Game of the Week: Pinar Karsiyaka (2-2) vs. Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem (1-3)
IZMIR (Turkey) - The Basketball Champions League is back after the two week break with a Group B Game of the Week on December 6 between Pinar Karsiyaka and Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem.
Where: Izmir, Turkey (Mustafa Kemal Ataturk Karsiyaka Spor Salonu)
In their previous meeting this season on October 5, Karsiyaka defeated Jerusalem 86-84 on a Bonzie Colson game-winning step-back three-pointer.
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This will be a key game, as Karsiyaka currently own the head-to-head tiebreak over Jerusalem after their narrow two-point win in the first matchup, but if Jerusalem win this game by at least three points, they will then own the tiebreak if the two teams finished tied at the end of the group stage.
Karsiyaka, Jerusalem as well as Arged BM Stal Ostrow Wielkopolski, will be fighting for the second and third spots in the group in order to get a chance in the Play-In round.
Karsiyaka (2-2), second place in Group B
- Karsiyaka have won five of their seven BCL games against teams from Israel, although they have been defeated in their most recent home game against a team from that country (76-77 vs. Hapoel U-NET Holon in March 2021).
Karsiyaka have lost their last two BCL games but have never had a longer losing streak in the competition; 10 of Karsiyaka's last 14 league games have ended with a single digit differential.
Colson has scored fewer than 10 points in each of his last two BCL games with Karsiyaka, as many times as in his previous 16 appearances in the league; Colson has never had three consecutive games scoring in single-digits.
Points per game: Amath M'Baye (15.0), Michael Roll (13.8), Bonzie Colson (13.5)
Rebounds per game: Colson (8.3), Alex Tyus (5.0), M'Baye (4.0)
Assists per game: Colson (2.8), Can Korkmaz (2.7), Roll (2.5)
Jerusalem (1-3), fourth place in Group B
Jerusalem have won their most recent BCL game (83-76 vs. Arged BM Stal Ostrów Wielkopolski) ending a five-game losing streak that started in January 2021, their longest in the competition; Oren Amiel was one win shy of becoming the second coach with 40 wins in BCL history behind Txus Vidorreta (55), but Amiel parted ways with the club and was officially replaced by Yotam Halperin.
Retin Obasohan finished with 20 points and seven assists in his most recent BCL game with Jerusalem, after combining for a total of 21 points and seven assists in his three previous games; Obasohan has now had six games with 20+ points and 5+ assists, while only two other players have had more than him in the BCL history (David Holston 8 and J'Covan Brown 7).
Points per game: Jalen Adams (17.0), Retin Obasohan (10.3), Sean Kilpatrick (9.0)
Rebounds per game: Itay Segev (6.0), Kaiser Gates (5.3), Anthony Bennett (5.0)
Assists per game: Kilpatrick (3.8), Obasohan (3.5), Adams (2.5)
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