Turkish Airlines EuroLeague
Adidas Next Generation Tournament
Week 5 MVP: Brandon Hunter, Hapoel Jerusalem
Jan 06, 2010
Not only did Hapoel Jerusalem get an important road win at Siauliai that came with a ticket to the Last 16, but forward Brandon Hunter became the regular season Week 5 MVP in one of the closest races to the honor since the competition was created in 2003. Despite coming off the bench, Hunter led Hapoel to a 81-96 road triumph at Siauliai with 24 points on 10-of-11 two-point shooting. He added 6 rebounds, 5 assists, a block and 9 fouls drawn for a performance index rating of 33 - the highest of Week 5. Following in second place was Erik Daniels of Azovmash, who helped his team to grab a critical 96-85 home win against Galatasaray Cafe Crown with 29 points on 5-of-9 three-pointers, 13 rebounds and 3 assists, all good for a 32 index rating, which tied him with two other players. Sammy Mejia of Cholet Basket had 26 points and 3 assists in his team's overtime road loss against Benetton Gioco Digitale for his 32 index rating, the same as Milovan Rakovic of Spartak St. Petersburg, whose 25 points on 11-of-16 two-pointers, 8 rebounds and 6 fouls drawn weren't enough for his team to avoid defeat away against Turk Telekom. Pooh Jeter of Hapoel and Erwin Dudley of Turk Telekom, each with a 31 index, completed the top individual performances of Week 5.
Individual highs: Dijon Thompson of Hapoel, 6 steals
Daniels was both the top scorer, with 29 points, and rebounder, with 13, in Week 5. Despite not playing this week, Mire Chatman of Besiktas stays as the regular season's top scorer so far, with 23.5 points per game. Daniels is now the competition's top rebounder at 10 per night. His teammate Oleksandr Skutelnik dished 9 assists in his team's home win against Galatasaray, the most this week. Kris Valters of DKV Joventut leads the overall assists rankings at 6.8 per game. Dijon Thompson of Hapoel collected 6 steals, more than anyone this week, in his team's road win against Siauliai. Fred House of Azovmash and Marcus Slaughter of Sluc Nancy lead the steals standings at 3 per game. Hasan Rizvic of Azovmash had 4 blocks in Week 5 and leads the overall standings at 3.6 per night. Seven players - Daniels, Dudley, Brion Rush of Triumph Lyubertsy, JP Batista of Le Mans, Nemanja Bjelica of Crvena Zvezda and his teammate Oliver Stevic - registered double-doubles in Week 5.