Nizhny Novgorod, Burgos relying on long-range shots in the BCL

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Giannis Askounis

14/Mar/21 12:20

Three Basketball Champions League playoff teams have scored at least 40% of their points so far from beyond the three-point line

By Johnny Askounis/

The three-pointers gaining ground all over the basketball world find applications in most of the 16 teams participating in the Basketball Champions League playoffs. Three sides have been putting up at least 40% of their total points from beyond the arc, while only four are under 30% in the ratio.

First place belongs to Nizhny Novgorod as the Russian outlet has poured 252 out of 569 points via triples. Narrowly behind its 44.3% is Hereda San Pablo Burgos with 44.2%. Lenovo Tenerife is third with 40%.

Team 3PT overall scoring ratio
1. Nizhny Novgorod 44.3
2. Hereda San Pablo Burgos 44.2
3. Lenovo Tenerife 40
4. Hapoel Unet-Credit Holon 38.7
5. ERA Nymburk 37.1
6. VEF Riga 36.6
7. SIG Strasbourg 35.9
8. Brose Bamberg 34.5
9. Casademont Zaragoza 34.3
10. Happy Casa Brindisi 30.9
11. Dinamo Sassari 30.6
12. Turk Telekom 30.1
13. Tofas Bursa 28.9
14. AEK 28
15. Igokea 27.5
16. Pinar Karsiyaka 24.1

With a game in hand, Nizhny Novgorod is the team with the fewest points overall, also the team with the least free throws made and attempted. Triples are the way to go for 44.3% of the total points scored so far and in a balanced way. Artem Komolov has sunk a team-high 16 threes so far. Kasey Shepherd and Evgeny Baburin follow with 15 apiece.

On to the defending champions in their repeat bid. Thad McFadden is responsible for 23 of the 102 triples through the first eight games from the Regular Season to the ongoing Round of 16. He trails only Sasu Salin (26), Isaiah Miles (25), and Kristers Zoriks (24) in the 2020-21 leading sharpshooters.

Finnish Salin has supported Tenerife in a big way from deep sitting ahead of following teammates, Bruno Fitipaldo (12) and Aaron Doornekamp (10).

Photo Credit: Basketball Champions League