Siva's magical night of assists

Oct 03, 2018 by Eurocupbasketball.com Print
Siva's magical night of assists

With passes ranging from the simple to the sublime, Peyton Siva dissected the Tofas Bursa defense as ALBA Berlin overpowered its opponent with a 107-91 victory on opening night. In its 150th 7DAYS EuroCup game, ALBA had its second-highest point total ever without overtime.

Basketball Twitter was abuzz as Siva racked up 11 assists by halftime and 14 by the midway point of the third quarter. It seemed a foregone conclusion that he would reach Omar Cook's EuroCup single-game record of 16 assists (set in November 2014 for Buducnost VOLI Podgorica). However, Siva went out for a rest with 4 minutes left in the third quarter and his team rallied from a two-point edge to a 12-point cushion in the time he sat, rendering his playmaking less critical down the stretch.

ALBA would not have been in that position without Siva's heroics, however. Of his first 7 assists, 6 went to different players. Siva found men open on the perimeter, at the rim and on the break. His constant motion against a strong Tofas defense kept the visitors off balance all game long. And Siva did more than just pass; he tallied 9 points without missing a shot! Even though he ultimately finished one point short of a double-double, it was a performance to remember and one that fans in the German capital hope to see many encores of.