Daiki Tanaka is named to MVP, headlines All-Star Five of FIBA Asia Champions Cup 2018
NONTHABURI (FIBA Asia Champions Cup 2018) — Smooth Japanese sharpshooter Daiki Tanaka was named the Most Valuable Player of the FIBA Asia Champions Cup 2018 after a valiant effort in the championship game.
Tanaka rained in 28 points in the championship game, his highest tally of the tournament, and missed only 5 of his 17 shot attempts but fell just short by losing to Petrochimi, 68-64.
The 27-year-old averaged 15.4 points, 2.6 rebounds, and 4.0 assists per game while shooting a red-hot 52.9% from downtown.
Tanaka was joined by champion Benham Yakhchali and teammate Alex Kirkalong with Michael Singletary and Dajuan Summers as the All-Star Five of the FIBA Asia Champions Cup 2018.
Benham Yakhchali of Petrochimi was stellar through all all of Petrochimi’s 5 wins in in the tournament and averaged 19.2 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 5.6 assists. His hot shooting in the second half against the Meralco Bolts to finish with 29 points was one of the more memorable performances of the tourney.
Tanaka’s teammate, Alex Kirk, was also named among the best players and put up an average double-double of 21.4 points and 10.6 rebounds over the past week.
Mono Vampire’s Michael Singletary put on a performance to remember leading the tournament in points (28.2 PPG), rebounds (16.4), and efficiency rate (32.4). A large factor of how the Mono Vampire were able to improve on their finish to 5th place this season was due to Singletary’s overall excellence on the court.
Dajuan Summers put in three straight monstrous games for the SK Knights towards the end, leading them to a 3rd place finish. The former Detroit Piston normed 25.6 points, 8.2 rebounds, 2.2 steals, and 1.6 blocks for the Korean club.