Nymburk has played the group very well, having won all three matches so far. After the initial surprising triumph in Istanbul, he managed both home duels with Mornar Bar and Sabah Baku with ease. If he succeeded even now against Bahcesehir, he could already celebrate promotion. If Mornar Bar were to win against Sabah at the same time, Nymburk would still not have a 100% sure first place, but it would already have enough wins so that it would not miss out on possible promotion from second place, from which six out of ten teams go on.
Nymburk did not play at the weekend, as Ústí postponed their match until the end of November. He had the opportunity to prepare for the favorite all week. On the contrary, Bahcesehir played a Turkish League duel against Darüssaface on Saturday and lost 86:93. He is currently in eleventh place with a record of two wins and four defeats, but he had a tough draw at the start of the season when he played with Euroleague teams.
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The FIBA Europe Cup match from 18.30 in a detailed report
In the FIBA Europe Cup, after an initial close loss to Nymburk, he took over and won in Baku over Sabah 83:65 and in Montenegro over Mornar 78:71. Pivot Jerry Boutsiele, who after three rounds is the most valuable player of the competition with averages of 22.7 points and 10.3 rebounds, is a big credit for this. He ranks second in scoring and third in rebounding.
In Nymburk, Boutsiele has an attractive fight with Thomas Bell, who is the fourth most valuable player. Bell is Nymburk’s best player in the competition so far with averages of 14.7 points and 8.7 rebounds and 3.3 assists. However, Nymburk mainly relies on the strength of the team, when ten players rotate regularly. On the contrary, Bahcesehir bets on the first five composed of foreign players, who hardly change.
Phil Scrubb of Bahcesehir Istanbul shoots at Nymburk’s basket. He is defended by Ondřej Sehnal.
Next to the pivot Boutsiele, there is another Frenchman, Axel Bouteille, who made it to the top five of the EuroCup last season and belongs to the wider squad of the French national team. In the first mutual duel, he caused problems for the defense of Nymburk, especially when shooting from a distance. Philip Scrubb, who recently won bronze with Canada at the World Championships and has had engagements in Greece, Germany, Russia, Spain and France, is also dangerous in that one.
In position four, Bahcesehir has American reinforcement Tyler Cavanaugh, who has played 50 games in the NBA and another 63 games in the Euroleague for Alba Berlin and Žalgiris Kaunas. The experienced American Tony Taylor figures in the passing game. He also won the Champions League in 2019 with Virtus Bologna. Two years later, he was in the Champions League final with Karsiyaka, when he helped beat Nymburk in the quarter-finals.