Golden shines for Avtodor to lead Team of the Week
MUNICH (FIBA Europe Cup) – Trae Golden of Avtodor Saratov had his fingerprints all over the Russian side's second consecutive victory in the Second Round, becoming the last player to capture the Top Performer honors in 2018.
Having reached double figures in all seven of his previous FIBA Europe Cup outings this season, the 27-year-old guard extended the streak with a game-high 19-point effort in a 97-72 win over ZZ Leiden.
He accompanied the scoring with season-highs of 7 rebounds and 8 assists en route to an efficiency ranking of 30, the best mark in the competition this week.
Szolnoki Olaj man Strahinja Milosevic matched Golden's output after scoring 24 points and matching the FIBA Europe Cup all-time record with 19 rebounds against Z Mobile Prishtina but was ultimately forced out of Top Performer discussion by an 81-76 defeat in Kosovo.
In the same game, Kosovar scoring extraordinaire Dardan Berisha earned a spot on the Team of the Week by racking up 17 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists, a pair of steals and a block to lead the Prishtina club to their first ever win in the Second Round.
Australian forward Xavier Cooks posted his most impressive game of the season for s.Oliver Wurzburg, going 8-of-12 from the field for 18 points and 16 rebounds in a 96-87 overtime drama on the road against Pinar Karsiyaka to stay unbeaten in Group I.
At the same time, Alba Fehervar center Jordan Heath registered his highest scoring game of the campaign to complete the Team of the Week lineup, collecting 22 points, 5 rebounds and 2 blocks in an 89-56 blowout win over Lukoil Levski in Hungary.