20 September, 2018
01 May, 2019
8 Johannes Richter (WURZ)
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s.Oliver Wurzburg's time to shine in the Power Rankings

MUNICH (Germany) - The game of musical chairs at the top of the Power Rankings has carried over into the final week of the Second Round, with s.Oliver Wurzburg replacing Pallacanestro Varese in pole position.

The fourth different team to spearhead the leaderboard in as many weeks, the Denis Wucherer-coached Germans are now favored to enter the Play-Offs as the highest-ranked team. But can they hold on for another week?






It's hard to put a positive spin on Kataja Basket's 44-point defeat in Aarhus. They seemed to have achieved lift-off from the bottom of the Power Rankings, but that lopsided result grounded them once again. But at least they beat Avtodor the other week, at least there's that.


Dardan Berisha gave it his all with the best individual scoring performance of the Second Round with 31 points, but Z Mobile Prishtina couldn't get what would've been a massive win over Szolnoki Olaj and were pushed down to fourth place in Group I as a result.


Having been there or thereabout multiple times in the Second Round, Petrolina AEK put their best foot forward and finally got the long-sought first win to their tally by dominating Donar Groningen at the MartiniPlaza. They weren't that far off from leaving the stunned crowd without the head-to-head tie-breaker as well, but fell just a tiny bit short on the seemingly impossible task.


If you were wondering if Bulgarians are a prideful nation, Lukoil Levski's win was a fine example that they certainly are. Their Second Round performance will still go down as highly disappointing but a) at least they won't go home empty-handed; and b) they actually have an outside shot of qualifying for the Round of 16.


The famed 14-game winning streak at home is now just a distant memory for Donar Groningen, who have followed it up with three consecutive defeats after falling to Petrolina AEK last week. It certainly wasn't the best basketball fans at the MartiniPlaza have witnessed over the past couple of seasons.