Darius Washington’s great performance in Lottomatica Roma’s come-from-behind victory over Spirou Charleroi will surely go down as a night to remember. Not only did he lead a 20-2 fourth-quarter charge that took his team to an important 95-83 victory, but when all was said and done, Washington finished the game with career highs of 27 points and a 31 performance index rating to earn Sportingbet Week 7 MVP honors. Washington made 6 of 7 two-point shots, 2 of 5 triples, drew 10 fouls, converted all 9 of his free throws and grabbed 4 rebounds and a steal in the winning effort. Washington’s effort eclipsed that of Montepaschi Siena point guard Bo McCalebb, who despite not playing the fourth quarter of his team’s 90-72 victory over Lietuvos Rytas, racked up 15 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists and tied a Euroleague career-high with 5 steals for a 28 performance index rating. Tied for third on the list of top Week 7 performers were BC Khimki Moscow Region guard Zoran Planinic and Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv center Sofoklis Schortsanitis. Planinic tallied 16 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals in a 92-65 thrashing of Partizan mt:s. Big Sofo had 22 points on 8-of-12 shooting plus 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals as Maccabi edged Zalgiris 68-71. Both amassed index ratings of 27. Rounding out the list of the week’s best performers was Caja Laboral center Stanko Barac with 25 points on 8-of-12 two-point and 9-of-10 free throw shooting in addition to 5 rebounds and 2 blocked shots for a 26 index rating in his team’s 75-81 loss at the hands of Asseco Prokom.
Individual performances: Eidson & McCalebb, 5 steals
In addition to his MVP performance, Washington was also the week’s leading scorer with 27 points. His outburst lifted Washington into a tie for eighth place this season with 14.4 points per game. Cibona swingman Bojan Bogdanovic is the Euroleague leader with 18.6 points per game. Robertas Javtokas of Power Electronics Valencia and Ioannis Bourousis of Olympiacos were Week 7’s best rebounders with 12 each. Bourousis climbed to third on the rebounding charts with 7.4 per game. Paulius Jankunas of Zalgiris leads the Turkish Airlines Euroleague with 8.3 rebounds per game. Armani Jeans Milano playmaker Ibby Jaaber and his Caja Laboral counterpart Marcelinho Huertas both dished 8 assists this week, more than any other players. With 5.3 assists per game, Huertas is now the Euroleague leader. Sportingbet November MVP Chuck Eidson of Maccabi and Montepaschi’s McCalebb each came away with 5 steals this week and now rank first and second, respectively, in the league. Eidson averaging 3.4 steals and McCalebb is up to 2.4 per game. Centers Ben Eze of Khimki and Adam Lapeta of Prokom both rejected 4 shots this week to top the charts. Eze is tied for fourth in the league with 1.6 blocks per game and moved up to 99 career blocks, just 1 away from seventh place on the Euroleague career charts. Mirza Begic leads all players this season with 2.4 blocks per game. Four players recorded double-doubles during Week 7: Kenny Gregory of Union Olimpija with 17 points and 11 rebounds, Joel Freeland of Unicaja with 15 points and 10 boards, Kyle Hines from Bose Baskets also with 15 and 10 and the Ioannis Bourousis of Olympiacos with 12 and 12.