ratiopharm Ulm had its highest-scoring game of the season Tuesday in beating Germani Brescia 88-76. Dylan Osetkowski was undeniably the star of the show with a monster game that put his name into the club record book. What made his performance even more impressive is that Osetowski hardly practiced all week because he was sick.
"Dylan just played great," Coach Jaka Lakovic said in the post-game press conference. "We must know that he didn't practice the last five days and it seems that he's better off without practice! But yes he played great. His teammates found him at the right time in the right spots and he had a really good game and he was a big part of this win today."
Osetkowski posted 32 points and 7 rebounds in compiling a performance index rating of 41. He shot 5 for 7 on two-pointers and 4 for 5 on threes. Osetkowski tied a club record for free-throw accuracy by making 10 foul shots without a miss.
The big man did not mince words when asked about his shooting ability after the game: "I feel like I got good form as far as shooting and with practice, extra shots, I'm in the gym all the time," Osetkowski said. "Between a lot of guys in the team, I'm always telling them I'm the best shooter on the team. Right now, I'm playing with a lot of confidence."
His performance was among the best in the 7DAYS EuroCup all season, if not the very best. Osetkowski's PIR was the best by any player in the competition this season. His point total was 1 less than the season-highs by Jaka Blazic of Cedevita Olimpija Ljubljana and Alex Perez of Bahcesehir Koleji Istanbul.
Moreover, the PIR tied Raymar Morgan for the club record. Morgan had 22 points, 10 boards and 5 assists for his PIR of 41 in an October 2015 victory over Umana Reyer Venice. Osetkowski was 1 point of the club scoring record, which Zoran Dragic set last season.
This game marked the fourth time an Ulm player has made 10 free throws without a miss. Twice that has been Osetkowski, who first did so in Round 4 at Buducnost VOLI Podgorica. Matt Howard also accomplished that feat in January 2014 and Ismet Akpinar matched it in October 2018.
After his big game, Osetkowski leads the EuroCup in average PIR with 24.6 per game and is ranked third in scoring with 19.1 points per game. If it holds, that PIR would be the most ever by an Ulm player. In fact, only five players in EuroCup history have played at least eight games in a season and posted a higher average PIR.
"Every win in the EuroCup is important, but this one was pretty important to help us get one step closer to advancing to the round of 16," Osetkowski said afterward. "And I think that's something we should be really excited about."
Indeed, everyone who supports Ulm should be excited about the win and how it has drastically improved the team's Top 16 chances. And with an in-form Osetkowski, there could be some more big games to come.