04 October, 2022
14 May, 2023
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10 things to look out for in the Third-Place Game

MALAGA (Spain) - After Lenovo Tenerife and Final Four hosts Unicaja lost thrilling, nail-biting games in the Semi-Finals, they will now meet in the Third-Place Game for a chance to end their Basketball Champions League season on a high note.

Tenerife lost to Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem in the first Semi-Final, 69-68, after Khadeen Carrington put Jerusalem ahead with a tough, contested layup. Tenerife had a three-point look to win the game, but Bruno Fitipaldo's shot came up short.

Unicaja lost their Semi-Final to Telekom Baskets Bonn by a similar score of 69-67. After trailing by nine points with under two minutes to play, Unicaja went on a 9-2 run to end the game but came up just short after Kendrick Perry's three-point attempt at the buzzer didn't fall.

Here's 10 things you need to know ahead of the Third Place Game that tips off on May 14 at 17:00 CET:

  • This is the first time in BCL history that two teams from the same country will face each other in the Third-Place Game; two Spanish teams have won this game in the past including UCAM Murcia in 2018 and Casademont Zaragoza in 2021.

  • Unicaja and Tenerife are two of the top three teams in defensive rating in the BCL this season – Unicaja have conceded 101.6 points per 100 possessions, which is the best in the league, while Tenerife have conceded 103.9 per 100 possessions, the third best in the league.

  • Unicaja will face their third different Spanish team in the BCL, after they matched up against BAXI Manresa in April 2022 (lost both games) and Murcia in this year's Quarter-Finals (won both games).

  • Unicaja lost against Telekom Baskets Bonn in the Semi-Finals (69-67) but are yet to lose consecutive games in the BCL this season; they have lost all their eight BCL games when scoring fewer than 75 points but only two of those losses came this season.

  • Unicaja are one of only two teams averaging 20+ assists per game in the BCL this season, dishing out 20.4 per game, only trailing Hapoel Holon who averaged 20.9 per game; they have held their opponents to 13.7 assists per game, fewer than any other team in the league in 2022-23.

  • Unicaja are undefeated in the BCL this season when Dario Brizuela is on the starting lineup (4-0) while their only three defeats in 2022-23 have happened in games where he came off the bench; Brizuela is averaging 15.5 points per game in his last six appearances in the BCL after averaging 9.5 in his previous 35 games.

  • Tenerife will take part in the Third Place Game for the first time in the BCL; Unicaja will be the fourth Spanish team that they will face in the league this season, after winning five of their previous seven matchups with Spanish teams – however, those two defeats happened on the road (82-67 at Murcia in March and 85-83 at Manresa in April).

  • Tenerife have lost three of their last six games in the BCL after losing only two of their previous 21 games in the competition; they are coming off a 69-68 loss in the Semi-Finals v Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem but only once in their 122 games in the league have they lost consecutive fixtures – it was back in November 2016.

  • Tenerife have allowed their opponents to have 69.3 possessions per game, fewer than any other team in the BCL in 2022-23; they are the only team scoring fewer than 6.0 points per game in fast break situations in the league this season (4.8).

  • Giorgi Shermadini has now scored 909 points in the BCL and is one of only two players to have scored 900 or more in the BCL history, alongside Vojtech Hruban (996); Shermadini has scored 17+ points in three of his last four BCL games with Tenerife, as many times as in his previous 15 league appearances.