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Week 4 standout performances

MIES (Switzerland) - It has been an action-packed week in the 2020-21 Basketball Champions League, featuring 12 games and several tight battles as teams begin to jostle for position in what is almost certain to prove the most hotly-contested Regular Season in competition history.

None of this of course would be possible if a host of players didn't step up to the plate, so let's take a look at some of the individual displays that drew the spotlight during Week 4 action:

C.J. Harris, the Holon rock group front man

C.J. Harris is not the typical point guard akin to an orchestra conductor, but he is the ideal front man for the rock group that is Hapoel Holon. The 29-year-old American made only a fleeting appearance in the BCL last year with Turk Telekom, but this season we get to enjoy his play in a role that fits him best.

The Holon playmaker had 25 points on 8 of 11 from the field, 4 assists and 3 steals for an efficiency rating of 27 to lead his team to a 73-63 win over Cholet on Tuesday.

Harris has scored 25 or more points in each of his two games with Holon, after scoring a total of 13 points in his two BCL games with Turk Telekom.

Olivier Troisfontaines is the fastest gun in the West

This week we found out that there is a new fastest gun in the West - on the west coast of Europe, to be precise - who can stare down on the reigning champions in a gunfight to 99 points, and his name is Olivier Troisfontaines.

Filou Oostende's Belgian guard needed just 18 minutes on the floor on Tuesday to pour in 23 points on 8 of 11 shooting and even added 4 assists, 3 rebounds and 2 steals for good measure.

Troisfontaines registered a BCL career-high efficiency rating of 29 and propelled his team to a 99-98 triumph over Hereda San Pablo Burgos at home, as Oostende maintained their perfect record against Spanish teams in the Belgian coastal town.

Riccardo Visconti dazzles on premiere night

Riccardo Visconti debuted in the BCL with Reyer Venezia back in 2016-17, when he was just 18 years old and had very limited playing time.

So his 'proper' debut in the competition came on Wednesday night, in Happy Casa Brindisi's Group H opener, and it was a revelation for anyone that had still not witnessed the young Italian guard's play.

The 22-year-old scored 20 points in just 19 minutes of action with his flawless 7 of 7 from the free-throw line proving crucial down the stretch, and added 5 rebounds and 3 steals for an efficiency rating of 26 as Brindisi defeated Darüssafaka Tekfen 92-81.

Visconti became the first player this season with 20 or more points and 5 or more rebounds in less than 20 minutes on the court.

Same old Tashawn Thomas

Even when nothing was going well for Hapoel Jerusalem in the first minutes of their Wendesday clash with Limoges, the Israeli team could count with the usual rock-solid Tashawn Thomas to keep them afloat while the rest of the team were founding a rhythm.

The versatile power forward scored 16 of his team-high 24 points in the first half, when his team trailed by as many as 15 points, and he added 4 boards for an efficiency rating of 28.

Thomas has set the bar so high since 2018 that this was not one of his top-3 performances in the BCL, but it was more than valuable to Hapoel as they climbed back and defeated the French team 81-75 to finally tick the win column in the 2020-21 season.

Martynas Echodas debuts in BCL to help Rytas get off the mark

Rytas Vilnius had to play their maiden BCL game on October 27th without Martynas Echodas, and they succumbed to a painful home defeat to Peristeri.

On Tuesday though the 23-year-old big man was back in the lineup and the Lithuanian team claimed their first ever win in the competition.

Echodas, cut a dominant figure inside against SIG Strasbourg, especially in the first half.

The Rytas center finished with 23 points on 7 of 10 from the field and added 3 rebounds for an efficiency rating of 18, to pace his team to a very important 83-81 road win in France that helps them make up the ground they lost in their BCL premiere.