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Last 16, Game 2 MVP: Loukas Mavrokefalides, Spartak SPB
Jan 25, 2012
For the second straight week, the hero of Spartak St. Petersburg’s Group K game also goes home with the honor of being the Eurocup player of the week. First it was Patrick Beverley and after a brilliant performance in Tuesday’s 80-71 victory over Banvit BK, Loukas Mavrokefalides is the Eurocup Last 16, Game 2 MVP. The center dominated the paint – and the perimeter too when he went there – to the tune of a career high 29 points plus 8 rebounds. Mavrokefalides made 10 of 18 two-point shots, both of his attempts from downtown and 3 of 5 free throws. Additionally he recorded 1 assists and 1 block for a performance index rating of 29, which was the most among Eurocup players this week. Beyond the stats, Mavrokefalides was a pillar for the Spartak attack with healthy doses of scoring throughout the game, including the go-ahead points on a three-point play after Banvit had tied the score at 69-69 with 1:18 remaining. CEZ Nymburk swingman Tre Simmons trailed only Mavrokefalides among Week 2 stars after tallying 25 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists as the Czech champs knocked off BCM Gravelines 79-62. Simmons knocked down 5 of his 10 three-point attempts en route to an index rating of 28. Both the point and index totals were new highs for Simmons in his Eurocup career. Lokomotiv Kuban’s Maxim Grigoryev produced 17 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists for a 26 index in a 79-84 road win at Alba Berlin. Rounding out the week’s top performers were Jonas Valanciunas of Lietuvos Rytas and Thomas Kelati of BC Khimki. Valanciunas posted 17 points, 10 rebounds and 3 blocks in amassing a 24 index in a win over Benetton. Kelati went for 18 points, 5 boards and 3 assists for a 23 index as his team topped Asvel Basket.
Individual highs: Jonas Valanciunas, Lietuvos Rytas – 10 rebounds & 3 blocks
Mavrokefalides’s scoring tally was the best of any Last 16 participant so far, though after scoring just 2 points last week, his average for the Last 16 of 15.5 points per game is only good for ninth. Teammate and last week’s MVP Beverley is the Last 16’s top scorer thus far with 19 points per game. Valanciunas was the best rebounder of the week with his haul of 10. With 11.5 rebounds per game, he is the best in the Last 16 among players to have taken part in both games so far. Veteran Sani Becirovic of Benetton tallied 9 assists in his team’s loss at Rytas. He is tied for eighth in the Last 16 with 4.5 assists per game. Zoran Planinic of BC Khimki and Yotam Halperin of Spartak are the Last 16’s co-leaders with 6 assists per game. Three players – Derrick Allen of Alba Berlin, Chuck Davis of Banvit and Florent Pietrus of Valencia – picked up 4 steals this week, which was the most in the competition. With 3.5 steals per game, Davis is second only to Berlin’s Kyle Weaver and his 4 steals per game for most in the Last 16. Valanciunas’s 3 rejections also led all player this week, but rank him in a tie for second for most blocks in the Last 16. That distinction belongs to Lokomotiv’s Ali Traore with 2.5 blocks per game.
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