Last 16 Week 5 co-MVPs: Kelly McCarty of Khimki and Khalid El-Amin of Azovmash

Mar 04, 2009 by Eurocupbasketball.com Print
Last 16 Week 5 co-MVPs: Kelly McCarty of Khimki and Khalid El-Amin of Azovmash

For the second consecutive week, two players share co-MVP honors in the Last 16, and one of them is a repeat performer in that role. Kelly McCarty of BC Khimki Moscow region had already been co-MVP with teammate Timofey Mozgov last week. This time, McCarty is joined by Khalid El-Amin of BC Azovmash Mariupol, with performance index ratings of 35 each. On Tuesday, McCarty led Khimki to a 94-69 home win against Maroussi Costa Coffee that sent his team to the Final Eight. He scored 31 points by making 9 of 10 two-point shots, 3 of 5 triples and 4 of 4 free throws. He added 2 rebounds, a block and 4 fouls drawn. Meanwhile, El-Amin helped his team take a do-or-die 89-71 home win against Hemofarm Stada and stay alive in the Final Eight race. El-Amin had 30 points on 8-for-9 two-point and 5-for-5 free-throw shooting. He added 2 rebounds, 9 assists, a steal and 4 fouls drawn. Michael Wright of Turk Telekom needed less than 21 minutes to amass a 33 index rating based on 21 points, 6-for-6 two-point shooting, 5 rebounds, 2 steals and 10 fouls drawn in his team's road loss against Zadar. Milt Palacio of Khimki, with a 30 index, and Chuck Eidson of Lietuvos Rytas, who registered a 27 and also helped his team reach the Final Eight, completed the top individual performances for Last 16 Week 5.

Individual highs: Chuck Eidson, Lietuvos Rytas, 10 assists

McCarty was also the Last 16 Week 5 top scorer with 31 points against Maroussi. McCarty is tied with Gary Neal of Benetton Basket Tamoil atop the Last 16 scorers table, with 19.6 point per game each. Robertas Javtokas of Dynamo Moscow had the most rebounds in Week 5, with 13 during his team's road win against Panellinios. C.J. Wallace of Benetton leads the Last 16 rebound rankings at 9 per night. Eidson was the only player to record double-digits assists with 10 in his team's home win against Spirou Basket. Eidson also leads the Last 16 assists standings with 7 per game. His 19 points also meant that Eidson was the only player to record a double-double in Last 16 Week 5. Rok Stipcevic of Zadar and Terrell Lyday of Unics each collected 4 steals to lead the weekly standings. Lyday leads the Last 16 steals table at 4 per game. Timofey Mozgov of Khimki had 4 blocks, more than anyone this week, and also leads this phase's standings at 2 per night.