Confronted with the tall order of facing the 7DAYS EuroCup’s last undefeated team and best defense on the road, Umana Reyer Venice made it look easy thanks to a command performance from Mitchell Watt that earned him the MVP honor for Round 6. With a near-perfect offensive performance, Watt propelled Reyer to a resounding 69-83 win over Partizan NIS Belgrade at Stark Arena. The 2.08-meter center had career highs of 27 points, 5 assists and a 37 performance index rating while pacing Reyer to victory. His 11 two-point shots in 12 tries matched the most in the competition this season and set a club record for Reyer in the EuroCup. He also hit 5 of 6 free throws. His first miss from the field came with 2 minutes left in the game. This round’s second-best PIR, 29, is shared by two players, Nenad Dimitrijevic of Joventut Badalona and Grant Jerrett of ratiopharm Ulm. Dimitrijevic had 23 points, 5 assists and 2 steals, plus the game-winning shot, in a close 79-77 home win over Nanterre 92. Jerrett had the opposite luck, scoring 20 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists in a 92-91 road loss at Segafredo Virtus Bologna. Justin Cobbs of Buducnost VOLI Podgorica had an index rating of 28, collecting 26 points and 5 assists, but his team lost a thriller, too, 81-82 to visiting Unicaja Malaga. Rounding out the list of top performers are Justin Sears of EWE Baskets Oldenburg and Arnas Butkevicius of Rytas Vilnius, both with PIRs of 26. Sears had 16 points and 6 rebounds, while Butkevicius had 10 points on perfect shooting, 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 7 drawn fouls.
Individual highs: Julyan Stone, Umana Reyer Venice, 11 rebounds
Watt was not only this round’s MVP, but also the top scorer with 27 points. Joventut’s Klemen Prepelic is EuroCup’s leading scorer with 19.0 points per game. Julyan Stone of Umana Reyer Venice had 11 rebounds, more than any other player in Round 6. Devin Williams of Tofas Bursa and Johnathan Hamilton of Darussafaka Tekfen Istanbul are season leaders, averaging 8.5 rebounds. Aaron Craft of Dolomiti Energia Trento led all players with 11 assists and remains atop the season rankings with 8.2 per game. Four players had 4 steals in Round 6: Goksenin Koksal of Galatasaray Doga Sigorta Istanbul, Vangelis Mantzairs of UNICS Kazan, Dogus Ozdemiroglu of Darussafaka and Codi Miller-McIntyre of Cedevita Olimpija Ljubljana. Craft and Anthony Clemmons of AS Monaco are the leaders in steals this season with 2.8 per game. Taylor Smith of Nanterre had 4 blocks, the most in Round 6. Darussafaka’s Hamilton is EuroCup’s top shot-blocker with 1.8 per game.