Battles across the continent were so fierce on Round 8 that only three out of 10 teams that could have made the Last 32 this week achieved their goal. One of the teams that stayed alive was Le Mans Sarthe Basket which managed to steal a 80-86 road win against direct rival in Group B, ALBA Berlin. The main factor in the win of the guests was Tywain McKee who earned weekly MVP honors in the process thanks to his index rating performance of 36, ths highest among winning players this week. McKee netted 25 points (including 11 of 14 free throws), pulled 5 rebounds, dished 6 assists, had 2 steals and drew 7 fouls for a balanced all-around performance. William Hatcher of PAOK Thessaloniki was next in line thanks to an index rating performance of 35 in his team's win at Besiktas Sompo Japan Istanbul. Hatcher hit 32 points, pulled 3 boards and dished 3 assists while also drawing as many as 11 fouls, tying the second best mark of the season. Another player, Dimitris Mavroeidis also had a personal performance of 36 but his team, AEK Athens, lost at Nizhny Novgorod.
Individual highs: Artsiom Parakhouski ties his best blocks mark with 5
Hatcher had no match this week in the scoring department as his 32 points went unrivalled. Only Ryan Toolson of Zenit St. Petersburg got close thanks to his 28 points. Maks Adam Konate of Krasny Oktyabr Volgograd was the best performer in rebounds this round thanks to his 15 boards, 12 defensive and 3 offensive. Dmitry Khvostov of Nizhny Novgorod had the best register in assists this week thanks to his 10, tying for the fifth best mark of the season. In the defensive end of the game, three players got as many as 5 steals apiece: Alexander Harris of Enel Basket Brindisi, Donta Smith of Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem and Zach Wright of Union Olimpija Ljubljana. Last but not least, Artsiom Parakhouski of Unics Kazan is back to leading the blocks ranking of the week thanks to his 5 stops, tying his personal mark previously set in March of 2014 against Nizhny Novgorod while playing for Hapoel Jerusalem.