Reagular Season Week 1 MVP: Sandro Nicevic, Benetton Basket

Nov 26, 2008 by Eurocupbasketball.com Print
Reagular Season Week 1 MVP: Sandro Nicevic, Benetton Basket

A lot of Eurocup stars shined brightly in the competition's opening week, but none so much as Sandro Nicevic of Benetton Basket Tamoil, whose performance index rating and winning effort in victory made him the Week 1 MVP. Nicevic guided Benetton to a huge 72-77 road win in Group C against his former team, Besiktas Cola Turka, by collecting 19 points on 8-for-12 two-pointers and 3-for-3 free throws. He added 7 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals, 2 blocks and 7 fouls drawn to register a 35 index rating, the highest among the 326 players who saw action in Week 1. Donald Copeland of PGE Turow had 25 points, 7 assists and 8 fouls drawn to pace his team to a remarkable, record-setting 30-point road win against Brose Baskets. Copeland had a 34 index and helped hold Bamberg to a competition-low 39 points, a new single-game defensive record.. Kosta Perovic of Pamesa Valencia led his team to a 25-point home win against BC FMP with 16 points, 11 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals and 6 fouls drawn, good for a 32 index rating. Ivan Radenovic of Panellinios and Tariq Kirksay of Unics Kazan, each with a 31 index, complete the top individual performances in Week 1.

Individual highs: D.J. Strawberry, Fortitudo Bologna, 29 points

His father may have been a baseball superstar in the past, but Strawberry showed his basketball skills by being the opening week's top scorer in the Eurocup. Strawberry had 29 points against the Artland Dragons in his European debut. Kenny Adeleke of Lukoil Academic led all rebounders by pulling down 16 in his team's narrow home loss against Unics Kazan. Arthur Lee of CEZ Nymburk helped his team to beat Buducnost m:tel with 9 assists, more than anyone this week. Erez Katz of Bnei Eshet Tours Hasharon collected 7 steals, while Darian Townes of PGE Turow had 5 blocks, helping his team to break all existing single-game defensive records in competition history. Five players - Kirksay, Carlos Delfino of Khimki, Perovic, Erwin Dudley of Turk Telekom and Marcus Slaughter of STB Le Havre - registered respective double-doubles in Week 1.