Clark cream of the crop in the Semi-Finals
MUNICH (FIBA Europe Cup) - Cameron Clark of Elan Chalon was in a league of his own in the FIBA Europe Cup Semi-Finals, producing two remarkable displays of individual brilliance against Telenet Oostende.
Having scored 28 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and dished out 4 assists in the first leg on the road in Belgium, the 25-year-old forward came up with a 27-point game in the return game in Chalon-sur-Saone, carrying the French side into the Finals.
Clark was the run-away leader in efficiency with an average ranking of 25.5 over the two Semi-Finals legs, connecting on 20-of-33 shots from the field and knocking down 14-of-16 of his free-throw attempts.
Elan Chalon also had another representative among the Top Performers. In spite taking more of a back seat in the tie and diverting some of his looks to Clark, John Roberson still made his impact felt.
Roberson was to some extent held back by the unusually poor 36% shooting from the field, but still contributed with 14.5 points, 3.0 rebounds and 6.0 assists per game in the series against Oostende.
On the other side of the bracket, Chris Warren also registered back-to-back 20-plus point games and was the lead architect in Nanterre 92's masterful fourth-quarter comeback against Telekom Baskets on the road in Bonn, during which he scored 11 points.
The 28-year-old playmaker scored 20 points in Nanterre and dropped a further 24 points at the Telekom Dome, making a combined 16-of-23 shots from the field in two games, including 7-of-16 from three-point range.
Having two players, Julian Gamble and Kenneth Horton, appear on the Top Performers will be of little consolation to the heartbroken Telekom Baskets, who had one foot in the Finals before the major meltdown.
Disappointed in the result but proud of our team! Focus now on the playoffs! We are far from done— Julian Gamble (@TheRealJG45) April 5, 2017
The former was the star of the first game with 26 points and 6 rebounds, while the latter shone in the second leg with 24 points, 5 rebounds and 3 steals.
Gamble averaged 17.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.0 steal and 1.0 block against Nanterre, while Horton collected 16.5 points, 5.5 boards and 1.5 steals per game in the tie that both players will undoubtedly want to erase from their memories.