By Johnny Askounis/ firstname.lastname@example.org
Caleb Homesley was named 7DAYS EuroCup Regular Season Round 9 MVP, Euroleague Basketball announced Thursday.
Homesley, 25, added on his solid campaign packing a 29-point, 11-rebound double-double as the Hamburg Towers defeated Turk Telekom at Edel-optics.de Arena Tuesday. He made 10/15 field goals, including 7/10 triples. Six assists, three steals, and one block established the week-high 45 PIR getting him the MVP nod.
Prior to the former Liberty standout, Errick McCollum and Johnathan Motley were named MVP of the Round twice. The remaining distinctions were landed by Sindarius Thornwell, Cristiano Felicio, Justin Cobbs, Jaron Blossomgame, and John Shurna.
Per the press release: “In just his ninth 7DAYS EuroCup game ever, Hamburg Towers swingman Caleb Homesley accomplished what just 25 players in competition history had done previously by posting a performance index rating of 45 to become the MVP for Round 9. Homesley’s PIR topped all players this week and matched the highest single-game total in the last five years of EuroCup play. He also tied the season’s highest three-point total by hitting 7 of 10 shots from downtown on the way to 29 points while adding 11 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 steals and a blocked shot. He is also the first Hamburg player ever to win the MVP honor. Round 9’s next-best performers came from the same game. Vladimir Brodziansky was everywhere in Joventut Badalona’s 100-77 win over Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar, finishing with 31 points for a career-high PIR of 36. Lokomotiv’s Errick McCollum came next with 23 points for a 29 PIR and was tied by two other performers coming from a single game. Willie Reed led Buducnost VOLI Podgorica at home with a double-double of 18 points and 12 rebounds, victimizing Frutti Extra Bursaspor in an 83-82 thriller despite Derrick Needham’s 17 points, 7 assists and 3 steals for the visitors. Their shared 29 PIR was a career high for Needham.
Individual highs: Vladimir Brodziansky, Joventut Badalona, 31 points
Brodziansky’s career-high 31 points for Joventut topped all Round 9 scorers while McCollum of Lokomotiv has the highest average for the season, 22.8 points. The top rebounder of the week was Buducnost’s Reed with 12 boards. Jordan Caroline of Dolomiti Energia Trento leads the rebounding charts with 7.9 per game. Alessandro Pajola of Virtus Segafredo Bologna dished a career-high 9 assists. His injured teammate, Milos Teodosic, is the season leader at 8.1 per game. Anthony Clemmons of Turk Telekom Ankara had 5 steals, the most in Round 9. Bursaspor’s Needham averages a league-best 2.2 steals. Round 9’s best shot blocker was Balsa Koprivica with 4 while Octavius Ellis of Turk Telekom is the best of the season so far with 2.0 per game.”
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