By Eurohoops Team/ firstname.lastname@example.org
Martin Hermannsson earned the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Regular Season Round 25 MVP award, Euroleague Basketball announced on Saturday. Added on his debut campaign in Europe’s premier club competition are 24 points and 27 PIR for ALBA Berlin versus Zenit Saint-Petersburg, both career-highs. The 27 performance index rating also made a recipient of the MVP of the Round honors out of the Icelandic guard.
Per EuroLeague: “Rookie guard Martin Hermannsson used his finest performance yet to lead ALBA Berlin to an 81-83 comeback road win at Zenit St Petersburg and to earn the MVP of the Round honor in the process. Hermannsson finished with a career-high performance index rating of 27 PIR, the highest among winning players in Round 25. The ALBA guard scored his EuroLeague-best 24 points, including 8 in the game’s final three and a half minutes. He made 7 of 11 two-point shots, 2 of 3 threes and 4 of 5 free throws. Hermannsson also dished 7 assists and had a personal-best 4 rebounds while becoming the first MVP of the Round ever from Iceland. The highest index rating, 32, belongs to a player from the same game, Zenit’s Will Thomas. He collected 19 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists and 7 fouls drawn to accumulate his career-high PIR. Tyler Dorsey of Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv had a PIR 25 in an important 82-85 road win at Valencia Basket, collecting 19 points, 5 assists and 2 rebounds. Rounding out the list of Round 25’s top performers were Nando De Colo of Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul and Nikola Mirotic of FC Barcelona, each with an index rating of 23. De Colo had 21 points, 6 assists and 3 rebounds in a home loss against Real Madrid, while Mirotic posted 20 points and 9 rebounds in a road win at Panathinaikos OPAP Athens.
Individual highs: Jonas Jerebko, Khimki, 12 rebounds
The top scorer of Round 25 was Mike James of CSKA with 29 points. Anadolu Efes Istanbul guard Shane Larkin remains the league scoring leader with 22.0 points per game. Jonas Jerebko of Khimki Moscow Region led all players this round with 12 rebounds. Nikola Milutinov of Olympiacos Piraeus is EuroLeague’s top rebounder with 8.2 on average. Nick Calathes of Panathinaikos had 11 assists, more than any player in Round 25. Calathes tops the assists charts with 9.5 per game. ALBA’s Luke Sikma and Olympiacos 18-year old Alexandros Nikolaidis each had 4 steals to lead this round. Pierria Henry of KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz leads all players in steals this season, averaging 1.7. Two players had 3 blocks this week, Achille Polonara of KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz and Georgios Papagiannis of Panathinaikos. Leading all shot-blockers this season is Real’s Walter Tavares with 2.1 blocks per game. There were two double-doubles in Round 25: Jerebko had 16 points plus 12 rebounds while Calathes had 10 points and 11 assists.”