It seems like it was almost yesterday where a young German talent by the name of Filmore Beck was practicing in the BCM gym which is the practice gym od EasyCredit BBL team Fraport Sklyiners and the game gym of pro B team Fraport Skyliners Juniors, but his short stay in Frankfurt was from 2009-2011 where he was seen as a huge talent, but after a satisfying first season where he averaged 13.6ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.7apg, FGP: 54.2%, 3PT: 35.7%, FT: 76.9 in the Pro B, he was unable to develop further as an injury cost him the second half of his second season and the next season which quietly ended his career there. In the last five seasons, he has had a solid but quiet Pro B career having played in Hanau and in Langen, but for TV Langen was fired in the 2014-2015 season after only eight games after he served up a nasty sucker punch to Australian Paul Brotherson that gave him unending headaches and hospital bills for a while. However the German was able to resurrect his basketball career last season with the ScanPlus Baskets Elchingen (ProB) playing 23 games averaging 10.0ppg, 1.6rpg, 1.9apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 42.7%, 3PT: 34.3%, FT: 59.3%. This season he is holding his own in a team stocked with unending explosive offensive power and averaging 9,2ppg and serving as the ultimate role player. He came back to Frankfurt with gigantic ambition as last season, he lit up his ex team with 28 points, but walked off the court on the short end of a 91-80 loss. The German who can shoot out the lights on any night wanted revenge for the loss last season, but didn´t as he lost again 82-71 against his ex team despite scoring 13 points. After the loss, the German reflected on coming back and having to experience another loss. “It isn´t nice to come back here and lose again. I loved playing in Frankfurt the most. It gave me a lot of motivation to play against my old teammates Tim Oldenburg and Max Merz”, stressed ex TV Langen guard Filmore Beck. Oldenburg contemplated about his ex teammate Flimore Beck and what he wished he had from him. “It is always nice playing against an old teammate. He is really the only good shooter on his team and when he gets hot, he can hit from all over the place. I wish that I had his shooting ability”, stressed Fraport Skyliner Junior Tim Oldenburg. With EasyCredit BBL team Fraport Skyliners off, the Pro B team almost had their complete roster except for Isaac Bonga who was in New Orleans at the NBA Allstar weekend taking part at the Basketball Without Boards Global Camp and after a tight battle in the first half, the Home team ran away with the win in the second half. “We gave up too many offensive rebounds in the first half and only gave up three in the second half. It was a total team performance where everyone brought energy. Everyone plays for the team especially Travis Thompson which isn´t always typical for an American. On defense our game plan was to let them shoot and not let them get easy baskets inside and rebounds”, added Fraport Skyliners Junior Mahir Agva.
The ScanPlus Baskets came into the game overwhelmed by the deep Frankfurt roster with unending BBL license players and fell apart in the second half. “It was tough playing against this smart tough squad that had many BBL players we couldn´t scout. We had many ups and downs in the game and Frankfurt closed out the third quarter well which was the turning point of the game. They had the momentum and kept it up in the fourth quarter”, said St Louis, Missouri native Brandon Lockhart.
The BCM gym was filled well with some Fraport Skyliners taking in the contest like Quantez Robertson, Mike Morrison, Shawn Huff, AJ English and Shavon Shields. The first quarter was tight with five lead changes, but the Fraport Skyliners Juniors had the slight lead after one quarter 24-20. It didn´t faze anyone that defense would take a back seat as the ScanPlus Baskets averaged 86 points per game and had an arsenal of offensive weapons while the Fraport Skyliners Juniors had extra offensive firepower and both teams didn´t waste any time getting to work. Ex Nordlingen point guard Brandon Lockhart got the first points of the contest with a slick finger tip roll lay in showing no stress, but extreme coolness as if he was on a Sunday stroll in his old home Nordlingen. However Frankfurt struck on their first possession as 2014 NBBL rookie of the year Niklas Kiel drilled home a trey for the 3-2 lead. 29 year old German Kristian Kuhn gave the ScanPlus Baskets the lead back with a dunk finishing the pick and roll off perfectly with ex Alba Berlin 2 German Marko Krstanovic for the 4-3 lead. Frankfurt then got the lead back 7-4 with Max Merz free throws and a Mahir Agva lay in who connected after missing his first three field goal attempts. Ex Giessen 46er Adrian Didovic tied the game7-7 with a deep three. Frankfurt continued to keep the lead with a Kiel trey and Tim Oldenburg lay in, but the ScanPlus Baskets continued to execute with a mid distance jumper from 2017 EasyCredit BBL slam dunk champion Brian Butler to tie the score at 12-12. Frankfurt continued to score and keep the lead with a Travis Thompson trey, Merz lay in and Kiel dunk 19-16. Thompson drilled home his second trey of the first quarter and Tim Oldenburg ended the first quarter with free throws. “Frankfurt was at an advantage in that they had many of the BBL players who were fine tuning their game. Kiel was very active and we rebounded very well on the offensive glass”, stressed Florida native Mike Morrison. The Fraport Skyliners Juniors were shooting 40% from the field and 67% from outside while the ScanPlus Baskets were shooting 50% from the field and 25% from outside. Frankfurt had the 15-5 rebound edge, but five turnovers while the ScanPlus Baskets had two turnovers.
In the second quarter, the Fraport Skyliners Juniors slowly took control of the game forcing the ScanPlus Baskets to elect come back mode as that would haunt them until the final buzzer. The guests got off to the better start as Beck drilled home a trey cutting the Frankfurt advantage to 24-23. However then came a 5-0 run by the Fraport Skyliners Juniors giving them the 31-23 lead as Kiel scored inside and ex Bremerhaven guard Garai Zeeb nailed a trey. However the ScanPlus Baskets were able to match Frankfurt with a run of their own as Beck made free throws and hit another three cutting the Frankfurt lead to 31-28. A big strength of Frankfurt is their deep roster and guys always stepping up as Merz hit a jumper, Agva scored inside and Oldenburg hauled down an offensive rebound and put back giving Frankfurt their biggest lead of the game at 39-30. Before Frankfurt could totally run away with the lead, Brandon Lockhart stepped up scoring 5 points in a row to somewhat slow down the Frankfurt offensive machine as he scored on a pretty lay up, and hit three free throws. It was a tough day at the office for the American as he wouldn´t score again in the game finishing with seven points and only one assist. He had one assist also against Rhondorf, but at least had 16 points and the win. “It was tough. Frankfurt forced us to take tough shots and there was more one on one play which limited our assists”, said ex Drury(NCAA2) guard Brandon Lockhart. Merz finished the second quarter with a nifty lay in as Frankfurt went into the break with the 41.35 lead. “After getting two quick fouls in the first quarter, Agva got better involved. The opponent rebounded better as they attacked very well and we had problems staying in front of them”, added Mike Morrison. The Fraport Skyliners Juniors were shooting 48% from the field and 56% from the three point line while the ScanPlus Baskets were shooting 34% from the field and 30% from the three point line. Frankfurt had the 22-17 rebound edge, but had 13 turnovers while the guests had eight turnovers.
In the third quarter the ScanPlus Baskets continued to be in comeback mode fighting back, but a bitter 12-0 run in the last few minutes broke their back and something they couldn´t recover from until the last minutes of the fourth quarter, but were ultimately ousted by the clock. The Fraport Skyliners Juniors did a good job getting easy buckets inside as Agva connected twice and ex Alaska-Anch. (NCAA2) guard Thompson also showed that he can do more than be a sniper penetrating hard and scoring as Frankfurt led 47-40. However the ScanPlus Baskets stayed in the game because Didovic stayed aggressive scoring five points in a 7-0 run and Canadian Taevauun Prince who had been kept under control well escaped for a two handed dunk to dead lock the game at 47-47. The ScanPlus Baskets did a good job executing on one on one plays, stepped up their defense forcing Frankfurt to tough shots and got Prince involved. After Thompson and Butler traded buckets, Frankfurt closed out the third quarter with a game deciding 12-0 run to lead 61-49 after 30 minutes. In the run, the Fraport Skyliners Juniors were fortified by Niklas Kiel who had five points and ex Ludwigsburg guard Stefan Ilzhoefer drilled home a trey. “We did a good job getting easy baskets inside and just overran them and kept the momentum into the fourth quarter”, added Mahor Agva. “They defended very well forcing us to miss shots. They have very good rotations. When you beat one guy then comes the next and next guy”, added Brandon Lockhart. The Fraport Skyliners Juniors were shooting 48% from the field and 38% from the parking lot while the ScanPlus Baskets were shooting 35% from the field and 29% from the parking lot. Frankfurt had the 31-24 rebound edge, but 15 turnovers while the guests had 13 turnovers.
The fourth quarter had two tales in that the Fraport Skyliners Juniors started off with a devastating 17-2 run to decide the game and the ScanPlus Baskets closed out the game with a 20-4 run. In the 17-2 run for Frankfurt, the home team poured it on hitting three consecutive trey´s from Zeeb, Thompson and Kiel. Frankfurt continued to be aggressive inside as Thompson scored and Oldenburg hit a hook shot and Agva made free throws as Frankfurt led 78-51. The game was more than decided, but there were still four minutes to play and the ScanPlus Baskets felt they still had a chance and with a little more time on the clock might of made the game interesting going on a 20-4 run to lose 82-71. In the gigantic ScanPlus run, they got good production from the athletic 19 year old German Didiovic who showed his inside out basketball skills. Beck and 36 year old Marin Petric connected on three´s and Kuhn closed out the game with a reverse lay up. “We tried some things at the end letting Ilzhoefer play point guard. We lost some concentration and gave up easy baskets. We have to be focused to close out games better”, added Mahir Agva. “It is always hard to stop a run when you aren´t making shots. We stopped their momentum at the end with our run getting easy shots and making them”, stressed Brandon Lockhart. “We weren´t mentally ready and we need to do the little things to be able to win games”, warned Taevaunn Prince. The Fraport Skyliners Juniors were led by Niklas Kiel with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Travis Thompson added 19 points, seven rebounds and six assists. Tim Oldenburg contributed 12 points and Max Merz and Mahir Agva had 10 points apiece. The ScanPlus Baskets were led by Adrian Didiovic with 14 points. Filmore Beck had 13 points and Brian Butler 10 points. The Fraport Skyliners Juniors shot 48% from the field and 43% from outside while the ScanPlus Baskets shotv40% from the field and 35% from outside. Frankfurt won the rebound duel 39-31, but had 22 turnovers while the guests had 19 turnovers.