Round 11 MVP: Shane Larkin, Anadolu Efes Istanbul

Nov 30, 2019 by Print

Shane Larkin rewrote history on Friday night while leading Anadolu Efes Istanbul to a 104-75 win over FC Bayern Munich and running away with the MVP honor for Round 11. Larkin crashed the record books by shattering the EuroLeague's all-time scoring mark with 49 points and by tying the single-game record for three-pointers, making 10 in 12 attempts. His efficient shooting also included 5-for-7 two-point and 9-for-10 free-throw shooting. Larkin added 5 assists, 2 rebounds, 1 steal and 6 drawn fouls in just 31 minutes to accumulate a performance index rating of 53, the EuroLeague's fifth-best all-time and the highest in more than 15 years. This marked the fourth MVP of the Round award for Larkin, all of which have come since last March. The next-best PIR, 30, belonged to Nikola Milutinov of Olympiacos Piraeus, who had 13 points, 11 rebounds 2 assists, 2 steals and 7 drawn fouls in a 91-70 home win over AX Armani Exchange Milan. Bojan Dubljevic of Valencia Basket was third with a PIR of 29 after collecting 22 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists and 1 steal despite losing to Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade on the road by a buzzer-beater. Following him was Bayern's Vladimir Lucic with a PIR of 28 based on 20 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists against Efes. Rounding out the list of top performers in Round 11 is Anthony Gill of Khimki Moscow Region who finished with 18 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists for a PIR 26 in a loss against Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul.

Individual highs: Shane Larkin, Efes, 49 points

Larkin not only set a new EuroLeague record with 49 points but has also taken over the season-long lead in scoring by increasing his average to 22.0 points per game. Real Madrid's Walter Tavares pulled down 12 rebounds, the most in Round 11. Milutinov is the league's top rebounder with 9.8 per game. Three players had 9 assists this round: Kostas Sloukas of Fenerbahce, Nick Calathes of Panathinaikos OPAP Athens and Pierria Henry of KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz. Calathes tops the individual standings by averaging 9.1 assists. Brandon Davies of FC Barcelona had a career-high 5 steals, more than any player this week. Khimki's Stefan Jovic leads all stealers this season with 1.8 per game. Tavares had 3 blocks, the most in Round 11. Tavares is the top shot-blocker in the competition with 2.0 per contest. There were two double-doubles in this round: Milutinov posted 13 points and 11 rebounds, while Gustavo Ayon of Zenit St Petersburg had 18 points and 10 rebounds.