Finals Game 1 MVP: Justin Doellman, Valencia Basket Club

May 02, 2014 by Eurocupbasketball.com Print
Finals Game 1 MVP: Justin Doellman, Valencia Basket Club
Justin Doellman - Valencia Basket - Finals EC Valencia 2014 - EC13With one of the best performances by a player in Eurocup Finals history, Justin Doellman of Valencia Basket Club helped his team take a step towards a Eurocup title while claiming Eurocup Finals Game 1 MVP honors. As Doellman starred in the opening clash of the two-game series, Valencia beat Unics Kazan 80-67 and will take a 13-point cushion into the return leg next week in Kazan, Russia. Doellman's performance index rating of 35 was the fourth-best all time in the Eurocup finals; Nik Caner-Medley in 2012 and Dejan Tomasevic in 2003, both with Valencia, share the highest mark with 38. Doellman finished Game 1 with 28 points on 8-of-11 for two point shooting, 2 for 5 from behind the arc, and 6 of 7 from the free throw line. Doellman also grabbed 6 rebounds, had 3 steals, dished an assist, and had 7 fouls drawn to earn his second weekly MVP award this season. Unics forwards Vladimir Veremeenko and Chuck Eidson each finished with index rating of 21 for the second-best of the game. Veremeenko scored 17 points on 5 of 6 for two-point shooting and 7 of 8 from the foul line plus 5 rebounds, 1 assist and 7 fouls drawn. Eidson had 10 points, grabbed 11 rebounds, and dished 4 assists in Game 1.

Individual highs: Oliver Lafayette of Valencia Basket Club, 7 assists

Doellman was Game 1’s best scorer with 28 points. That is tied for the second-best scoring output in Eurocup Finals history, behind only 29 points from Devin Smith for Panellinios in 2010. Eidson was the only player to grab double-digit rebounds, and his 11 boards was also just one shy of the all-time record shared by Jonas Valanciunas (Lietuvos Rytas, 2012), Lazaros Papadopoulos and Antonis Fotsis (both Dynamo Moscow, 2006). Valencia's Oliver Lafayette was the best passer of Game 1 with 7 assists, another second-highest mark of Eurocup Finals; Marko Popovic (Unics, 2011) holds the record with 11 assists. Doellman leads the steals category as the only player with 3 steals in Game 1, while his teammate Serhiy Lishchuk had the lone block of the game.