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The week's big number: ESSM Le Portel finish 6-0; Simpson exits with rebounding gem

MUNICH (FIBA Europe Cup) - An unpredictable and action-packed finish to the Second Round had everyone on the edge of their seats until the very last moments on Wednesday.

ESSM Le Portel became just the second team in the history of the competition to finish the second group phase undefeated, extending their winning streak to 11 games.

Meanwhile, Diamon Simpson marked Demir Insaat's exit from the FIBA Europe Cup with an individual gem, posting one of the best rebounding games in the history of the competition before being eliminated by BC Nevezis.

Like every week, we take a deep dive into the most interesting events of the gameday through the lens of numbers and look to get you up to speed on all of the most important feats achieved by teams and individuals.


Istanbul BBSK paid a steep price for their blowout losses against ESSM Le Portel and Nizhny Novgorod earlier in the season, ending up in the unlucky position just below the cut-off line for the Round of 16.

Having finished Group I play with an 85-83 win against Kataja Basket, the Turkish side, with some of the biggest names in the competition, missed out on the extra vacancies for the best third-placed teams due to their point differential.

Istanbul BBSK were one of the three third-placed teams to tally three wins in the Second Round, but their point differential of -54 could not compete against the likes of Mornar Bar and Keravnos, who finished with -36 and -26 respectively in the plus/minus column.


U-BT Cluj-Napoca had a special guests in the stands for the final stage of their quest for a place in the Play-Offs with Simona Halep, World No.2 in the WTA Tour, cheering on her compatriots in a 77-71 comeback win against the Cypriot champions Keravnos.


There will be six new names in the Round of 16, with Dinamo Sassari, Sidigas Scandone Avellino, Umana Reyer Venezia, Oostende, Juventus Utena and Ventspils merging into the FIBA Europe Cup from the Basketball Champions League Regular Season.

Movistar Estudiantes and Elan Chalon both used their opt-out clauses and were replaced by the best third-placed teams from the Second Round, Keravnos and Mornar Bar.


ESSM Le Portel extended their winning streak to 11 games in the FIBA Europe Cup with a convincing 76-57 victory against Nizhny Novgorod in Group I, finishing the Second Round with a perfect 6-0 mark.

The only other team to have finished the second group phase without a defeat were Fraport Skyliners, who went on to win the trophy in the 2015-16 season. The German club also holds the longest winning streak in the competition history with 15 consecutive wins.


The geographical diversity in the Round of 16 will be greater than it was last season, with Belarus, Belgium, Denmark, Cyprus, France, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Romania and Russia all represented.

The only countries with multiple clubs are the triple Italian threat of Dinamo Sassari, Sidigas Scandone Avellino and Umana Reyer Venezia, and the double trouble from Hungary with Alba Fehervar and Egis Kormend.

Last season, there were 11 countries represented in the same stage of the competition.


One of the best all-time rebounding performances in the FIBA Europe Cup wasn't enough to land Demir Insaat a Round of 16 slot. The team's center, Diamon Simpson notched down 17 boards, the second most this season, but the Turkish side came up short in a must-win contest in Group J against BC Nevezis, 90-77.

Only four players in the history of the competition have collected more rebounds in a single game. Maurice Sutton, Ross Bekkering and Krisztofer Durazi share the top mark of 19 rebounds, while Brandon Davies has an 18-rebound game next to his name.


Having enjoyed stellar form of late both in the FIBA Europe Cup and the ABA League, Mornar Bar finished their Second Round campaign with a humiliating defeat in Belarus, losing 84-45 to Tsmoki-Minsk.

The team's starting point guard Derek Needham approached the season record for field goals attempted, going 7-of-21 from the field and was responsible for nearly half of the team's points with 20 points, 3 rebounds and an assist.

DeVaughn Akoon-Purcell of Bakken Bears and Kareem Jamar of ece Kapfenberg Bulls hold the season record with 23 field goals attempted and the all-time high belongs to former STB Le Havre forward A.D. Vassalo, who took 24 shots in one game back in the 2015-16 season.

Despite the embarrassing 39-point blowout, Mornar did advance to the post-season as one of the best third-placed teams.


After booking a spot in the Round of 16 with a big win against Istanbul BBSK last week, Nizhny Novgorod did not turn up with the same intensity to the last game of the Second Round against ESSM Le Portel. In a forgettable offensive display, Nizhny Novgorod scored just 30 points in the first three quarters, alleviating the situation with a 27-point final frame for a final score of 76-57.