7DAYS EuroCup Round 9 MVP: Elmedin Kikanovic, ALBA Berlin

Dec 08, 2016 by Eurocupbasketball.com Print
7DAYS EuroCup Round 9 MVP:  Elmedin Kikanovic, ALBA Berlin

For the second time this season, and against the same opponent, Elmedin Kikanovic of ALBA Berlin has earned the MVP of the Week honor in the 7DAYS EuroCup. Kikanovic led ALBA to a Top 16-clinching 97-99 road win on Wednesday against Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius with 29 points based on dominant 13-for-18 two-point shooting. He went 3-for-3 on free throws, as well, and added 3 rebounds, 2 assists, a steal and 3 fouls drawn for a performance index rating of 33, the highest among all EuroCup players in Regular Season Round 9. Kikanovic had already shined against Rytas five rounds earlier, amassing a PIR of 35 in their classic double-overtime battle, won by ALBA, but in that game he had just 22 points after 40 minutes. He has scored 15 points or better in each EuroCup game this season, but most important is that Wednesday's win in Vilnius broke a three-game losing streak to send ALBA to the Top 16. DeAndre Kane of Nizhny Novgorod helped his team get an 82-97 road win against MZT Skopje Aerodom with 22 points as he made 5 of 6 two-point shots and 4 of 5 three-pointers to go with 6 assists and 5 rebounds, good for a PIR of 28. Ryan Toolson of Zenit St. Petersburg led his team to a 95-97 road triumph against Buducnost VOLI Podgorica with 32 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists and a PIR of 27. Ksistof Lavrinovic of Lietkabelis Panevezys and Charlon Kloof of Skopje, each with a PIR of 26, completed the top individual performances for Regular Season Round 9.

Individual highs: Marcus Williams of Buducnost VOLI Podgorica, 10 assists

Toolson led this round's scorers with 32 points and continues leading the season-long rankings at 25.7 point per game. Round 9 MVP Kikanovic ranks second at 22.3 points on average. Ryan Broekhoff of Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar pulled down 12 rebounds to lead all players this week. Drew Gordon of Rytas holds the top ranking among rebounders with 11 per night. Marcus Williams of Buducnost VOLI Podgorica was this round's only player to reach double digits in assists, dishing 10 against Zenit, whose playmaker Stefan Markovic leads the overall standings at 10.3 per night. Facu Campazzo of UCAM Murcia collected 4 steals, more than any other player in Round 9. Campazzo is also the competition's steals leader at 2.57 per night. Amare Stoudamire of Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem had 3 blocked shots in his team's road loss Lokomotiv. Arturas Gudaitis of Rytas is this season's top shot-blocker at 2 per night. Four players - Williams, Gordon, Michael Eric of RETAbet Bilbao Basket and Will Thomas of Valencia Basket - recorded double-doubles in Regular Season Round 9.