NBA : 2020-21 Basketball Champions League: Group I Overview


By Eurohoops Team /

In the Basketball Champions League playoffs Group I, our representatives Pınar Karşıyaka and TOFAŞ Sports Club will face Hapoel Unet-Credit Holon and Happy Casa Brindisi, and the top two teams in the group will qualify for the Final 8 stage.

On the official website of the Basketball Champions League, the group shared a preview of the group with basketball fans before the matches to start with the Pınar Karşıyaka – TOFAŞ match on Wednesday, March 3.

In this preview, it was mentioned that Group I is a very balanced group, while all four teams are struggling to finish the regular season in the top four in their local leagues, and it will be decisive how they will balance their goals in terms of whether they can buy Final 8 tickets in Group I.

It was also stated that all four teams started the playoff stage with a belief equal to Final 8.

“We are in a balanced group where anything can happen,” said Frank Vitucci, Brindisi head coach. You don’t know what to expect until the last day ”, while the stars of the group were also under the spotlight.

In this context, it was stated that Brindisi’s star D’Angelo Harrison would be the undisputed star of the group if he was not able to play in the first games, and he could still have a huge impact on the playoff race if he survived his injury. Harrison, the sixth top scorer in the tournament in the regular season, averaged 19.3 points and 20 productivity points during this period. It was noted that the United American guard also found hits in all 40 free throw attempts.

In TOFAŞ, attention was drawn to the versatile contribution of DeVaughn Akoon-Purcell so far, and it was stated that the American striker could be seen as the most versatile player in the Basketball Champions League. It was underlined that Akoon-Purcell, who played with averages of 18.3 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.8 steals, produced double digit scores in almost every game. It was also stated that Tomislav Zubcic, who made a significant impact after joining the team, could be effective in the return of his injury.

It was stated that Raymar Morgan played a vital role in the balanced offense of Pınar Karşıyaka, and special attention was drawn to the 19.5 points average and 71% field hit rate in the regular season. It was stated that Morgan also posed a threat to opponent defenses without touching the ball.

In Holon, it was stated that other players took responsibility in the absence of Richard Howell, who was injured, and underlined that CJ Harris was an important touchstone for the team. Harris averaged 19.2 points and 4.2 assists this season, with 47.6% on-field hit rate.

Teams remarkable statistics It was reminded that TOFAŞ scored 88.2 points per game in the regular season and 20.3% of these points came from assists. Brindisi averaged 86.8 points per game.

On the other hand, it was pointed out that Hapoel Holon, who scored 117.5 points per 100 positions in offensive efficiency, was the most effective team, while Pınar Karşıyaka was stated to be just behind Holon with 117.4 points per 100 positions. Brindisi and TOFAŞ scored 116 and 115.3 points per 100 positions, respectively.

Having amassed 80 points per game in the regular season, TOFAŞ has the best defensive efficiency despite this, as it only got 106.3 points per 100 positions. Karşıyaka had 108.6 points per 100 positions, while Holon and Brindisi had 112 and 114.2 points, respectively.

Holon, the third-best defensive team among 16 playoff teams in terms of three-pointers, gave its opponents only 33.3% of a three-pointer. TOFAŞ, on the other hand, was the third best team among the playoffs, with only 49.5% of the opponents’ two-pointers.

The teams were also reminded of how they got on the playoff journey.

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