04 October, 2022
14 May, 2023
Kenny Williams (AEK)
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Quarter-Finals Game 3 preview: Will Jerusalem, AEK continue pattern of alternating wins?

JERUSALEM (Israel) - AEK kept their Final Four hopes alive after winning Game 2 against Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem last week, and now the Quarter-Finals series returns to Israel where it's win or go home.

The game will tip off on Wednesday April 19 at 18:00 CET.

Jerusalem are aiming for their first Final Four appearance in the BCL, while AEK will look to get back to the Semi-Finals for the first time since they finished runner-up to Hereda San Pablo Burgos back in Season Four.

In Game 2, AEK defended their home court and, after a back-and-forth first quarter, they took the lead at the start of the second quarter and held it for the rest of the game.

Akil Mitchell and Brynton Lemar combined for 38 points and Mitchell also became the sixth player to record 10+ points, 5+ rebounds, 5+ assists and 5+ steals in a BCL game and the first to do so since 2021.


  • Jerusalem and AEK have alternated between wins in their previous six games in the BCL (October 2018 - Jerusalem, December 2018 - AEK, October 2019 - Jerusalem, December 2019 - AEK, April 2023 - Jerusalem, April 2023 - AEK) and should this run continue, Jerusalem would be in line for a win in Game 3; the team from Israel have won their last two home games played against AEK in the competition.

  • Jerusalem, that of course lost Game 2 last week, are yet to lose consecutive games in the competition this season. Jerusalem gave up fewer than 70 points in each of their last two home games, as often as in their previous 22 games at home in the league, even conceding only 55 points to AEK in Game 1 of their Quarter-Finals series, a team record for fewest points allowed in a BCL game ever.

  • Jerusalem's Speedy Smith scored 20+ points in each of his last two home games in the BCL after never scoring more than 14 points in any of his first 13 home games in the competition. The American point guard made 3+ three-pointers in each of his last three home games, a feat he had achieved only twice in. his previous 12 games at home.

  • AEK lost their last road game 64-55 against Jerusalem, registering their lowest scoring output in a BCL game, but are yet to lose consecutive road games this season. The Greek team were trailing at halftime in each of their last nine road games in the BCL playoffs but still managed to win four of those games.

  • AEK's Akil Mitchell has recorded 10+ points, 5+ rebounds and 5+ assists in each of his last two games against Jerusalem and only five players have previously done that in more games in a row, the most recent being Marco Spissu in March-November 2020 (three).