20 Brandyn Curry | photo: Erwin Otten
08/03/2018
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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.

Kyrylo Fesenko of Sidigas Scandone Avellino came close to the mark the following day after registering a 24-point, 15-rebound double-double against Tsmoki-Minsk.

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.

The Lithuanian club came out of the game against Alba Fehervar as 87-74 winners, despite seeing their 29-point lead reduced to just 2 for a short while in the fourth quarter.

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

The current FIBA Europe Cup scoring leader poured in 23 points, 4 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals as the Danish champs took home a 93-73 victory against Ventspils.

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.

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