17 October, 2023
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The Great Eight: Another 20/10 night for Russell

MIES (Switzerland) - If EWE Baskets Oldenburg had a winning record, DeWayne Russell would probably be the leading MVP candidate this season. The American guard posted another 20-point, 10-assist game to halt Pinar Karsiyaka on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem became the fourth team to book a Round of 16 ticket, joining AEK BETSSON BC, Unicaja and JDA Bourgogne Dijon.

First things first, here are all the results on a four-game Wednesday in the Basketball Champions League:

  • Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem (4-1) v PAOK mateco (3-2): 71-61
  • EWE Baskets Oldenburg (2-3) v Pinar Karsiyaka (3-2): 97-88
  • SL Benfica (1-4) v Galatasaray EKMAS (2-3): 63-87
  • UCAM Murcia (4-1) v Bertram Derthona Tortona (4-1): 87-75

Now, in line with this being Season 8 of the BCL, we went through all the numbers of the day and picked out the eight best ones, the Great Eight.

Most points

Pinar Karsiyaka watched as SIG Strasbourg dropped a game in Oostende on Tuesday, and probably thought that was their match point to win the group. If we keep the tennis analogy going, Karsiyaka went 40-0 on their serve, but managed to spoil it completely and now have to take their calculators out on the last gameday.

Not even 58 first-half points could help them out in Germany, their highest halftime points total in BCL history, as they lost the game while shooting 54-40-94 as a team.

Vernon Carey Jr. excelled once more, putting up a day-high 24 points and continuing his season-long dominance under the rims. So, with Carey scoring the most points, and Karsiyaka playing a near perfect offensive game, how did they end up with a loss?


Most assists

To answer that, we have to dig deep into the BCL history books. That's how good of a start to the season DeWayne Russell is currently having, powering EWE Baskets Oldenburg back into contention after they had looked down and out for a day.

Russell finished with 22 points and 10 assists, the most on the day. He is the first player with multiple 20/10 games this season, and the fourth player across eight Basketball Champions League seasons to have multiple 20/10 games in a single season, joining Jordan Theodore, Chris Wright and Joe Ragland.

Two of those three names are on another list that DeWayne Russell joined with this performance. Jordan Theodore and Chris Wright were the only two players in BCL history with five consecutive games of 15+ points and 5+ assists.

Historic start, we told you. Oldenburg are now at 2-3, and have to travel to Strasbourg on the last gameday. Pinar Karsiyaka will be in Belgium, facing Filou Oostende, and there is a possibility that all four teams finish tied at 3-3 and it all comes down to points difference.

Group E

# Team P W L % Last 5 For Agt +/- FA AA  
1 SIG SIG Strasbourg 5 3 2 60.0   402 390 12 80.4 78 8
2 KSK Pinar Karsiyaka 5 3 2 60.0   419 409 10 83.8 81.8 8
3 OLD EWE Baskets Oldenburg 5 2 3 40.0   427 410 17 85.4 82 7
4 OOST Filou Oostende 5 2 3 40.0   384 423 -39 76.8 84.6 7

Most rebounds

Galatasaray EKMAS had their backs to the wall, knowing they could be out of the competition if they don't give it their all in Lisbon.

That's why they brought in two big names this week, and both of them delivered in what was Galatasaray's largest road win in the BCL so far.

Klemen Prepelic had 17 points and 6 assists off the bench, while David McCormack collected even better numbers, combining for 19 points and 10 rebounds on the day, just picking up where he left off with Darussafaka Lassa.

McCormack is yet to break the 20-point mark this season, but this was his second-most efficient BCL game, registering a rating of 26.

With McCormack and Prepelic, Galatasaray will now chase a 12-point win over PAOK to try and get homecourt advantage for the Play-Ins in January.

Group G

# Team P W L % Last 5 For Agt +/- FA AA  
1 JLM Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem (1) 5 4 1 80.0   416 372 44 83.2 74.4 9
2 PAOK PAOK mateco (2) 5 3 2 60.0   376 393 -17 75.2 78.6 8
3 GALA Galatasaray EKMAS (2) 5 2 3 40.0   428 413 15 85.6 82.6 7
4 SLB SL Benfica 5 1 4 20.0   375 417 -42 75 83.4 6
(1) Qualified for Round of 16
(2) Qualified for Play-Ins

Most steals

SL Benfica put up a fight in the first three quarter, but ran out of gas the rest of the way, losing the fourth quarter by 16 and scoring just 10 points.

They are well known for their active hands and Terrell Carter had 5 steals on the day, narrowly edging out teammate Toney Douglas who had 4 steals.

Most blocks

Carter again! Thunder Carter blocked 4 shots, his season-high.


Best +/-

Jonah Radebaugh was +32 for Galatasaray, but two men deserve an honorable mention here.

Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem are rarely featured in these numbers-driven stories due to their style of play, the defense-oriented approach of coach Aleksandar Dzikic and loads of offensive talent sharing the scoring and passing.

However, Khadeen Carrington is the glue-guy on this team. He only scored 7 points in a 10-point win over PAOK mateco, but it was a two-possession game in the final minute, and he had the game-clinching trademark Carrington long two to seal the deal and confirm first place in the group.

Jerusalem were +23 with him on the floor in a 10-point game.


Highest efficiency

Vernon Carey with 27. It was a crazy day efficiency-wise, as Pinar Karsiyaka, Galatasary EKMAS, EWE Baskets Oldenburg and UCAM Murcia all had five players in double digits in efficiency.

Murcia's 103-75 over Tortona in efficiency speaks volumes on how good they really were, as opposed to just a 12-point margin at the end of the game.

They handed Tortona their first defeat of the season, and just like that stole the first spot in the group from the Italians with just one week of Regular Season basketball remaining.

Perfect timing for Sito Alonso and his team.

Most three-pointers made

Jose Silva of SL Benfica knocked down five threes in seven tries off the bench.