By Johnny Askounis/ email@example.com
Brose Bamberg has dominated Group F of the Basketball Champions League Regular Season. The 4-0 tally so far already clinched a spot in the next round consisting of four new groups for the 16 teams advancing. The effort on the defensive end largely shapes up the German club’s superiority over Pinar Karsiyaka, RETAbet Bilbao, and Fortitudo Bologna.
The team coached by Johan Roijakkers has made the most blocks in the BCL season. The 6 blocks per game are achieved with his players directly stopping an opponent at least five times in all four contests so far. VEF Riga on track to clinch through Group E sits second with 5.3 blocks per match and 21 overall, which is the current tally for Cadademont Zaragoza as well but the Spanish side has played five games, one more compared to the other leading teams.
Focusing on Bamberg, David Kravish and Chase Fieler share the team-high 2.0 blocks per contest for a total of 8 apiece. Devon Hall follows with 1.0 rejections per match over his first three Champions League appearances.
Possibly a short sample, but as mentioned a key part of Bamberg becoming the first team to officially progress to the next round a couple of weeks ago and maybe an early sign of more success coming. A home win over Bilbao Tuesday would also clinch first place in Group F.
In an additional note supplementing the defensive contribution to the undefeated streak, the North Bavaria club has managed to hold its opponents to 14.5 assists per game, the fewest among all teams participating in the Regular Season.
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