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ATHENS (Greece) - The Final 8 in Athens was a truly historic event because of the circumstances in which it was conceived and brought to fruition and, perhaps fittingly, it crowned a champion that reached the European summit against all odds, in newcomers Hereda San Pablo Burgos.
It's only normal then that this truly exceptional event produced some exceptional facts and figures, and we attempt to provide a final snapshot of the tournament though some milestone numbers.
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0 - number of Covid-19 positive PCR tests on players and other participants in the Final 8 'bubble'.
1 - Burgos, who lifted the trophy in what was the club's first ever participation in a European competition, became the first team in BCL history to go all the way from the Qualification Rounds to winning the title.
1 - Final 8 MVP Thad McFadden is the only player to come off the bench and collect at least 15 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in a BCL championship tournament (Final 4 or Final 8). The Burgos guard had 18 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists in the Final.
2 - Burgos are the second Spanish club to win the BCL title and the second club to win it in their first season of participating in the competition.
3- Dijon defeated Zaragoza to third place in what was the third encounter this year between the two teams, for a French team to step on the BCL podium for the third time in competition history.
3 - AEK fell short of scoring 75 or more points in a home game only three times in the 2019-20 season, the third being the Sunday Final. The first game was also against Burgos, when the two teams met at OAKA in the Regular Season.
We are the champions. O eso dice el capitán... pic.twitter.com/wzLTMfjXLR— Hereda San Pablo Burgos (@SanPabloBurgos) October 4, 2020
5- Omar Cook's five three-pointers in the Final were not only his BCL career high, but also matched the total tally of triples he had scored in his previous 10 BCL games combined.
8 - Dijon's David Holston became the first player to register at least 20 points and 5 assists in eight BCL games.
10 - AEK have become the first team to lead by 10 points in a BCL Final and yet lose the game.
11 - Burgos became the first team in BCL history to hit 10 or more three-pointers in 11 consecutive games.
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17 - Burgos knocked down 17 three-pointers in the Final to set a new record for most made triples in a postseason game.
17 - Tyrese Rice of AEK had 18 points and 5 assists in 17 minutes in the Semi-Final, becoming the first player to get 15 and 5 in less than 20 minutes of action in a BCL postseason game.
24 - AEK's 24-point win over Zaragoza in the Semi-Final (99-75) is the widest margin of victory ever in a championship tournament (Final 4 of Final 8).
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25 - Vitor Benite's 25 points against Dijon are a new record for most points by a single player in a BCL Semi-Final.
35 - Burgos outscored AEK 35-12 in the second quarter, producing the highest single-quarter scoring output ever seen in a Final, the highest-scoring Burgos quarter in the competition and the worse defensive quarter for AEK during their four years in the BCL.
35 - Zaragoza's field goal percentage of 35 percent in the 3rd Place Game makes for the Spanish team's worse ever shooting performance in a BCL game.
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55- The Burgos bench scored 55 points in the Final, setting a new record for most points scored by a team's second unit in a BCL championship tournament (Final 4 or Final 8).
100 - David Holston finished the 2019-20 season with 128 assists and Axel Julien with 111, becoming the first teammates to each dish more than 100 assists in a single season.