Who was the best of the best from the Second Round?
MUNICH (Germany) - We have reached another checkpoint in the FIBA Europe Cup season with the conclusion of the Second Round. Similarly to our post-Regular Season recap, it's time to reflect on the top performers from the Second Round after it brought more drama and entertainment ahead of the Play-Offs.
Efficiency: Jordan Morgan (Pinar Karsiyaka)
Jordan Morgan was the standout player in the Second Round after producing dominant performance after dominant performance.
The displays earned a first call-up to Slovenia's National Team for the upcoming FIBA EuroBasket 2021 Qualifiers after recently receiving his passport.
Morgan posted three double-doubles in the Second Round with his final two outings resulting in 30+ efficiency ratings as a back-to-back Top Performer.
The chasing pack were led by Mangok Mathiang of Bahcesehir College with Ventspils' Klavs Cavars also impressing.
|1.||Jordan Morgan||Pinar Karsiyaka||6||23.3|
|2.||Mangok Mathiang||Bahcesehir College||6||22.3|
|4.||Tomislav Zubcic||Enisey Krasnoyarsk||4||20.8|
|5-6.||Anthony Ireland||SL Benfica||6||19.3|
|Joshua Sharma||Spirou Basket||6||19.3|
Points: Jordan Morgan (Pinar Karsiyaka)
Not only was Morgan the most efficient player, he was also the leading scorer. Recording just shy of 20 points per game, Morgan put up 117 points over six games to lead Pinar Karsiyaka to six wins in the Second Round.
The 28-year-old center hit 20 points for the first time in the competition this season in the opening game before going on to fire in 29 points against Enisey Krasnoyarsk having shot 66 percent overall in the Second Round.
Tomislav Zubcic and Nuni Omot were both behind in second and third, though Jordon Varnado and Darko Planinic both passed the century mark for points having not missed a game in the Second Round - with mixed fortunes for their teams.
|1.||Jordan Morgan||Pinar Karsiyaka||6||19.5|
|2.||Tomislav Zubcic||Enisey Krasnoyarsk||4||19.0|
|3.||Nuni Omot||ZZ Leiden||5||17.8|
|4.||Jordon Varnado||Egis Kormend||6||17.3|
|5.||Darko Planinic||U-BT Cluj Napoca||6||17.2|
Rebounds: Mangok Mathiang (Bahcesehir College) / Travis Taylor (Egis Kormend)
While it may be the end of the road for Travis Taylor, Mangok Mathiang is still going strong with Bahcesehir College as the duo shared the lead for rebounding during the Second Round.
Taylor produced two double-doubles with 12 rebounds collected on each occasion, while Mathiang had three double-doubles with a best of 15 boards in December.
Joshua Sharma was not far behind in third, whilst leading the competition in offensive rebounds per game. Jordan Morgan made another top five leaderboard with Ryan Luther also finishing with 50+ rebounds during the six games played with both players moving on.
|1-2.||Mangok Mathiang||Bahcesehir College||6||9.3|
|Travis Taylor||Egis Kormend||6||9.3|
|3.||Joshua Sharma||Spirou Basket||6||8.8|
|4.||Jordan Morgan||Pinar Karsiyaka||6||8.7|
Assists: Speedy Smith (Spirou Basket)
It may have been a quick exit for Spirou Basket, but it was a Speedy arrival that upped the stakes in the assists charts during the Second Round.
Speedy Smith made an instant impact on debut by recording only the second-ever triple-double in the competition's history before going on to hand out 14 assists against Bakken Bears.
There were familiar names in the second and third spots with Trae Golden and Tayler Persons swapping places from their First Round exploits.
Golden handed out 53 over the course of six games to help lead Bahcesehir College into the next stage and also set the season-high for assists with 14 before it was matched by Smith.
|1.||Speedy Smith||BC CSU Sibiu||4||9.0|
|2.||Trae Golden||Bahcesehir College||6||8.8|
|3.||Tayler Persons||ZZ Leiden||5||8.0|
|4.||Anthony Ireland||SL Benfica||6||7.0|
|5-6.||Patrick Richard||U-BT Cluj Napoca||6||5.8|
|James Robinson||medi Bayreuth||6||5.8|
Steals: Sherron Dorsey-Walker (Landstede Hammers Zwolle) / Patrick Richard (U-BT Cluj Napoca)
There was nothing to separate Sherron Dorsey Walker and Patrick Richard in the steals department as they both came away with 2.3 per game.
Dorsey Walker was joined amongst the top five by team-mate Mike Schilder, though they endured a tough Second Round with their side unable to pick up a win from six games.
Richard matched Dorsey Walker's effort of 14 steals with Nikola Rebic and TJ Shorts just behind with 12 apiece from their six appearances.
|1-2.||Sherron Dorsey Walker||Landstede Hammers Zwolle||6||2.3|
|Patrick Richard||U-BT Cluj Napoca||6||2.3|
|3-4.||Nikola Rebic||Enisey Krasnoyarsk||6||2.0|
|5-6.||Nate Linhart||medi Bayreuth||6||1.8|
|Mike Schilder||Landstede Hammers Zwolle||6||1.8|
Blocks: Klavs Cavars (Ventspils)
After posting 12 rejections during the First Round, Klavs Cavars repeated the feat but this time did so in just four appearances for an impressive average of 3.0 blocks per game.
The Latvian came up with 5, in a tough loss against BC Kyiv Basket, to match the season-high he recorded earlier in the competition before missing the final two games of the Second Round.
Mangok Mathiang landed himself on another leaderboard to follow Cavars with 2.0 blocks per game with Donatas Tarolis rounding out the podium places with 1.7 per game.
|2.||Mangok Mathiang||Bahcesehir College||6||2.0|
|3.||Donatas Tarolis||U-BT Cluj Napoca||6||1.7|
|4.||Joshua Sharma||Spirou Basket||6||1.5|
|5.||Jordon Varnado||Egis Kormend||6||1.3|