19 September, 2017
06 May, 2018
11 Vangelis Margaritis (GRE), 13 Thodoris Zaras (GRE), 9 Jeremy Nzeulie (FRA)
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Power Rankings, 32-21: Not the start they had in mind

MIES (Basketball Champions League) - Teams are enjoying some well deserved time off, but we are not. Counting down the Power Rankings, starting from 32 to 21!







Sign of better days to come? Could be, SikeliArchivi Capo d'Orlando finally won a Basketball Champions League game, then signed an experienced point guard Eric Maynor to run their offense. Talented guys like Arnoldas Kulboka and Mario Ihring just got a great mentor, a guy with NBA experience to help them forget all about these troubled times.  



Slovenian Champions Petrol Olimpija are allowing 83.7 points per game, trailing just AEK in that category in their group. They managed to get a win over Estudiantes and also forced overtime away at Banvit, but they need more to keep their European campaign alive. Good news: They are still just two wins away from Play-Off places, still alive and kicking in Group C.




Rosa Radom are a tricky team, and their 1-5 record could've been at least a 3-3 with double digit leads blown away at AEK and Estudiantes. And their least impressive offensive outing has been enough to get them a win over Banvit, which makes their season just a bit more peculiar. Down at 3-4 in Polish League, they are in desperate need of a positive run across all competitions.



Last season's Round of 16 appearance seems like a distant memory in Thessaloniki… PAOK have won just one of their first five games in the Basketball Champions League this season. They will be at home in four of their next five games, they must use them to get near .500 or their campaign will be coming to an early end…



Glen Rice JR has taken over, averaging 24.0 points, 6.3 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 2.3 steals per game for UNET Holon. Oh yeah, he also scored 43 points on 17-of-28 shooting, to go along with his 11 rebounds in a 109-106 win over Maccabi Ashdod over the weekend… That was Holon's 5th straight win in the Israeli League, but they are still down at 1-5 in the Basketball Champions League.






Gaziantep were one of the feel-good teams after first two Gamedays, but after allowing Neptunas 114 points and losing by 25 at home against Ventspils, that feeling is long gone. The latter of those two defeats is worse, Ventspils are just a win ahead of Gaziantep, but that large margin almost makes it a double loss. They are rock bottom in Turkey, just a single win in 7 games.



French Champions Elan Chalon have struggled both domestically and internationally. Down at 2-8 in French League, they are miles away from retaining their title, but at 2-4 in Group B they could still catch the last train to Play-Offs. Offensive production is their biggest concern, at 71.2 points per game in the Basketball Champions League, they are way down in 27th spot…



Having lost three of their last four games, Stelmet Zielona Gora are trying to get back to winning ways in Group D. Next two home games – against CEZ Nymburk and Aris – are must-wins for them, two wins would give them more than enough confidence to embark on a final sprint to the finish line. Then they can show the rest of the Europe that climbing over that Green Hill is no easy task.



LaRon Dendy came in handy while being trendy as a big man on a shooting frenzy. Collecting double digits in points in four straight games, while making 9-of-12 from beyond the arc for the season! With last four games decided by 7 points or less, drama is what they aim for at Juventus Utena. Just like that other team named Juventus. Playing that other competition named Champions League.



Dear Enisey, we love you. Your games are full of highlights with Matic Rebec and half-court three-pointers, Octavius Ellis and high-flying throw-downs, or Anthony Hilliard and…well, everything he does is sublime. But, you need to take better care of the ball. At 16.7 turnovers per game, you are leading the category that nobody wants to lead. Thanks in advance. Yours truly, Basketball Champions League.




Belgian champs Oostende could've easily been a 3-3 team, but their last shot away at Nanterre bounced of the rim and stayed out, dropping them to four defeats in six outings. A 14-point loss to CEZ didn't help their cause, but a 9-0 record in Belgian League will calm the nerves of coach Dario Gjergja. Tonye Jekiri is their only man to average double figures in scoring…

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