Boulogne Metropolitans 92 has been one of the surprises of the 7DAYS EuroCup season thus far. One way to perform at a high level is balance, and the French side has shown that all players on the roster have the ability to lead the team. Its impressive victory over Partizan NIS Belgrade was the latest example with Maxime Roos and Miralem Halilovic serving as two of the leaders.
Both Roos and Halilovic had career nights as Metropolitans defeated 79-62 for a 2-0 mark in Group F. Roos had an evening to remember as he collected 13 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals and 5 blocks for an index rating of 22. The 25-year-old forward set new personal EuroCup records in every category besides tying his steals mark after previous bests of 11 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 blocks and 13 PIR.
Halilovic tallied 15 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal and 2 blocks for an index rating of 20. His previous best in scoring was 6 points. Halilovic tied his block mark and bested his previous PIR of 9. This breakout came after the duo combined for 6 points in nearly 45 minutes of the first Top 16 win over Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar.
David Michineau led Metropolitans in scoring against Partizan with 16 points. It was the second straight game that he topped the team in points. And he is the sixth different player to be top scorer for Metropolitans thus far this season. The others are Rob Gray and Bastian Pinault both three times, Anthony Brown twice and Tomer Ginat and Assem Marei once each.
In addition to balance, Metropolitans has impressed this season with its ability to adapt on the fly. After carrying the biggest scoring load, Gray transferred to AS Monaco. Marei's short-term contract expired and he left, too. Vitalis Chikoko missed three games, Brandon Brown sat out the last regular-season game and Ginat is currently sidelined with a foot injury.
Metropolitans management has done well in bringing in replacements as Archie Goodwin arrived in late November and veteran Paul Stoll is a temporary fill-in for Brown.
Metropolitans head coach Jure Zdovc has done a masterful job in getting the right player to step at the right time. And it was for Roos and Halilovic who did so against Partizan.