Quarterfinals, Game 2 MVP: Yotam Halperin, Spartak St. Petersburg

Mar 28, 2012 by Eurocupbasketball.com Print
Quarterfinals, Game 2 MVP: Yotam Halperin, Spartak St. Petersburg
Yotam Halperin - Spartak St. Petersburg (photo Spartak SPB)Spartak St. Petersburg reached the Eurocup Finals by sweeping its two-way series against CEZ Nymburk and one of its players registered the best individual performance of all winning squads in Game 2 of the Quarterfinals. Yotam Halperin helped Spartak to beat Nymburk 86-71 with 19 points on 3-of-4 three-pointers and 6-of-6 free throws. He added 3 rebounds, 7 assists, a steal, a block and 6 fouls drawn for a 31 performance index rating. In that game, Tre Simmons had a 32 index, but in a losing effort, making him uneligible in the MVP race. Simmons had 22 points on 4-of-5 triples and 4-of-4 free throws, 7 rebounds and 10 fouls drawn. Ali Traore of Lokomotiv-Kuban had 22 points, 6 rebounds and 7 fouls drawn to amass a 24 index in his team's 81-77 home win against BC Khimki - but it was not enough for Loko to get to the Finals. Ramel Curry of BC Donetsk and Jonas Valanciunas of Lietuvos Rytas, each with a 22 index, complete the top individual performances in Quarterfinals Game 2.

Individual highs: Lawrence Roberts of Lietuvos Rytas, 4 blocks

Curry led all scorers in Quarterfinals Game 2 with 26 points against L. Rytas. Simmons was the Quarterfinals top scorer at 23 points per game. Nik Caner-Medley of Valencia Basket, Ivan Radenovic of BC Donetsk and Jeremiah Massey of Lokomotiv-Kuban each pulled down 8 rebounds this week. Radenovic was the Quarterfinals' best rebounds at 9 boards per night. Halperin and Eugene Lawrence of Nymburk each dished 7 assists playing against each other. Tyrese Rice of Lietuvos Rytas was the Quarterfinals' assists champ at 6 per game. Arturas Jomantas and Lawrence Roberts of L. Rytas, Patrick Beverley of Spartak and Stefan Markovic of Valencia Basket each collected 3 steals in Game 3. Beverley led the Quarterfinals in steals at 3 per game. Roberts had 4 blocks against Nymburk and also led the Quarterfinals at 2 per game. Nobody registered a double-double this week.