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The week's big numbers: Abukar racking up field goals; Nizhny Novgorod on fire from deep

MUNICH (FIBA Europe Cup) - There were plenty of attention-worthy performances all around the FIBA Europe Cup this week, but individual performances by Keravnos big man Mohamed Abukar and Tommi Huolila of Kataja Basket were particularly impressive.

However, some of their thunder was stolen by Nizhny Novgorod, who put together an unstoppable barrage of three-pointers against Karposh Sokoli en route to a 34-point win in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

Like every week, we will be taking a look at the most interesting events of the gameday through the lens of numbers and getting you up-to-speed on all of the record-breaking performances.


It is quite remarkable that every single game this week had a 1-0 team going up against one that was 0-1. The likelihood of that happening was not quite one in a million, but still relatively low with 256 different possible scenarios, for a mathematical probability of 0.39 percent. Out of the 16 games played this week, 9 matchups were won by the teams that started the season with wins.


After spending the past two seasons with Szolnoki Olaj, 32-year-old Montenegrin forward Milos Borisov had a big game against his former club in an all-Hungarian Group H clash, coming away with an 84-74 victory with his new side Falco Vulcano. The player earned a place on the team of the week with a second-best efficiency ranking of 28, with a double-double of 19 points and 11 rebounds, but perhaps the most impressive number in the boxscore was the 5 in the steals department.


Kataja Basket center Tommi Huolila was only the fourth player this season to make a double-digit number of free-throws in a game, going 10-of-14 from the stripe in an 88-84 win over FC Porto on Wednesday. The 24-year-old player from Finland finished the game with 14 points, while also equaling the FIBA Europe Cup season-high in blocked shots by swatting away 4 attempts by Portuguese opponents.


Mohamed Abukar had another strong game in Group D, scoring 25 points and grabbing 6 boards as Keravnos improved to a 2-0 record with an 88-69 win over the visiting BC Balkan in the Cypriot capital Nicosia.

The 32-year-old veteran went 12-of-19 from the field and joined the elite company of Nemanja Milosevic, Tyreek Duren and Jeff Adrien with most field goals made in a single game this season. The already-out-of-the-competition CSM CSU Oradea big man Milosevic made 13 field goals in Qualification Round 1 against BC Balkan, while the other two players are tied with Abukar with 12 makes.


Three quarters into the game, Nizhny Novgorod were on pace to break Nanterre 92's all-time competition record of 22 three-point baskets made in a single game, but cooled off in the final frame of a lopsided contest against Karposh Sokoli and finished the game with a 19-of-30 mark, which puts them in a shared second place in the all-time list.


SL Benfica guard Carlos Morais was completely silent in the first half of play against Bakken Bears, but came to life after the halftime interval with 21 points in the second half. The 32-year-old Angola international collected 15 points in the third quarter and added 6 more in the fourth, but his efforts were not enough to prevent a 95-76 defeat on the road in Denmark.


The dime-dishing rate in Le Portel and Karposh was through the roof, as ESSM Le Portel and Nizhny Novgorod handed out 30 assists each in their respective Gameday 2 encounters. For both teams, such team play provided the key to victory, as they cruised to easy double-digit wins.


Nizhny Novgorod became only the second team to clip the century mark this season in the FIBA Europe Cup in a 101-67 blowout win against Karposh Sokoli and the first one to do it in the Regular Season. The best offensive performance still belongs to Szolnoki Olaj, who exploded for 108 points in the first leg of the Qualification Round 1 matchup against Trabzonspor.