19 September, 2017
06 May, 2018
Power Rankings: Monstars back on top, Germans right behind them, AEK & SIG as close as they get
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Power Rankings: Monstars back on top, Germans right behind them, AEK & SIG as close as they get

MIES (Basketball Champions League) - Down to eight teams, we are checking in on our Power Rankings to see how they line up ahead of the Quarter-Finals. Just two games away from a place at Final Four now!


UCAM Murcia made history, defeating Iberostar Tenerife in San Cristobal de La Laguna for the first time EVER! However, they failed to build on their enthusiasm, even though they shot an incredible 10-of-17 from beyond the arc, Murcia still dropped a game to MoraBanc Andorra in the Spanish ACB League. That leaves them three wins behind 8th placed Gran Canaria in the battle for Play-Offs domestically, but they are still hoping of European glory! Up next, two tough games against KSK...


Banvit were always in control against Nanterre 92. And their young guns led them to an impressive 104-93 win away at Tofas, with seven guys in double digits and Tolga Gecim pulling off a 12-point, 8-assist performance that takes Banvit into Top 4 domestically. So why are they down in 7th in the Power Rankings? Well, because they have to face AS Monaco next. And you know Monstars are scary, right? Right. Memories of last season's Final Four will come running back when they face each other again...


It was a perfect week for Pinar Karsiyaka. After erasing that Game One deficit against PAOK, Aleksandar Trifunovic's boys went on to defeat Eskisehir in Turkish League, giving them some breathing room in the lower half of the table. Nobody shoots the ball better in the Basketball Champions League than KSK, their .623 true shooting percentage proves that, with Jarrod Jones, D.J. Kennedy and youngster Berk Ugurlu, Karsiyaka sometimes look impossible to stop


A lot of AEK's possessions are going to be one-and-done when they face SIG Strasbourg. French team claims 77.3 percent of rebounds available under their own rim - the most in Basketball Champions League - with Miro Bilan and Louis Labeyrie teaming up, then leaving the rest to Damien Inglis and Darion Atkins off the bench. That depth could be crucial, it helped SIG Strasbourg take down Neptunas Klaipeda and Nanterre 92 in a matter of days. 


This could be the year for AEK fans everywhere! Their soccer team is leading the domestic championship, they are also in the Semi-Finals of the Greek Cup, and the basketball section has had the most amazing comebacks of the season, with Dusan Sakota stabbing the dagger to book a Play-Offs ticket, and Kevin Punter hitting the tie-winning triple to get them to the Quarter-Finals. And Manny is still here to win an award or two along the way... 


Watched At All Costs documentary over the weekend. Recognized a familiar face over there in Gabe York, medi Bayreuth's sharp shooting guard. And 50 three-pointers made later - with a 46 percent accuracy, too - you realize that Gabe really deserved all the success. His 10 three-pointer took out Besiktas Sompo Japan, medi look like a good bet to advance to the Final Four, until...


...you find out that they are facing MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg in the Quarter-Finals! MHP already destroyed Bayreuth this season, with a mindblowing 78-47 win in the easyCredit BBL. Ludwigsburg are among the hottest teams all over the world right now, they connected on first 15 field goals against Giessen 46ers, scored 42 points (!) in the first quarter, 71 by halftime and 118 at the end of the game over the weekend. Riesen are risin', MHP means Men Hunting Points* and Ludwigsburg is becoming a notable place on the European basketball map. 
*Nope, it doesn't. Mieschke Hofmann und Partner, actually.


Monstars are back! AS Monaco score 117.0 points per 100 possessions, they allow just 93.8 points per 100 possession, giving them the best offensive and defensive rating among the eight remaining teams. Banvit will especially have to be careful with the ball in their hands, Aaron Craft and the rest of the Roca Team average 11.2 steals per game... AS Monaco were first in Group A, are first in LNB Pro A, but most importantly, find themselves back at the top of our Power Rankings. And let's face it - that's what counts, really. Really? Okay, not really. Anyway, they are scary. And efficient.

*The power rankings are entirely subjective and is in no way a true, accurate ranking systems. All comments are purely those of the author.