Top 16, Round 3 MVP: Devin Booker, FC Bayern Munich

Jan 18, 2018 by Print

If the top performance in Round 3 of the 7DAYS EuroCup Top 16 sounded familiar, that's because Devin Booker of FC Bayern Munich posted the same three career-high numbers against the same opponent just last season. This time, however, Booker's big night in a 95-78 victory over Zenit St Petersburg was worth the first MVP of the Round honor of his EuroCup career. Remarkably, Booker again had 27 points, 5 assists and a performance index rating of 38, identical personal bests to those he had in last season's opening game against Zenit. This time, he shot 10 of 14 on two-pointers, 7 of 7 on free throws and drew 8 fouls, too, and his team needed every stat he could give them. That's because last round's MVP, Kyle Kuric of Zenit, followed suit with a PIR of 30, second-best this week, while scoring a career-best 31 points, tying the second-most by any player this season. Karlo Zganec of Cedevita Zagreb was third in line this week with a PIR of 29 in his team's narrow road loss to unbeaten Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar. After him, Howard Sant-Roos of Darussafaka Istanbul and Sasha Vujacic of FIAT Turin completed the top performances of the week with PIRs of 27 each.

Individual leaders: Sant-Roos, Darussafaka, 6 steals

Kuric was again the top scorer of the round with 31 points after making 5 of 7 two-point shots, 4 of 7 threes and 9 of 9 free throws. Darussafaka's Scottie Wilbekin remains the best scorer this season (18.7 ppg.). Zganec was also a giant under the boards this week with his 11 rebounds, a personal record for him. Ondrej Balvin of Herbalife Gran Canaria leads the category with 7.9 per game. Chris Kramer of Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius shined again in assists with 8 and became co-leader for the season with an average of 6.7, the same as Partizan NIS Belgrade's Nigel Williams Goss. Sant-Roos made good on his fame as a steals specialist by nabbing 6 in this round, which solidified his leadership in that category (2.3 spg.). Finally, Darussafaka's Jajuan Johnson had a personal best 4 blocks to lead the rankings in Round 3. UNICS Kazan's Stephane Lasme is still far ahead for the season, however, with his 2.5 average.