Denmon headlines Week 1 Top Performers
MUNICH (FIBA Europe Cup) - The first week of the new FIBA Europe Cup season is in the books and it’s the name of Marcus Denmon that stands out from the rest in terms of brilliant individual performances.
The 26-year-old Gaziantep shooting guard from USA torched the team’s Week 1 opponents Petrolina AEK Larnaca with a league-high 35 points on 12-of-20 from the field and also added 9 rebounds for a hard-to-beat total efficiency ranking of 34.
His teammate Jure Balazic also snuck into the Top Performers of the Week list with 19 points, 9 rebounds and 2 steals to his name, as Gaziantep celebrated a narrow victory in overtime in Cyprus.
Michael Smith of Antwerp Giants put together an excellent all-around performance as well, pacing the Belgian side to a victory against FC Porto with 22 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 steals and 1 block.
Redwell-Gunners Oberwart point guard Derek Jackson had a clutch showing against Tartu. Having doubled-doubled with 11 points and 11 assists, Jackson also chipped in with 5 steals and nailed a pair of game-winning free-throws.
Rounding out the Top Performers of Week 1 is Enisey Krasnoyarsk center Frank Elegar, who dominated inside against Rilski Sportist and had 17 points, 9 rebounds, 2 steals and 1 block in a victorious display in Bulgaria.