On Thursday night, Ante Tomic delivered another magnificent display to claim his second consecutive bwin weekly MVP award. The All-Euroleague center was again in top form in Top 16 Round 8 to set three new career highs in leading FC Barcelona to a thrilling 84-89 overtime win in Istanbul over Anadolu Efes. Tomic scored a career-best 26 points, making 11 of his 16 two-point attempts and adding 4 of 5 free-throws. Tomic was also a monster on the boards, pulling in a total of 15 rebounds – another career-high - while providing 3 assists and drawing 7 fouls, which added up to a performance index rating of 40 – the best of his career, and the best by far in Top 16 Round 8. The second-best index rating for the week was Derrick Brown of Lokomotiv Krasnodar Kuban with 29. In a dramatic 94-93 loss against CSKA Moscow, Brown collected 23 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals. Sharing the third place among the week’s best with 28 index ratings were a pair of All-Euroleague guards: Bo McCalebb of Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul and Juan Carlos Navarro of Barcelona. In a key 78-74 win over Olympiacos Piraeus, McCalebb had 20 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 8 drawn fouls. Navarro netted 17 points along with a career-high 11 assists, 3 rebounds and 7 drawn fouls in a win over Efes. Rounding out the top five for the week was Panathinaikos Athens forward James Gist, who had 21 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists for a performance index rating of 27 in a 77-75 loss at EA7 Emporio Armani Milan. MVP Video
Individual leaders: Juan Carlos Navarro of Barcelona, 11 assists
Tomic was the week’s leading scorer with 26 points. Keith Langford of EA7 Milan scored 18 points, and is the top scorer this season with 17.5 per game. Tomic was also Top 16 Round 8’s top rebounder with 15 boards. Joffrey Lauvergne of Partizan NIS Belgrade pulled down 6, and leads the Euroleague in rebounding with 8.8 per night. Navarro’s career-high 11 assists was the best of the week, as he was the only player dishing a double-digit number of assists. Dimitiris Diamantidis of Panathinaikos Athens remains the season-long leader with 7.2 per game. Four players had 4 steals this week - Vytenis Ciziauskas of Zalgiris Kaunas, Aleks Maric of Lokomotiv Kuban, Tyrese Rice of Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv and Jamon Gordon of Anadolu Efes. Gordon leads the competition with an average of 2.13 steals. Tibor Pleiss of Laboral Kutxa Vitoria had 3 blocks in Top 16 Round 8. Bryant Dunston of Olympiacos and Shawn James of Maccabi Electra share the lead in the shot-blocking category with 1.5 per game. There were three double-doubles this week. In addition to Tomic and Navarro, John Bryant of Bayern Munich amassed 11 points plus 11 rebounds.