Basketball Champions League Day 1 Recap: Rough day for newcomers

From Stefan Djordjevic of :

With the new format in place and new rules regarding game postponements due to COVID-19, the opening week of action in the Basketball Champions League featured four games while as many were postponed to a later date.

Already established four BCL teams in Iberostar Tenerife, JDA Dijon, Casademont Zaragoza and Dinamo Sassari went against four newcomers (or returnees) to the competition in Bakken Bears, Keravnos, Pszczolka Start Lublin and Galatasarayrespectively.blob:

Although they were all favorites, it’s a bit surprising that all ‘oldies’ got out unscathed since the new squads put on a valiant effort and some were very close to an upset, especially in the case of Start Lublin which lost to Zaragoza after DJ Seeley’s three in the last second.

Keravnos managed to force overtime against Dijon but failed to go all the way while Sassari and Tenerife had everything under control in their comfortable wins thanks to great performances by Marco Spissu and Giorgi Shermadini.


Tofas – ERA Nymburk (postponed)
JDA Dijon – Keravnos 91-79 (OT)
Tenerife – Bakken Bears 98-73
Nizhny Novgorod – Falco Szombathely (postponed)
AEK Athens – Tsmoki-Minsk (postponed)
Start Lublin – Zaragoza 85-86
Cholet – Hapoel Holon (postponed)
Sassari – Galatasaray 93-84


1 Iberostar Tenerife11010098732598732
2 Dinamo Sassari1101009384993842
3 Galatasaray10108493-984931
4 Bakken Bears10107398-2573981

Group B

1 JDA Dijon11010091791291792
2 Keravnos10107991-1279911
3 Tofas Bursa0000000000
3 ERA Nymburk

Group D

1 Casademont Zaragoza1101008685186852
2 Pszczólka Start Lublin10108586-185861
3 Falco Szombathely0000000000
3 Nizhny Novgorod

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