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Seven takeaways from Day 2: Herzliya shock Tenerife in massive upset

BURSA (Turkey) - For those who thought Day 1 of the first-ever Youth Basketall Champions League was special, hold your hats for Day 2 as the two Israeli teams - Bnei Herzliya and Hapoel Jerusalem - upset Spanish opponents. And that is just the top story.

If you were not able to follow the action in Bursa, Turkey - just click here and you can watch the games on demand - here are the seven biggest takeaways from a thrilling Day 2 at the YBCL.

#1 - Herzliya pull off a shocker for the ages 

In terms of upsets, there is David and Goliath and then there is what Bnei Herzliya did in shocking Lenovo Tenerife for an 85-78 victory. Herzliya's win in Group B is amazing in so many ways. First off, just a small Israeli club chopping down a Spanish side considered one of the up-and-coming youth clubs in the country. Then there is Herzliya looking pretty bad in their opening game - a 20-point loss to BC Rytas on Day 1. On top of that was the thought that Tenerife would be extra motivated after failing to hold a 13-point lead and losing earlier in the day to Tofas SC.

Herzliya must have forgotten the storyline because Alon Michaeli scored 21 points and corralled 12 rebounds, Ariel Shamri netted 20 points, Kuzma Goncharov had 12 points and Yarden Lazar dished out 7 assists. The Herzliya defense fought to hold Tenerife to just 44.6 percent shooting and forced 23 turnovers to move to 1-1.

Tenerife put themselves in a tough spot in the fight for the Semi-Finals in dropping to 1-2 as 24 points from Daniel Rodriguez and Eduardo Gandara’s 20 points were not enough. The Spanish side finishes group play with a showdown against BC Rytas.

#2 - Wait is over for Jerusalem's second impressive win 

Hapoel Jerusalem had to wait as long as possible to finally return to the court and when they did the Israeli side pulled off a surprise 70-54 victory over UCAM Murcia COC Oftalmologia for a 2-0 record in Group A. Hapoel played the first game at 9:00 CET on Day 1 and then the last game at 20:15 CET on Day 2. The long wait didn't really impact Jerusalem's long range shooters as they buried 15 three-pointers.

Rom Hitkes, Yair Yadin and Yonatan Abouloff 

Jerusalem drained 7 consecutive triples to close the third quarter, a period which they took 26-8 to gain control of the game. Jerusalem once again got big games from their big three. Yonatan Abouloff scored 18 points; Roe Avneri tallied 12 of his 15 points in the final 13 minutes to go with 16 rebounds; and Rom Hitkes picked up 15 points and 10 assists.


Murcia split their two games on the day for a 1-2 record despite Sekou Moussa Traore tallying 20 points and 11 rebounds. 

#3 - Igokea even better with Stankovic, Radosic

Igokea showed their mettle on Day 1 with two victories - including overcoming UCAM Murcia COC Oftalmologia. But the Bosnia and Herzegovina side proved they are even better as two of the team's best players finally suited up on Day 2.

Welcome to the court Ognjen Stankovic (No. 11) and Ognjen Radosic

Ognjen Stankovic poured in 18 points with 6 assists and Ognjen Radosic tallied 22 points and 5 rebounds in a 112-60 blowout of Basketball Academy Nymburk - the duo's first game with the team after arriving later on Day 1. They both played for Igokea's first team against Partizan Belgrade in the Adriatic ABA League on Monday April 10, and their additional quality shined through. Stankovic and Radosic  scored their combined 40 points on 17-of-29 shooting with only 3 turnovers.

Igokea, however, was anything but just Stankovic and Radosic. The dynamic duo of Dusan Makitan and Andrej Acimovic combined for 36 points and 15 rebounds. That same pairing combined for  55 points and 26 rebounds in Igokea's opening win. 

#4 - Is Ozgur Cengiz actually Superman for comeback king Tofas?

A day after scoring 19 points in a comfortable win over Porsche BBA Ludwigsburg and dropping 33 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists in a thrilling overtime win against BC Rytas, Ozgur Cengiz did another Superman impression in Tofas SC's comeback 70-56 victory over Lenovo Tenerife. Tofas trailed 15-2 in the early moments but the hosts raced back and moved to 3-0 and Tenerife lost for the first time in two games.


The guard played his mild-mannered Clark Kent card for the first half - scoring just 5 points. With his team down 41-40, Cengiz decided it was time to play superhero and scored 9 points in a Tofas 14-0 run to take the lead 54-41 early in the fourth quarter. Tenerife would not get closer than 7 points the rest of the way and Cengiz finished with 23 points, 9 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 steals.  Ozgur Cengiz - aka the Tofas Superman - poured in 18 of his points in the second half. What will the man of Tofas green have in store for the rest of the tournament? 

#5 - Rytas sputter on offense - still beat Ludwigsburg 

BC Rytas tallied 88 and 87 points in their two games on Day 1, but the Lithuanians' offense sputtered on Day 2 as they prevailed by scoring more than 20 points fewer - 65-56 over Porsche BBA Ludwigsburg.

Paulius Rapolis

Rytas shot a paltry 33.3 percent from the field - hitting 1-of-3 shots from both inside and outside - as Karol’s Cyzius's team failed to come up with consistent answers on offense. That allowed Ludwigsburg to come back from 13 points down and actually pull ahead in the fourth quarter.


Dziugas Remeikis knocked down 3 three-pointers to shoulder 15 points of the scoring load. Paulius Rapolis came off the bench for 12 rebounds - 6 of them from the offensive glass. And Arturas Vilutis swatted 3 shots for the Lithuanians, who improved to 2-1 in Group B.

Ludwigsburg are getting closer and closer to a first win - though they are scoring fewer points: 68 to 60 to 56 points in falling to 0-3. The German side, who had Simon Feneberg score 14 points, committed 20 turnovers, making it 65 miscues in three games. Just too many to really have a chance to win a game.

# 6 - Murcia can D up late

UCAM Murcia COC Oftalmologia showed they can play some hard-nosed defense late to come up with a win - fighting past Oostende CORETEC Basketball Academy 76-68 for a 1-1 mark in Group A. The Spanish side did not really shoot the ball well - just 40.3 percent for the game including 17.7 percent from long range as well as just 15-of-28 (53.6 percent) from the foul line.


Ismael Martinez's team did however out-rebound Oostende 55-36 including 21 offensive rebounds which led to a 19-8 advantage in second chance points. Oostende also shot just 35.8 percent from the field. It was that Murcia defense that held Oostende scoreless for 5:34 late in the game in a 12-0 run. All told, Murcia conceded just one Oostende basket in the final 6:36 minutes. The Belgian side fell to 1-2 in the group.

#7 - Can't wait for more

This may not be the greatest takeaway but it is completely accurate. The first two days have delivered bigger and better than could have been hoped. Some favorites have really separated themselves; we had some more fantastic performances; some big matchups await for Day 3; and when the dust has settled on the third day, we will know which four teams can still dream of hoisting the first-ever YBCL trophy. Day 3, we can't wait for you to come!