D’Angelo Harrison was in a world of his own to guide BC Prometey to the Final of the Basketball Champions League 2021-22 Qualifying Rounds. The Ukrainians will face Parma-Parimatch, who eliminated Le Mans in the other Semi-Final.
The fact that Le Mans is out also means that Season Six of the BCL will not feature TaShawn Thomas, who made himself one of the biggest stars of the League during his days with Hapoel Holon and Hapoel Jerusalem but could not help the French side reach the Regular Season.
Parma-Parimatch was always a couple of steps faster than Le Mans in the Semi-Finals, but Elric Delord’s players did have a chance of a comeback with four minutes to play. Down by 5, they had two transition opportunities to make it a one-possession game, but both TaShawn Thomas and Kenny Baptiste failed to convert their contested layups.
Instead of it being a three-point game, it was a three-pointer that sealed the deal. Eigirdas Zukauskas knocked down one from just in front of the Le Mans bench, taking the air out of the building and creating an 8-point lead with 3:30 left to play. The comeback did not happen. It ended 82-69.
Earlier in the day, BC Prometey had a demonstration of force against the finalists of the Czech League. By the time Opava realized what was going on, it was already a 20-point game with the Ukrainian champs leading 33-13 at the end of the first quarter.
The lead ballooned to 30 points, and Prometey spent 38:42 of the game in front, while Opava led for just 16 seconds in this Semi-Final. Final score: 100-78.