. Or Frankfurt could get ex player Jason Clark back as a pre game consultant to undercover the unknown Greg Monroe weaknesses. Clark was teammates with Monroe at Georgetown and trains with him every summer and must know some kind of weakness. Either way fans will see amazing basketball on Sunday even if it most likely will only come from the Bavarian squad.

Charlie Brown (BG Topstar Leitershofen/Stadtbergen) Has That Special Swagger That Will Rub Off On His Teammates

 Charlie Brown is a 185cm guard form Joplin, Missouri that is playing his professional rookie season in Germany with BG Topstar Leitershofen/Stadtbergen (Germany-Regionalliga). he helped lead teh team to two wins averaging 23,0ppg,4,0rpg and 3,5apg. He began his basketball career with Joplin High School. In 2014.2015 he began his college career at Missouri So. (NCAA2) playing 15 games averaging 6.6ppg, FGP: 47.7%, 3PT: 40.6%, FT: 69.2%. In his second season at Missouri So. (NCAA2) he played 30 games averaging 14.6ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.2apg, FGP: 48.1%, 3PT: 42.5%, FT: 84.4%. In 2016-2017 he moved to Minn.St.-Mankato (NCAA2) playing 24 games averaging 8.8ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 52.4%, 3PT: 27.1%, FT: 81.8%. In his senior year at Minn.St.-Mankato (NCAA2) he played 34 games averaging 16.8ppg, 2.9rpg, 3.9apg, FGP: 49.3%, 3PT: 39.1%, FT: 79.3%. He spoke to earlier in the summer about basketball. 

Charlie thanks for taking time to talk to Where are you at the moment and how has your summer been?

I’m currently in Joplin, Missouri. My summer has been going well, spending a lot of time in the gym getting ready to head to Germany for the upcoming season.

Before we get to the interview about your career, I have to ask you about your name. What overall kind of experience was it growing up with a famous name like Charlie Brown? Did the remarks get old or tiring after a while or is this famous comic figure one that wasn’t as known with the youth of today?

I never really heard jokes about my name, growing up a lot of people called me ‘CB’ so that’s why I go by most of the time. It’s actually a family name also, my grandfather and uncle both are named Charlie Brown

Congrats on signing your first professional contract in Germany with Regionalliga team BG Leitershofen. How thankful are you of One Motive Sports for getting you this gig? It took a while. How difficult was the last year not knowing what your future was?

I’m very thankful to have signed with One Motive Sports, and getting a deal as fast as I did. Missing the last season was stressful, but I was constantly in the gym waiting for my next opportunity. Blessed to be able to get started with BG Leitershofen!

After a stellar NCAA 2 career at Missouri Southern and Minnesota State University Mancato, you didn’t get a job right away. What was so tough in the summer of 2018 for you getting a contract? How did you experience that first transfer period?

Well after my senior year at Minnesota State, I was offered a deal to play In Holland but things didn’t work out.

What was the defining moment of choosing BG Leitershofen as your rookie team? What were the main positives for taking this job?

one of the main reasons I decided to sign with BG Leitershofen is because of their track record and of their import players having good careers, and moving up leagues. I’ve heard nothing but great things about the people in the organization. I believe it’ll be a great fit for me, and I’m thankful they’ve decided to let me come in and be a playmaker.

What do you know in general about the country Germany and it’s basketball? Some Missouri Southern greats like Skyler Bowlin and Jordan Talbert are still balling here today?

I know a little bit about Germany. I know it’s a basketball hotspot, and it’s a good starting out place as an import player. And, yes Skylar and JT are both currently in Germany. They’re having great careers

Did you reach out to any of the alumni of your school’s that have played in Germany or did you leave that to your agent in getting everything sorted out?

Since signing, I’ve talked to Skyler Bowlin. He started his career with BG LEITERSHOFEN, so he was able to offer advice about what to expect from the club and the city I’ll be living in.

You finished your NCAA 2 career strong scoring in double figures in your last 9 games. Is your self confidence at an all-time high now?

My self confidence is really high at the moment. I believe I can score and facilitate at a high level. I believe I’ll be able to showcase that with BG LEITERSHOFEN.

Let’s talk about your game. You’re a 185cm guard that can do a bit of everything. If you had to compare your game to an NBA player who would best fit your style of play?

If I could compare myself to an NBA player it would most likely be Kemba Walker or Jrue Holiday. Both players are smooth playmakers that change speeds really well.

You’re a very good shooter, but what other strength’s does your game incorporate that fans will be able to see on display in your rookie season in Germany?

Outside of being a very good shooter, I think the fans in Germany will love my leadership skills, and my style of play. I like to play with a little bit of swagger that should rub off on my teammates. I’m hoping we will play an exciting style of basketball.

Your coming into a league Regionalliga that is dominated usually by strong American guards. You most likely will be scoring a lot, but do you see yourself being more of a stat filler with rebounds and assists than you were in school?

Coming in as an import, one of my roles will be to score the ball but guys will quickly learn I can also facilitate. I think my assists numbers will be a lot higher than what they were in college.

You’re a guy that can do a lot on the court, but what do you feel is a hidden strength in your game that still seems to be a bit off the radar?

I think my biggest hidden strength as a player is my defense. it’s something I’m not known for, but it’s something I plan on putting on full display as a pro.

On what area’s of your game will you be working most on in the lab this summer as you prepare for your rookie season in Germany?

The things I am working on most as a player this summer is my 3pt shot, both catch and shoot and off the dribble, I am also focusing on conditioning and scoring out of different ball screen situations.

You began your college career at Missouri Southern. After a less than spectacular freshman year, you blossomed as a sophomore averaging 14.6ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.2apg, FGP: 48.1%, 3PT: 42.5%, FT: 84.4%. How vital was hitting ST Cloud State with 27 points in your first game that season?

As a sophomore, scoring big the first game of the season gave me a lot of confidence that lasted throughout the year.

Despite that break out season, you left for Minn.St.-Mankato (NCAA2) after only two seasons. What were the reasons for doing this?

A lot of people ask the question of, ‘why did you leave Missouri Southern?’ and it’s mainly because I grew up in Joplin, Missouri and I wanted to experience something new. I knew as a basketball player I could excel anywhere regardless of location

You then went to Minn.St.-Mankato (NCAA2) averaging 8.8ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 52.4%, 3PT: 27.1%, FT: 81.8% as a junior. You began very well, then cooled down and had some good games at the end. Why was this season so up and down for you?

My junior year was so up and down because of little nagging injuries, and a couple personal problems I was going through.

You left the best for last as in your senor year at Minn.St.-Mankato (NCAA2) you averaged 16.8ppg, 2.9rpg, 3.9apg, FGP: 49.3%, 3PT: 39.1%, FT: 79.3%. How do you feel did your game grow in your senior year?

As a senior at Minnesota State, I had a lot of responsibilities! I was a captain and most games were determined by me and my overall play. My game grew a lot, I had the ball in my hands to make decisions and control the tempo of games. I didn’t want to let my teammates down, and we came very close to winning a national championship!

How did head coach Matt Margenthaler give you that extra push in helping you get groomed and prepared best for a professional basketball career?

Coach Margenthaler definitely prepared me to be a pro, from the way our practices were set up to his daily communication with me as a player. He has an amazing track record of producing professionals at Minnesota state! He’s given me a ton of confidence as a player.

Who won a one on one in practice you or Carlos Anderson?

Los is an incredible defender, but we’ve never played 1on1, if we did I’m pretty sure I could beat him!

Who was the toughest opponent that you played in the NCAA 2 that is in the NBA or in Europe now

The toughest guy I’ve ever had to play against at the D2 level was definitely Justin Pitts who currently plays in Spain.

Please list your five best teammates of all-time?

my five best teammates ever would be Trey Sampson, Chris Kendrix, Morgan Smith, Karson Arrenholz, and Braelon Walker

Please name your personal own NBA Rushmore. Which four heads would you pick past or present for your list?

My mount rushmore for players would definitely be, Lebron, Kobe, Shaq, and Kevin Durant

What is your personal opinion of the never ending debate of who is the greatest of all-time Michael Jordan or Lebron James?

My personal debate on the Lebron vs MJ battle is I’m definitely team Lebron. I didn’t grow up watching MJ, I’ve heard a ton about him but I never watched him on a daily basis so I have to go with Lebron.

What was the last movie that you saw?

The last movie I watched was actually State Property 2.

Thanks Charlie Brown for the chat.

Ben Emelogu(Asseco Arka Gdynia) Larry Brown Watched Film Like It Was TV

Ben Emelogu is a 24 year old 196cm from Dallas, Texas that is playing his rookie season with Asseco Arka Gdynia (Poland-EBL). He began his basketball career with South Grand Prairie High School. In 2013-2014, he played a season with Virginia Tech University (NCAA) playing 22 games averaging 10.5ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.9apg, FGP: 42.6%, 3PT: 37.0%, FT: 68.1%. He then finished his NCAA career at Southern Methodist (NCAA) playing 34 games averaging 2.8ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.0apg. In his junior year at Southern Methodist (NCAA), he played 35 games averaging 4.3ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.8apg. In his senior year he played 33 games averaging 10.6ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.7apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 45.0%, 3PT: 47.0%, FT: 71.7%. He spoke to before the Eurocup game against the EWE Baskets Oldenburg. In the game he scored 12 points and had 8 boards and sealed the win with a trey in the waning minutes. 

Ben thanks for talking to Welcome to Germany. Is this the first time that you have been here? What do you know in general about the country and it’s basketball?

This isn’t my first time in Germany. When I was in my sophomore year at SMU, we went on a European tour and played some teams in Belgium, Holland and Germany. I know that German basketball is very good. I’m from Dallas, so I always looked up to Dirk Nowitzki.

Have you had any friends or ex teammates besides Malik Mueller play in Germany?

Not that I can think of. I know a bunch of guys that play in countries surrounding Germany. I know that Malik is playing there as well. 

You are in Oldenburg preparing for a Eurocup game against the EWE Baskets and are playing your first season with Asseco Arka Gdynia (Poland-EBL). Was it a tough adjustment coming overseas after sitting out last season?

The toughest has been getting in a playing rhythm. I sat out for a while and didn’t play organized ball. It was more pick up. Just getting back into the system, the whole scouting thing and find a way to get the easy basket was the toughest adjustment.

Why did you sit out last season? I had heard that you were going to grad school. Talk a bit about how difficult it must have been shuffling school and basketball last season?

It was terrible. SMU is already a tough school academically. It was an up and down year. I got injured toward the end of my time at SMU and I didn’t want to risk trying to begin my career being hurt. I was done rehabbing in December. Then it was either pick school or work. I am 2-3 classes short so I will still be able to get those credits in the future. 

What kind of experience has it been playing for Asseco Arka Gdynia (Poland-EBL). You have four other Americans and a number of Polish players. How has the integration gone and how important has veteran Josh Bostic been for you feeling more comfortable?

Josh has been great since I arrived. He has taken me under his wing, given me advice when needed and always pushes me in practice. He gave me valuable advice in that you can’t always control your offense, but you can control your defense. The coaching staff have been very good as well and my Polish teammates have been very welcoming. It also has helped that there have been some guys that come from close to home like Leyton Hammonds.

What kind of role do you have with Asseco Arka Gdynia (Poland-EBL). Are you more than just a three and D player?

At the moment I’m that classic three and D player. I will do what the team needs me to do. My main goal is to always win. If the coach asks me to defend or be aggressive on offense than that is what I will do.I will take on any role that is given to me and get the job down.

Which NBA players are your role models and which player in the NBA would you compare the way you play?

I look up to guys like CJ Mccullum, Damain Lillard and Joe Johnson. The funny thing is that I actually look more at defensive highlight videos than offensive videos. If I had to describe my game to an NBA player then Danny Green would fit best. I respect how he worked his way up from the G-League. I also like the game of a PJ Tucker who makes a living from perfecting his role. 

How important has a Josh Bostic been for you in practice and off the court? What has been the most vital thing that you have soaked up from him up until now?

I have learned very much from Josh in only the short time that I have been there. I think learning patience and how to use your body best when off balance have been the most important. He does a good job drawing fouls. He is a strong guard and I look at his leadership and how calm he is. 

You began your professional career at Virginia Tech University (NCAA) playing 22 games: averaging 10.5ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.9apg, FGP: 42.6%, 3PT: 37.0%, FT: 68.1%. You had a very solid freshman season. Why did you opt to leave after one season? Did you want to be closer to home?

I wanted to be closer to home at the end. At the time my grandmother was terminally ill with cancer. But I didn’t find that out until a month after I signed my letter of intent. The coaching staff did a good job of helping me get through it all. At the end of the season the coaching staff was fired, so then it was my time to also go. 

You had quite a number of memorable games at Virginia Tech, but was your 22 points in the win against West Virginia that still remains in your head?

Yes I remember that game well. It was a crazy game. We had lost to USC Upstate before and that had put us down. I learned after that game that college basketball is a lot harder than one thinks. It helped me open my eyes that anybody can beat you. When we beat West Virginia, it was a huge confidence booster. I knew after that win that we could hang with anybody. 

What memories do you have of Adam Smith there? Is he a guy that you continue to follow as he is playing professionally in Europe?

I follow him. He just released some music ‘Cross the pond’. What really stood out with him was his athleticism and that he could really score the ball. He is a very good scorer and had something like 28 points in his last game. He really knows how to put the ball in the hole. 

You then moved to Southern Methodist (NCAA). The first three years were tough with less playing time and you were also red shirted. What kept you going in that time?

The beginning was tough. I played hurt one season and it continued to get worse. It really helped that I was close to home. Having family and friends be that positive voice in my ear kept my spirits high. 

Did you ever think of making another change to a different school? Knowing what you had done at Virginia Tech and not playing at SMU must have really hurt.

The thought did cross my mind. In my time there, I really learned that college basketball is very unpredictable You always see real talented teams that have down years, but despite having my low’s there, I did get comfortable in the system, so there really was no point for me to go. 

In your first two seasons at SMU, you reached the NCAA tournament, but lost to LA schools UCLA and USC each by one point. How bizarre was that? Which loss hurt more?

The USC loss was the toughest. I thought that we had enough talent that season, not depth, we played with a six man rotation to make a run. In that game, we were banged up. I shouldn’t have played. I think that we had enough talent and discipline in both years to make a run to the NCAA Sweet 16 or Elite 8. 

In your senior year you finally broke free averaging 10.6ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.7apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 45.0%, 3PT: 47.0%, FT: 71.7% Was your 23 point game in the victory against UCONN one of your most memorable games at SMU?

That was another game I didn’t forget. I wanted to get back to March Madness one more time. Even if I was banged up, in pain you can’t do anything about it, but play. 

Earlier in the season you scored one third of your teams total points with 12 in a 52-37 loss against Central Florida. How crazy of a game was this?

My wrist was done in that game. Three of our returnie’s were out. We had many freshmen and me on the court. That game was a circus. 

How did head coach Tim Jankovich groom and prepare you best for a professional basketball career?

He was a very smart coach and really stuck to details. You really needed to have a very high IQ to play for him, because of the way he operated and stuck to the scouting report. The way he worked and how he prepared me translated to professional basketball. 

You also played a season for the legendary head coach Larry Brown. Everybody has their special story about him.

He watched film like it was TV. I never saw a guy study the game as intense like he did. Now I know why he is considered one of the greatest. It is crazy to know just how smart he is and how he was able to dissect teams. We were a very athletic team, but also very smart. He really helped us run through teams. 

Who won a one on one in practice you or William Douglas?

Definitely me. At the time he was a freshman. He is a lot better now. At the time he had a rough time with me. 

After school you had a work out with NBA team Sacramento Kings. How did you notice that the NBA is a business foremost?

The interest was high for me, but they also knew that my injury was holding me back. They also had a very strict schedule. It was my first real experience where I always had to be on time. I knew that I had to work and be focused. 

You grew up in Grand Prarie, Texas which is by Dallas. Did you hear about the shooting of Andre Emmett? Does hearing about that situation hit you in a different way since it happened where you grew up?

My brother told me what had happened. It hit every guy hard who knew him. I always saw him during the summers working out at SMU. We also worked out together. Just last summer he told me to kill it in Europe. I remember vividly that he always got frustrated having to play against guys who weren’t strong. He really liked it when I pushed him on the court. His death hit the whole city of Dallas.

Who was your toughest cover in the NCAA?

I played against a lot of tough players. But the player that stood out the most, I never played against. It was my freshman year at Virginia Tech and the player was TJ Warren from NC State. Adam Smith and I were out that game and were watching from the sidelines. I remember Adam and I were watching him in warm ups. Adam said he might go for 40 tonight. I didn’t believe him and said 25. After 30 minutes, he already had 30 points. He was the real deal. I was really shocked how talented he was. 

If you had to name your own personal NBA Rushmore, which four heads would you chose?

Lebron James, Kobe Bryant, Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan and Allen Iverson.

What is your personal opinion of the never-ending debate of who is the greatest of all-time Michael Jordan or Lebron James?

I never saw Jordan play, but I have seen Lebron. It is hard to go against the competitiveness of Jordan, but Lebron does it for me. He is a freak of nature.

What was the last movie that you saw?

The Hunting of Debra Logan. It was a good horror movie with a plot.

Thanks Ben for the chat.

The Miles Basketball Minute With Curtis Hollis Volume 2

Curtis Hollis is a 21 year old 198cm forward from Arlington, Texas that is playing his first season overseas and first in Germany with the Dragons Rhondorf. 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%. Currently he is averaging 20,3ppg, 8,5rpg, 3,3apg and 3,8spg. In the overwhelming 87-65 win over Leverkusen he notched a massive triple double scoring 26 points, getting 11 rebounds and 10 steals. He and I will team up every week to talk basketball in the Miles basketball minute.

Miles Schmidt-Scheuber and Curtis Hollins in the Dragon Dome in Rhondorf

Congrats on the 87-65 win over the Bayer Giants Leverkusen 2 team. Would it be fair to say that this was up to now the club’s best win of the season? The only flaw was the 16 turnovers, but other than that a very well played game with 24 team assists.

I guess you could say that yes. But as we always say it was just 1 game for us. We played well, defended hard for sure, cut down on the turnovers as you said but we try to move past every game win or lose and focus on the next. Can’t get too up or down over 1 game. We have a bigger goal.

The defense allowed 65 points. How well has the defense continued to develop in the last two weeks. It seemed like there was absolutely no lack of aggressiveness as the team got 16 steals.

It’s been going pretty well! We focus on defense and go hard at it every day. Coach says there’s no days off and he’s trying to get us into that mode at all times. We have a culture we’re trying to build here so it’s been getting better every day and we’re going to continue to get better and play hard defensively as much as we can.

Do you feel like your exceptional day of 10 steals pushed the other guys on the defensive end? Do you feel like you could have an influx of steals the more you get adjusted to the Regionalliga?

I wouldn’t say that. I think everybody was just trying to defend very hard. I just played on the ball defense hard and was being very aggressive in the passing lanes! I think this could for sure be a nightly thing going on with the season and getting adjusted yes. I just have to stay out of foul trouble.

You, Gabriel De Olveira and Killian Binapfel combined for 65 of the 87 points. Last week it was Anisch Sharda that had the hot hand with 28 points. Is the team on a good way of establishing of having the capability to have 1-2 different scorers each game?

Yes. We try to share the ball and find the open guy always! We have talent on our team so it could be anybody’s night each game! We’re just trying to make sure we all play as a team so everybody will have a chance.

What is your history of triple doubles in your career. The usual triple double is usually points, rebounds and assists, but you had 10 steals. Did you even know near the end of the game that you were on course of achieving a triple double?

Yes I had an idea. After every quarter I try to look at the stat sheet to see where I’m lacking and where I need to pick up on things and how the team is doing as well. So I noticed that and just kept doing what I was doing and ended up with 10 steals.

Despite getting a massive triple double, how much do the five turnovers bother you? Will you go back and watch film and closely dissect the mistakes you made this week?

Didn’t really bother me much. A couple little mistakes but I was being aggressive as well and coach really emphasizes that with me be aggressive so it was okay. I’ll definitely watch the film this week and fix it.

After taking six three’s in the first three games, you attempted five in the fourth game. Are you starting to feel more comfortable shooting the three? 

Yes I am 100% I’ve been putting in a lot of work with my assistant coach Julius he’s been doing a great job so far so I’ve definitely been getting more comfortable shooting the three.

Next weekend comes the big showdown between you and Herford 196cm American Derylton Hill who like yourself is tearing up the Regionalliga averaging 24,8ppg and 13,3rpg and like you has a 3-1 record. Will you take some time to watch some extra film on him this week to be fully prepared?

Yes I always want to take time and watch film not necessarily on him but on the team they have. It’s a team game so his team has to try to be better than ours but I’m competitive so it’ll be fun matching up against him. 

You live in a very beautiful area of Germany. Have you had some opportunity to explore the country with cities Bonn and cologne near you? What have you learned to appreciate the most about Germany?

I’ve visited Bonn , and Cologne yes! Germany is just really pretty! I appreciate the energy! It’s a calm, nice, really good energy place it’s really peaceful

What was the last movie that you saw?

Malcolm X.

Thanks Curtis for the chat.

The Miles Basketball Minute: The Fraport Skyliners Need More Than Lamont Jones To Carry The Team

Fraport Skyliner lifer legend Quantez Robertson´s presence isn´t only seen on the basketball court every day, but he is also seemingly always there watching the Skyliners farm team Juniors battle on Saturday nights in their practice facility instead of being out on the town in Frankfurt. He is a true passionate supporter of the club´s young talents and when I as usual visited him at halftime during the Pro B game against Baunach who were leading comfortably and were stifling the kids with their defense, I had the audacity to ask him in a way boldly, but also rudely “now Tez you guys aren´t going to play that bad tomorrow against BG Goettingen”. He gave me a slight glance and then returned back to his phone probably wanting to say “How dare you think that”. He had proclaimed recently that he saw the Fraport Skyliners as being able to win the BBL title in 2020 something they hadn´t done since 2004. Obviously there is nothing wrong in having massive stubborn self confidence and believing in his boys, but after the disappointing 79-74 cup loss to 2010 Eurochallenge winner BG Goettingen, the club is as far away from winning the crown in June 2020 as German big man Marco Voeller is from joining the German national football team. But no team is totally prepared to win it all after only one game. That is why the regular season is long and gives each team enough time as Gordon Herbert always says to get better.

The game might have been different had the Fraport Skyliners had their starting point guard Anthony Hickey on board. But he had injured himself in the down stretch period of pre season and should be back in two weeks. But this injury could hurt the club immensely should they start off slow against the Telekom Baskets Bonn, FC Bayern Munich and Alba Berlin. The first games are very tough and with no Hickey, the club will have to make the best of it. But if they continue to play the way that they did against BG Goettingen then they will be 0-3 before it is even mid October. The loss against BG Goettingen ended the Fraport Skyliners cup season and what makes the loss so difficult to handle is that they could of won the game. The game had many ups and downs for both teams and especially in the first quarter experienced 8 lead changes. The second half seemed to be the turn around for the 2016 Fiba Europe Cup winner. They had began the third quarter with an 11-0 run and led after 30 minutes 62-56. Despite two bang bang three´s by Terry Allen and Kyan Anderson to dead lock the game at 62-62 in the first minutes of the fourth quarter, it then seemed like Frankfurt had made the turning point of the game as defensive specialist Akeem Vargas made back to back steals and coast to coast lay in´s, but once again BG Goettingen relied on their precision three point shooting which helped them go on a 10-2 run and get the momentum back. Frankfurt did have the lead one more time, but BG Goettingen just made the more crucial plays in crunch time and were the more clever team.

There were good things and bad things that the Fraport Skyliners displayed in their first real game of the season. A big problem was their work on the boards. They allowed way too many offensive rebounds. After 40 minutes, it was 13 in total. There were way too many extra possessions by BG Goettingen and more often than not, they were able to scold Frankfurt with that second and third opportunity and get points. The three bigs Kratzer, Waleskowski and Freudenberg played combined 47 minutes and grabbed combined only 6 rebounds. Quantez Robertson as usual played almost the whole game with 38 minutes and hauled down 8 rebounds. Obviously a Tez is always aggressive on the boards and is capable of leading his team in rebounds, but there has to come more support from the big men  Building consistency is something that grows as the team chemistry grows and one can´t expect it to be spot on in the first game. Frankfurt had it´s moments on defense, but the consistency was up and down. Too often they didn´t play proper man on man defense and weren´t close enough on the BG Goettingen snipers. Serbian forward Andric hit Frankfurt with 5 three´s and none were more bitter than his back to back three´s that started the 10-2 run mid-way through the fourth quarter. Offensively the team had it´s moments, but very seldom did one see the kind of ball movement that one has been used to in past years. The team was playing with no starting point guard and since there was little support from other players in the scoring department, Lamont Jones had to be that go to guy and take a back seat in the playmaking. It also didn´t help that they shot a pathetic 19% from outside. One won´t win any games shooting the ball like that.

Miles Schmidt-Scheuber interviewing Lamont Jones when he played his first season in Germany with MBC in 2018

Positives for the Fraport Skyliners was their effort. One could see that the game meant a lot to them. Often in bad phases of the game, the club never let their heads sink, but they always stuck together and that is definitely a good sign especially with some tough games coming up in the next two weeks. One saw that passion on defense even if it didn´t always want to work the way the players had envisioned it and hustle plays were on the influx. Another positive sign was the discovery of that next genuine go to guy. Not just a go to guy, but a guy who can take a game to the next level and be that game changer whenever he wants to. The Fraport Skyliners have that most definitely in Lamont Jones. It doesn´t matter where he has played in his career, he has always lit up the scoreboard. It didn´t matter if it was at Iona(NCAA) where he was the third best scorer in the NCAA in 2013, or the second best scorer in the NBL league in Japan in 2014 or fourth best scorer in the BBL in 2018 with MBC, he has shown that scoring consistency and ways of keeping his team alive in many different situations. He demonstrated in pre-season that he could be that player and against BG Goettingen had 28 points. In the past the Fraport Skyliners have had very dominant players like Dashaun Wood in 2010-2011 or Jordan Theodore in 2015-2016 who had had those very rare qualities to be able to take over a game at the blink of the eye.

However there is only one difference to this season with Lamont Jones and to those seasons with Wood and Theodore. The guys in the past had had suitable support from guys like Roger Powell or Jimmy Mckinney or from the twin towers Johannes Voigtmann and Danilo Barthel. Against BG Goettingen that second and third consistent scorer was missing. Obviously Hickey can and has to be that second reliable scorer, but when a guy like that is injured, the team needs support from the others. But there are question marks with the other players. Can a Leon Kratzer make the next step this season? He made a huge jump last season going from 3,4ppg to 9.4pg and the expectations are huge this season. He did score 10 points, but missed some easy shots and fouled out mid way through the fourth quarter which put a big void under the basket. His decision making was a bit off at times as well. Kratzer will have his dominant games, but he needs to find consistency. Other question marks. Can Matt Mcquaid make the jump from the NCAA to the BBL and be successful after a great career at Michigan State? So far the kid has shown flashes, but he still is allowed time. Despite his defensive and rebounding duties, can a Shaq Hines be a scoring support? Can a Adam Waleskowski shine with points and rebounds on a consistent level? He definitely will be an influence on the young kids with his experience. He also told me that he would definitely help Kratzer with some soul searching in the few days leading up to the first regular season game in Bonn. Can Richard Freudenberg finally make his break through and be a vital factor for this team?. He did play 13 minutes, but attempted only two shots. He needs to finally get the full trust from the coaching staff and get more minutes. He also has to finally produce and not be up and down. Daniel Schmidt showed good play, but didn´t do anything out of the ordinary to impact the game and could show a bit more emotion on the court. Marco Voeller did the most that he could in the 4.39 minutes that he played with a basket and block. How many more DNP´s will Bruno Vrcic see before he gets his first BBL minutes? The kid needs to be thrown into cold water sooner or later.

Quantez Robertson who is the heart and soul of the team now is n his 11th season and as usual belonged to the best players on the team. He filled the stat sheet like always with 9 points, grabbed 8 rebounds, had 6 dimes and 1 steal. Early in his career, he once told me that he would love to play point guard. Well he has been something like that secret point guard for years, but many just haven´t noticed or appreciated his effort as a playmaker. How badly would the Fraport Skyliners have lost had he not had to have been that playmaker in the game. When a Tez leads the team in assists and you register only 12, then you know that something is dearly missing on the offensive end. It will be some tough weeks for Frankfurt without Hickey as they will have to find ways to generate offense. The team also needs more than just a Lamont jones to carry the team. The club definitely have those scorers on paper, but they just have to present themselves during games. Best would be to begin the season with stealing a win in Bonn. A loss in Bonn will hurt their self confidence as they head into the brutal contests against FC Bayern Munich and Alba Berlin. Being 0-3 before Anthony Hickey has even set foot on the floor could be demoralizing as he will have even more pressure on himself. Possibly he will be back for the tough game in Berlin, but the road to success doesn´t get any easier after that as ambitious new team Hamburg Towers come to Frankfurt and then they have a difficult road game against dark horse team ratiopharm Ulm. The next weeks will be an eye opener for how the season might go for the Fraport Skyliners, but one thing definitely won´t change for the Fraport Skyliners. They will continue to have the chance to get better each day and Quantez Robertson will remain 100% behind his team as always. Some wins somehow would be nice, but if they don´t come, the team will have to stick together something they already proved against BG Goettingen.

BG Goettingen Grind Out Cup Battle Over The Fraport Skyliners 79-74

It had  been more than four and a half months since the Fraport Skyliners played their last game in the 2018-2019 season where they lost the ultimate nail bitter 82-81 to their arch nemesis and rival Giessen 46ers, but that calamity was long forgotten as much had changed in that time. Sebastian Gleim moved up form the Pro B to the BBL as coach, new interesting pieces were added to the roster with Lamont Jones, Anthony Hickey, Matt Mcquaid, Adam Waleskowski, and Shaquille Hines to name just a few, but one thing remained the same as Quantez Robertson didn´t go anywhere as he remained and is in his 11th professional season with Frankfurt. After a solid pre season where the club was able to set a foundation for their much anticipated improved defense, they seemed prepared ready to go into the season. The club was struck though with a real blow as they didn´t have a normal regular season game to kick off their season, but a do or die contest against 2010 Eurochallenge winner BG Goettingen. Over the years, both clubs have had some interesting games like the 2012 buzzer beater by Matt Bauscher in Frankfurt or the victory in Goettingen in 2008 where half the Frankfurt club was sick and an unknown Maksym Shtein surprised everyone carrying his team to the win with 24 points. On a typical nippy and rainy fall afternoon in Frankfurt, the Fraport arena and it´s fans were ready and electrified while the Frankfurt players had a few jitters, which is normal in the first game, but were prepared to go to battle in an intense cup game. Fans witnessed an intense cup battle which had it´s typical runs and in crunch-time, it seemed like the Fraport Skyliners would prevail, but they allowed the 2010 Eurochallenge winner come back and attain the 79-74 victory. After the tough loss, game top scorer and ex MBC guard Lamont Jones who had 28 points in his Frankfurt debut was disappointed in the loss, but was able to take positives out of the loss. “We didn´t do enough today. It was our first game while they already had one under their belt. You could sense their will after losing against Braunschweig. It was tough because we were without Anthony Hickey and I had to play a lot of the one. But I´m still very proud of the guys in that we stayed together and didn´t fall apart”, stressed Lamont Jones. For BG Goettingen it was a huge win, but after the game, BG Goettingen top guard Kyan Anderson was very composed and calm and just enjoying the big moment. “We did good preparation. Coach had us ready. We also did a good job staying with the game plan. A big main point for us was to rebound better after getting killed against Braunschweig. We stuck to our system and it was working. My teammates looked for me and my shot was falling and I remained aggressive”, stressed Kyan Anderson.

Miles Schmidt-Scheuber interviewing BG Goettingen top scorer Kyan Anderson after the win in Frankfurt

                4,900 fans came out to support the Fraport Skyliners in their first home game of the season and quickly witnessed a back and forth tug of war as there were eight lead changes in the first quarter and BG Goettingen had the slim 22-19 advantage.  BG Goettingen jumped all over Frankfurt in the first minute leading 5-0 as ex Medi Bayreuth guard Kyan Anderson hit a step back jumper and Serbian forward Mihajlo Andric dropped a trey. It didn´t take long for the 2016 Fiba Europe Cup winner Frankfurt to charge back as they went on a 4-0 run as new Skyliner Lamont Jones hit his bread and butter mid distance jumper and Quantez Robertson who is in his 11th season with Frankfurt made an acrobatic lay in. Then the game experienced a back and forth of both teams grabbing the lead and then losing it. Robertson scored again showing his never aging athleticism and Leon Kratzer had his best spurt of the game scoring twice on two handed dunks. BG Goettingen got support from Andric and diminutive 21 year old 178cm guard Bennt Hundt who made an amazing off balance shot and free throws for the 13-12 BG Goettingen advantage. Anderson was the go to guy down the stretch making 7 points and giving BG Goettingen the 19-17 lead. BG Goettingen did a great job getting 4 offensive rebounds which led to extra possessions and baskets. Bennet Hundt closed out the first quarter with free throws and the 22-19 lead for the guests. BG Goettingen shot 40% from the field and 27% from outside and had 6 rebounds and 1 turnover while the Fraport Skyliners shot 58% from the field and 20% from outside and had 7 rebounds and 4 turnovers.

                In the second quarter the game remained tight for the first few minutes, but then BG Goettingen was able to get away from Frankfurt and keep the lead until the break. Ex Oldenburg center Dennis Kramer hit a runner for the 25-19 BG Goettingen lead. The Fraport Skyliners had had a dismal begin as promising German center Leon Kratzer who went from averaging 4 points two seasons ago to 9 points last season couldn´t find back to his first quarter start missing a shot and then turning it over, but Frankfurt had that one secret weapon which really isn´t a secret weapon. Frankfurt have often had that player like a Dashaun Wood or Jordan Theodore in the past that could change a game at any time and this season they have Lamont Jones. The American got heated up and dropped two treys and suddenly the game was dead locked at 25-25. But BG Goettingen also have their own version of a Jones with Kyan Anderson as he led his team on a 9-2 run to give them the 34-27 lead. Anderson nailed a trey and made three free throws while Andric who was kept in check for  a quarter struck back with a three pointer. Frankfurt got some key buckets from Marco Voeller and ex Alba Berlin guard Akeem Vargas, but BG Goettinegn kept their composure and lead thanks to young point guard Bennet Hundt. His small stature may give him an advantage at first, because teams underestimate him, but with more good games, will become a more known player in the league. He made a left handed lay in after getting a quick bullet pass from Anderson and he made free throws as BG Goettingen led 38-33. Hundt finished with 16 points and 5 dimes and one could see how well he harmonized with Kyan Anderson at this early juncture in the season. “I normally play the one, but with Hundt we have a different dynamic. When you look at him at first, you don´t expect him to produce, but he is a real warrior. He has way more heart than height. He initially takes the attention from me and that allows me to get open looks that I necessarily might not usually get”, warned Kyan Anderson. Jones made another shot in the last minute, but BG Goettingen got a deep trey from ex Gonzaga guard Matis Monninghof as they led 41-36 at half-time. BG Goettingen shot 41% from the field and 38% from the three point line and grabbed 11 rebounds and had 4 assists while the Fraport Skyliners shot 48% from the field and 25% from the three point line and grabbed 17 rebounds and had 9 turnovers.

Miles Schmidt-Scheuber interviewing new Skyliner Adam Waleskowski after the cup loss against BG Goettingen

                The Fraport Skyliners played their best basketball in the third quarter going on a massive run to retake the lead and ended the quarter with the lead. The Fraport Skyliners came back on the court reborn while BG Goettingen looked sloppy allowing their opponent to go on a lethal 11-0 run to recapture the lead 47-43. Key in the run for the Fraport Skyliners was Lamont Jones again who produced 7 points and was aggressive on transition as good defense led to easy buckets. Frankfurt had stuffed BG Goettingen on 5 consecutive possessions until Kramer scored. Frankfurt had gotten the momentum while BG Goettingen had lost their fine offensive rhythm from the second quarter and also kept the ball away from Andric. The Fraport Skyliners offense was smooth now and the bench also reacted as German Richard Freudenberg hit a pretty trey from the corner and ex Ludwigsburg forward Adam Waleskowski scored in the paint for the 56-49 Frankfurt lead. BG Goettingen´s offense wasn´t flowing the way it did in the first half and only Kyan Anderson was on his game and he kept his team in the game hitting 5 free throws and ex Richmond(NCAA) forward Terry Allen made an offensive rebound and put back, but Frankfurt still had control and the 62-56 lead after 30 minutes. “Their run wasn´t a surprise as it can always happen in the BBL. Jones took over and we had no answers”, stressed Kyan Anderson. “The run helped us get in rhythm. We fought hard in getting the lead back”, added Lamont Jones. BG Goettingen shot 36% from the field and 27% from the parking lot and had 21 rebounds an d 8 turnovers while the Fraport Skyliners shot 51% from the field and 24% from the parking lot and had 25 rebounds and 9 turnovers.

                The fourth quarter was a real exciting battle where BG Goettingen had the better nerves and executed better to get the victory. The Fraport Skyliners couldn´t duplicate their grand start of the third quarter, but instead watch BG Goettingen tie the game with two three´s from Terry Allen and Anderson. Frankfurt charged back letting some quick steals lead to easy transition baskets. Akeem Vargas is known as a tough hard nosed defender, but on his two steals in a row which led to two easy coast to coast baskets, he was standing in the right place and profited from sloppy BG Goettingen mistakes, but Frankfurt suddenly led again 66-62. But then came the turning point of the game as Andric led BG Goettingen on a 10-2 run to give BG Goettingen the 72-68 lead and they would be in control. Andric had been slowed down at certain junctures of the game, but Frankfurt couldn´t keep him under tabs the whole game. He nailed back to back three´s as well as hitting a jumper while Bennt Hundt hit free throws. “My shots were important, but our defense and rebounding helped us get the win”, warned Mihajlo Andric. Frankfurt hadn´t had much consistent offense from anyone other than Lamont Jones and let him do his thing as he stayed very aggressive and hit two baskets keeping Frankfurt close at 73-72. Jones continued his scoring rage as BG Goettingen couldn´t stop him and he scored again reaching 28 points giving Frankfurt the 74-73 lead with less than a minute to play. Ex Oldenburg guard Dominik Lockhart made free throws as BG Goettingen led 75-74. The Fraport Skyliners had the chance to regain the lead and get the win, but Quantez Robertson was forced to a deep trey which necessarily wasn´t Frankfurt´s most desired option. “We were happy wit giving Robertson that shot at the end. Andric changed the game. He is our best shooter and we gave him open looks. We knew it would be a close game so we picked up our defense at the end”, warned Kyan Anderson. After the Robertson miss, Hundt hit three free throws. Jones then missed a shot and Hundt sealed the win with two more free throws for the win. “This was our first real situation game where it counted. Fatigue caught up with us at the end. Kratzer had fouled out and Jones had to carry us. Their extra chances and three´s hurt us”, explained Adam Waleskowski. BG Goettingen was led by Mihajlo Andric with 21 points and Kyan Anderson had 20 points and Bennt Hundt added 16 points while the Fraport Skyliners were led Lamont Jones with 28 points and Leon Kratzer added 10 points.  BG Goettingen shot 38% from the field and 34% from outside and had 33 rebounds and 12 turnovers while the Fraport Skyliners 47% from the field and 19% from outside and had 30 rebounds and 12 turnovers.