The dark dark horse of the Basketball Champions League – a game review

Dear All, due to many projects, having recently moved to setup HQ in Amsterdam I have been out of my groove but here is a Basketball Champions League (BCL) game review I completed a couple of days ago and just had the chance to post to share with you all.

With great thanks to the amazing tool created by Pivot Sports Analytics, they have been gracious enough to include me as a part of their test group and I hereby wanted to share the last game that Beşiktaş played in the BCL against MHP Reisen (Ludwigsburg).

Beşiktaş a locomotive in the BCL 

With only 2 losses in the BCL (currently tied with AS Monaco for the #1 spot of the BCL with a 86% win percentage – they have the better Hands on Buckets figure in the BCL with 1655 HOB between the two teams), coach Ufuk Sarıca, a special shout out to Arda Demirbağ and the rest of the amazing staff and management for building up a very talented and successful team that have been just rolling through every game.

To recall the game ended 88-85 with Beşiktas winning the game.

So here is a break down of some basic and adv. stats

Scoring 88 points within 79 possessions and at an efficiency rating of 88 and with close to half (45%) of the points coming off of assists Beşiktaş had a hard time clinching the W but proved that with an effective lineup they were able to close off the game.

Beşiktaş team totals throughout the game:

*with 10 deflections in the game they had the highest deflection figure during the last round of games played at that point (BCL deflection average per game is 6 at present).


Relying on a heavy inside scoring option. Beşiktaş were also reasonably accurate from behind the arch scoring 24 points at a 27.3% 3point ratio.

Once again thanks to Pivot Sports Analytics they have been amazing in assisting in improving how lineup analysis can be seen.

Here is a good look at how Beşiktaş clinched the W in terms of their lineup options:

Overall Lineup options of Beşiktaş:

Offensive options of Beşiktaş:

Defensive options of Beşiktaş:


I truly hope that you enjoyed viewing these insights and I hope I can make use of this amazing tool further for added game reviews in due time.