Last 16 Week 6 MVP: Marko Banic, Iurbentia Bilbao

Mar 11, 2009 by Eurocupbasketball.com Print
Last 16 Week 6 MVP: Marko Banic, Iurbentia Bilbao

This season's second application of a Eurocup rule limiting weekly MVPs to winning teams only has given the last such award to iurbentia Bilbao Basket power forward Marko Banic for Last 16 Week 6. Banic led Bilbao to a critical 65-57 home win against Lietuvos Rytas with 24 points on 8-for-12 two-pointers and 8-for-8 free throws. He added 14 rebounds, a block and 7 fouls drawn to amass a performance index rating of 35. It was by virtue of his team's victory, however, that Banic was awarded ahead of Zadar big man Hrvoje Peric, who had the week's highest index rating, 40. Zadar lost against Benetton Basket Tamoil on the road but Peric had 26 points on 9-for-12 two-pointers, while also collecting 9 rebounds, 2 assists, 5 steals and 7 fouls drawn for a 40 index rating. Two players in the same game - Spirou Basket vs. Artland Dragons - came next with index ratings of 31 each. Len Matela led Spirou to a 88-79 home win with 19 points, 10 rebounds, 2 steals and 5 fouls drawn. Meanwhile, Darius Hall of Artland had 18 points, 11 rebounds, 2 assists, 4 steals and 11 fouls drawn. Rod Blakney of Maroussi Costa Coffee, with a 28 index, completed the top individual performances in Last 16 Week 6.

Individual highs: Darjus Lavrinovic of Dynamo Moscow, 6 steals and 5 blocks

Peric was also the Last 16 Week 6 top scorer with 26 points against Benetton, whose own top scorer in that game, Gary Neal, finished as the Last 16's best scorer overall at 20.3 points per game. Banic led all rebounders this week by pulling down 14 against L. Rytas. Another Benetton player, center CJ Wallace, was the Last 16's best overall rebounder with 8 boards per night. Surprisingly enough, another Benetton player, big man Sandro Nicevic, had the week's top assists total, 7, his individual career high in European competitions. Chuck Eidson of Lietuvos Rytas ranked first in assists at the end of this phase (6.3 apg.). Darjus Lavrinovic of Dynamo Moscow collected 6 steals and 5 blocks, the best in both categories for Last 16 Week 6, during his team's win over BC Khimki. Dijon Thompson of Azovmash was the Last 16 steals leader (2.67 spg.) while Lavrinovic was first in blocks (1.83 bpg.). Four players - Matela, Hall, Banic and Tariq Kirksay of Unics Kazan - registered respective double-doubles this week.