By Eurohoops team/ firstname.lastname@example.org
The 7DAYS EuroCup Eighthfinals have come to a close and eight teams have advanced to the quarterfinals next week. Among plenty of impressive individual performances, none topped the one put on by Anthony Cowan of Promitheas Patras, who earned the MVP honor for the third time in the last four rounds.
Cowan racked up a PIR of 32 in his 89-75 win over Mincidelice JL Bourg en Bresse, the first for Promitheas this late in a EuroCup season.
Cowan’s performance included 20 points based on making five of five three-pointers, which tied an eighthfinals record for perfect shooting from the arc. His six rebounds set a personal high and his ten assists tied another. He also had two steals and drew five fouls.
Erick Green of Buducnost VOLI Podgorica followed with a PIR of 30 in his team’s 92-83 road loss to ratiopharm Ulm. Green scored 29 points in 31 minutes and dished three assists.
Third in line was Arnoldas Kulboka, who was also instrumental in Promitheas’s victory thanks to his 20 points and five rebounds for a PIR of 26. O
Ondrej Balvin of Prometey Slobozhanske and Tyrique Jones of Turk Telekom Ankara was the main factor in their respective teams advancing to the quarterfinals with PIRs of 25 each.
Three players who pushed their teams into the quarterfinals posted PIRs of 24: Ante Tomic of Joventut Badalona, Bruno Caboclo of Ulm, and Tyrone Wallace of Paris Basketball.
Erick Greene of Buducnost VOLI Podgorica led all scorers in the eighthfinals with 29 points, reinforcing his place atop the scoring chart this season with an average of 18.8 points per game.
Zach Auguste of Frutti Extra Bursaspor was the best man under the glass this week with 14 rebounds, even if Alpha Kaba of Buducnost still leads the league leaders with 10.5 boards per game.
Eighthfinals MVP Anthony Cowan and Tyrone Wallace of Paris Basketball dished 10 assists apiece this round, but it is Hapoel Vegan-Friendly Tel Aviv’s J’Covan Brown who still leads the season rankings with 6.8 per night.
Two players topped the steals ranking of the eighthfinals with four apiece: Christoph Philipps of Veolia Hamburg Towers and Alexandre Chassang of Mincidelice JL Bourg en Bresse. Jeremiah Martin of Slask Wroclaw is still the best player this season with an average of 2.5 steals.
Finally, Kaba and George Conditt of Patras had three blocks apiece in the eighthfinals, while Hapoel’s Chinanu Onuaku leads all players in the league with 1.5 per game.