Last season, Ted Scott who hails from Jeff Gibbs country Columbus, Ohio was unleashing his deadly three pointer in small arenas in Portugal against teams like Fiscia, Alges or Ovarense, but this season, the American who adores sweet candy like Justin Bieber does Captain Crunch and is known as the candy man has joined forces with the Fraport Skyliners and quickly showed his special Ohio basketball talent as he netted 20 points in his debut in Trier. He had to wait 13 days until he could finally make his home debut in the Fraport arena. One could see it with his eyes in warm ups that he was as focused to help his team win and fascinate the home crowd with his swish shot as Seatle Sea Hawks Richard Sherman was to twittering hostility against the New England Patriots after their win, wrestling legend Hulk Hogan suing for 100 million about a sex tape or Felix Baumgartner was to breaking the speed of sound. Scott helped propel the Fraport Skyliners past the Telekom Baskets Bonn 78-53 and was very excited talking about his first game in the Fraport arena. “It was crazy in the arena. The fans were very loud and I felt very comfortable playing my first game here. The arenas were a lot smaller in Portugal, but still a good atmosphere like here. I am a little sad that my shot, but I didn´t worry too much about that, because the most important thing was that we won”, stressed Ted Scott. Scott played 24 minutes netting seven points on 3/11 shooting and two rebounds, but his teammates are very happy to have him on the floor. “Scott is a scorer and forced the opponents defense to play a different way. When he is on the floor, everything opens up”, added Fraport Skyliner guard Johnathan Jones. In a blowout win like this, the Fraport Skyliners also learned it can win without getting a 20 point game from Scott. “Tonight it was about finding guys at the right moment and getting them into scoring situations. We showed a team effort. Scott is a fearless shooter and even on a night like this, if he misses eight shots, then he will shot the ninth shot with the same amount of confidence. He always shoots with confidence”, warned ex LTi Giessen 46er Zach Peacock.
The Fraport Skyliners came into their second home game with a 1-4 record sitting in the dark and lonely cellar of the Beko BBL standings in 18th place and wanted to finally celebrate their first home win. 4,780 fans wanted to see the game. After their collapse in the second quarter in Trier two weeks ago, the club had a complete turnaround in Bremerhaven playing a lot better, but not being able to close the door in crunch time losing on an 8-0 run by the Eisbaeren. The Fraport Skyliners returned to the Fraport Skyliners and controlled the game for 40 minutes and showed that they are nothing like an 18th place Beko BBL team. The team got all around good production and Skyliner head coach also gave the three young Germans Danilo Barthel, Johannes Voigtman and Konstantin Klein added minutes as they combined for 50 minutes. “We played a very good game with high intensity. We played with a lot of discipline on defense and kept up the intensity as well. It is always important to do this since we don´t have the physical presence of other teams. Bonn is very good on transition and we did a good job not taking bad shots and letting them get out on transition. But Bonn also didn´t have their best day against us”, stressed Fraport Skyliners assistant coach Eric Detlev. The Telekom Baskets came into the game with a 2-2 record after losing their last game at home against 2008 cup winner Artland Dragons in which Beko BBL top assist man Jared Jordan was halted to three assists. The Fraport Skyliners must of watched extended video of the Artland game as they kept 2007 Los Angeles Clippers NBA draft pick Jared Jordan to two assists. After the loss, Jordan had a soft voice trying to explain what went wrong with his team. “We got down early and couldn´t match their momentum. I have to give Frankfurt credit. They played great defense and hit shots. We didn´t come to compete. We didn´t make shots and didn´t show the fight. I played awful and didn´t do my job. The team relies on me to get them going. I cant remember making only one assist in this league”, stressed Telekom Baskets Bonn guard Jared Jordan.
It was the first game for the Fraport Skyliners without Kamil Novak, but he made the trip to Frankfurt and helped root on the team that he had worked for as sport director for the last ten years. Before the game, the young German guns were having their own chats as Danilo Barthel was getting updated from Jonas Wolfarth-Bottermann about what is going on in Bonn, Johannes Voigtman was talking with Florian Koch and Eric Detlev who coached the Rhondorf Dragons before coming to the Fraport Skyliners was conversing with his ex players that he helped shape with Wohlfarth-Bottermann and Fabian Thuelig. Fraport Skyliners captain Marius Nolte and seven time Beko BBL allstar Chris Ensminger were talking possibly about their playing days in Paderborn. Fraport Skyliner mascot also had his wife on the sidelines again with Skygirl. The Fraport Skyliners got on the board first as Ted Scott unleashed his deadly jumper, but the Telekom Baskets Bonn weren´t intimidated by his piercing eyes and returned with a 5-0 run as Wolfarth-Bottermann hurt Frankfurt on the boards controlling an offense rebound and getting a put back and Patrick Ewing junior made a three pointer. The Fraport Skyliners tied the score at 5-5 with a high rainbow shot by Danilo Barthel, but got burned the next time down by Benas Veikalis that got an easy layup with no help defense around. With Bonn leading 7-5, the Fraport Skyliners exploded on a 10-0 run to lead 15-7. The run was started by Marius Nolte getting atypical lay up being set up nicely by Devin Gibson and Dion Dowell showed again that he can score in bunches as he did in Artland dropping two three pointers. Frankfurt kept up the consistent scoring in the last minutes as Scott nailed a difficult three pointer over Andrej Mangold and American Johnathan Jones hit a layup with a few seconds to play with his left hand. After one quarter, the Fraport Skyliners led 20-13. “Bonn didn´t shoot very well and Frankfurt shot well quickly getting a good lead. Frankfurt had problems on the sustaining the defensive rebound as Bonn had four offensive rebounds. All in all it was still an open game”, said basketball expert Kamil Novak. The Fraport Skyliners were shooting 54% from the field and 67% form outside while the Telekom Baskets Bonn were shooting 33% from the field and 17% form outside. Bonn had the nine to four rebound edge, but four turnovers and Frankfurt only two turnovers.
The Fraport Skyliners didn´t waste any time in the second quarter getting off on the right foot going on a 8-2 run to lead28-15. After a slow first quarter, Zach peacock hit his first two shots with a lay up and jumper from the wing while Dion Dowell danced Kyle Weems dizzy with his moves and finishing with Weems looking for his jock strap somewhere in the parking lot. Jones then fed Peacock with the perfect lob pass and two more points. Frankfurt continued to have a good rhythm while Bonn was far from any rhythm. Frankfurt had a perfect mix of inside out basketball and had sufficient on ball pressure. Bonn changed their game a bit bringing in German energy player David Mccray as he made the Bonn game faster and they went on a 9-5 run to cut the Frankfurt lead to 33-24. Mccray started the run with a coast to coast run, Beko BBL rookie Kyle Weems hit an off balance jumper in the corner over Dowell and a pull up jumper. Benas Viekalas hit a contested three pointer. Bonn was also able to stay in the game on account of four missed free throws by the Fraport Skyliners. Frankfurt closed out the second quarter with a 9-2 run to lead comfortably 41-26. Peacock and Gibson scored inside as Bonn really had problems closing the lane and Scott hit a last second jumper before halftime. “Frankfurt started very well, but the story were the many Bonn turnovers. Bonn had ten turnovers at halftime which is too much. Frankfurt did a good job with only four turnovers”, stated basketball expert Steven Clauss. The Fraport Skyliners were shooting 58% from the field and 50% from the three point line while the Telekom Baskets Bonn were shooting 38% from the field and 22% from the three point line. Bonn had the 16-11 rebound advantage. Frankfurt had four turnovers and Bonn ten turnovers.
If there was one game where the Fraport Skyliners learned from was the loss in Trier. Last weekend in Bremerhaven, the team came out strong from halftime and against Bonn, the team arrived on the court with even stronger intensity than the first half while Bonn remained static and flat. The Fraport Skyliners jumped out on a 8-2 run to lead 49-28. Just like to begin the second quarter, it was Zach Peacock again that had a hot start with a jumper and a pretty running hook shot. Devin Gibson connected on free throws and getting behind the zone defense with a lay up. 2008 NBA draft pick of the Sacremento Kings Patrick Ewing made a spectacular reverse lay up. With this quick start by the Fraport Skyliners, Bonn head coach Michael Koch made a sweeping change inserting five new players. It didn´t help much as the Fraport Skyliners continued their potent play going on a 11-2 run to extend their lead to 61-30. After an off balance shot by Mccray, the Fraport Skyliners reacted with Klein free throws. He then made the hustle play of the game making a steal, but then losing the ball to Fabian Thuelig, but the German came back getting the ball back with a steal. Not only was Frankfurt shooting well, but also doing the little things on the court. Jones then made a jumper, three pointer and two free throws making seven points in a row. Dowell then hit a three pointer completly breaking the neck of Bonn as Frankfurt led 61-30. Ensminger then scored inside and then it was Dowell again hitting a three pointer as the Fraport Skyliners led 66-34. “Muli Katzurin had the right words in the halftime. Frankfurt came out hungry and played even stronger. The Frankfurt defense continued to fight while Bonn fell apart and started to hang their heads”, answered basketball expert Steven Clauss. “We kept up the intensity and stopped them from getting out on the transition”, added Dion Dowell. The Fraport Skyliners were shooting 56% from the field and 50% from the parking lot while the Telekom Baskets Bonn were shooting 34% from the field and 17% from the parking lot. Bonn had the slight 21-20 rebound lead, but 16 turnovers while Frankfurt had seven turnovers.
The game was as good as decided going into the fourth quarter as the Telekom Baskets Bonn were able to play better winning the quarter 19-12. Muli Katzurin also rested some of his starters and gave extended minutes to his German PRO B players. Danilo Barthel started off the fourth quarter with a bang driving home a dunk that woke up even the last Bonn fan who might have fallen asleep waiting for that Patrick Ewing dunk to finally happen and the lack luster play of Bonn. Barthel split the zone defense dunking and giving Frankfurt the 68-34 lead. “Danilo will get a surprise from us for that dunk. We need something like that each game”, stressed ex Eisbaeren Bremerhaven American Zach Peacock. Barthel was laib back as always after the game, but his eyes lit up like a small boy meeting Lebron James when asked about the dunk. “I should send Jacob Burtschi the video of the dunk. I didn´t even see Ewing coming. It was a nice dunk giving team push. I put this dunk at the top of my list”, stressed Danilo Barthel. The Telekom Baskets Bonn who didn´t have much to cheer about in the first three quarters got going going on a 7-0 run to cut the Frankfurt lead to 68-41. Robert Vaden who had been kept quiet scored inside, Jordan who couldn´t rely on his pass had to shoot more making a three pointer and Veikalas founding Ewing back door for two quick points. Bonn continued to score going on a 8-4 run to cut Frankfurt lead to 72-49. Jordan scored on a reverse lay up getting a back door pass from Vaden and Weems connected on a three pointer again. Time was running down as in the last minute fans saw Jordan hit a fade away jumper, Quantez Robertson make a dunk that seemed unnoticed and Weems hit another jumper. The young Germans had played most of the fourth quarter and did a good job coming from the bench. “The German came in and stepped up big. Johannes Voigtman did a good job against Chris Ensminger”, added Zach Peacock. When the buzzer finally rang, one could see many happy faces on the Fraport Skyliners as the Telekom Baskets Bonn disappeared into the locker room. “Frankfurt deserved to win this game. Bonn did win the last quarter showing that they didn´t totally hang their heads. It is very difficult to tally come back in one quarter when you are down thirty points. Frankfurt dominated the game and one never had the feeling that Bonn would come back. Bonn has a lot of homework after this loss”, stated basketball expert Steven Clauss.
The Fraport Skyliners were led by Dion Dowell with 17 points. Zach Peacock chipped in with 14 points. Devin Gibson and Danilo Barthel added ten points combined. The Telekom Baskets Bonn were led by Kyle Weems with 13 points. The Fraport Skyliners did a great job keeping Jared Jordan to nine points and only two assists. “We wanted to contain Jordan. We knew that when he penetrates, he likes to kick out the ball. We did a good job limiting him form getting into the paint by staying on him and keeping our hands up”, stated Johnathan Jones. The Fraport Skyliners shot very well at 51% from the field and 41% from outside having a consistent rhythm on offense. Their defense gave Bonn fits letting them only get 53 points. Despite losing the rebound battle 30-26, the rebounding improved from the last games. “We did a good job for the most part on the defensive rebound limiting them to one shot”, stated Johnathan Jones. “We worked on boxing out drills all week long. There were many long rebounds where our guards could have been more aware”, added Zach Peacock. All in all, it was a huge win for the Fraport Skyliners as they will travel to Bamberg with a lot of self confidence. “Our biggest strength today was keeping our turnovers down. We did a good job taking care of the ball”, warned Johnathan Jones. The Brose Baskets Bamberg welcome the Fraport Skyliners November 5th.