Buford ties FIBA Europe Cup rebounding record to headline Top Performers
MUNICH (FIBA Europe Cup) – A record-tying performance earned Avtodor Saratov forward Perrin Buford the Top Performer honors on the opening week of the Regular Season while helping the Russian side to a hard-fought victory at home.
The 24-year-old American player scored 20 points, grabbed a competition all-time best 19 rebounds, dished out 7 assists and registered 2 blocks in a 75-64 victory against Ironi Ness Ziona in Group D.
Having connected on 6-of-13 attempts from the floor and 8-of-10 from the free-throw stripe, Buford finished the contest with an efficiency index of 39.
He became only the third person in the history of the FIBA Europe Cup to notch down 19 rebounds in a single game.
New Heroes Den Bosch swingman Steven Cook also had a big season-opening performance, going off for 24 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 steals in a 91-58 blowout win over BK JIP Pardubice.
Meanwhile, Tyler Cain of Pallacanestro Varese registered a 19-point and 13-rebound double-double with 4 assists, as the Italian club eased by Rilski Sportist 95-76 on the road in Bulgaria.
Alba Fehervar forward Rodney Bullock collected 15 of his points in the fourth quarter and overtime, as the Hungarian side squeezed out a 96-82 victory against FC Porto. Having collected a game-high 29 points, he was efficient both from the field and from the charity stripe, going 7-of-12 and 12-of-13 respectively.
Rounding out the Team of the Week, ZZ Leiden guard Worthy De Jong posted 20 points, 10 rebounds, 5 steals and 2 blocks, as the Dutch side scored a major upset in Turkey, beating Sakarya BSB 69-56 away from home.