Veteran Georgios Printezis scoops weekly EuroLeague MVP award
Two-time EuroLeague champion Georgios Printezis of Olympiacos Piraeus rose to the top yet again this week to lead the Reds to a tough victory and to claim MVP honors for Round 22 of the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Regular Season.
Printezis recorded his first double-double of the season in helping Olympiacos beat Zalgiris Kaunas 73-64 at Peace and Friendship Stadium. The veteran forward amassed 17 points and 10 rebounds, which were both game-highs, to compile a performance index rating of 30, which was the highest of the round. He made 4 of 7 two-point shots and 3 of 4 three-pointers in addition to collecting 2 assists and 2 steals to become the first weekly MVP for Olympiacos this season.
Another two-time champion narrowly missed what would have been his first weekly MVP as Nikita Kurbanov of CSKA Moscow enjoyed a perfect shooting night in setting a career-high with an index rating of 29 in his team’s 102-80 rout of Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade. Kurbanov made 3 two-pointers, 2 threes and 6 shots from the foul line for 18 points in just 21 minutes. He also contributed 5 rebounds and 3 steals for the champs. Alex Tyus starred in Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul’s 62-69 victory at FC Barcelona Lassa with 19 points, 9 rebounds and 2 blocks for an index rating of 28.
Rounding out the top performances of Round 22 were two big men who posted big numbers on losing sides: Zvezda’s Luka Mitrovic scored 16 points and made a career-best 9 assists in Moscow, while Johannes Voigtmann of Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz posted 13 points and 11 rebounds in an 85-84 loss at Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv. Each recorded a 26 index rating.