Luka Mitrovic (SRB)
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Heurtel, Rudy and Mitrovic take center stage in Cup action

ISTANBUL (FIBA Basketball World Cup) - One way to gauge the quality of a player is to see how he performs in the big games.

Everyone got a very good indication once again of how good France international Thomas Heurtel, Spain's Rudy Fernandez and Serbia's Luka Mitrovic are on Sunday when they led their respective club sides to glory in domestic cup action in Europe.

Heurtel, one of the keys to France's run to podium at the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup, was named the MVP of the Royal Hali Turkish Cup Final‏ after firing Anadolu Efes to a 70-60 victory over Fenerbahce Ulker in Gaziantep.

When he played for France last summer, Heurtel had one of the best games of his career in a Quarter-Final upset of World Cup hosts Spain.

On Sunday, the point guard had 12 points and six assists and also helped his Efes side control the tempo of a battle waged by two sides that are also in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Top 16.

Heurtel, who joined Efes several weeks ago from Laboral Kutxa in Spain, was also crucial on defense as Efes put the clamps on a talented and deep Fener squad.

"In the final we played good defense for 40 minutes," said Turkey national team guard Dogus Balbay of Efes.

"We were neck and neck the whole way, and we managed to win. We worked hard and it was a great game."

Two other national team stars also had big performances for Efes, who are led by former Serbia coach Dusan Ivkovic.

Serbia center Nenad Krstic had 13 points and 12 rebounds and Croatia forward Dario Saric scored a game-high 17 points while also pulling down nine boards.

Efes had won their Quarter-Final against Galatasaray, 79-73, while Fener scraped a 73-72 triumph over Turkish Cup hosts Royal Hali Gaziantep.

In the Semi-Finals, Fener defeated Pinar Karsiyaka, 79-73, and Efes prevailed 88-73 over Darussafaka Dogus.

"I think in this very strong tournament you had the eight best Turkish teams, and my team definitely deserved this victory," Ivkovic said.

Game by game we played better and better. This game, I think, was the best - Ivkovic

In Spain, Fernandez was in familiar territory by the end of the Copa del Rey.

The Copa MVP in 2004 when he was a player for DKV Joventut Badalona, a performance that helped him claim a place in Spain's squad for the Athens Olympics, and also in 2008, Fernandez was again the MVP on Sunday after helping Real Madrid defeat Barcelona, 77-71, in the Final.

The veteran finished with 16 points, five steals and four rebounds as Real overcame a tremendous effort by Barca's Croatian center, Ante Tomic, who had 25 points and 11 rebounds, under the watchful eye of FIBA President Horacio Muratore, who was in attendance.

In the Serbian Cup, Mitrovic, a player with a big future in the country's national team, led Crvena Zvezda to their third straight triumph in the event.

He had 24 points and 11 rebounds and helped the Belgrade outfit, also known as Red Star, to overcome a nine-point deficit and win, 80-74.

Mitrovic and Crvena, who had beaten Partizan in the Semi-Finals, also got 17 points from Nikola Kalinic, a player that reached the World Cup Final last year with Serbia.