Andrew Albicy made history in many ways on Wednesday night as he led MoraBanc Andorra to victory in its maiden 7DAYS EuroCup Top 16 game and became MVP for Round 1 of the phase. Albicy set club records for Andorra in the EuroCup with 6 three-pointers made and a performance index rating of 37 in pacing an 81-87 win at Cedevita Zagreb. He scored a career-best 22 points while also tallying 8 assists and 4 steals. The French playmaker not only put up big numbers, but came through when he was needed most, after Cedevita rallied from a 17-point deficit to tie the game with a minute to go. That's when Albicy stepped up with a tough layup-plus-free throw for the go-ahead score, after which Cedevita did not recover. Albicy became the first MoraBanc player to win the EuroCup MVP of the Round honor. The next-highest PIRs for Round 1 came from Dominique Sutton of Rytas Vilnius and Jalen Reynolds of Zenit St Petersburg, with 28 apiece. Sutton produced 21 points, 5 rebounds and 5 steals in an 80-74 win over Partizan NIS Belgrade. Reynolds collected 17 points, 17 rebounds and 2 blocks in a 68-67 loss at UNICS Kazan. LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne center Alpha Kaba had a career-high index rating 26 in his team's 65-67 road win at Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar. Kaba scored 16 points, pulled down a career-best 13 rebounds, and tied a club record with 4 blocks. Rounding out the top performers for Top 16 Round 1 are Justin Cobbs of Cedevita and Elmedin Kikanovic of AS Monaco, each with a PIR of 25. Kikanovic has 16 points and 8 rebounds in a road loss at his former team ALBA Berlin, while Cobbs had 19 points and 7 assists despite his team's defeat at the hands of Andorra.
Individual leaders: Jalen Reynolds, Zenit St Petersburg, 17 rebounds
Kikanovic led all scorers in the opening round of the Top 16 with 26 points. Diante Garrett of eliminated Tofas Bursa remains the season's top scorer with 18.4 points per game. Reynolds had 17 rebounds, a career-high and the most by a player in more than three seasons. Reynolds is the new competition leader in rebounding with 8.5 per game. Albicy and Patrick Miller of ratiopharm Ulm had 8 assists to lead all players this round. Injured ALBA Berlin point guard Peyton Siva remains the EuroCup leader at 9.7 per game. Sutton had 5 steals, more than any other player in the first week of the new calendar year. Ulm's Javonte Green leads the EuroCup in steals with 2.9 on average. Kaba and Erick Buckner of Monaco each had 4 blocks to lead all players on Wednesday and Thursday. Robert Upshaw of Arka Gdynia and Urso Lukovic of Mornar Bar – both eliminated – remain atop the shot-blocking chart with 1.7 per game. There were four double-doubles this round: Reynolds had 17 points and 17 rebounds, Kaba had 16 points plus 13 rebounds, Paul Lacombe of Monaco collected 20 points and 10 rebounds, while Mathias Lessort of Unicaja Malaga had 12 points and 10 rebounds.