01 November, 2023
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6 Noah Norgaard (TFE)
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Five takeaways: Tenerife take fifth spot ahead of Oldenburg

DEBRECEN (Hungary) - The penultimate day of action in the Youth BCL in Debrecen saw Lenovo Tenerife defeat Baskets Oldenburg in the game for fifth place, to end the tournament with only one defeat.

Elsewhere, hosts Team Debrecen overcame Porsche BBA Ludwigsburg to set up a clash for 9th spot with AEK Athens on the final day, after the Greek side prevailed over Hapoel Jerusalem in a hotly contested encounter on Saturday.

Here are the Saturday results:
- Porsche BBA Ludwigsburg vs. Team Debrecen: 69-93 (rewatch here)
- AEK Athens vs. Hapoel Jerusalem: 84-70 (rewatch here)
- Basketball Academy Nymburk vs. BK Opava: 90-50 (rewatch here)
- Lenovo Tenerife vs Baskets Oldenburg: 87-56 (rewatch here)

And here are five takeaways from the penultimate day of action in Debrecen:

#1 - Team Debrecen checking out on a high

The home team, Debrecen, won their second straight game handily. This time overcoming Porsche BBA Ludwigsburg in the first game of the day. They controlled the game from start to finish and led by as many as 36 in the fourth quarter.

The Hungarians scored 48 points in the paint and 24 points off turnovers. Five players scored in double-digits, with Gabor Lukacsi top scoring, putting up 15 points and dishing 3 assists. Levente Tallos had a near triple-double with 11 points, 9 rebounds, and 7 assists. Debrecen will now take on AEK for ninth place on the final day.


#2 - AEK building some momentum

Another team with two wins on the bounce now is AEK. After seeing off Promitheas Patras on Gameday 4, the Queen overcame Hapoel Jerusalem in a game that was much closer than the 84-70 scoreline might suggest.


Big man Viktoras Chalidis had another impressive game, putting up 22 points and pulling down 8 rebounds, whilst shooting a clinical 82 percent. AEK will now face the hosts, Debrecen, to close out the tournament. 

#3 - BA Nymburk still the big ticket from Czechia

This game was a Czech derby that promised so much but ended in a rout.  Two giants of basketball in Czechia went head to head with Basketball Academy Nymburk taking the honors over BK Opava.

Vojtech Synacek and Arsen Gevorkyan added to their impressive tournaments with 26 and 21 points respectively. Gevorkyan also pulled 12 rebounds and pilfered 4 steals on his way to an efficiency rating of 32. 


#4 - Tenerife deserved fifth place

The Canarians were comfortable winners over Baskets Oldenburg in the last game of the day. In the end, Tenerife were able to share the minutes out across their roster and proved their credentials as one of the strongest teams in the tournament, and certainly deserving of fifth place.

Babel Yitu Lipasi and Noah Norgaard were again the most productive for Lenovo Tenerife. Lipasi recorded another double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds, also adding 3 blocks, and 3 steals. Norgaard put up 13 more points and came up with 4 steals. The Dane has a strong chance to be proclaimed the tournament's top scorer. 


Oldenburg maintained throughout the event that this tournament was a fantastic experience and excellent preparation to raise their level ahead of their upcoming Play-Offs in Germany.

They have certainly achieved that and will depart Debrecen as an even tighter and more battle-tested group.