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The week's big numbers: Vranjes breaks his own his free-throw record; Donar mark 100th game with a win

MUNICH (FIBA Europe Cup) - Nemanja Vranjes of Mornar Bar kept up his record-breaking pace in the Second Round and moved the FIBA Europe Cup season-high marker for free-throws made in a single game up a notch.

It was a victorious occasion in Groningen, as Donar topped U-BT Cluj-Napoca in the club's 100th international game, while Bakken Bears legend Chris Christoffersen marked his 500th appearance for the Danish club with a loss.

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.


After improving to a perfect 4-0 record with an overtime win against Istanbul BBSK, ESSM Le Portel became the first team to clinch a ticket to the Round of 16. Meanwhile, their Group I rivals Kataja Basket dropped to 0-4 after a home loss to Nizhny Novgorod and achieved an inverse feat by becoming the first club to officially be eliminated.

An 80-83 triumph in Istanbul allowed Eric Girard-coached Le Portel side to extend their winning streak to nine games in the FIBA Europe Cup, while Kataja lost for the fifth time in a row.


Demir Insaat point guard Erving Walker has really turned it on in the Second Round, but it hasn't translated into team success for the Turkish side in Group J. The playmaker had another stellar shooting performance, going 7-of-10 from three-point range against Egis Kormend, but Demir Insaat came up short 73-71.

In their four Second Round game to date, the playmaker has connected on 61 percent of his long-range shots, hitting the target on 22-of-36 attempts from beyond the three-point arc. However, Demir Insaat have split their games right down the middle and are now 2-2 in the standings.


DeVaughn Akoon-Purcell's name is always in the conversation when it comes to big numbers in the FIBA Europe Cup. However, the competition's leading scorer will likely want to get the last game against Tsmoki-Minsk out of his system as soon as possible.

The Bakken Bears star finished the game with 18 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists, but turned the ball over 8 times and set a new competition season record in the category.

The all-time high in turnovers belongs to former Maccabi Rishon LeZion player Mark Lyons, who is the only athlete in FIBA Europe Cup history to enter double-digits, committing 10 turnovers in a single game back in the 2015-16 season.


Having made a FIBA Europe Cup season best 12 free-throws the last time Mornar Bar faced Szolnoki Olaj, Nemanja Vranjes one-upped himself when the teams met again in Hungary.

The 29-year-old Montenegro international needed just 18 minutes of playing time to post 19 points on 14-of-16 shooting from the charity stripe. It was the second-most free-throws any player has made in a single game.

During his spell with CEZ Nymburk in 2015-16, Croatian center Marko Jagodic-Kuridza went 17-of-21 from the line and still holds the all-time record in the competition.


Kevin Dillard got off to a dream start in his Egis Kormend debut in the FIBA Europe Cup, scoring 18 points in the first two quarters of the eventually victorious game against Demir Insaat.

After going 7-of-11 from the field in the first half, he was kept totally quiet by the Turkish defense after the break. Having missed all 7 field goal attempts after intermission, Dillard finished the contest with the same 18-point mark, while also adding 3 rebounds, 3 assists and a steal in 30 minutes of action.

He was kept quiet by the Turkish defense after the break and finished the contest with the same 18-point mark, while also adding 3 rebounds, 3 assists and a steal in 30 minutes of action.


With the Second Round approaching its culmination, an alternative race for spots in the FIBA Europe Cup Play-Offs is taking place in the Basketball Champions League, which will delegate eight teams to the Round of 16.

No team from the Basketball Champions League has clinched a transfer ticket just yet, but 20 of the 32 clubs involved in the competition could still finish fifth or sixth in their respective groups and earn a spot in the FIBA Europe Cup.


A personal season-high of 27 points by David Vojvoda couldn't help Szolnoki Olaj keep their fate in their own hands in Group K, with the Hungarian side falling 92-89 to Mornar Bar.

The Hungarian national team star topped his previous best of 26 points he set against Falco Vulcano in the Regular Season. The 27-point performance was the third-best scoring night since FIBA Europe Cup action resumed after the Christmas break.


Donar Groningen made sure they marked their 100th game in European competitions with a victory, inscribing a 92-72 win against U-BT Cluj-Napoca after an excellent fourth-quarter performance.

The Dutch champions outscored their counterparts 34-15 in the final quarter of play and ran away with the game after trailing for most of the time leading up to the last period.


38-year-old Bakken Bears veteran Chris Christoffersen played his 500th game for the club in a 96-75 loss to Tsmoki-Minsk. The Danish center did not see much court time, playing just three minutes at the end of the fourth quarter and not attempting a single field goal attempt.