A professional basketball player with experience has played many games in his life, but the big win, loss or scoring games definitely stay in a mind and can stay as vivid and as long inside as does that first ever snow storm for a person. For second year man Brandyn Curry of the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven coming back to the Fraport arena was a delight as he most likely had his best personal game as a professional last season. Last season as a rookie with Dutch team Den Bosch, he almost single-handedly led his team to victory as he poured home 27 points on an amazingly hot night from down town nailing seven three pointers. Despite his potent single effort, he was unable to get the win. In the loss, he won the head to head duel with top rookie guard last season Justin Cobbs and also showed in the return game in Holland netting 26 points that his game had arrived in Europe. “Matching up with Cobbs was a great for me. I had to play at my best and those two performances in particular gave me a lot of confidence moving forward into the rest of my season. It definitely showed me that I can play with anyone and I am indeed on the right path to becoming a top point guard in Europe”, stressed Brandyn Curry. Curry was back in an old stomping ground, but with a new team the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven and with a new role coming from the bench and almost double as little minutes on average as he did last season. Curry played 11 minutes getting a few minutes in the first half and garbage time in the fourth after Frankfurt had already decided the game. After the game, the American was disappointed with the loss, but happy to have been able to play in that old one game stomping ground. “It was good to be back in Frankfurt, but honestly I didn´t like that they changed the nets. It felt good to be back, but bad to leave 0-2. I want to be out more on the court, but it’s the decision of the coach. I just always have to be ready, aggressive and help the team win in any way”, stressed Eisbaeren Bremerhaven guard Brandyn Curry. Bremerhaven entered the game riding a one game winning streak having disposed of the Telekom Baskets Bonn last weekend, but had to deal with the hottest team in the Beko BBL again as after having a 13 game winning streak earlier in the season, the Fraport Skyliners currently had a 11 game winning streak and kept displaying that they could win without four key players and head coach Gordon Herbert in Poland as they beat Polish team Rosa Radom four days ago moving to 12-0 in Europe Cup play. With the injury plague still alive and kicking with the Fraport Skyliners, they met an underachieving team, but hungry and talented Eisbaeren Bremerhaven and heightened their game each quarter going from a 10-20-30 point lead crushing their opponent 91-60 moving to second place in the Beko BBL standings with their 12th win in a row. It was one of those days where everything was working and for Bremerhaven a day at the office where you just wanted to crawl out unnoticed. “We were clicking on all cylinders on offense and defense and were able to mostly capitalize on their mistakes. A big key in the game was getting the loose balls on offense and defense. We moved the ball very well and played Skyliner basketball. When we play like that we are unbeatable”, warned ex Seton Hall point Guard Jordan Theodore. The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven entered the game in 16th place with an unbelievable talented roster as always, but were unable to find a plan to score efficiently and stop the immaculate Frankfurt ball movement. “We didn´t have enough intensity the whole game. We shot ok, but they hardly missed. We didn´t execute well enough on offense and didn´t bring enough on defense. We gave up too many open shots”, expressed Eisbaeren Bremerhaven guard Lorenzo Williams. “Skyliner basketball is defined as playing hard, sharing the ball, making hustle plays and having high energy on defense”, warned John Little.
Despite the Rhein Main area being enthralled in Carnival fever, 4540 fans still found their path into the Fraport arena for a Saturday night showdown that was still quite even in the first 10 minutes. The Fraport Skyliners quickly demonstrated their sheer excellence on offense jumping out on a 5-0 lead as German national player Johannes Voigtmann made a lay in off a broken play and 2010 Eurochallenge winner John Little dropped a three pointer. Despite coughing up the ball twice on transition, the Fraport Skyliners could extend their lead to 9-2 as Canadian national player Aaron Doornekamp made a pretty put back and Voigtmann a lay in. Bremerhaven got off to a rocky start on offense as they were getting their share of open shots, but not connecting. Basketball never takes a day off from runs and Bremerhaven was able to cut the good Frankfurt advantage to 9-8 running off on a 6-0 run as ex Arizona (NCAA) guard Kyle Fogg scored in transition catching Frankfurt napping then made two free throws and ex Phoenix Hagen forward Larry Gordon hit a step back jumper. However a big strength of the Fraport Skyliners this season has been their uncanny ability to be able to switch on that instant offense button when they need to stop a team from coming back to much. They went on a mini 4-0 run as John Little nailed a pull up jumper and Quantez Robertson switched on the Tez button which he does on occasion going coast to coast for the easy lay up as Frankfurt led 13-8. Despite a Robertson trey, Bremerhaven had their offense going at a better rate as ex Giessen 46er Lorenzo Williams hit a jumper and Larry Gordon hit a jumper as Frankfurt led 16-13 after one quarter. “Both teams were feeling each other out. We knew that Bremerhaven was talented and could put the ball in the hole. We knew that we had to come out strong and did”, stressed Jordan Theodore. The Fraport Skyliners were shooting 41% from the field and 33% from outside while the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven were shooting 29% from the field and 0% from outside. Bremerhaven had the 13-10 rebound edge, but five turnovers while Frankfurt had four turnovers.
In the second quarter, the first few minutes were tight as there were four lead changes, but then the Fraport Skyliners were able to break away and have the comfortable 10 point advantage at the break. The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven got rolling in the second quarter with a mini 4-0 run to take their first lead at 17-16 as ex Chicago Bull Tyrus Thomas nailed a 20 footer and ex New Jersey Net Jerry Smith scored inside on the hard penetration. Frankfurt quickly got the lead back 18-17 as Mr Canada Philip Scrubb made a back door pass to Johannes Richter who made the reverse lay up. Thomas got Bremerhaven the lead back at 19-18 with a pull up jumper, but that was quickly erased as Jordan Theoodore hit a three pointer as Frankfurt led 21-19 and they would never look back. The Fraport Skyliners then went on a 9-3 run to raise their lead to 30-22. In the run, Frankfurt proved to be the more active team on both ends of the floor and just outworked their opponent. Robertson hit another three pointer, Little snuck inside for the tip in and Voigtmann made a hook shot and tip in while Fogg connected on a three pointer. In the last few minutes, Frankfurt got some key three pointers from Voigtmann who let go his emotions after missing some shots in a row and from Doornekamp. It was apparent to see that Bremerhaven had to really work for each shot while Frankfurt was letting the ball fly around and making their open shots. “Bremerhaven went to zone in the second quarter. They wanted to slow down the game, but we were still moving the ball well and scoring”, added Jordan Theodore. The Fraport Skyliners were shooting 43% from the field and 35% from the three point line while the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven were shooting 34% from the field and 8% from the three point line. Frankfurt had the 22-18 rebound edge and six turnovers while Bremerhaven had eight turnovers.
In the third quarter the Fraport Skyliners were able to extend their lead to 20 points as the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven continued to have no clue how to shut down the opponents ball movement and shooting arsenal. As has been so often the case this season, Engelwood, New Jersey guard Jordan Theodore usually puts on the microwave in the second half and did against Bremerhaven scoring eight of the first 12 Frankfurt points in the third quarter leading the team to the 48-32 advantage. He switched up his game as always scoring inside, from outside and drilling home three free throws. Scrubb also was in attack mode making free throws and a lay in as Theodore found him all alone. Bremerhaven was having more fortune on offense, but was unable to get some consecutive stops to claw at the Frankfurt lead. Doornekamp made a trey which was matched by a Jannik Freese tip in, but Frankfurt just had too much on the offensive end as ex George Mason center Mike Morrison made a lay in and Theodore a runner as Frankfurt led 57-39. Then Gordon and Morrsion traded buckets and after a Robertson miss, it was ex Oregon(NCAA) center Waverly Austin connecting on a 20 footer as Bremerhaven trailed 60-43. On the last Frankfurt possession of the third quarter, it was Quantez Robertson that drilled home a bomb from outside sending the Fraport arena into a frenzy as the lead was 63-43 after 30 minutes. “We had a lot of confidence with the 10 point lead going into the third quarter. We knew that they weren´t playing overly well, so we had to take it up a notch. We did a good job taking their two key players Fogg and Smith out of the game”, warned Jordan Theodore. “The game was really the same as in the first half, only now Frankfurt made more shots. It was like fools gold in the first half, but they missed their shots. In the second half it bit us in the butt”, added Bremerhaven guard Lorenzo Williams. The Fraport Skyliners were shooting 50% from the field and 43% from the parking lot while the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven were shooting 40% from the field and 13% from the parking lot. Frankfurt had the 26-25 rebound edge and eight turnovers while Bremerhaven had 12 turnovers.
In the fourth quarter, the Fraport Skyliners continued their offense domination pouring home 28 points and winning the game easily by 31 points as head coach Gordon Herbert gave the young Germans extended minutes. Larry Gordon got Bremerhaven going though making a tough turn around shot and then feeding German Fabian Bleck for the lay in as Frankfurt led 65-47. However Frankfurt then got back to their old ways of shooting and hitting going on a 8-1 run to extend their lead to 73-48. Robertson and Theodore nailed back to back three pointers and then it was Voigtmann who got an easy bucket as once again Frankfurt had the benefit of a loose ball that went their way. Theodore finished the game with 16 points, seven assists and six rebounds and was content as always in helping his team in any way no matter when during the game. “I got guys the ball in the first half. I had open looks, but wasn´t making shots. If the team needs me to step up I will, even though I didn´t need to as much, I picked my spots. My teammates found me and I got some easy lay ups. I got some steals, we got on transition. All were clicking and got hot”, stressed Jordan Theodore. After an Austin lay in, Scrubb hit a timely trey and Richter a jumper as Frankfurt led 80-50 reaching the 30 point lead for the first time on the night and now Herbert had the luxury of being able to relax and inserted 4 Germans on the court and had kids Richter, Merz, and Ilzhoefer on the floor. Bremerhaven then went on a rare 6-0 run as Gordon, Bleck and Freese all scored in the paint cutting the Frankfurt advantage to 80-56. Frankfurt then closed out the game with a 11-4 run. In the run it was Scrubb and Ilzhoefer that made three pointers, Merz a floater and Morrison a lay in. “I came into the game with confidence after playing in Poland. It was good to get minutes in the BBL. We played well together. I had two easy open shots and made one. It is fun playing again when you are able to play more”, stressed Stefan Ilzhoefer. “Bremerhaven wasn´t tired in the fourth quarter. We just continued to shoot the ball very well and that took a lot out of them”, added Jordan Theodore. The Fraport Skyliners were led by Jordan Theodore and Quantez Robertson with 16 points a piece. Johannes Voigtmann added 13 points and Pjilip Scrubb 12 points and five assists. The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven were led by Larry Gordon with 13 points while Tyrus Thomas added 10 points. The Fraport Skyliners shot 54% from the field and 48% from outside while the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven shot 44% from the field and 14% from outside. Frankfurt won the rebound duel 35-30 and had 10 turnovers while Bremerhaven coughed up the ball 16 times.