CINDERELLA. While normally our first segment would be the Weekly MVP, Barsy deserves to be mentioned first this time. The Kazakhs had a 0-8 record going into the week, but managed to hold off a Parnu comeback and took their first victory, 96-92. Barsy didn‘t stop there though, as they surprised AVIS Rapla and enjoyed another close win, 86-84. More on that later. With two games to go, have we got a Cinderella story brewing here?
MVP. And here he is, our Player of the Week – Nikola Vujovic. The Serbian big man doubled his three-point tally in just a single night, shooting 3/3 from downtown, scored 19 points total, while also adding 13 rebounds and 4 assists. All these were season-highs for Vujovic, as he soared to an efficiency rating of 35 in the game against Borisfen.
BLANK. We might have a Cinderella story brewing in the Triobet BBL, but we certainly have a Sleeping Beauty. Only thing different is that this one never woke up. Borisfen has gone 0-3 this week, meaning their record is now pushed to 0-12 and they finish the tournament winless. Most of their games eneded up being blow-outs, as the Belorussian club lost each of them by an average of 30.5 points.
COMEBACK. The most exciting comeback of the week was certainly the one by Barsy in their 86-84 OT drama against Rapla. The Kazakhs were down by as many as 18 points early in the third quarter but managed to turn it around and squeak past regulation. They played solid basketball in the five added minutes, yet nearly blew it with some terrible mistakes in the end. Luckily for them, AVIS Rapla couldn‘t convert on the buzzer-beating three-pointer.
MVP RACE. With just a week remaining in the regular season, there are just a couple real candidates for the Most Valuable Player trophy. Naturally, Thomas van der Mars is one of them, as he averages 23.4 rankings points and leads the league in double doubles. He is averaging 17.5 points per game (4th in the league) and 11.9 rebounds (1st in the league). The other big man in the conversation is Denis Krestinin. Although he hasn’t won a monthly MVP award, he’s been piling up the numbers all season long, averaging 13.8 points (13th), 11.0 rebounds (2nd) and is just a fraction away in average efficiency with an average of 23.3.