Donar man of the hour Curry reels in Top Performer honors
MUNICH (FIBA Europe Cup) - Donar Groningen point guard Brandyn Curry was a one-man wrecking crew in the first leg of the Round of 16 tie against U-BT Cluj-Napoca, earning the Top Performer honors in the opening week of the Play-Offs.
The 26-year-old playmaker made easy work of the Romanian team's defense and set personal FIBA Europe Cup season-highs with 26 points and 9 assists in Tuesday's lopsided 103-76 win at the MartiniPlaza.
Having gone 8-of-16 from the field and 7-of-7 from the free-throw line, Curry rounded out the impressive stat sheet performance with 6 rebounds, 2 steals and a block for an overall efficiency of 33.
Having been unstoppable all game long, the Ukrainian center also came up big in the clutch for the Italian club, making a buzzer-beating tip-in to draw the tie level at 70-70 at the end of the first leg.
No buzzer-beaters were needed in Utena, where Juventus big man LaRon Dendy introduced himself to the FIBA Europe Cup with 17 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 steals and a block.
Having been the main culprit behind the biggest upset of the Round of 16, Bakken Bears star DeVaughn Akoon-Purcell also earned a place on the Team of the Week.
DeVaughn Akoon-Purcell lifted Bakken Bears to a big win in Latvia
Although the Latvian side did not cover themselves in glory, Emmanuel Ubilla was among the best individual performers this week with an efficient 19-point, 5-rebound and 4-assist game on 6-of-8 shooting from the field.