Top 16 Round 11 MVP: Bradley Wanamaker, Brose Baskets Bamberg

Mar 19, 2016 by Euroleague.net Print
Top 16 Round 11 MVP: Bradley Wanamaker, Brose Baskets Bamberg

Bradley Wanamaker of Brose Baskets Bamberg picked the perfect occasion to deliver the best performance of his rookie season in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague. Facing a must-win situation and with his team down by 8 points in the fourth quarter against Khimki Moscow Region on Thursday, Wanamaker stepped up to give one of the most remarkable individual finishes this season, single-handedly rallying Bamberg to victory and earning the Top 16 Round 11 MVP honor. Wanamaker scored 18 of his career-high 25 points in the game’s final 5 minutes. His first 5 points in that span sparked Bamberg's comeback from 63-71 down to tie the game. But that was only the beginning, because he then netted all of Bamberg's last 13 points, leading to an 84-79 win that keeps the team's playoff dreams well and truly alive. By the end, Wanamaker had made 8 of 11 two-pointers, adding one triple and perfect 6-for-6 free throws. He also pulled down 7 rebounds, dished 5 assists, and drew 8 fouls for a performance index rating of 34, the most of any player this week. It was first weekly MVP award for Wanamaker. Despite his team's loss to CSKA Moscow on the road, Adam Hanga of Laboral Kutxa Vitoria had Euroleague career-high of 19 points and 4 steals, to go along with 7 rebounds and 2 blocks, for his personal-best PIR of 30. Nando De Colo of CSKA (27 PIR), Thomas Heurtel of Anadolu Efes Istanbul (26) and Leon Radosevic of Bamberg (26) completed the top individual performances in Top 16 Round 11.

Individual highs: Bryant Dunston, Anadolu Efes Istanbul, 4 blocks

Wanamaker was also the top scorer in this round with 25 points. De Colo remains the Top 16's best scorer with 20.6 points per game. Nicolo Melli, also of Bamberg, led the weekly standings with 13 rebounds. Ioannis Bourousis of Laboral keeps leading this category in the Top 16 at 9.5 per game. Tyrese Rice of Khimki delivered 11 assists and is also the Top 16 leader at 8.6 per night. Hanga and Gustavo Ayon of Real Madrid each collected 4 steals. Nick Calathes of Panathinaikos Athens ranks first in the Top 16 at 2.4 per game. Bryant Dunston of Anadolu Efes Istanbul had 4 blocks against Cedevita Zagreb. Ekpe Udoh of Fenerbahce Istanbul has the highest Top 16 blocks average, 2.73 per game. Anthony Randolph of Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar was the only player to register a double-double this week with 13 points and 10 rebounds against Panathinaikos.