Top 16, Round 2 MVP: Kyle Kuric, Zenit St Petersburg

Jan 11, 2018 by Print

The second round of the 7DAYS EuroCup Top 16 came to an end with four undefeated teams leading their respective groups. One of those first-place teams is Zenit St Petersburg, for whom shooting ace Kyle Kuric earned the MVP honor with a performance index rating of 40, a new career high for him and the highest among all players in Top 16 Round 2. Kuric posted 28 points, made 6 of 8 three-point shots, pulled 6 rebounds (another personal best), dished 4 assists and collected 1 steal in 31 minutes to lead Zenit to a 95-85 home win over FIAT Turin. Second in line this week was ALBA Berlin's Luke Sikma, who racked up a PIR of 32 in his team's home win over Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul. Sikma netted 25 points, pulled 7 rebounds and dished 4 assists to keep ALBA unbeaten in this phase. The individual performances that complete the top five this week continued with Antonio Iannuzzi of Turin (PIR 29), Howard Sant-Roos of Darussafaka Istanbul (PIR 28) and D.J. Seeley of Herbalife Gran Canaria (PIR 25).

Individual leaders: Jalen Reynolds, Reggio Emilia, 16 rebounds

Kuric was also the top scorer with week with his 28 points, just 2 short of his personal EuroCup record, which he set a week earlier in the opening game of the Top 16. Darussafaka's Scottie Wilbekin re-claimed the top scorer spot with a 19.1-point average. Jalen Reynolds of Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia grabbed a career-high 16 rebounds, while the season-long rankings saw Ondrej Balvin of Gran Canaria take the top spot with 7.9 per game. Sant-Roos was the only player in Top 16 Round 2 to dish double-digit assists, with 10, while the overall leader is still Partizan NIS Belgrade's Nigel Williams-Goss (6.7 apg.). On the defensive end, five players collected 4 steals apiece: Sant-Roos, Ojars Silins of Dolomiti Energia Trento, Ryan Broekhoff and Chris Babb of Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar, and Emir Preldzic of Galatasaray. Sant-Roos and Pierria Henry of Tofas Bursa lead the season rankings with 2.0 steals per game. Finally, under the glass, five players had 2 blocks each. Of course, Stephane Lasme of UNICS Kazan leads the list, followed by Evgeny Valiev of Zenit, Zoran Nikolic of Buducnost VOLI Podgorica, Brian Qvale of Lokomotiv and Alpha Kaba of ASVEL Villeurbanne. Lasme is still the undisputed blocks king this season with an average of 2.6.

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