The 7DAYS EuroCup has had no shortage of spectacular performances over the years, but the relative rarity of a triple-double still stands out as a high-water mark of individual accomplishment.
Eight different times this century, EuroCup players have recorded double figures in points, rebounds and assists. Some required overtime to get there and only one player has recorded a triple-double more than once. But each has a story to tell his grandkids of the night when they showed on the EuroCup stage what versatility is all about.
The first triple-double came on November 11, 2003, in a thrilling opening-night contest between Lukoil Academic Sofia of Bulgaria and Zagreb. Todor Stoykov recorded career-highs of 33 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists in helping Lukoil to a 116-115 home victory in triple-overtime. Stoykov’s performance index rating of 45 was also a career-high.
The first player to register a triple-double in regulation was Meir Tapiro, whose 16 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists helped Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem to an 88-79 home victory over FMP Belgrade in Game 1 of the 2006-07 quarterfinals on February 27, 2007.
After it took more than three years for Tapiro to match’s Stoykov’s first triple-double, Elvir Ovcina added his name to the list later in 2007 for Telindus BC Oostende in an 89-83 victory over Dynamo Moscow in Round 2 of the regular season on November 13, 2007. Ovcina, who tallied 12 points, 11 rebounds and a career-high 10 assists in that game, remains the only center to post a triple-double in the EuroCup.
Matt Walsh became the first player in EuroCup history to tally a triple-double in a loss; his 13-point, 14-rebound and 11-assist performance was not enough in ASVEL Villeurbanne's 74-80 defeat at Besiktas Istanbul in a Round 4 game on December 7, 2010. Walsh was also the first to get a triple-double in a road game.
Donta Smith matched that feat - albeit in a victory - with a triple-double for Maccabi Haifa Bazan in a 73-84 win at VEF Riga on October 30, 2013. He recorded 18 points, a career-high 16 rebounds and 10 assists for his first triple-double. A little over a year later, Smith became the only player to notch a second triple-double - this time in a 110-112 double-overtime loss for Hapoel Jerusalem against CSU Asesoft Ploiesti on December 10, 2014. That time he had 16 points, 12 rebounds and 13 assists.
The next triple-double came from Courtney Fortson with 13 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists in a 96-84 Round 5 home win for Banvit Bandirma over Aris Thessaloniki. The accomplishment was all the more special because it came on November 11, 2015 - exactly 12 years after Stoykov’s first triple-double in the competition.
Less than a month later, Quino Colom helped UNICS Kazan to a 91-77 home victory over Buducnost VOLI Podgorica with 15 points, 11 rebounds and 13 assists - the latter two numbers both marking career-bests - on December 9, 2015, in Round 9.
Nearly four and a half years have passed since Colom's feat and EuroCup fans are still waiting for the next player to record a triple-double.
The best marks over the years among the eight EuroCup triple-doubles have been Stoykov's 33 points, Smith's 16 rebounds and 13 assists each for Smith and Colom.