If you were to ask head coach Gordon Herbert if Philipp Scrubb was the long lost brother of Aaron Doornekamp from another mother, the Canadian may give a chuckle and quietly say maybe, but when you look at both players close up making that reference be a reality might be difficult, but one thing is for sure the head coach definitely knew what he was doing as the 23 year old 190cm guard who is 10 cm shorter than Doornekamp as had a whirlwind of a rookie season starting with AEK Athens (Greece-A1) playing Eurocup: 6 games: 4,0ppg and in the Greece A1 league 5 games: 4.2ppg, 1.6rpg, 1.0apg. He didn´t get playing time and was swiped up by the Fraport Skyliners with a two week try-out contract where he has totally exceeded all expectations as he has been golden at 3 levels in the Beko BBL scoring 12 points in 23 minutes in a win against Crailsheim, 13 points in 25 minutes in a win against Polish club Rosa Radom and had 17 points, nine rebounds and four assists in a 78-56 victory for the farm team Fraport Skyliners. With so many gyms seen this league, the Canadian who already at a young age has collected so many awards that he could fill up an Igloo in Canada like winning a gold medal at the Marchand cup and bronze at the Fiba Americas cup last summer both with Aaron Doornekamp still hadn´t made his debut in the BCM and that still had to wait as he as well as Johannes Richter didn´t play and were being rested for the big cup game against the EWE Baskets Oldenburg. Instead Fraport Skyliners Juniors head coach Eric Detlev had another ace up his sleeve with Beko BBL license player Tomas Dimsa who played his first pro B game and didn´t disappoint as he turned a very even game with five minutes to go in the fourth into a lopsided win where anyone who hadn´t seen the game would have thought that Frankfurt had dominated. Dimsa scored 13 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter pacing the Fraport Skyliners to a big 94-74 win over the TG Wurzburg Baskets Academy ending the game with a forceful 24-4 run. After the game, the Lithuanian who played with BG Zalgiris last season and is the only Skyliner with Eurolleague experience as he has 24 games under his belt was happy with the win, but very reserved in his emotions as it seemed like just another day at the office for the 22 year old 195cm guard/forward. “We didn´t play well for the first 25 minutes and coach then took a time out. We changed the tempo, defended better and outscored the opponent at the end”, stated Tomas Dimsa. TG Wurzburg Baskets Akademy came into the match with a 7-8 record and eighth in the standings and playing good basketball having won three of their last four games, but were unable to close out the game as they fell prisoner to one of the oldest basketball sayings, “basketball is a game of runs.” Ex Mercer(NCAA) guard Travis Smith who is playing his second season in Germany after stops in Stahnsdorf and Wolfenbuettel was disappointed with the loss, but not their energy. “Frankfurt executed very well on offense, but we didn´t on defense. Frankfurt also shot very well as a team. We had the energy, but they outmatched us”, stressed TG Wurzburg Baskets Akademy guard Travis Smith.
The Fraport Skyliners Juniors came out blazing going on a 5-0 run to commence the game and lead 10-4 quickly after three minutes. In the quick 5-0 run, the Fraport Skyliners were sparked by a three pointer from Max Merz and a Travis Thompson lay in on the fast break as Merz fed him as the guard play was electrifying early. However it wasn´t Travis Smith that got Wurzburg going early, but new pro B shooting star Felix Hoffman who averaged 2,6ppg and 1,5rpg game with Gotha last season in the Pro A as he scored in bunches in the lane to cut the Frankfurt advantage to 5-4. However for Frankfurt the guard play continued to reign as Max Merz scored in bunches with a reverse lay up on the coast to coast drive and a lay in getting set up by Dimsa. The difference in the game at that point was that the Frankfurt offense was rolling and the load was on many shoulders and not only on one as Felix Hoffman was getting the production and taking most shots, but Wurzburg was trailing. Wurzburg then got a mini 5-0 run as German U-20 national player Constantin Ebert nailed a trey and Hoffman executed with a floater over Merz to cut the Frankfurt lead to 10-9. However Frankfurt´s offense continued to be in rhythm as they closed out the first quarter with a 15-5 run to lead 25-14. In the run Frankfurt was aided by ex Ludwigsburg guard Stefan Ilzhoefer who hit a three, Thompson a pull up jumper, and Niklas Kiel the 2014 NBBL rookie of the year getting 6 points with free throws, a mid distance shot and lay in. Frankfurt stepped up their defense forcing Wurzburg to more turnovers and only had a bright spot from Smith hitting a trey as he scored his first field goal. “We had good ball movement and played as a team. Ilzhoefer, Merz and Kiel carried us. We also defended very strong”, added Fraport Skyliners center Johannes Richter. The Fraport Skyliners Juniors were shooting 64% from the field and 50% from outside while TG Wurzburg Baskets Akademie were shooting 38% from the field and 40% from outside. Frankfurt had the slim 8-7 rebound edge and four turnovers while Wurzburg had six turnovers.
The Fraport Skyliners Juniors kept their good lead in the second quarter thanks to Tomas Dimsa erasing a Wurzburg run with his own three point shooting production, but halfway through the second quarter, TG Wurzburg Baskets Akademie fought back taking the slim 41-40 lead at halftime. Wurzburg jumped on Frankfurt at the start going on a fast 8-0 to cut the Frankfurt lead to 25-22. Hoffman and Ebert dropped three pointers and Smith hit free throws. Dimsa then stepped up hitting consecutive trey´s to give Frankfurt the 31-22 advantage. However the game of runs continued as TG Wurzburg went to zone which totally stifled Frankfurt and went on a 10-0 run to take the 32-31 lead. In the run Wurzburg got efficient production from Ebert who beat the Frankfurt 1-1 penetration defense something that they knew the German did extremely well, but couldn´t defend it, Smith scored in the paint, young German Mayika Linecker Lungongo made an offensive rebound and put back and 25 year old German Sebastian Lenke scored inside as the lane was being taken apart. Tim Oldenburg then tied the score at 32-32 with a free throw, but was quickly erased by an Ebert lay in. Dimsa and Ebert then traded three pointers as Wurzburg led 37-35. Kiel then made the prettiest play of the night finding Tim Oldenburg with the alley-op pass from between the three point line and center court. When you practice with a guy like Johannes Voigtmann each day, one tends to learn from the best as he is the best passing big man in the Beko BBL this season. However then came another nifty play where Sebastian Lenke was standing high waiting to hand off to Ebert, but faked and Frankfurt went with it thinking it would go to Ebert, but instead he was off to the races with the clear route to the rim with the lay in. Ilzhoefer closed out the first half with a buzzer beater mid distance shot as Frankfurt trailed 41-40. “Wurzburg went to zone which made it difficult for us. We fell asleep on defense and didn´t box out well. On offense we had no rhythm and threw the ball away too much”, stressed Johannes Richter. TG Wurzburg Baskets Akademie were shooting 52% from the field and 50% from the three point line and the Fraport Skyliners Juniors were shooting 60% from the field and 38% from the three point line. Wurzburg had the 15-13 rebound edge and eight turnovers while Frankfurt had nine turnovers.
The third quarter was back and forth as there were 9 lead changes and at the end of 30 minutes, it was the Fraport Skyliners Juniors with the tight 60-58 lead. In the first few minutes there were already six lead changes. Travis Smith started to get hot scoring inside and riffling home a three pointer. After Marius Nolte who played with Paderborn from 2001-2009 made free throws for the 49-48 Frankfurt lead, it was Smith again nailing a trey for the 51-49 lead. Merz demonstrated in the first quarter with scoring in bunches and did it again now hitting two pull up jumpers from almost the same spot as Frankfurt led 53-51. Both teams were playing with a high intensity and good flow and neither team was in any mood to play a game of runs and having to play catch up basketball. Then it was 20 year old Joanic Gruttner Bacoul scoring inside and making the and one free throw for the 54-53 Wurzburg advantage. Eric Detlev always has needed energy and punch coming from the bench and got exactly that from Lennart Okeke as he dropped a three pointer as Frankfurt led 56-54. Ebert then made free throws to tie the game at 56-56. Then Thompson and Smith traded baskets, but Niklas Kiel free throws gave Frankfurt the 60-58 lead after 30 minutes. “It was a tight quarter where everybody knew what they had to do”, added Tomas Dimsa. “There was a good tempo in the game and that is how we play our game. I feel that if we had kept this up, we would of won”, stressed Travis Smith. The Fraport Skyliners Juniors were shooting 49% from the field and 35% from the parking lot while TG Wurzburg Baskets Akademie were shooting 50% from the field and 50% from the parking lot. Frankfurt had the 24-23 rebound edge and 10 turnovers while Wurzburg had 12 turnovers.
In the fourth quarter, it looked like the game would be tight until the end, but at the 70-70 mark, it was Tomas Dimsa that supplied the hot hand and rallied his team to victory. Dimsa didn´t waste any time getting hot in the fourth quarter as he got off with an old school hook shot where he supplied some fakes and then executed and then nailed a three pointer as Frankfurt led 65-60. Then it was time for Felix Hoffman to score in bunches again scoring twice. On the second bucket, he was aided by a touchdown pass from Tim Leonhardt as he retrieved the rebound, but Frankfurt still led 65-64.Thompson and Leonhardt then traded three pointers, but Frankfurt led 68-67. After a Dimsa coast to coast off balance lay in and Hoffman three pointer, the game was deadlocked at 70-70 and instead of the game continuing on like this, the turning point came with a basketball run. Frankfurt raced out on a 15-0 run closing the door quickly on TG Wurzburg Baskets Akademie as if they wanted to leave the BCM even quicker to get home to watch RTL show DSDS. The run was dominated by three three pointers with two from Dimsa and one from Thompson as well as Nolte and Ilzhoefer free throws. Even after Maxi kleber of FC Bayern Munich brother Ferdinand Kleber scored inside to cut the Frankurt lead to 85-72, they showed no mercy closing out the game with a tough 9-2 run. The three point game continued to be Frankfurt´s best friend as Garai Zeeb, Thompson and Okeke hit from downtown sending TG Wurzburg home battered. “I had missed so many games this season and didn´t have much game experience that I just wanted to play. My team found me open shots and I made them”, added Tomas Dimsa. “We didn´t execute at the end and Frankfurt took it to another level. We knew that Dimsa could shoot and help stretch the defense. His shooting gave Frankfurt the momentum. You can´t give a home team like that momentum. Our energy level and willingness was there, but just not our execution. If we want to make the playoffs we will have to execute on offense and defense”, warned Travis Smith. The Fraport Skyliners Juniors were led by Tomas Dimsa with 24 points. Travis Thompson supplied 18 pooints and Max Merz and Stefan Ilzhoefer had 11 points a piece. TG Wurzburg Baskets Akademie were led by Felix Hoffman with 18 points. Travis Smith had 17 points and Constantin Ebert had 15 points. The Fraport Skyliners Juniors shot 51% from the field and 42% from outside while TG Wurzburg Baskets Akademir shot 51% from the field and 53% from outside. Frankfurt won the rebound duel 31-29 and had 11 turnovers while Wurzburg had 16 turnovers.