Rice shines as Bamberg eliminate defending champions - Quarter-Finals, Gameday 2 Round Up
MIES (Switzerland) - The Basketball Champions League Final Four line up was completed on Wednesday night after four games of thrilling action, none more so than the opening game of the night with Tyrese Rice shining for Bamberg against AEK.
With a draw to determine the pairings and the Final Four Host City announcement coming over the next week, here is a round up of all the Leg 2 Quarter-Final action:
AEK v Brose Bamberg
Brose Bamberg knocked out defending champions AEK on an unbelievable left-handed floater from Tyrese Rice with 5.5 seconds remaining to advance to the Final Four.
Despite AEK winning the leg 69-67 they fell 138-136 on aggregate thanks to another incredible performance from Rice.
Rice finished with 25 points and 5 assists plus the series winner as he put Bamberg on his back with the German side overturning a 12-point deficit. Bryce Taylor had 11 points as the only other player in double-figures for Bamberg, whilst Augustine Rubit had 10 rebounds with his 9 points.
Vince Hunter went 7-of-11 from the floor for 19 points and 11 rebounds to lead AEK, but for the second consecutive season, the previous season's Basketball Champions League title-holders will not be heading to the Final Four.
Notable Number: 3 - the number of three-pointers AEK converted on (3-for-20), tying for a Basketball Champions League season-low.
Telenet Giants Antwerp v Nizhny Novgorod
The young Telenet Giants Antwerp side booked their Final Four spot with a 66-61 win over Nizhny Novgorod in Leg 2, for a 149-129 aggregate victory.
With an average of just 23 years old, Antwerp almost led the entirety of the contest against Nizhny, who were always going have an uphill battle being without Kendrick Perry and Ian Hummer.
Jae'Sean Tate had 11 points and 7 rebounds to lead a balanced effort from the home side; no less than six players have 7 points or more.
Vladimir Dragicevic had a 16-point, 10-rebound double-double to try and pull Nizhny back, but it would not be enough as their Basketball Champions League season comes to an end.
Notable Number: 25 - the number of points Antwerp's bench outscored Nizhny's by 37-12.
Iberostar Tenerife v Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem
2017 champions Iberostar Tenerife are returning to the Final Four with an emphatic 81-64 victory over Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem at home in Leg 2, securing a 154-139 win on aggregate.
Tenerife jumped out to a double digit first quarter lead and never looked back, led by 21 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 blocks from Tim Abromaitis.
Nicolas Brussino had 15 points, whilst Ferran Bassas added 14 points, and Colton Iverson joined them in double figures with 11 points and 8 rebounds.
James Feldeine's 20 points led Jerusalem, with Da'Sean Butler contributing 11.
Notable Number: 22 - the number of points Tenerife converted off of turnovers.
Segafredo Virtus Bologna v Nanterre 92
Segafredo Virtus Bologna erased an 8-point deficit from Leg 1 with a 73-58 win over Nanterre 92, for a 148-141 aggregate success to book their Final Four spot.
Bologna came out on a mission, leading from start to finish whilst holding the French sider to under 60 and answering every run.
Amath M'Baye had 16 points to lead Bologna, Dejan Kravic finished with 12 without missing a shot, as ten different scorers made contributions for Coach Sasha Djordjevic.
Haukur Palsson's 18 points led Nanterre, with Jeremy Senglin adding 11 and Adas Juskevicius joining in double figures with 10.
Notable Number: 46 - the number of points Bologna had in the paint, +26 compared to Nanterre.