Basketball Champions League Playoffs Week 1 Recap: A promising start

2021-03-03T22:50:07+00:00 2021-03-03T22:50:07+00:00.

Stefan Djordjevic

03/Mar/21 22:50

Eurohoops.net

The postseason in the Basketball Champions League has arrived and there was a lot to see already in the first week of action

By Stefan Djordjevic / sdjordjevic@eurohoops.net

The Basketball Champions League Playoffs tipped off with seven matchups and the new format brought forward lots of excitement already.

How competitive the ongoing postseason will be could be seen first-hand by the reigning champions. Hereda San Pablo Burgos was chasing from behind throughout the whole game against VEF Riga and needed a clutch performance by Jasiel Rivero in order to just barely grab a win after overtime.

There will also be some domestic duels this year and the first one was in Turkey as Pinar Karsiyaka once again beat Tofas this season, for the third time. Amath M’Baye was leading the charge for the victors.

Aside from Brugos, two other Spanish teams also sealed wins. Lenovo Tenerife routed Igokea while Casademont Zaragoza got a big road win against Dinamo Sassari thanks to a perfect display by Jonatha Barreiro.

Brose Bamberg also felt on its skin to bigger challenge as they suffered their first loss this season in BCL. And it came by the hands of ERA Nymburk and Brose’s former player Retin Obasohan who had a key role in the outcome.

Turk Telekom brought in some reinforcements for the postseason in Marcus Foster and Johnny O’Bryant and they immediately fit in, although the leaders remained the same – Nick Johnson and Kyle Wiltjer.

Happy Casa Brindisi and Hapoel Unet-Credit Holon closed the Week 1 action as the latter went full offense from the three-point range and managed to take the win thanks to a last-minute run to turn things around.

Group I

Pinar Karsiyaka – Tofas Bursa 78-70
Happy Casa Brindisi – Hapoel Unet-Credit Holon 85-87

GAMES STREAK GAME POINTS POINTS
# Team P W L % Last 5 For Agt +/- FA AA
1  Pinar Karsiyaka 1 1 0 100
78 70 8 78 70 2
2  Hapoel Unet-Credit Holon 1 1 0 100
87 85 2 87 85 2
3  Happy Casa Brindisi 1 0 1 0
85 87 -2 85 87 1
4  Tofas Bursa 1 0 1 0
70 78 -8 70 78 1

 

Group J

Hereda San Pablo Brugos – VEF Riga 76-75
Igokea – Lenovo Tenerife 62-82

GAMES STREAK GAME POINTS POINTS
# Team P W L % Last 5 For Agt +/- FA AA
1  Lenovo Tenerife 1 1 0 100
82 62 20 82 62 2
2  Hereda San Pablo Burgos 1 1 0 100
76 75 1 76 75 2
3  VEF Riga 1 0 1 0
75 76 -1 75 76 1
4  Igokea 1 0 1 0
62 82 -20 62 82 1

Group K

Turk Telekom – SIG Strasbourg 83-76
Nizhny Novgorod – AEK (postponed)

GAMES STREAK GAME POINTS POINTS
# Team P W L % Last 5 For Agt +/- FA AA
1  Türk Telekom 1 1 0 100
83 76 7 83 76 2
2  SIG Strasbourg 1 0 1 0
76 83 -7 76 83 1
3  AEK 0 0 0 0
0 0 0 0 0 0
3  Nizhny Novgorod 0 0 0 0
0 0 0 0 0 0

Group L

ERA Nymburk – Brose Bamberg 91-87
Dinamo Sassari – Casademont Zaragoza 83-95

GAMES STREAK GAME POINTS POINTS
# Team P W L % Last 5 For Agt +/- FA AA
1  Casademont Zaragoza 1 1 0 100
95 83 12 95 83 2
2  ERA Nymburk 1 1 0 100
91 87 4 91 87 2
3  Brose Bamberg 1 0 1 0
87 91 -4 87 91 1
4  Dinamo Sassari 1 0 1 0
83 95 -12 83 95 1

Photo Credit: Basketball Champions League