2011-12 Team Profile: Fraport Skyliners

Aug 08, 2011 by Eurocupbasketball.com Print
Fraport SlylinersFraport Skyliners are back to the Eurocup for the first time since 2007-08 ready to break with its recent past in the competition. Born from the ashes of the Tatami Rhondorf Basketball club in 1999, the club's growth improved thanks also to the arrival of a major sponsor, Opel. The Skyliners won the German Cup in 2000 and took part in the opening two Euroleague season in 2000-01 and 2001-02. In 2002, the Skyliners were the German League regular season champion, but Alba knocked the team off in the playoff semifinals. The Skyliners started to compete in the newborn ULEB Cup and won their first-ever German League crown in 2004 by downing GHP Bamberg 3-2 in the finals, securing a ticket to the Euroleague for the third time. The next season, the team finished the Euroleague regular season with a 4-10 record despite its many injuries and later managed to return to the German League finals, but Bamberg got its revenge and celebrated the title. The Skyliners missed the German League playoffs in the next two seasons, but bounced back in the 2007-08 campaign as the team returned to the German League semifinals. The club was back to the playoffs in 2008-09 too, but did even better the following season. Despite a seventh-place regular season finish, the Skyliners heated up when it mattered most and knocked off Goettingen and Bremenhaven to reach the finals. The deciding series came down to the wire – the Skyliners played all possible 15 playoffs games in 2009-10 – but Brose Baskets stood in their way to a second German League crown. Last season, the Skyliners were second at the end of the regular season but could not overcome in the semifinals against Alba, losing Game 5 in Frankfurt. The Skyliners' initial goal in the Eurocup will be breaking the club's 20-game losing streak in the competition as soon as possible.
Pascal Roller (Photo: skyliners.de)
Pascal Roller
2011-12 PROVISIONAL ROSTER
Jevohn Shepherd
F
Dominik Bahiense de Mello
G
Kimmo Muurinen
F
Carl Lindbom
F
Pascal Roller
G
Falko Theilig
G
Fabian Franke
F
Marius Nolte
F
DeShaun Wood
G
Jimmy McKinney
G
Quantez Robertson
G
Filmore Beck
F
Chris Moss
F
Benedikt Nicolay
G
Ajene Malaki Moye
G
Roger Powell
F
Justin Gray
G
Jon Leuer
C
Head Coach: Muli Katzurin