7DAYS EuroCup Regular Season - Round 18 MVP: Jaylen Hoard, Hapoel Vegan Friendly Tel AvivWith a near-perfect 22 minutes off the bench in a rousing home win to end the regular season, Jaylen Hoard of Hapoel Vegan Friendly Tel Aviv earned his second MVP of the Round honor in his debut 7DAYS EuroCup season. Hoard's personal-best 34 PIR in a 108-69 victory against Promitheas Patras topped all EuroCup performers in Round 18, and it gave his Hapoel side an extra boost of confidence heading into the upcoming do-or-die eighthfinals. Hoard also set season highs for points and rebounds. He scored 23 points after going 10-for-14 on two-pointers and 3-for-3 on free throws, in addition to bringing down 11 boards for his first-ever EuroCup double-double.
This round's highest PIR, 35, belonged to Karlo Matkovic of Cedevita Olimpija Ljubljana. He scored 28 points on 12-for-14 two-point shooting with 9 rebounds and 2 blocks, but it came in a losing effort against Mincidelice JL Bourg en Bresse. Tyrone Wallace of Paris Basketball had a 32 PIR in his team's 85-96 home defeat against the London Lions. Wallace finished with 22 points, making 7-of-9 shots from the field, while he also dished 6 assists. His teammate Ismael Kamagate, as well as C.J. Massinburg of Germani Brescia, each had a PIR of 27, rounding out the list of Round 18's top performers. Kamagate had a 13-point, 11-rebound double-double, whereas Massinburg amassed 25 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists in an 86-76 loss against Frutti Extra Bursaspor.
Individual highs: Diego Flaccadori, Trento, 11 assists
Matkovic of Cedevita led all players in Round 18 with 28 points. London forward Sam Dekker leads the EuroCup with 18.9 points per game. Joventut Badalona big man Simon Birgander topped all played this round with 12 rebounds. Alpha Kaba of Buducnost VOLI Podgorica is the rebounding leader with 10.5 boards per night. Diego Flaccadori of Dolomiti Energia Trento dished 11 assists, more than any other player in Round 18. Hapoel playmaker J'Covan Brown leads the EuroCup for assists, averaging 6.8 per contest. Caleb Agada of Prometey Slobozhanske, Andrew Albicy of Gran Canaria and Erkan Yilmaz of Turk Telekom Ankara each had 4 steals in this round. Jeremiah Martin of Slask tops the steals charts this season with 2.5 per game. Chinanu Onuaku of Hapoel and Maximilian Ladurner of Trento each had 3 blocks to lead Round 18. Onuaku leads the EuroCup with 1.6 blocks per night. There were five double-doubles in Round 18: Flaccadori had 10 points and 11 assists; Round 18 MVP Hoard had 23 points and 11 rebounds; Bursaspor's David Dudzinski collected 15 points and 10 rebounds; Kamagate had 13 points and 11 rebounds; and Birgander posted 11 points and 12 rebounds.