Semifinals, Game 2 MVP: Scottie Wilbekin, Darussafaka Istanbul

Mar 24, 2018 by Print

Darussafaka Istanbul made it to the 7DAYS EuroCup Finals for the first time in club history as superstar guard Scottie Wilbekin earned the MVP honor for semifinals Game 2 on Friday with a one-of-kind performance. Wilbekin's 41 points and 10 three-pointers set competition records for non-overtime games. He added 5 assists and 2 steals for a PIR of 44, the third-best in semifinals history. Most important, Wilbekin's efforts led Darussafaka to an 83-87 road win that was good enough to sweep FC Bayern Munich in their best-of-three semifinal series. Between points and assists, Wilbekin accounted for 48 of Darussafaka's 87 points. Mardy Collins of still-undefeated Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar reached a season-high PIR of 31 in his team's win against Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia. Collins had a season-high 22 points on 9-of-12 two-points shots, adding 8 rebounds, 3 assists, a steal and 7 fouls drawn. His teammate Frank Elegar had 19 points on 8-of-9 two-point shots, 9 rebounds and 2 blocks for a PIR of 25.

Individual highs: Micheal Eric, Darussafaka Istanbul, 4 blocks

Wilbekin led all scorers in Game 2 with 41 points and was also the best scorer in the semifinals (32.5 ppg., twice as much as everyone else). Elegar pulled down 9 rebounds in Game 2. Elegar and Eric were the best rebounders in this phase at 9 per game. Stefan Jovic of Bayern dished 6 assists, more than anyone else in Game 2. Wilbekin led the semifinals in assists at 6 per game. Manuchar Markoishvili of Reggio Emilia collected 3 steals in Game 2 of the semifinals. His teammate Jalen Reynolds led this phase with 2 steals per night. Eric had 4 blocks against Bayern. Reynolds was the best shot blocker in the semifinals, averaging 3 over the two games.