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The week's big numbers: Fesenko turns into Hulk; Bakken Bears organize dunk fest in Ventspils

MUNICH (FIBA Europe Cup) - Home court advantage and double-digit wins were the main trends on the first leg of the Round of 16, with only two teams getting wins on the road and just one tie staying within single figures.

In terms of individual performances, a Hulk-like Kyrylo Fesenko saved the day for Sidigas Scandone Avellino with a monster double-double, while Joshua Bostic of Dinamo Sassari and Bakken Bears center Michel Diouf had notable defensive performances.

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 what took place.

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Nizhny Novgorod and Bakken Bears were the only teams to register wins away from home on the first legs of their respective matchups, with the Russian side scoring a 77-62 victory against Keravnos in Cyprus and the Danes surprising Ventspils 93-73 in Latvia.

Although that may not seem much, it is actually a considerable uptick from last year's Play-Offs, when the road teams triumphed just five times in a 30-game post-season.

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Bakken Bears rim-protector Michel Diouf became just the third player this season to register multiple 4-block games. The long-armed Senegalese big man swatted Latvian opponents four times in a 20-point win against Ventspils, while also collecting 16 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists and a steal.

Leading the pack, Mornar Bar center Uros Lukovic has four such games under his belt, with David Kravish of Tsmoki-Minsk accomplishing the feat twice.

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What do Terell Parks, Trevis Simpson and Jason Rich have in common? All three of the players could not complete games this week after using up the five-foul limit before the final buzzer.


Jason Rich had 13 points on 6-of-17 shooting before fouling out

There wasn't much out of the ordinary in the cases of Parks and Simpson, but Avellino guard Jason Rich earned his last foul in a rather peculiar way. Already on four fouls in the fourth quarter, he laid out his frustrations during an off-night on a referee and got called for a technical foul with 1:58 left in regulation.

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Josh Bostic of Dinamo Sassari introduced himself to the FIBA Europe Cup with a solid two-way performance against ESSM Le Portel, scoring 20 points on the offensive end and coming away with 5 steals on the defensive side of the floor.

There are only seven players this season to eclipse the 5-steal mark, with Kenny Barker of Keravnos still holding the season-high with 7 steals against Balkan back in the Regular Season.

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Nizhny Novgorod guard Ivan Strebkov and Donar Groningen playmaker Brandyn Curry were on a dime-dishing mission to start the Round of 16, handing out 9 assists each.

This year, we are witnessing a lot less big-assist games, with double digits in the category reached only 12 times throughout the course of the season. For example, during the 2016-17 campaign, players registered 36 games with at least 10 assists.

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Kyrylo Fesenko was a man among boys in Avellino with a 24-point, 15-rebound double-double in a 70-70 contest against Tsmoki-Minsk, also making a game-tying tip-in at the buzzer.

His last-second play got his offensive rebound tally to 9, which is the second-best mark in the FIBA Europe Cup this season. Krisztofer Durazi is at the top of the leaderboard with 11, with Fesenko one step below, alongside Vladimir Veremeenko and Peter Lorant.

The total 15-rebound mark is the fourth-best this season, behind Durazi and two big games by Demir Insaat center Diamon Simpson.

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There was little Keravnos could do to stop Nizhny Novgorod top scorer Stevan Jelovac without fouling and the Serbian big man took full advantage of that at the stripe, becoming the eighth player this season to make 10 free-throws in a single game.

A 91 percent shooter, Jelovac went 10-of-11 on the freebies and finished with a team-high 18 points in a 77-62 road win.

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Having defeated ESSM Le Portel 72-55 in a 33-point turnaround, Dinamo Sassari ended the French side's 11-game winning streak. The Italian side trailed by as many as 16 points, but went on to win by 17 after outscoring the visitors 26-8 in the fourth quarter.

This leaves Donar Groningen as the only team in the competition with multiple consecutive wins. After finishing the Second Round with a 96-72 win over Belfius Mons-Hainaut, the Dutch champions defeated U-BT Cluj-Napoca 103-76 in their first Play-Off test.

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Bakken Bears posted the biggest surprise of the Round of 16 by defeating Ventspils 93-73 on the road in Latvia, but the final scoreline is not even the most impressive thing about their win.

The Danish side registered 12 slam dunks in the game: Jeffrey Crockett provided four rim-hangers, Michel Diouf threw the ball down three times, DeVaughn Akoon-Purcell and Tony Bishop added two dunks each and Darko Jukic also got on the board once.

The home side, Ventspils, contributed with five more slams, bringing the total of points scored via dunks to 34. Although this is not an official statistical category, surely this must be a record of some sorts!

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