2018-19Regular SeasonRound 1
October 03, 2018 CET: 17:00
Local time: 17:00 FRAPORT ARENA

Skyliners spoil Brown's debut in overtime

Fraport Frankfurt Skyliners spoiled the 7DAYS EuroCup debut of Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown by stopping Fiat Turin 88-85 after overtime in their Group D opener on Wednesday. The Skyliners got 19 points from Erick Murphy, 16 from Jason Clark, 15 from Brady Heslip, and 14 each from Quantez Robertson and Shawn Huff. Turin's Jamil Wilson hit 4 threes en route to 19 points, while James McAdoo had 17, Tyshawn Taylor 16, Tony Carr and Tekele Cotton 10 each. Turin led 2-9 on triples by Victor Rudd, and though the hosts rallied behind Robertson to lead 14-13, Taylor heated up and the guests finished the first quarter up 19-26. Murphy took over for the Skyliners then and Huff's first basket regained the lead at 31-30. Turin would take it back at 31-34 before Murphy and Huff spurred a 14-3 closing run for a 45-37 Skyliners halftime advantage. Murphy and McAdoo traded several baskets after the break, but a triple by Heslip and Marco Voeller's first basket made it 57-47 for the hosts. Wilson answered with 2 triples in a 1-12 run as Turin took a 58-59 lead after three quarters. Robertson and Huff reeled off triples to put the Skyliners back in front, 67-63, midway through the fourth, but Cotton Euro-stepped to a three-point play and Wilson drilled from deep to suddenly make it 67-69. Clark answered with a second-chance three-point play to put the Skyliners ahead. They stayed there, thanks to free throws, until McAdoo's long assist for a fastbreak layup by Taylor tied it up 75-75 with 12 seconds left, forcing overtime. After five lead changes in the first 3 minutes of OT, Huff's fastbreak three-pointer rolled in at 84-82 and free throws by Heslip sealed the deal.

History served

The victory stopped a 26-game EuroCup losing streak for the Skyliners that spanned 14 years. They had not been part of the competition since 2012, but went 0-for-that season and two previous ones. Their last EuroCup win before this was 88-59 over KK Zagreb on January 27, 2004.

Game-changing play

Turin led 81-82 with 90 seconds left in overtime when Robertson's steal led to Murphy finding Huff alone on the wing for a fastbreak three-pointer. The Skyliners would not trail after that.

Key performer

Turin had its biggest lead, 16-24, before Murphy cranked his first three-pointer with 41 seconds left in the first quarter. By halftime, he was up to 15 points and Frankfurt was ahead 45-37, not to lose the lead but for single possessions a couple of times later. Murphy played stretch-five and forced Turin's big men to roam, opening up space inside for Clark to drive. The combination proved lethal.

Hidden stat

Only 10 teams all last EuroCup season had 7 or more blocks in a game, but Skyliners matched that in the opener thanks to 2 each by Murphy, Huff and Jonas Wohlfarth-Botterman. Turin had 6 rejections, making this game very much a block party.

Next games

Skyliners hit the road for a first-ever meeting with Unicaja Malaga (0-1), the 2017 EuroCup champion. Turin goes home to host EuroCup newcomer Mornar Bar in what shapes up already as a must-win game for Brown's team.

Erik Murphy - Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt (photo Fraport Skyliners) - EC18
Wednesday, October 3, 2018
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Referees: CHRISTODOULOU, CHRISTOS; VOJINOVIC, MILIJA; VAN DEN BROECK, NICK
Attendance: 1011
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  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 MURPHY, ERIK 35:19 19 4/8 3/4 2/2 2 2 4 2 2 1 2 1 4 4 22
1 CLARANCE, ELIJAH DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
2 BELL-HAYNES, TRAE 8:22 2 0/2   2/4   1 1 1   2     3 2 -3
3 ZEEB, GARAI DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
4 HESLIP, BRADY 35:17 15 2/5 2/5 5/5       2   1     1 2 11
5 CLARK, JASON 38:38 16 6/10 1/6 1/1 3 4 7 6 2 4   3 4 3 14
7 HUFF, SHAWN 33:40 14 2/4 3/6 1/3 1 7 8 3 1 1 2 1 4 5 20
8 VARGAS, AKEEM 12:37 2 1/1 0/1   1   1           1 2 3
9 FREUDENBERG, RICHARD 1:57                   1     1   -2
18 WOHLFARTH-BOTTERMANN, JONAS 9:21 3 0/2   3/4 1 2 3     1 2 1 1 4 6
23 ROBERTSON, QUANTEZ 42:02 14 2/6 2/7 4/4 1 7 8 5 5 4 1   2 2 20
33 VOELLER, MARCO 7:47 3 1/2   1/1 1 1 2     1     2 1 2
Team           3 4 7     1         6
Totals 225:00 88 18/40 11/29 19/24 13 28 41 19 10 17 7 6 23 25 99
        45% 37.9% 79.2%
Head coach: HERBERT, GORDON
Min: Minutes played; Pts: Points; 2FG M-A: 2-point Field Goals (Made-Attempted); 3FG M-A: 3-point Field Goals (Made-Attempted); FT M-A: Free Throws (Made-Attempted); Rebounds: O (Offensive), D (Defensive), T (Total); As: Assists; St: Steals; To: Turnovers; Bl: Blocks (Fv: In Favor / Ag: Against); Fouls: Cm (Commited), Rv (Received); PIR: Performance Index Rating
Fiat Turin
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 WILSON, JAMIL 34:16 19 2/3 4/7 3/3 2 4 6 2 1 3 1   5 5 22
1 RUDD, VICTOR 30:32 8 1/4 2/4   1 3 4   1 2 1   2 1 6
3 ANUMBA, SIMON 0:45   0/1                         -1
4 CARR, TONY 29:33 10 2/8 0/3 6/6   5 5 1   1 1 2 3 3 5
6 GUAIANA, VINCENZO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
8 POETA, GIUSEPPE 15:44 5 1/2 1/1     1 1 1 1 1         6
12 CUSIN, MARCO 8:06   0/1       1 1     2     4 1 -5
14 MCADOO, JAMES 35:14 17 7/14   3/4 2 6 8 3 1 2 1 3 3 3 17
15 TAYLOR, TYSHAWN 32:46 16 7/12   2/2 1 1 2 6 2 2 1 2 4 4 18
19 MARRONE, SIMONE DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
32 COTTON, TEKELE 38:04 10 2/5 1/4 3/3   6 6 4 1 2 1   4 6 16
Team           3 2 5     1         4
Totals 225:00 85 22/50 8/19 17/18 9 29 38 17 7 16 6 7 25 23 88
        44% 42.1% 94.4%
Head coach: BROWN, LARRY

Head Coaches

HERBERT, GORDON
Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt
"I thought that in the second quarter we really played better. In the first quarter, we struggled a bit with our big lineup. But when we went smaller in the second quarter, we played a lot better. I think [Erik] Murphy hit some shots in the second quarter to get us going. We got in a real good flow then and that was a huge key for us."
BROWN, LARRY
Fiat Turin
"First, I thought the atmosphere was great. It was obviously my first game coaching in the EuroCup, but the fans were great, the effort on both teams was I think, really, really good. I think that the second quarter kind of, in my mind, dictated the way the game went. Even though we made a really good run to tie it up, they exec a lot better than us in overtime. We had a real tough call in front of our bench, when we had a double-team, which gave them two free throws and then there was a four-point play, but I think you've got to expect that on the road. We didn't execute well in overtime and they took advantage. But it was a wonderful experience, a great game, and hopefully we'll get better."

Players

BELL-HAYNES, TRAE
Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt
"After we missed a couple of plays in the beginning of the first quarter, we collectively found our rhythm. I enjoyed seeing our team taking control during the second quarter and not losing focus. We kept our style of play through the entire game and never were out of position to win the game."
MURPHY, ERIK
Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt

"I think we went into overtime with the right mentality. We knew that we could have won in regulation, but they are a great team, they made some plays, and we just had to come out and win those last five minutes. You know, overtime is a 0-0 game and you just have to come out and win it."

"They are a very talented team across the board, with a lot of good players, and a high-level game. They're very athletic, well coached. We knew it would be a battle and we'd have to have right mindset and intensity, and i think we did that tonight."

MCADOO, JAMES
Fiat Turin
"Tough loss on the road against a really hungry team. They came off a loss in the German League, so we knew they were going to be hungry for the first EuroCup game for them, as well as us. Overtime game. We just made a lot of mistakes, a lot of mental errors. They played a wonderful game, Erik Murphy and [Jason Clark] hurt us down the stretch. It just came down to who wanted it more at the end. Tough loss, but God is good, everyone is healthy. We live to fight another day."
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