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Five takeaways from Day 1: Rytas, Tenerife turn heads; Oldenburg the surprise package

DEBRECEN (Hungary) - Day 1 is in the books for the second edition of the Youth BCL and we saw some high-quality youth basketball with intensity in Debrecen.

Here are the results of the opening day:

- BA Nymburk vs. AEK Athens: 115-80 (rewatch here)
- BK Opava vs. Porsche BBA Ludwigsburg: 60-55  (rewatch here)
- Galatasaray vs. Baskets Oldenburg: 56-77  (rewatch here)
- Rytas Vilnius vs. Team Debrecen: 77-66  (rewatch here)
- Lenovo Tenerife vs. Promitheas: 87-41  (rewatch here)

And here are five takeaways from the first day of action:

#1 - Senior School in session for Nymburk

BA Nymburk leaned on excellent performances from their senior backcourt as Adam Adamec, Jakub Zajic, and Vojtech Synacek all finished with double-digit points against AEK.

Adamec in particular had 18 points, whilst picking up 5 steals, and was able to get to the rim and create advantages throughout the game. 

Forward Arsen Gevorkyan shone in last year's Youth BCL playing a year young, and was the player to watch for Nymburk in our Team Focus this year. He didn't disappoint on that prediction as he dropped a game-high 25 points and 11 rebounds, leading Nymburk to a dominant 115 - 80 win.

#2 - Opava set the first record of the second edition

Pavel Kastil put on a strong showing for BK Opava 

BK Opava won out in the second game of the day with defense and offensive rebounding, the exact hallmarks of their opponent, Porsche BBA Ludwigsburg's senior team. 

Opava pulled down a Youth BCL-record 27 offensive rebounds with an impressive performance from Pavel Kastil to take 6 of his 11 rebounds on the offensive end to go with his 13 points. 

Opava's star center David Motycka had a quiet game for the first three quarters but came alive in the fourth, scoring 7 of his 13 points in the final period, ending the game with a 13-point and 14-rebound double-double.

Frantisek Harazin paced the victorious Opava with 16 points.

#3 - Oldenburg showed old heads on young shoulders

Baskets Oldenburg led the game for 30 minutes and once they had seized the initiative, never looked like loosening their grip and rolled to a comfy win against Galatasaray.

This was a very mature performance, especially from Oldenburg's older players like captain Lazar Klaric and Simon Paul Kolhoff, who finished with 12 points, 9 rebounds, and 3 assists apiece.  Klaric was never rattled and only showed any sign of emotion when his 2009-born younger brother Djordje knocked down his second three-ball of the game.

Colin Schroder led the Germans with a 16-point and 11-rebound double-double and seemed to have endless energy on both ends of the floor. Miran Evin also put on a strong showing with 14 points of his own.

Have Oldenburg just thrown their name into the hat as a dark horse candidate to make a deep run in the competition?

#4 - Chemistry and depth matters for Rytas Vilnius

Little was known about the Team Debrecen roster coming into the event, but with the scores tied 11-11 with 5:53 on the clock in the first quarter, it was clear this is a Hungarian outfit with size and talent. Peter Rosta ended the game with 20 points and will be one to watch this week.

Rytas, however, mean business this week and went on a 14-5 run to end the first quarter up 25-16. They never really looked back from there.

Their depth brought them meaningful contributions from almost the entire roster, with Ignas Urbonas in particular leading the way with 14 points, 11 rebounds, and 5 assists to put up one of the most well-rounded performances of the day.

Debrecen played their part in the most intense game of the day but just when they had fought back to within seven with 4:50 to go in the fourth, another player stepped up for Rytas flexed their squad depth as Paulias Narvilas reeled off 8 of his 11 points in the final quarter to kill off the game.

#5 - Lenovo Tenerife look like Lenovo Tenerife

There isn't a great deal to say about the last game of the day, except to say Tenerife were... great.

They moved the ball and moved players without the ball in exactly the same way you'd expect to see from their senior team. 

Noah Norgaard led them in scoring with 21 points whilst putting up the best shooting display of the day, shooting 4 of 8 from deep and 4 of 5 inside the arc.

They ran out the 87-41 winners over Promitheas Patras in a game that both sets of coaches will want to move on from as fast as possible.