All eyes on Dinamo record-breaker Thomas in Team of the Week
MUNICH (Germany) - Rashawn Thomas was in a league of his own in the second leg of the Round of 16, headlining the Team of the Week after breaking multiple long-standing FIBA Europe Cup records and leading Dinamo Sassari into the Quarter-Finals.
A career night saw the 24-year-old power forward dominate ZZ Leiden in a 94-68 contest with a competition all-time best 40 points, 16 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 blocks and a steal for a never-seen-before efficiency of 54.
The big man put his offensive versatility on display by punishing the Dutch visitors from all over the court, going 11-of-16 from inside the arc and 4-of-6 from three-point range.
Thomas was far from the only player to have raised his game to another level for the return fixture, with Assem Marei shining for Pinar Karsiyaka with 23 points, 17 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals in a 70-65 triumph over Ventspils that was enough put the Izmir side through to the Quarter-Finals.
Marko Filipovity of Alba Fehervar covered himself in glory, as the Hungarians pulled off a big turnaround against Telekom Baskets Bonn to swing the tie in their favor after losing the first leg in Germany.
The 22-year-old forward played a key role in the 81-69 upset at home in Szekesfehervar, going 7-of-10 from the field for 18 points, 7 rebounds and 2 blocks.
There was no element of surprise in Aleksa Avramovic's big night at the Enerxenia Arena, with the Pallacanestro Varese point guard from Serbia orchestrating a convincing 100-84 victory over Z Mobile Prishtina with 18 points, 7 assists, 4 rebounds and 3 steals to get a step closer to the title.
The only player to have made the Team of the Week without earning a ticket to the Quarter-Finals, Trae Golden couldn't keep Avtodor Saratov in the Play-Offs despite giving s.Oliver Wurzburg all sorts of trouble with 24 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals in a 94-90 defeat.