Written by Taylor Prichard, Sports Information
Photo by FIBA/Elio Castoria; Aaron Doornekamp (fourth from left) and Philip Scrubb (fifth from left) won the FIBA Europe Cup with the Fraport Skyliners
(CHALON-sur-SAÔNE, FRANCE) — Two former Ravens men’s basketball stars, Philip Scrubb (2010-2015) and Aaron Doornekamp (2004-2009), have both added a professional championship title to their long list of career accomplishments as their club team, the Fraport Skyliners (Frankfurt, Germany), defeated Italian side Pallancanestro Varese, 66-62, to capture Europe’s third-tier continental championship.
Fraport clawed its way back from a 12-point third-quarter deficit to edge out Varese in a gripping FIBA Europe Cup final and lift the first European trophy in club history.
Scrubb, a 6-foot-3 guard, knocked down two 3-point shots to finish with 6 points (2-7 FG), 3 rebounds and 2 assists in 23:01 minutes of play. Doornekamp, a 6-foot-7 forward, added 5 points (2-5 FG), 1 rebound and 1 assist in 14:59 of floor time.
Aaron Doornekamp joined the Fraport Skyliners in June 2014 and is completing his second season with the team. Scrubb joined forces with Doornekamp to play with the Skyliners this past January following a spell with AEK Athens in Greece.
Scrubb and Doornekamp are both former winners of the Mike Moser Memorial Trophy as CIS MVP, as well as winners of the Jack Donohue Trophy as MVP of the CIS Championship. Scrubb won the Moser Award for three consecutive years from 2011-12 to 2013-14, while Doornekamp captured the Moser in 2007-08.
Since the Dave Smart coaching era began, Carleton has had numerous players ply their trade overseas, however, this the is the first time that any former member of men’s basketball team has won a club championship at the professional level in Europe.