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Week 3 Tuesday games preview


MIES (Switzerland) - Week three of the Basketball Champions League tips off with four games on Tuesday October 18, featuring two matchups of undefeated teams and two matchups of teams looking to get into the win column.

Here's a look at the four games on Tuesday:

Game 1: Igokea m:tel (0-1) v ERA Nymburk (0-1) - Group D

Where: Laktasi, Bosnia and Herzegovina

When: 18:30 CET


  • This will be the third encounter between Igokea m:tel and ERA Nymburk in the BCL, with the home team on the day winning each of their two last season matchups.
  • Igokea have won their home debut in each of their two previous campaigns in the BCL; eight of their 11 games at home in the competition have ended with margins of seven or fewer points.
  • Igokea's De'Shawn Stephens will face Nymburk for the third time in the BCL, after scoring 10+ points in each of his two previous encounters; Stephens had a double-double in his first game against Nymburk, scoring 19 points and grabbing 11 rebounds – he hasn't scored more points nor grabbed more rebounds in a BCL game with Igokea.
  • Nymburk lost their first game of the season in the BCL (68-54 v Surne Bilbao) but in only one of their previous six league campaigns have they lost their first two games: it was in 2018-19; the Czechs scored only 54 points in their last game but haven't scored below 70 points in consecutive BCL games since November 2017 (two games).
  • Nymburk's Petr Benda is one rebound away of becoming the first player in BCL history to reach 350 rebounds in the competition; he averaged 4.5 points and 4.5 rebounds in his two previous league games against Igokea.

Game 2: Peristeri bwin (1-0) v Lenovo Tenerife (1-0) - Group H

Where: Peristeri, Greece

When: 19:30 local time


  • Peristeri bwin have won their first away game of the season in both their previous seasons in the BCL; they will try to win consecutive league encounters for the first time since January 2020 (W2).
  • Peristeri's Miro Bilan has scored a total of 672 points in the BCL, the ninth most amongst all players ever; he is 10 points away of surpassing Kyle Wiltjer (681) and 12 away from Vítor Benite (683); he is one of only four players to have made 600+ points and 300+ rebounds in league history.
  • Lenovo Tenerife have won their two previous games against Peristeri in the BCL, back in the 2019-20 season; Peristeri's home defeat by 26 points against the reigning champions is still their heaviest in the competition.
  • Tenerife are on a 12-game winning streak, the second longest in the BCL history (Monaco won 14 in a row between April 2017 and January 2018); however, seven of their last 10 defeats in the competition have happened while playing as the visiting team (L1 at home, L2 at a neutral venue).
  • Tenerife's Giorgi Shermadini has scored a total of 699 points in the BCL, currently tied with Tony Taylor as the fifth all-time top scorer in the league; he needs eight more points to overtake Kevin Punter in the fourth place (706 points). Amongst the active players in the league, two of the top three scorers play for Tenerife: Shermadini & Tim Abramaitis (669 pts) – the other plays for their opponent of the day, Peristeri's Miro Bilan (672 pts).

Game 3: Bnei Ofek Dist Herzliya (0-1) v Rytas Vilnius (0-1) - Group H

Where: Hadera, Israel

When: 19:30 local time


  • Bnei Herzliya lost their debut game in the BCL and will try to avoid becoming the third Israeli team to lose their first two games in the competition after Hapoel Holon (L4 in 2017-18) and Ironi Nahariya (L4 in 2016-17).
  • Maurice Kemp combined for 24 points and 11 rebounds in his first game with Herzliya in the BCL, his first double-double in the competition; Kemp, who is yet to win a BCL game (L6), has averaged more points on the road (16.7 points per game) than at home (10.3 points per game).
  • Rytas Vilnius have lost their most recent three games in the BCL but have never lost more consecutive games in the competition; seven of their last nine defeats in the BCL came while playing on the road.
  • Rytas allowed their opponents to grab five offensive rebounds and to score only two points in second chance situations against Tenerife on Gameday 1, the fewest of any team in a BCL game this season.
  • Rytas' Marcus Foster has scored more than 20 points in eight of his 21 games in the BCL, including in his most recent one (21 v Tenerife); five of Foster's eight such games were on the road.

Game 4: Surne Bilbao (1-0) v Bahcesehir College (1-0) - Group D

Where: Bilbao, Spain

When: 20:30 CET



  • Surne Bilbao will play their fourth game at home in the BCL, after losing their first two and winning their last one in 2020-21; Bilbao will play their third game in the BCL against a Turkish team, after losing their two encounters with Pinar Karsiyaka in the aforementioned season.
  • Bilbao conceded 54 points on Gameday 1, but they are yet to concede fewer than 60 points in consecutive games in the BCL; they have conceded 26.9 percent of their opponents' attempted three-pointers, the best defensive percentage of any team in league history.
  • Bilbao's Ludvig Hakanson scored 16 points in his most recent game, the most for him in a BCL game; Hakanson scored more points in his last game than in his entire 2020-21 season in the league with Bilbao (13 pts).
  • Bahcesehir College won their debut game in the BCL (70-67 v Igokea) and will try to become the fifth Turkish team to win their two first games in the competition; however, teams from Turkey have lost 20 of their 23 away games against Spanish opposition.
  • Jerry Boutsiele has grabbed 10+ rebounds in four of his seven games in the BCL, including in his first game with Bahcesehir (v Igokea); Boutsiele is averaging 13.6 points and 9.4 rebounds in his seven games in the competition.