EuroLeague - Round 6 MVP: Cory Higgins, CSKA Moscow
CSKA Moscow remained one of two undefeated teams on the season, and Cory Higgins was instrumental as the team rallied in the second half and picked up a 85-90 road win at AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan on Thursday night, in the process earning Higgins the MVP of the Round 6 honor. Higgins scored 10 of his season-high 23 points in the fourth quarter. He made 6-of-8 two-pointers, 1-of-3 three-pointers and all 8 free throws, while adding 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals and 7 drawn fouls to his tally. His performance index rating of 28 was the highest of players on winning teams in Round 6. The highest PIR this week, 34, belonged to Georgios Printezis of Olympiacos Piraeus. In a loss at the hands of arch-rival Panathinaikos OPAP Athens, Printezis scored 26 points, had 4 rebounds, 3 assists and drew 6 fouls. Alexey Shved of Khimki Moscow Region had a PIR of 28, like Higgins, but Khimki lost at home against FC Barcelona Lassa. Shved netted 27 points, and also had 6 assists, 3 rebounds and 2 steals. Wrapping up the list of top performers in Round 6 are two big men with an index rating of 27: Ante Tomic of Barcelona and Gustavo Ayon of Real Madrid. Tomic collected 16 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 6 fouls drawn in the 80-87 road win over Khimki, while Ayon posted 12 points, 12 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal and 1 block in a 66-87 road triumph at Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv.