Final Quarter-Final preview: Who will book the last spot in the Final Four in Bilbao?
CLUJ-NAPOCA (Romania) - Only one game remains in the Quarter-Finals of the Basketball Champions League after the other three series were sweeps. U-BT Cluj Napoca and MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg will square off in a do-or-die Game 3 on April 19 with the last spot in the Final Four up for grabs.
Game 1 in Romania saw just under 10,000 fans (9,887 to be exact) which was a record at the time, but this upcoming Game 3 in Romania will set another record, as it will be in front of a full, sold-out arena with the full 10,000 fans.
The winner of this Game 3 will face BAXI Manresa in the Final Four on May 6.
Game 3: U-BT Cluj Napoca vs. MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg (Series tied 1-1)
Where: Cluj-Napoca, Romania (BTarena)
Game 1: Cluj Napoca won 76-73
Game 2: Ludwigsburg won 92-75
Ludwigsburg have scored 90+ points in four different games in the BCL this season, which is as many times as in their two previous seasons combined (2017-18 and 2018-19).
Ludwigsburg have had five or more different players scoring at least 10 points in the same game for the fourth time this season, the second most of any team in the BCL in 2021-22. Only Cluj Napoca have done it more (six times).
In Game 2, the most Viziball player was Justin Simon, as he did a little bit of everything and contributed across multiple stat categories with 17 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists.
The spider chart below shows in more detail Simon's impact for diverse aspects of the game including playmaking (50), clutchness (54), shooting (63), go-to guy (55) and offensive aggressiveness (67), all of which were at least 50 on the scale of 0-100.