Paris Basketball rewrote its record book in offensive production in a convincing win over Hapoel Shlomo Tel Aviv and nearly set two BKT EuroCup all-time records. Still the French side was not satisfied with its performance.
Paris not satisfied after record-breaking performance
Paris beat Hapoel 114-87 to remain undefeated in Group A and in doing so set a number of new club highs - including points scored (114), three-pointers (19), assists (28), turnovers (3) and performance index rating (140).
In addition, the 19 three-pointers and 3 turnovers were each just one off the all-time EuroCup records.
The team was happy with the victory and beating a tough team like Hapoel, which was also undefeated and the number one offense in the league coming into the game. But Paris still talked about things it must improve upon looking forward.
“There are still some things we can clean up. We gave up a lot of points in transition. Their transition offense is incredible,” said Paris forward Collin Malcolm, referring to Hapoel scoring 14 fast break points.
“Coach said it best before the game: When you play really good teams like this one you get to see what you need to improve on. And that is definitely something we need to improve on in the next game.”
Paris head coach Tuomas Iisalo said his team has done well since the beginning thanks to recruiting a solid group of players.
“We have a very clear idea of play. We have a very strong culture. You can see that how guys work,” he said. “The rest of the stuff will take care of itself.”
Paris not only has a 6-0 record but it has been playing good basketball all-around, especially at the offensive end. Iisalo’s team came into the Hapoel game ranked second in team PIR (117.2) and scoring (98.6 ppg) - both behind Hapoel, first in fewest turnovers (10.2) and two-point shooting (60.5%). The team was sixth in assists per game (19.6) and seventh-best in three-point shooting (36.7%).
Iisalo also talked about the team having improvements to be made.
“Obviously making a lot of three-point shots everybody looks a lot better offensively but there’s always stuff we can do better and we should do better,” the coach explained.
With Paris already setting offensive records and still not being satisfied, the rest of the EuroCup had take notice.