Last 16 Week 3 MVP: Chuck Eidson, Lietuvos Rytas

Feb 11, 2009 by Eurocupbasketball.com Print
Last 16 Week 3 MVP: Chuck Eidson, Lietuvos Rytas

Not only did Lietuvos Rytas register the biggest victory margin in any Last 16 game so far, but its star player earned Week 3 honors. Chuck Eidson led L. Rytas to a 105-64 home win over Artland Dragons with 18 points on 4-for-6 two-point, 1-for-2 three-point and 7-for-7 free-throw shooting. He added 7 rebounds, 8 assists, 3 steals, a blocked shot and 6 fouls drawn to amass a performance index rating of 37, the best of a highly competitive week. Following Eidson came Darjus Lavrinovic of Dynamo Moscow, who led his team to victory in a first-place showdown against Maroussi Costa Coffee with 23 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 blocks, good for a 33 index rating. CJ Wallace of Benetton Basket Tamoil came next with a 32 index rating based on 22 points and 10 rebounds in his team's massive road win against Turk Telekom. Travis Hansen of Dynamo followed with a 29 index rating. Pamesa Valencia teammates Rafa Martinez and Kosta Perovic each posted a 26 index rating to complete the top individual performances this week.

Individual highs: Dijon Thompson of Azovmash Mariupol, 6 steals

Martinez and his Pamesa teammate Shammond Williams were the Week 3 top scorers with 26 points each in their team's last-second double overtime loss against Azovmash Mariupol. Hansen is the overall Last 16 top scorer at 22 points per game. Erwin Dudley of Turk Telekom led all rebounders by pulling down 12 in his team's home loss against Benetton. CJ Wallace is the Last 16 best rebounder at 10.3 boards per night. Eidson and Rolandas Jarutis of Azovmash each had 8 assists this week. Eidson, now playing part-time point guard for L. Rytas, is the Last 16 leader with 5.7 assists per game. Dijon Thompson of Azovmash collected 6 steals as his team knocked Pamesa from the undefeated ranks. Thompson also hit the buzzer-beating game-winner in that double overtime thriller. Stefan Markovic of Hemofarm had 3 blocks this round to lead the weekly standings - very remarkable for a point guard - while Serhiy Lishchuk of Azovmash has 2.3 per game, tops in the phase so far. Wallace, Perovic, Dudley and Deyan Ivanov of Zadar registered respective double-doubles in Last 16 Week 3.