Larkin smashes Final Four PIR record

May 17, 2019 by Print
Larkin smashes Final Four PIR record

In his Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Final Four debut, Anadolu Efes Istanbul guard Shane Larkin has left a mark that hundreds of players before him on the season's biggest stage could not touch. Larkin's performance index rating of 43 broke the Final Four record this century as he led Anadolu Efes Istanbul to a stunning 73-92 victory over Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul, the top team of the regular season, at Fernando Buesa Arena in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain.

Until Larkin exploded on Friday, the the record for a Final Four game this century had been 37 by Trajan Langdon of CSKA Moscow in the 2010 Third Place Game against Partizan Belgrade. The record in a do-or-die Final Four game had belonged to Ekpe Udoh, who had a PIR of 36 in the 2017 semifinals against Real Madrid, playing for Fenerbahce.

Larkin did it all for Efes, leading the winners in points (30), assists (7) and rebounds (7), the latter tying his career high, in under 31 minutes on the floor. He made 5 of 9 three-pointers, one short of the Final Four record. His 30 points matched the semifinals record that CSKA Moscow star Nando De Colo established in 2016, which also stands as the most scored in a do-or-die Final Four game. Langdon had 32 for CSKA in that 2010 Third Place Game.

"Whatever it takes in this type of game," Larkin said after the final whistle. "You know there's only two games left to get a trophy, so whatever you have to do out there: rebounds, assists, dive for loose balls. It comes down to the little things, and I just tried to do everything I could tonight."