Two of the biggest stars of one of Top 16, Week 2’s most exciting games share the spotlight as Sportingbet weekly co-MVPs. Khalid El-Amin of Lietuvos Rytas and Marcelinho Huertas of Caja Laboral dueled as point guards of a thrilling game in Vitoria, Spain. After Huertas set up teammate Mirza Teletovic for a three-pointer that seemingly forced overtime, El-Amin answered back with a three-pointer at the buzzer that gave L. Rytas an 86-89 road win, its first of the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Top 16. The final stats showed that each recorded a performance index rating of 29, better than any of the other 190 players in uniform this week. El-Amin tallied a season-high 22 points with near-perfect shooting: 3 of 3 two-pointers, 4 of 5 triples and 4 of 4 free throws. He also had 2 assists, 3 steals and 5 fouls drawn en route to his 29 index rating. Marcelinho scored 17 points and dished 11 assists in addition to 5 rebounds and 5 fouls drawn. Stars of two other big victories, Igor Rakocevic of Efes Pilsen and Sofoklis Schortsanitis of Maccabi Electra, were next on the list of top performers with index ratings of 28 each. Rakocevic scored 23 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and added 2 assists and a steal as Efes edged Partizan mt:s Belgrade 76-79 on the road in the Serbian capital. Schortsanitis posted 19 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists, a steal and a block in Maccabi’s 99-58 rout of Lottomatica Roma at home in Tel Aviv. Rounding out the list of the best Top 16, Week 2 individual performers are Juan Carlos Navarro of Regal FC Barcelona, Jeremy Pargo of Maccabi, Nikola Mirotic of Real Madrid and Fernando San Emeterio of Caja Laboral, all with index ratings of 24. Navarro scored a season-high 27 points to lead Barca to a 67-68 road win at Union Olimpija. Pargo had 16 points and 5 assists in Maccabi’s win. Mirotic sparked Madrid to a 68-78 comeback victory at Montepaschi Siena with 16 points on 4-for-4 three-point shooting in 17 minutes. And San Emeterio contributed 9 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals in Laboral’s heart-breaking loss.
Individual highs: Juan Carlos Navarro of Regal FC Barcelona, 27 points
Navarro’s 27-point output was the best scoring effort of the week and made him the leading scorer in the Top 16 with 25 points per game. He had almost 40% of his team’s points for the game in improving to a 14.3-point average for the season. Felipe Reyes of Real Madrid hauled in 11 rebounds on Wednesday, the most of any player this week. Kenny Gregory of Union Olimpija leads the Top 16 with 11.5 rebounds per game. Huertas cemented his status as the assists leader with 11 this week, putting him first in the Top 16 with 7.5 per game. Eight players – El-Amin, San Emeterio, Rod Blakney of Unicaja, Omer Onan of Fenerbahce Ulker, Doron Perkins of Maccabi, Lawrence Roberts of Efes and the Montepaschi duo of Shaun Stonerook and Nikos Zisis – tied for the most steals of the week with 3 apiece. El-Amin’s 6 steals in two Top 16 games is the most of this stage. Mirotic, Stanko Barac of Laboral and Emir Preldzic of FB Ulker had the most blocks of the week with three each. Giorgi Shermadini of Olimpija leads the Top 16 with 2 blocks per contest. Huertas, Schortsanitis and Reyes (11 points, 11 rebounds) were the only players to tally double doubles in this week’s games.