The time of truth has arrived to the Eurocup with the Quarterfinals. Only the best four teams will advance to semifinals next week and the high stakes were already visible during Game 1 of this phase. With four crucial battles across the continent, only onep layer could emerge as MVP of the week and it was none other than Valencia Basket's Justin Doellman, who amassed an index rating of 34, the most this week among winning players.
Doellman led his team to an outstanding 86-54 home win over Alba Berlin on Wednesday, thanks to his 33 points — 11 of 15 twos, 2 of 3 threes and 5 of 5 free throws -, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 4 steals and 4 drawn fouls. Second in line was Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem's Artsiom Parakhouski with a 30 index rating, a career high for him, in a win over Nizhny Novgorod. Parakhouski scored 18 points, pulled 8 boards, blocked 5 shots and drew 7 fouls for an outstanding performance.
Individual highs: Parakhouski, career high with 5 blocks
Doellman was also the top scorer this week, and also in a clear way since second came Clay Tucker of Aykon TED Ankara Kolejliler with 23 points in his team's loss to Unics Kazan. DaJuan Summers of Budivlenik Kiev led his team to a win thanks to his 10 rebounds, the only player this week to grab boards in double digits. Oliver Lafayette stood out this week for Valencia Basket also as he dished as many as 8 assists and two more players followed with 7 apiece, Yotam Halperin of Hapoel and DeMarcus Nelson of Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade. On the defensive end, two players had 4 steals each: Doellman of Valencia and Dijon Thompson of Nizhny Novgorod. Finally, Parakhouski led, one more week, the blocks rankings with his 5, another career high for him in the Eurocup.