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"Record doesn't mean much if we don't win on Sunday" says record-breaking Guy

BELGRADE (Serbia) - Lenovo Tenerife's Kyle Guy set a new single-game scoring record in a Final Four game on Friday, but his eyes are on a much bigger prize than being the first player to go north of 30 points in the showpiece event of the Basketball Champions League.

TJ Shorts II held the previous single-game record after scoring 29 points in last season's Final for champions Telekom Baskets Bonn. But the very next Final Four game, the first Semi-Final at the 2024 event, saw Tenerife's sharp shooter break that mark with ease.

Guy finished with 34 points after shooting 10-of-18 from the field, including 6-of-11 from three-point territory, and making all 10 of his free throw attempts as he paved Tenerife's way to a 97-93 win over Peristeri bwin.

"It feels good, I'm just happy to be in a place where the coach believes in me. I loved my time in Panathinaikos and I'm still rooting for them, and I talk to those guys all the time. But this is definitely special. Even though [36 points] don't mean much to me unless we win on Sunday," Guy said afterwards.

He gave credit to his coach. His coach returned the favor.

"He's a very good guy. Not only for his last name. These kind of guys feel the chemistry on our team immediately. He knew that we needed one player like him, and he's trying to improve on defense, while he plays his basketball on offense, we just try to create space for him to shine," Txus Vidorreta explained.

The best part of Guy's performance was the fact that he still sees room for improvement for Sunday's Final. Even after scoring 36 points, even after Tenerife counted to 97 on the day in Belgrade.

"We honestly did not play that great. We made shots when we needed to, we rebounded and got a couple of stops when we really needed it. Hats off to our guys, we just stayed tough and kept battling."

Tenerife are a two-time champion, with a chance of becoming the first team with three BCL championships to their name. The 26-year-old Guy is a former NCAA champion, also being named the Final Four Most Outstanding Player with Virginia in 2019.

"They've been here before too. Our experience will definitely help us," Guy is feeling confident about Tenerife's odds in the Final.