There are only three EuroCup newcomers this season and two of them will face each other in Group A. Bahcesehir arrives to the competition ready to make some noise, led by Erick Green, Jamal Jones, Alex Perez and Josh Owens. The Turkish powerhouse has a deep, versatile roster but faces a tough opponent right way. Bourg managed to keep scoring ace Danilo Andjusic, playmaker Zack Wright and big man Zachery Peacock, but also added EuroCup champ Alen Omic, playmaker Kadeem Allen and swingman Thomas Scrubb. Expect an exciting game at BJK Akatlar Arena.
Two of the best shooters in the competition are set to face each other in Round 1. Green is an all-around scorer, able to create his own shot due to his quick first step and high basketball IQ. He can read his defender to find the right moment to take the shot, and is automatic from mid-range. Andjusic is more of a three-point shooter with a very quick, efficient release, especially from both corners. He has good ballhandling, which allows him to attack the basket and be more unpredictable. It will be a shootout!
Keys to victory: Bahcesehir Koleji Istanbul
Green has arrived to Bahcesehir to play a leading role in a really high-scoring squad. Perez and Ismet Akpinar must play at a very high tempo to make the most out of the many scorers in the team. Players like Jones and Aldridge can open the floor with his shots from downtown, allowing Owens and Deniz Kilicli to get more space to play one-on-one in the low post. Controlling the defensive board is critical for Bahcesehir's run-and-gun basketball, as it will allow the team to play in transition and find many open shots.
Keys to victory: JL Bourg en Bresse
In its EuroCup debut, Bourg must rely on his most experience players to make the difference. Andjusic started the season on fire, hitting 5-of-5 three-point shots against Nanterre in French League action. Bahcesehir is a bit undersized at center, so Omic must be ready to work hard in the paint, powering the offensive glass. Wright returns to the EuroCup after a four-season absence and must find the right rhythm against Akpinar and Perez. If Bourg controls the boards and gets Andjusic and Omic involved, it will have a good chance to win.