08 October, 2019
04 October, 2020
Nemanja Radovic (ZARA), Bojan Subotic (BONN)
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Everything you need to know ahead of Wednesday's Gameday 8 fixtures

MIES (Switzerland) - There is still a long way to go in the Regular Season, but Wednesday's seven-game slate introduces an unmistakable sense of urgency.

That's because all teams that have only one win to their name take to the court and this day could prove the last chance to turn their season around, while there are four clashes between teams in the middle of the Group A, Group C and Group D standings that could prove pivotal as teams jostle for position going into the final stretch.

Let's have a closer look at the seven Wednesday games:

Polski Cukier Torun (1-6) v BAXI Manresa (5-2) - Group A, 18:00 CET

Torun are hoping league scoring leader Chris Wright puts up another big display

  • Manresa's Jordan Sakho will be sidelined at least until the end of 2019 due to a leg injury he picked up at the weekend. The big man has been averaging 4.1 points and 3.1 rebounds in the BCL.

  • Manresa have parted ways with Sergi Vidal, as the temporary contract of the veteran forward with the Spanish team has expired.

  • Manresa won 85-81 in the reverse fixture on Gameday 1 as Ryan Toolson, who came up big in the clutch, finished with 21 points.

  • Toolson has scored a total of 93 points off the bench and he is second in the league in that stat category behind Teksut Bandirma’s Omar Prewitt, who has 117 points off the bench.

  • Torun have lost their last three home games, giving up an average of 110 points per game during this losing skid.

  • Manresa are averaging a league-high 45.7 second-half points per game. By contrast, the Spanish team average 33 points per game in the first half.

  • Torun are averaging a league-high 91 points per game. The Polish team have scored at least 95 points in four of their previous seven games.

  • Chris Wright is leading the league in scoring with 22.0 points per game. The Torun guard is the only player to have scored 30 or more points in multiple games this season.

Peristeri winmasters (4-3) v Gaziantep (2-5) - Group C, 18:00 CET

Kingsley Moses, who didn't play in the reverse fixture, had at least one block in each of the six games he has played in 

  • In the reverse fixture in Turkey, Peristeri trailed Gaziantep by as many as 16 points but came back and won 70-64.

  • Gaziantep have lost their last two games against Greek teams but won on their only trip to Greece in the competition, 85-2 at PAOK in the 2017-18 season. Gaziantep have a 3-8 record on the road in the BCL.

  • Peristeri are leading the league in opponents' made field goals, as they allow an average of 24.3 made shots per game. Peristeri also average a joint-high 4.4 blocks per game (alongside Hapoel Jerusalem).

  • Gaziantep have the least productive second unit in the competition so far this season, as the Turkish team's bench players average 17.3 points per game.

  • Peristeri's Yannick Moreira and Kingsley Moses average a combined 18 rebounds and 5 blocks per game over the last two weeks of action. Moses has had at least one block in each of the six BCL games he played in this season.

Turk Telekom (5-2) v UNET Holon (3-4) - Group A, 18:30 CET

Holon have become the third BCL club to make a change at the helm this season, after parting ways with coach Sharon Drucker

  • Holon have parted ways with head coach Sharon Drucker and have handed the reins of the team to his assistant, Matan Harush.

  • Holon have brought in big man Angel Delgado to replace Latavious Williams, who parted ways with the Israeli team prior to Gameday 7. Delgado was named Rookie of the Year in the G League last year and had started this season on China's Beijing Royal Fighters. Holon have also parted ways with Jaylen Johnson and Harel Yaeish Dadon who had limited participation in this BCL campaign.

  • In the reverse fixture, Turk Telekom had five players scoring in double digits and prevailed 82-79 after shooting 43.5 percent from beyond the arc.

  • Turk Telekom's two defeats so far this season have occurred in the only two games in which the Turkish team gave up more than 80 points.
  • Holon have lost all three games they have played against Turkish teams in the competition.

  • Holon are averaging a league-high 50.7 percent from the field and a league-high 43.9 percent from behind the arc. The Israeli team can also boast of having the highest effective field goal percentage (58.5 percent) in the league so far this season. Effective field goal percentage is a metric that accounts for the added value of three-point shots when measuring a team's shooting.

  • Turk Telekom's Moustapha Fall has posted a double-double in points and rebounds in each of the last two games. Fall has also had at least 2 blocks in five of his seven games this season.

  • Holon's Marcus Foster is the first player and so far only player this season to have scored 20 points or more in five games.

Mornar Bar (1-6) v VEF Riga (1-6) - Group C, 18:30 CET

Lester Medford propelled VEF to victory in the opening day encounter with Mornar

  • VEF won the Gameday 1 clash between the two teams 80-74, behind a 21-point, 7-rebound display by Lester Medford. That was the only win for the Riga team in this BCL campaign, as they went on a six-game losing skid after that.

  • Last week's 84-77 win against Gaziantep was Mornar Bar's fourth victory in 21 BCL games.

  • VEF have so far played only twice on the road, losing on both occasions.

  • VEF give up only 6 fast-break points per game on average, which is a league-best so far this season.

  • Mornar's Jacob Pullen has scored at least 15 points in each of his seven games, but he has also committed at least 4 turnovers in six of those games.

  • Medford has had at least 14 points and 5 assists in six of his seven BCL appearances this season.

Filou Oostende (3-4) v SIG Strasbourg (3-4) - Group A, 20:00 CET

Shevon Thompson had 16 points and 9 rebounds in the Gameday 1 clash between the two teams

  • Strasbourg have terminated their contract with Australian forward Xavier Cooks, who did not play at all this season, due to injury.

  • Strasbourg won 77-64 in the reverse fixture in October, after holding Oostende to just 15 percent shooting from behind the arc.

  • Oostende and Strasbourg have previously met five times in competition history, with the French side winning four of those encounters. Strasbourg have held the Belgian side to 65 or fewer points in four of their previous five matchups.

  • Strasbourg, who are coming off an 83-75 over Turk Telekom on the road last week, have not won consecutive road games in the competition since October 2018.

  • Oostende are averaging a league-low 5.4 triples per game (38 in total) on 26 percent from behind the arc, which is also the lowest three-point field goal percentage in the league so far this season.

  • Oostende’s Shevon Thompson is leading the league in rebounds with 10.7 boards per game. He is the only player to have posted at least 15 points and 15 rebounds in multiple games this season.

  • Strasbourg’s Gabe York has scored 88 second-half points, more than any other player this season. York has scored 36 first-half points.

Happy Casa Brindisi (3-4) v Neptunas Klaipeda (4-3) - Group D, 20:30 CET

Brindisi will have to make do without Kelvin Martin for at least the next few weeks

  • Brindisi's Kelvin Martin, who suffered an injury in last week's double-overtime loss at Zaragoza, will be sidelined until late January, at the very least.

  • Neptunas won 81-71 in the reverse fixture on Gameday 1 propelled by a 23-point, 7-rebound, 7-assist performance by Deividas Gailius, who earned a spot on Team of the Week.

  • Brindisi have a 3-0 record at home so far this season, averaging 91 points over their last two home games.

  • Neptunas have lost their last two road games but have never lost three road games in a row in the BCL Regular Season. The Lithuanian team gave up exactly 97 points in each of their last two road games.

  • Brindisi are averaging a league-high 21.3 points off turnovers per game. By contrast, Neptunas are giving up more points off turnovers than any other team, as the Lithuanian team's opponents score 19.6 points off turnovers on average.

  • Neptunas drew a league-high 162 fouls over the first seven games of the season. It comes as no surprise therefore that, heading into Gameday 7, Neptunas had attempted a league-high 166 free-throws, converting 131 of them (79 percent free-throw shooting).

  • Brindisi's Tyler Stone is the only player to have posted at least 25 points and 15 rebounds in a single BCL game, after finishing with 27 points and 19 rebounds in the double-overtime thriller against Zaragoza on Gameday 7. Stone is averaging 16.8 points and 8.2 rebounds over the last five games.

Casademont Zaragoza (4-3) v Telekom Baskets Bonn (4-3) - Group D, 20:30 CET

Nicolas Brussino scored a season-low 2 points in the reverse fixture but is coming off two back-to-back 16-point games

  • Bonn won 85-71 in the reverse fixture as they had 24 assists and shot 44 percent from three-point range. That was their first win against a Spanish team in the competition, following two losses in as many clashes with teams from that country.

  • Zaragoza have a 3-0 record at home, giving fewer than 70 points in two of those games.

  • Bonn, who won their most recent road game (78-66 at JDA Dijon) have not won consecutive games on the road in the BCL since October 2018.

  • Zaragoza are leading the league in rebounding, averaging 45.3 boards per game. However, Bonn are leading the league in opponents' rebounds, allowing rivals only 33.1 rebounds per game on average.

  • Zaragoza's Nicolas Brussino scored exactly 16 points in each of he last two games and is looking to stretch this streak to three games for the first time in his BCL career, after 27 appearances in the competition.

  • Bonn's Trey Jones averaged 12.5 points in the last two road games, which have also been the only games he scored in double digits in this BCL campaign.