17 October, 2023
05 May, 2024
9 Marcelinho Huertas (LNTF)
to read

Tenerife prevail in another epic clash with Jerusalem, reach 100 BCL wins

MIES (Switzerland) - Lenovo Tenerife became the first team with 100 BCL wins, earned in 133 games since 2016. The milestone win was even more memorable as it came on a night of three single-possession games.

Tenerife played host to Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem with hopes of handing them their first Round of 16 defeat, and potentially overcoming the 24-point margin from their first matchup of the season.

Coach Txus Vidorreta's men opened up a 16-point lead at one point, but in reality they were nowhere near of matching Jerusalem's  point differential in the reverse fixture.

Instead, Tenerife were in danger of losing this game. Marcelinho Huertas hit a clutch three-pointer to make it an eight-point lead for the hosts with just over 46 seconds left to play. Jerusalem did not back off. Levi Randolph scored with an and-one bucket and Chris Johnson hit a three-pointer to make it a single-possession deficit.

The game went down to the wire, and Huertas sunk two free throws to give the hosts a 3-point cushion with five seconds to play. Randolph took over, firing off a solid shot from beyond the arc, but it did not fall and Tenerife escaped with a 95-92 win.

Huertas and Joan Sastre both posted BCL career-highs in points. Sastre had 22 off the bench, on 5-of-7 shooting from deep, while Huertas counted to 24 with 6 assists. At 40 years of age, Huertas is averaging 14.2 points per game, his highest scoring season in any European competition.

Jerusalem got 20 points from Randolph, who became the third player with 1000 career points in the Basketball Champions League.

Both teams are now at 3-1 in the Group K standings, but Hapoel are still in front thanks to the point differential.

# Team P W L % For Agt +/- FA AA  
1 JLM Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem 4 3 1 75.0 337 305 32 84.2 76.2 7
2 LNTF Lenovo Tenerife 4 3 1 75.0 351 342 9 87.8 85.5 7
3 KSK Pinar Karsiyaka 4 1 3 25.0 337 353 -16 84.2 88.2 5
4 PERI Peristeri bwin 4 1 3 25.0 307 332 -25 76.8 83 5

Peristeri get on board

In the other Wednesday contest in the same group, Peristeri bwin also overcame Pinar Karsiyaka by a three-point margin, 76-73. Karsiyaka could not break their road slump, as this was their 12th consecutive defeat away from home in the BCL.

Peristeri picked up their first win in the Round of 16 and avoided dropping out of the race for qualification, behind Joe Ragland 's 19 points. He scored 5 of those when it mattered most, keeping Karsiyaka at bay, while also dishing out 9 assists.

It was the first time in BCL history that Peristeri made more three-pointers (13) than two-pointers (11) in a single game.

Cholet keep Strasbourg alive

In Group I, Tofas Bursa had their finger on the button to solve the entire group with two games to play.

But Cholet Basket twisted that finger it so much it turned into a question mark, because that's what's left in this group now.

A Tofas win would have sent both them and Unicaja through to the Quarter-Finals, and consequently would have eliminated SIG Strasbourg and Cholet from contention.


Their 30-point burst in the final quarter nearly made it happen, but Cholet held on for a 77-74 win.

Tidjane Salaun may be 18, but he's already a leader for Cholet, pouring in a team-high 15 points and getting a helping hand from Gerald Ayayi, who had 11 points and 7 assists. Austin Wiley had 22 points and 9 rebounds in the defeat.

# Team P W L % For Agt +/- FA AA  
1 UNI Unicaja 4 4 0 100 345 276 69 86.2 69 8
2 TOF Tofas Bursa 4 2 2 50.0 321 308 13 80.2 77 6
3 CHO Cholet Basket 4 2 2 50.0 320 337 -17 80 84.2 6
4 SIG SIG Strasbourg 4 0 4 0 296 361 -65 74 90.2 4

Cholet are now at 2-2, the same record as Tofas, but the club from Turkiye owns the tiebreaker. SIG Strasbourg are back in the hunt even at 0-4 and if they can muster two wins in the next two weeks, they could potentially make it through.

Meanwhile, both Cholet and Tofas could finish at 4-2 and potentially eliminate Unicaja in a three-way tie.

Ludwigsburg complete the sweep

The only game of the day with no drama on the final possession was the one in Germany. MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg erased a 13-point deficit and turned it into a 12-point win, 71-59, to complete the sweep over JDA Bourgogne Dijon.

Jayvon Graves had 20 points, extending his record streak to seven BCL home games in a row with at least 20 points.

Ludwigsburg are now up to 3-1, joining their compatriots Telekom Baskets Bonn at the top of the group. Dijon and Galatasaray EKMAS share a 1-3 record and need to win both of their remaining games to have a chance of reaching the Quarter-Finals.

# Team P W L % For Agt +/- FA AA  
1 BONN Telekom Baskets Bonn 4 3 1 75.0 326 311 15 81.5 77.8 7
2 LUD MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg 4 3 1 75.0 335 301 34 83.8 75.2 7
3 JDA JDA Bourgogne Dijon 4 1 3 25.0 299 325 -26 74.8 81.2 5
4 GALA Galatasaray EKMAS 4 1 3 25.0 347 370 -23 86.8 92.5 5