04 October, 2022
14 May, 2023
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Jerusalem, Holon, Peristeri open Season Seven with wins

MIES (Switzerland) - Hapoel Jerusalem only led for 6:32 against Darussafaka, but that was enough time for them to grab a narrow 69-67 victory to start their 2022-23 Basketball Champions League season in winning fashion.

The 67 points conceded by Jerusalem are the fewest they've given up in a BCL home game since March 2019.


Turning point: Darussafaka jumped out to an 11-0 lead and a 25-15 lead after one quarter before Jerusalem finally got things going in the second quarter, outscoring Darussafaka 24-16 to trail 41-39 at halftime.

The third quarter was back-and-forth with five lead changes, but Darussafaka still managed to hold a slight lead. Jerusalem's home fans gave them a boost in the fourth quarter, as Jerusalem sealed the game with a 12-5 run.

Game heroes: Khadeen Carrington (15 points) and Levi Randolph (15 points), who both celebrated birthdays today, combined for 30 points for Jerusalem and knocked down 10 of the team's 24 shots from the field.


Stats don't lie: Darussafaka finished with 17 turnovers, which led to Jerusalem outscoring them 24-9 in points from turnovers. Both teams struggled with three-point shooting, but Jerusalem converted four more shots from beyond the arc (8-4).

Bottom line: Jerusalem start their BCL campaign 1-0 in Group E, and the Israeli team will host MHP RIESEN in their next game on Wednesday October 19.

Darussafaka on the other hand begin 0-1 in the group and the Turkish club will host Bakken Bears on Wednesday October 19.

They said:

"Congratulations to Hapoel Jerusalem. I think they will have a bright future in this competition. We knew that the game was gonna be really hard, but I think we managed to control the rhythm of the game and the score was always tight with many lead changes. We're a young and new team. We have to find a way to reduce these numbers [turnovers] to succeed in the competition." - Selcuk Ernak, head coach Darussafaka

"It was a hard-fought game. We knew we had to play until the end. We knew they were going to be a team that was scrappy, a team that was gonna fight. I'm proud of my team, proud of the fans for sticking with us. My teammates played for all 40 [minutes] and we were able to come out with the win." - Levi Randolph, Hapoel Jerusalem

"I was really impressed by our fans and our fans spent a lot of energy tonight. Hopefully next game we'll have more of them. We know that we can play better, but what counts is that we won. It's the start of the season and all the problems that we were expecting to happen, those problems happened. So, at least we know what we need to do in the future. - Aleksander Dzikic, head coach Hapoel Jerusalem

Hapoel Holon 84-81 Legia Warszawa

Elsewhere in the BCL on Day 1, Hapoel Holon defeated Legia Warszawa on the road in an overtime thriller, 84-81. Holon came out firing in the first quarter, connecting on 6-of-7 shots from beyond the arc and scoring 29 points on 11 assists.


Despite the big first quarter from Holon, this first game of the 2022-23 season was a game of runs. Holon got out to a 30-21 lead before Legia went on a 12-0 run to grab the lead, only to have Holon then go on a 12-4 run of their own to take a 42-37 lead at halftime.

Legia turned things up again to start the second half, outscoring Holon 23-11 in the third quarter to lead by seven points heading into the final quarter. Legia's Devyn Marble outscored Holon by himself 13-11 in the third, shooting 5-of-7 from the field across the quarter.


After Legia scored 5 points to begin the fourth quarter, they went seven-plus minutes without a point before finally cashing in on a three-pointer by Ray McCallum to tie the game at 68. The two teams then traded blows in overtime, with Holon coming out on top in the Group C matchup.

Joe Ragland recorded a double-double and a near triple-double for Holon with 10 points and 13 assists along with 7 rebounds, his fifth double-double with points and assists, only trailing Marcelinho Huertas (seven) in BCL history.

Ragland's teammate Chris Johnson also finished with an 18-point, 10-rebound double-double, while Marble led the way for Legia with 21 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals.


Peristeri bwin 86-70 Bnei Ofek Dist Herzliya

In their third season in the BCL and first since 2020-21, Peristeri bwin emerged victorious at home in a Group H matchup over Bnei Ofek Dist Herzliya, 86-70, their largest home win in the competition.

Vassilis Spanoulis begins his coaching career on the right foot, and his group had a dominant performance, leading the game for all but 1:25.


Peristeri led by as many as 22 points in the third quarter and had a balanced attack with four players scoring in double figures. Miro Bilan led them with 17 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals on 7-of-10 shooting from the field and a game-high efficiency rating of 29, while Maurice Kemp led Herzliya with a 24-point, 11-rebound double-double off the bench.

Peristeri forced Herzliya into 20 turnovers, swiping away 10 steals while only committing 9 turnovers themselves.