Euroleague: Bobby Brown is Top 16, Week 2 MVP

Bobby Brown

Bobby Brown enjoyed one of the greatest games in league history on Friday night as he tied the Euroleague’s single-game scoring record en route to a come-from-behind 92-98 victory for his Montepaschi Siena over Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul. In doing so, Brown became the bwin MVP of the week for the third time this season! Brown finished with 41 points – tying three other players, though none had done so in the past decade! He not only put up big numbers, but featured prominently in the highlights too. His final stat line showed him making 8 of 12 two-point shots, 4 of 6 from behind the arc and he was perfect in 13 trips to the foul line. He made just 3 turnovers and was fouled 12 times in compiling a performance index rating of 50 – the most seen in over five years. Brown prevailed in an exciting duel against the man with the second-best numbers in Top 16, Game 2. Bojan Bogdanovic of Fenerbahce finished with a career-high 31 points and a 34 index in the loss. Ricky Hickman of Maccabi Electra also put up big numbers in a losing effort. Hickman had 18 points, 5 assists and 3 steals for an index rating of 27. Rounding out the week’s top performances are Nikola Mirotic of Real Madrid and Viktor Sanikidze of Montepaschi. Mirotic shined with 19 points and 8 rebounds as Madrid beat Brose Baskets. Sanikidze tallied 19 points and 8 rebounds.

Highs: Brown now leads the league in scoring and assists!

Brown was naturally the week’s top scorer and raised his league-leading average to 21 points per game – 4 more than the next closest players! Tibor Pleiss’s 11 rebounds were the most collected by any player in Top 16, Game 2. The Caja Laboral center did so off the bench in a 70-71 road win at Maccabi Electra and is now the Top 16 leader in rebounds per 40 minutes (17.6). Damir Markota, with 9 per game, is the Top 16 leader. Emir Preldzic of Fenerbahce had 8 assists to lead all players this week. Brown, amazingly, also leads the league in assists with 5.9 per game. Oliver Lafayette of Zalgiris and Jamon Lucas of Anadolu Efes each recorded 4 steals to lead the weekly standings. Lucas is third in the league with 1.83 steals per game. Hickman tops the charts with 2.17 per game. Five players – Mirza Begic of Real Madrid, Paul Davis of BC Khimki Moscow Region, Semih Erden of Anadolu Efes, Shawn james of Maccabi and A.J. Ogilvy of Brose Baskets – share the weekly high with 3 blocked shots. Panathinaikos big man Stephane Lasme remains the league leader with 2.09 rejections per game. CSKA Moscow forward Viktor Khryapa, who is now the league’s top rebounder among active players in the Top 16 with 6.7 rebounds per game, had 10 points and 10 rebounds in a 57-75 win at Alba Berlin for the week’s lone double-double.

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