Darussafaka knock out defending champions Hereda San Pablo Burgos
BURGOS (Spain) - There will be a new champion in the Basketball Champions League, as Hereda San Pablo Burgos' quest for a three-peat has come to an end after an 80-68 defeat to Darussafaka in Game 3 of the Play-In series.
This is only the second time that Burgos have lost consecutive games in the BCL after it happened back in October-November 2019 when they lost three in a row, and they also lost two of their last three home games this season after losing just one of their previous 16 in the competition.
As defending back-to-back champs, this was the first time that Burgos have been eliminated in a Playoff/Play-In round in their three seasons playing in the BCL.
On the other hand, this was Darussafaka's first win on the road in the BCL after they lost their last seven in the competition.
Turning point: Burgos were down by as many as 12 points in the second quarter (31-19) but went on a 15-6 run in the last four minutes of the quarter and were looking to be gaining momentum.
Then, Isaiah Pineiro knocked down a three at the buzzer to give Darussafaka a 40-34 lead at halftime, putting a stop to any momentum Burgos were gaining.
Burgos got down by as many as 14 points (58-44) in the third quarter, but battled back to regain the lead briefly, only to have Gabriel Olaseni hit a desperation heave three at the end of the shot clock, giving Darussafaka a 67-66 lead.
After that shot, Darussafaka would go on a 13-2 run to close the game out strong.
Game heroes: Troy Caupain led Darussafaka in scoring with 19 points to go along with 9 assists, 3 rebounds and 2 steals.
He shot 8-of-12 from the field and finished with a game-high efficiency rating of 28.
Troy Caupain (left)
Nathan Boothe also recorded a double-double for Darussafaka with 13 points and 11 rebounds and shot 5-of-10 from the field.
Stats don't lie: Darussafaka had a 40-24 advantage in points in the paint and turned 16 turnovers by Burgos into 19 points.
Bottom line: Dani Diez led Burgos in scoring with 13 points and 4 rebounds on 4-of-6 shooting from the field (all three-pointers).
Darussafaka have advanced to the Round of 16 Group J where they will play against group winners BAXI Manresa and Tofas Bursa, as well as Nutribullet Treviso who swept their Play-In series against Lavrio Megabolt.
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They said: "I just wanna say congratulations to us," said Caupain. "As an organization and my teammates, the amount of effort and time and hard work that we put in to make it to the top 16 is a blessing."
"We knew we are playing against a champion," said Darussafaka head coach Selcuk Ernak. "They are true winners, and we knew it's not going to be easy. ... Every time when we were coming off a timeout or an end of the quarter talk, we were telling that Burgos will answer back and every time, they did. At the end of it, we managed to control the game ... especially at the end we played great defense, forced Burgos to make 16 turnovers."
"I think we tried as hard as we could," said Diez. "In the end, they were a good team. They were prepared for this. They took better decisions than us. I feel disappointed, I feel very sad, but I think that it's been a hard season. I feel much more disappointed because of our fans."