05 October, 2021
15 May, 2022
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Season Six fun facts and figures

MIES (Switzerland) - Season Six of the Basketball Champions League has offered a lot of interesting games so far, and is set for even more fireworks in the Round of 16 phase. It has also brought a lot of fun facts and figures behind the boxscores.

The world belongs to the youngsters, and Besiktas Icrypex decided to join the history books in 2021-22. Yagiz Aksu was 15 years and 246 days old when he made his BCL debut against Hereda San Pablo Burgos, making him the second youngest player in League history, after Lefteris Mantzoukas, who was 15 years and 94 days old when he played for Promitheas Patras in 2018.

Only other player younger than 18 to play a game this season was another Turkish prospect. Berke Buyuktuncel was born in September 2004, he is playing for Tofas Bursa.

Yagiz was born in 2006, when Tremmell Darden was already playing professionally in Turkey and Belgium. Fast forward to 2022, Tremmell Darden is the oldest player of the BCL season, having celebrated his 40th birthday in December.

Not only is he playing, he's making a difference for MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg, helping them win the group and advance to the Round of 16 with a Regular Season sweep over Lenovo Tenerife.

Once he takes the floor in the Round of 16, he will become the first 40-year-old to take part in a BCL game. He could be joined by another in March, when BAXI Manresa's Rafa Martinez will also turn 40.

Besiktas Icrypex have the youngest team on average this season, 24 years and 2 months old. SIG Strasbourg have the oldest, 30 years, 7 months.

It's not all in the size, as David Holston keeps on proving year in, year out. At 5ft 6in/1.67m, JDA Dijon's point guard is the shortest player in the BCL, while Lenovo Tenerife's Giorgi Shermadini stands tallest at 7ft 1in/2.17m.

Filou Oostende are the tallest team of the season with an average height of 201.4cm, while MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg are on the bottom of that list, with an average height of 195.2cm.

So far, 44 different nations have been represented in the BCL this season. Sebastian Herrera added Chile to the list, while Amida Brimah became the first player from Ghana to play a BCL game. Almost 60 percent of all players are from Europe, with Americas leading the rest of the world.

Twelve Season Six players are from Africa, two of them from Asia/Oceania. Falco Szombathely use 80 percent of local players, leading that category so far in 2021-22.

There have also been historic numbers on the court. Led by their sharp shooter Adam Ariel, Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem scored 40 points in the first quarter against Prometey, becoming the first team to score 40 or more in the first quarter in a BCL game, and tying the record for most points in a quarter.

It was owned by Ironi Nahariya, who scored 40 in the third quarter against Bakken Bears in 2016-17.

U-BT Cluj Napoca became the first team ever to score 100 or more points in three straight BCL games, helping them win their Regular Season group and reach the Round of 16 on first try.

Ivan Strebkov of Nizhny Novgorod has been eliminated from contention, but not before joining the record books. With 9-of-9 shooting, including 4-of-4 from three-point line, Strebkov is now the only player in BCL history to finish with 100 percent shooting while taking at least eight shots and at least two three-pointers.

D.J. Kennedy moved to Prometey this season, and he keeps doing D.J. Kennedy things in Ukraine, too. By getting 16 points and 11 rebounds against Dinamo Sassari, Kennedy reached his 9th career double-double, taking sole possession of the number one spot on that page of the history books. He was sharing the top with Yanick Moreira and Jordan Morgan until now.