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10/29/2018 | News release | Distributed by Public on 10/29/2018 09:13

Moving on up: Donar, Avtodor, Dinamo ascend the Power Rankings, as Istanbul BBSK tumble down

MUNICH (FIBA Europe Cup) - The second week of the Regular Season saw Donar Groningen, Avtodor Saratov and Dinamo Sassari join Pallacanestro Varese at the top of the Power Rankings, while Istanbul BBSK took a big tumble after their second consecutive defeat.






Not losing by 36 points like they did against Bakken Bears was a step in the right direction for Steaua Bucuresti. They put together a solid effort against Z Mobile Prishtina, but still picked up an 87-81 defeat.


It's hard to fault the injury-struck Cherkaski Mavpyfor their early-season defeats against Bakken Bears and Z Mobile Prishtina. Realizing they need to win now, the club signed guard Alan Arnett, who is set to make his debut against Steaua already this week.


Giving the Group H favorites Dinamo Sassari a run for their money on the opening week of the Regular Season turned some heads, but Leicester Ridersdid not look as dangerous against Falco Vulcano in Hungary, falling behind by 21 points already after two quarters.


A positive start saw BK JIP Pardubicelead by as many as 14 points in the first half, only to concede 102 points against Avtodor Saratov and pick up their second loss. Nevertheless, this still was a step in the right direction after losing to New Heroes Den Bosch by 33 points the week before.


Winless in the FIBA Europe Cup, undefeated in Bulgaria. Rilski Sportisthad to pick up the L in a narrow 84-80 defeat to Alba Fehervar in Hungary, despite big efforts from Arthur Edwards and Jalen Jenkins. Their next game against FC Porto is close to a must-win situation.


Dniprocould have REALLY used some buckets from the injured Oleksandr Mishula in a 55-51 defeat against the visiting Aris in Group G. An opportunity missed for the Ukrainians, considering they led for most of the game.


No success to be found for Romanian teams in the FIBA Europe Cup, with U-BT Cluj-Napoca eliminated in the Qualifiers and CSM CSU Oradeaand Steaua Bucuresti a combined 0-4 in the Regular Season.


The only winless team in Group B, Belfius Mons-Hainautalready have plenty of catching up to do in the standings. They lost the two games against Tsmoki-Minsk and Petrolina AEK by 7 and 5 points, respectively. Tough break for the Belgians.


FC Portohad a realistic shot of upsetting Varese in the final minute of the game after getting within two points, but luck turned its back on the Portuguese club once again. Just to remind you, they had lost to Alba Fehervar in overtime the week before.


Petrolina AEKhit all the right notes in Belgium to score their first win of the season in the FIBA Europe Cup, beating Belfius Mons-Hainaut 83-78, as Kyle Vinales set a new competition season-high with 31 points.


The close-fought 91-85 defeat toIroni Ness Zionain Israel moved New Heroes Den Boschone step back in Group D, but the game itself gave reason for cautious optimism. Things are looking good for the Ivica Skelin-coached side in the Dutch Basketball League, with Den Bosch improving to 4-1 over the weekend on the back of a 19-assist game by Devon Van Oostrum.


After losing the all-Hungarian clash to Szolnoki Olaj last week, Falco Vulcanogot on the board in Group H by erupting for an 80-65 win over Leicester Riders. Having starred with other FIBA Europe Cup teams in the past, former Donar Groningen man Evan Bruinsma and ex-Belfius Mons-Hainaut big man Juvonte Reddic have found their groove in Szombathely.


Vitali Liutych and Tsmoki-Minskfailed to live up to expectations in Week 2 of the Regular Season, slumping to a 95-81 defeat against Balkan Botevgrad in Bulgaria.


The higher you climb, the harder you fall. Kataja Basketlearned it the hard way - by climbing high with a win over Aris in Thessaloniki and falling hard against Lukoil Levski in Sofia.


Bakken Bears beat Cherkaski Mavpy by 29 points; Z Mobile Prishtinabeat the same opponent by 10 points. Bakken Bears beat Steaua Bucuresti by 36 points; Z Mobile Prishtina beat the same opponent by 6 points.


There is hardly anything Balkan Botevgradcould have done much better in Group B, having claimed a pair of convincing double-digit wins over Petrolina AEK and Tsmoki-Minsk. It is their form in the domestic championship that is holding them back, with early-season defeats against Lukoil Levski and Rilski Sportist.


Defeats against Donar Groningen and Spirou Basket to start the season was not what Istanbul BBSK had in mind, when they were building this talent-packed roster, headlined by the late addition of Turkey international Semih Erden. They fell nine spots in the Power Rankings after falling to 0-2.


Two wins out of two for Alba Fehervar, but a combined point differential of just +8 despite their perfect start. That is the smallest margin among all undefeated teams.


The week's biggest climbers, Spirou Basketmade their voice heard in the Group of Death and moved up seven spots in the Power Rankings after a sensational 80-62 victory over Istanbul BBSK on the road in Turkey. Losing Rasko Katic to injury for a considerable amount of time has the management thinking about frontcourt reinforcements.


The exciting FIBA Europe Cup newcomers Ironi Ness Zionadid not have to wait long for their first win of the Regular Season, beating New Heroes Den Bosch 91-85 behind an 18-point and 12-rebound double-double by Mickell Gladness, who was initially signed on just a one-month deal.


Szolnoki Olajwill be kicking themselves after wasting a 20-point lead in the second half against Dinamo Sassari in Sardinia. Despite falling to a 1-1 mark in rather heart-breaking fashion, David Vojvoda and Co. showed that they can hang with the big guns of the FIBA Europe Cup.


One might say a win is a win, but a win is not a win in the Power Rankings. After barely surviving the Dnipro challenge in a low-scoring 55-51 contest, Ariswill need to put together something better to regain their place in the Top 10.


We have seen Sakarya BSBeliminated from the Basketball Champions League Qualifiers by Fribourg Olympic and we have seen them fall to ZZ Leiden at home. But we have also seen them handle their business against s.Oliver Wurzburg and beat Anadolu Efes in the Turkish Basketball Super League. Could the real Sakarya please stand up?


The last time ZZ Leidenlost a game in the FIBA Europe Cup was in the 2015-16 season. In fact, they lost all six of their Regular Season games back then. After winning twice against ece Bulls Kapfenberg in the Qualifiers, the Worthy De Jong-led side have stayed hot in the Regular Season with wins over Sakarya BSB and CSM CSU Oradea for a 2-0 start.


s.Oliver Wurzburgbounced back from their defeat to Sakarya BSB by flipping a 20-point deficit against Basketball Champions League side medi Bayreuth in the Bundesliga.


No team has scored more points than Bakken Bearsin the first two games of the season than Bakken Bears, who have REALLY hit the ground running, scoring 100 and 106 points in consecutive games. The only reason holding them back in the Power Rankings is the quality of opposition in Group E; their next game against Z Mobile Prishtina will be a better test of strength for the Danes.


After opening the season with a road victory in Belgium, Pinar Karsiyakahit their first speed bump of the FIBA Europe Cup season in a home fixture against the visiting Spirou Basket. Back-to-back wins on the domestic front in Turkey is not a bad consolation prize, but won't save them from losing prime real estate in the Power Rankings.


Two games into the season, Lukoil Levskiare looking like the real deal. Paced by the Ivanov twins, they have been by far the best team in Group G, averaging an electric 88.5 points per game.


By halftime of the game against Szolnoki Olaj, Dinamo Sassarihad slid outside the Top 10 in the Power Rankings. In the last 13 minutes, they not only regained the ground lost but also got a two-position bump with a ferocious 40-16 comeback.


Two consecutive wins in the FIBA Europe Cup, a solid start in the VTB United League and one-man-show Perrin Buford in MVP form - things are looking good for Avtodor Saratov.


Back-to-back wins against FIBA Europe Cup powerhouses Istanbul BBSK and Pinar Karsiyaka to start the season. No one has had a more impressive start of the season in the entire competition than Donar Groningen, but only time will tell if this is sustainable.


Their position at the top of the totem pole did get shaky after a closer-than-it-needed-to-be victory against FC Porto, but Pallacanestro Varese'snearest rivals did not seize to opportunity. Moving their marker to 3-1 in Italy with a double-digit win over Trieste was also among the reasons coach Attilio Caja and his men kept their top-ranked status.

*The power rankings are entirely subjective and are in no way a true, accurate ranking system. All comments are purely those of the author.