20 October, 2020
09 May, 2021
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Week 12 standout performances

MIES (Switzerland) - The curtain fell on the 2020-21 Basketball Champions League Regular Season this week with VEF Riga, Igokea and Pinar Karsiyaka claiming the final three tickets to the Play-Offs.

There was a host of excellent individual performances across the eight games that took place this week so it would be hard to single out just five, but there were very good reasons to pick Kyle Allman of VEF Riga, Nicolas Lang of Limoges CSP, Maksim Salash of Hereda San Pablo Burgos, Amath M'Baye of Pinar Karsiyaka and Micheal Eric of Türk Telekom.

Let's have a closer look at what made each one of them stand out in Week 12:

Kyle Allman makes the jump

VEF Riga completed on Tuesday a spectacular turnaround as they transformed to a Play-Offs bound team that finished tied with Group E winners SIG Strasbourg at 4-2, after being the worse team of the 2019-20 BCL Regular Season, when they had a 1-13 record.

It has also been a breakout season for VEF point guard Kyle Allman, who in his first season in a European cup competition (he only played in the Greek league in his rookie pro season in Europe last year) he has proved himself a conductor who can lead a top-level orchestra.

On Tuesday, the 23-year-old American took Peristeri by storm in the opening quarter and poured in 13 points to propel Riga to an 18-point first half lead, that enabled the Latvian team to hold on when they struggled down the stretch. He finished with 17 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists and 1 steal as VEF won 60-57 to advance to the BCL Play-Offs for the first time.

Nicolas Lang shows Limoges what could have been

Limoges CSP had nothing except pride to play for on Tuesday, when they played host to a Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem side that was chasing the Play-Offs, but pride is a valuable commodity for such an historic club, the only French side in history to have been proclaimed European champions (back in 1993).

The French team wanted to bow out on a high note and prove that, where it not for their narrow losses in four games, their maiden BCL campaign would have panned out very differently and Nicolas Lang took it almost as a personal assignment to make that point.

The 30-year-old Limoges shooting guard finished with a BCL season-high 19 points on 6 of 12 shooting from the floor and added 6 assists and 2 rebounds for an efficiency rating to lead his team to an 88-83 win over the Israeli team, that left the visitors out of the Play-Offs.

Amath M'Baye personal record fuels Karsiyaka

Pinar Karsiyaka were not in the BCL for the past couple of seasons but both the Turkish club and Amath M'Baye, who arrived in Izmir after winning the 2019 BCL crown with Virtus Bologna, know exactly what it takes to be in the Play-Offs of this competition.

The Izmir side needed to seal their Play-Offs berth on Wednesday against RETAbet Bilbao and the French international rose to the occasion as he scored a BCL career-high 23 points on a BCL career-high five three-pointers.

M'Baye, who poured in 18 points in the third quarter alone, in  added 3 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 block to spur Karsiyaka to an 85-76 win that certified their passage to the Play-Offs.

It's worth reminding that the French small forward has reached the Semi-Finals of every international competition he has played in the last couple of years, be it the FIBA Europe Cup with Karsiyaka, the BCL with Virtus or the FIBA Basketball World Cup with France.

Maksim Salash is now at home in Burgos

Maksim Salash led Tsmoki-Minsk in scoring and efficiency in the first half of the Regular Season and his stellar performances didn't go unnoticed by Hereda San Pablo Burgos, who signed the Belarus international in December and brought him to Spain.

The 24-year-old forward required a few weeks to acclimatize to his new surroundings but on Wednesday he showed the adaptation period is nearing its end, as he posted by far his best game (in either the BCL or the Spanish Liga Endesa) since joining the reigning BCL champions.

Salash was in the Burgos starting five against Happy Casa Brindisi and he poured in a game-high 20 points on 4 of 5 three-point shooting and added 4 rebounds for an efficiency rating of 20, leading the Spanish side to a 90-86 win in Italy that earned them first place in Group H.

Micheal Eric doesn't take days off

Turk Telekom had punched their ticket to the Play-Offs back in Week 10 and of course they wanted to beat Igokea on Tuesday and also take first place in the group, but it was certainly not an endeavor in which they were looking to invest 100 percent effort.

It seems that nobody told that to Micheal Eric though, and the 32-year-old Nigerian center wreaked havoc in the paint on both sides of the floor, as he collected a double-double of 21 points and 12 rebounds, on an outstanding 9 of 11 from the floor.

The Nigerian big man, who became only the second player this season to post 20 and 10 in a single BCL game, added 2 blocks and 1 steal for a BCL career-high efficiency rating of 30 to pave the way for Turk Telekom's 94-86 win that sealed top spot in the group for the Ankara club.