Everything you need to know ahead of the Final
NIZHNY NOVGOROD (Russia) - Pinar Karsiyaka of Turkey are challenging the defending champions Hereda San Pablo Burgos, of Spain, in the title game of the 2021 Basketball Champions League Final 8.
Here are a few interesting facts and figures to take on board before you sit down to watch the game that will decide the 2021 BCL champion.
Pinar Karsiyaka vs. Hereda San Pablo Burgos -- Sunday, 18:00 CEST (19:00 local time)
- The last two BCL Finals were decided by a double-digit final margin while the first two finals by final margins of six points or fewer. One thing common in all four previous Finals though was that the team that was leading at halftime ended up winning.
- Burgos are looking to become the first back-to-back BCL champions and are already the first team to reach the Final in consecutive seasons. The defending champions have won all five knock-out games they have ever played in the competition, and four of those by a margin of 11 or more points.
- Karsiyaka are looking to become the first Turkish team that wins the BCL title. Bandirma (Banvit) reached the Final in 2016-17 but lost to Lenovo Tenerife.
- Karsiyaka have so far played against three different Spanish teams in the BCL and have a 5-2 total record against them. Three of those wins took place this season, as Karsiyaka defeated RETAbet Bilbao twice in the Regular Season and then Casademont Zaragoza in the Semi-Final.
- Burgos will face their third different Turkish team in the BCL after playing twice against Bandirma in 2019-20 (won one, lost one) and twice against Darussafaka Tekfen in the current season (won both).
- Karsiyaka made more than 10 three-pointers in each of their last three BCL games, after making 10 or more triples in only two of their previous 11 games this season. Individually, Sek Henry hit 12 triples over the last two games, at least twice more than any other player over the Quarter-Finals and Semi-Finals.
- The Burgos bench scored 55 points against AEK in the 2020 Final, the biggest contribution by a second unit ever seen in a Final 8 or Final 4 game. However, the Burgos bench players have not scored over 40 points in any of their last six games.
- Burgos made more than eight three-pointers only once in their eight Play-Offs games this season, after making 10 or more triples in each of their six Regular Season games. However, they hit 17 three-pointers in the 2020 BCL Final, the most any team has ever made in a Final 8 or Final 4 game.
- Karsiyaka's Tony Taylor has 617 career points and 212 career assists in the BCL, as one of two players with more than 600 points and more than 200+ assists in competition history (the other one is J'Covan Brown). When Taylor won the BCL title with Virtus Bologna in 2019, he dished 5 assists in the Final.
- The other current Karsiyaka player who was a teammate of Taylor's also on that Virtus Bologna side is of course Amath M’Baye, who is averaging 18.3 points per game over his four games against Spanish teams in the BCL. He is 19 points shy of becoming the all-time leading scorer among French players in the BCL, as he is at 452 points and Lahaou Konate has 470.
- Dejan Kravic of Burgos is looking to become the first player to win three BCL titles, and what's more all three in consecutive season. Kravis was a teammate of M'Baye and Taylor on the 2018-19 Virtus Bologna side and was on the Burgos champions side in 2020.
- Burgos captain Vítor Benite is the all-time leading scorer in the Play-Offs, with 240 career points in this stage. Benite scored in double digits in each of his last 13 BCL games, his longest such streak in competition history, and he averaged 21 points per game over the first two games in this Final 8.