Top 16, Week 3 MVP: Savvas Iliadis, Aris TT Bank

Mar 02, 2007 by Print
Savvas Iliadis - Aris TT Bank If anyone deserved a consolation prize based on the desire to win a Top 16 game, it was the very winner of the Week 3 MVP honor, Savvas Iliadis of Aris TT Bank. In a big game that went down to the final shot, Iliadis recorded to the top individual performance of the week with an index rating of 30. Despite his efforts in helping Aris make up double-digit deficits, his team suffered a one-point loss, 79-80, to visiting Benetton Treviso. Iliadis finished the game with 23 points based on 6-for-8 two-point and 8-for-11 free-throw shooting. He added 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals and 7 fouls drawn for his index rating of 30. Serkan Erdogan of Tau Ceramica had the second-best performance of the week with a 28 index rating. Erdogan scored 24 points and 4 steals to lead Tau to a record-breaking 99-56 home win against Lottomatica Roma. Tau's 43-point margin was the most ever in a Top 16 game. The victory also meant that Tau ties the longest home winning streak ever in the competition, 25 games in a row. Matjaz Smodis of CSKA and Terrell Lyday of Benetton each got a 27 index to tie for the third-best performances of the week. Smodis had 19 points, 6 rebound and 7 fouls drawn in a road win at Olympiacos that kept CSKA undefeated, while Lyday had 19 points, 4 steals and 8 fouls drawn for Benetton against Aris. Sani Becirovic of Panathinaikos (26 index) completes the top individual performances as he posted 18 points and 6 assists in a road win at Prokom Trefl Sopot.

Indiviudal highs: Batiste, 13 rebounds

Erdogan and Navarro were the Top 16 Week 3 top scorers, each with 24 points. Erdogan is third (17.7 ppg.) in the scorers list while Navarro is eighth (16.3 ppg.) in a table led by Igor Rakocevic (18.5 ppg.), who did not play this week due to an injury. Mike Batiste of Panathinaikos led all rebounders by pulling down 13 in his team's road win against Prokom Trefl Sopot. Batiste ranked 11th (6.7 rpg.) in the Top 16 rebounds standings now led by Nikola Vujcic of Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv (8.3 rpg.). Becirovic and Jaka Lakovic each dished 6 assists, more than anyone else this week. Navarro is still the Top 16 assists leader (6.3 apg.), Becrovic is fifth (4 apg.) and Lakovic 10th (3.7 apg.). Rashid Atkins of Prokom Trefl collected 5 steals this week and climbed to the fourth place in the Top 16 table (2.67 spg.), still led by teen sensation Ricky Rubio (3.3 spg.). Surprisingly enough, Giorgos Sigalas of Aris had 3 blocks to lead the weekly standings. Sigalas did not have any block in 16 previous games so far this season. Lazaros Papadopoulos of Dynamo, Fran Vazquez of Winterthur FCB and Thomas Van den Spiegel of CSKA tie for the first place in the Top 16 blocks standings (2 bpg.). Five players - Batiste, Vujcic, Ricardo Greer of Elan Bearnais Pau-Orthez, Kosta Perovic of Partizan and his teammate Predrag Drobnjak - registered double-doubles this week.