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The week's big numbers: Akoon-Purcell moving up scoring ladder; Jelovac exits with a bang

MUNICH (FIBA Europe Cup) - There are far fewer games in the Play-Offs than there were in the Regular Season or the Second Round, but FIBA Europe Cup players and teams are still providing us with a steady supply of big numbers.

DeVaughn Akoon-Purcell continued to climb the competition's single-season scoring ladder in the Quarter-Finals, while Nizhny Novgorod big man Stevan Jelovac waved goodbye to the competition by dropping a 38-point bomb on Umana Reyer Venezia.

Like every week, we take a deep dive into the most interesting events of the game day, through the lens of numbers and look to get you up to speed with what took place.

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There were no away wins registered in the Quarter-Finals, with Sidigas Scandone Avellino coming the closest to one in Lithuania with a draw against Juventus Utena. They went on to win the second leg in Italy.

All other games in this round of the Play-Offs finished with wins for the home team. In comparison, road teams won five times in the Round of 16.

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...and then there were four: Bakken Bears, Donar Groningen, Sidigas Scandone Avellino and Umana Reyer Venezia are the last teams standing in the FIBA Europe Cup after getting past the Quarter-Final hurdle.

For three of the clubs – Bears, Donar and Sidigas – this is the furthest they have been in a European competition. Meanwhile, Venezia were runners-up of the FIBA Korac Cup in the 1980-81 season and reached the Final Four of the Basketball Champions League last season.

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Bakken Bears forward Jeffrey Crockett had the second-best rebounding night in the FIBA Europe Cup this season by coming away with 17 rebounds against ESSM Le Portel in France. Interestingly, he grabbed 7 of his rebounds in overtime. Crockett also had 16 points in the game that finished as an 86-80 win for Le Portel, but saw the Danes advance to the next stage thanks to a 14-point lead from the first leg.

With 19 boards against Karposh Sokoli, Falco Vulcano up-and-comer Krisztofer Durazi holds the season record for most rebounds in a single game. It is also the all-time record, shared by Ross Bekkering and Maurice Sutton.

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Lorenzo D'Ercole had not scored more than 12 points in any game of the season for Sidigas Scandone Avellino in all competitions, but exploded for 17 in an 85-68 win over Juventus Utena, after going 5-of-7 from deep.

"[He] was undoubtedly the MVP of the game, a lovely guy who every coach dreams of having in a team," advised Avellino playcaller Stefano Sacripanti, singing praise to his 30-year-old guard. 

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Having downed U-BT Cluj-Napoca by 34 points (179-145) for the biggest aggregate victory margin in the Round of 16, Donar Groningen delivered once again in the Quarter-Finals. They defeated Mornar Bar by 21 points (168-147), while the only other team to triumph by double figures was Avellino, who beat Juventus by 17 points (162-145).

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There was some high-scoring action in the second week of the Quarter-Finals, with six of the eight teams getting to at least 80 points. Sidigas Avellino and Donar Groningen got there by registering 31-point quarters, the second-highest mark in the Play-Offs this season.

Avellino outscored Juventus 31-8 in the second quarter to make the decisive break-away en route to a convincing 85-68 victory, while Donar put the icing on their 101-74 triumph over Mornar Bar by winning the final frame 31-20.

At the top of the leaderboard, is Donar's 33-point quarter in a 103-76 win over U-BT Cluj-Napoca in the Round of 16.

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Stevan Jelovac was on the verge of putting his name down in the FIBA Europe Cup history books as the author of the best individual performance of all time, but came up just a tad short on multiple fronts.

Having scored a competition season-high 38 points, Nizhny Novgorod big man was not one point shy of matching the all-time scoring record of 39. With an overall efficiency ranking of 45, Jelovac was also close to catching Chase Fieler's all-time best mark of 46.

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DeVaughn Akoon-Purcell of Bakken Bears moved into fourth place in the FIBA Europe Cup single season leaderboard in terms of scoring. Despite struggling with his shot in the Quarter-Finals and connecting on just 14-of-43 shots from the field against ESSM Le Portel, 34 points in the two games saw him leap five places with a total of 314 points scored this season.

All three places above him are occupied by Elan Chalon players. Their 2015-16 top-scorer Jeremy Hazell is third with 316 points, while 2016-17 stars Cameron Clark and John Roberson sit first and second with 399 and 341 points, respectively.

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