The week's big numbers: Nanterre join century club, Enisey lose in Russian roulette
MUNICH (FIBA Europe Cup) - Home teams maintained their perfect record in the FIBA Europe Cup Quarter-Finals, as Nanterre 92, Telekom Baskets and Telenet Oostende snatched up three of the four tickets to the Semi-Finals.
Fueled by the record-breaking three-point shooting bonanza of Spencer Butterfield, Nanterre joined the post-season century club, Bonn qualified in spite of losing against Ironi Nahariya, while Enisey Krasnoyarsk ran out of overtime luck in Belgium.
Like at the end of every week, we take a closer look at what took place across European arenas through the lens of numbers.
Having survived double-overtime drama against Demir Insaat in the Round of 16, Enisey Krasnoyarsk didn't live to fight another day in the FIBA Europe Cup after another impromptu session of Russian roulette against Telenet Oostende ended in elimination.
For the second time in the Play-Offs, the Siberian side put themselves on the hot seat by light-handedly wasting a hard-earned double-digit lead from their home leg in Krasnoyarsk. After winning the first game by 12 points, Enisey lost 95-79 in Belgium.
The Russian club have been involved in a league-high four overtimes this season, including one in the Regular Season against Sigal Prishtina.
Home teams won all four games in first-leg action of the Quarter-Final match-ups last week. Nanterre, Ironi Nahariya and Telenet Oostende kept the mark clean by posting double-digit victories on their home courts as well.
While the wins were enough for Nanterre and Oostende to swing the aggregate score in their favor, Ironi Nahariya's 90-80 win against Telekom Baskets wasn't enough to make up for the 21-point loss in Bonn.
After being set in stone for almost a year and a half, the all-time FIBA Europe Cup record for most three-pointers in a single game changed hands twice in the space of a week, with Spencer Butterfield taking the final honors.
The marksman knocked down 11-of-13 from beyond the arc, one-upping Elan Chalon playmaker John Roberson's mark of 10 made three-pointers. The two players will now also be joint at the hip as co-holders of the competition's scoring record at 39 points.
Telekom Baskets center Julian Gamble showed no signs of slowing down in a favorable match-up against the Ironi Nahariya front court, posting another monstrous double-double in the away leg of the tie in Israel as well.
After scoring 25 points and grabbing 14 rebounds in the first game in Bonn, the big man had himself another big game of 22 points, 14 boards and 2 steals in Israel. In the two games combined, he missed just two shots from the field, going 19-of-22.
Frank Elegar of Enisey was the only other player to post consecutive double-doubles in the home and away legs of the tie.
As was the case last week, it wasn't the record-breaking player who posted the best performance ranking-wise this time as well, as Spencer Butterfield finished a close second to Corey Walden of Telenet Oostende, who collected 25 points (10-of-11 FG), 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals for a total ranking of 35.
Having scored 39 points and grabbed 2 rebounds, Butterfield finished the week with a stellar performance index of 33, but the lack of peripheral stats did not allow him to contend with Walden.
Nanterre became only the fourth team to hit the century mark in this year's FIBA Europe Cup Play-Offs, when they dropped 110 points in a big second-leg win against Muratbey Usak Sportif in France.
This was also the highest-scoring post-season performance in the competition since Elan Chalon's 115-94 victory against Khimik in the Quarter-Finals last season. This year, the post-season 100-point club also includes Demir Insaat, Usak and Cibona.