Tibor Pleiss gets EuroLeague Playoffs Game 4 MVP

2022-04-30T13:01:58+00:00 2022-04-30T13:01:58+00:00.

Giannis Askounis

30/Apr/22 13:01


Anadolu Efes advancing to the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Final Four receives added bonus in German center Tibor Pleiss becoming the Game 4 MVP

By Johnny Askounis/ info@eurohoops.net

Tibor Pleiss was named Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Quarterfinals Game 4 MVP, Euroleague Basketball announced Saturday.

Pleiss, 32, fired a game-high 25 points behind 8/9 field goals for Anadolu Efes in the series-clinching win versus AX Armani Exchange Milan Thursday. Producing a 37 PIR topped the list of players in Game 4 action Thursday and Friday to get the MVP nod.

Nikola Mirotic and Brandon Davies of FC Barcelona, and Real Madrid’s Vincent Poirier stood out as the MVPs from Game 1 through Game 3.

Per the press release: Anadolu Efes Istanbul center Tibor Pleiss starred on Thursday night to lead his team’s return to the Final Four and become the MVP for Game 4 of the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Playoffs.

Pleiss had one of the best performances of his career as Efes downed AX Armani Exchange Milan 75-70 to clinch their best-of-five series 3-1. Pleiss accumulated a performance index rating of 37, matching the third-best playoffs total in the last decade. It is also the second-best in his 11-season EuroLeague career. Pleiss scored a season-high 25 points while missing only 1 shot. The Efes big man went 5-of-6 on two-pointers, 3-of-3 on threes, and made all 6 free throws. His 88.9% field goal accuracy is the highest in the playoffs so far for any player making more than 5 shots. This is the second MVP of the Round honor for Pleiss, after his first one in November of 2016.

The next-best PIRs from Game 4 belonged to Pleiss’s teammate Vasilije Micic and AS Monaco center Donta Hall, each with a PIR of 25. Micic posted 20 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals in Efes’s series-clinching win against Milan, while Hall collected 14 points and 10 rebounds, with a steal and a block in Monaco’s thrilling 78-77 home win against Olympiacos Piraeus to even their series 2-2. Following them, Nick Weiler-Babb had 12 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and a steal for a PIR 24 for FC Bayern Munich in beating FC Barcelona 59-52 to force Game 5 in that series. Rounding out the list of best performers in Game 4 were Olympiacos teammates Kostas Sloukas and Sasha Vezenkov, with a PIR of 22 each. Sloukas had 19 points, 3 assists and 2 rebounds, while Vezenkov collected 17 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists in their team’s loss at Monaco.”

Donta Hall storming in for an early dunk after an assist by Dwayne Bacon landed in the first place of Game 4 Top 10 Plays. AS Monaco went on to edge Olympiacos and send the best-of-five series back to Greece for Game 5.

The EuroLeague Playoffs will resume next week. Barcelona hosting FC Bayern Munich and the Reds against La Roca Team in do-or-die Game 5 fixtures on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively, will complete the schedule before the season-ending Final Four at Belgrade’s Stark Arena on 19-21 May.

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