A career-best game from one of the Euroleague's best defensive centers gave Prokom Trefl Sopot its first win of the season and made that player, Tomas Van den Spiegel, the Week 4 MVP with an index rating of 50, one of the highest single-game grades all decade! Prokom arrived in Bologna to face Virtus Vidivici without top gun Milan Gurovic, but Van den Spiegel stepped up big-time, with 27 points on 8-of-11 two-pointers and 11-of-11 free throws, while dominating a 75-87 road win. Van den Spiegel added 14 rebounds, 8 in the offensive end, an assists, 3 steals, a block and 11 fouls drawn for a 50 index, the sixth-best individual performance since the competition started in 2000. Marcus Brown of Zalgiris Kaunas had the second-highest performance rating, 43. Brown regained his crown as the Euroleague's all-time top scorer (2,063 points) by putting up with 28 points in a victory over Union Olimpija, making 6 of 7 two-point shots, 3 of 5 triples and 7 of 7 free throws. He added 5 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 steals and 9 fouls drawn for a 43 index, his career-best, too. Marc Salyers of Chorale Roanne had the third-best performance with a 40 index. Salyers piled up 40 points, tying the second-most points ever scored in a Euroleague game, just one point shy of the record, by making 9 of 11 two-pointers, 6 of 13 triples and 4 of 5 free throws for a 40 index. Larry Ayuso of Cibona (36 index) and Lynn Greer of Olympiacos (32) completed the top individual performances of the week.
Individual highs: Marc Salyers ties second-highest scoring mark
Salyers was the top scorer of the week and now ties with Arvydas Macijauskas and Vlado Scepanovic for the second-best scoring mark in Euroleague history. He was just one point shy of tying the absolute record of 41, held jointly by Carlton Myers, Kaspars Kambala and the late Alphonso Ford. Despite his wild scoring night, Chorale registered a 90-97 home loss against Fenerbahce Ulker. Still, Salyers is now the the regular season top scorer, with 23.8 points per game. Brown, meanwhile, regained the distinction of being the Euroleague's all-time top scorer, with 2,063 points since the competition started in 2000, He surpassed Luis Scola, second now with 2,054 points. In third place, behind Scola, is Nikola Vujcic of Maccabi Elite (1,857 points), in fourth place Juan Carlos Navarro (1,824) and in fifth J.R. Holden of CSKA Moscow (1,814). Van den Spiegel led all rebounders with 14 boards in Week 4, while Mirza Teletovic of Tau Ceramica, who pulled down 13 in a home victory against Montepaschi Siena, is the competition's top rebounder (11 rpg.). Dejuan Collins of Zalgiris dished 8 assists and ties atop the overall standings with Roko Ukic of Lottomatica and Pepe Sanchez of AXA FC Barcelona, all at 5.3 per night. Three-time Defensive Player of the Year Dimitris Diamantidis had 5 steals, more than anyone this week. Terrell McIntyre of Montepaschi Siena and Arvydas Macijauskas lead the steals board at 3 per game. Pape Badiane of Roanne, Ben Eze of Montepaschi Siena and Diamantidis each had 3 blocks to lead the weekly standings. Badiane joins a three-way tie atop the block standings along with Van den Spiegel and Andrea Crosariol of Virtus Vidivici Bologna. Six players - Van den Spiegel, Marko Milic of Union Olimpija, Loren Woods of Efes Pilsen, Erazem Lorbek of Lottomatica Roma, Sam Clancy of Le Mans Sarthe Basket and Ademola Okulaja of Brose Baskets - registered double-doubles this week.