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Kataja's Flowers Is Last 16 Week 6 MVP

27 February 2013
EUROCHALLENGE
5. Jermaine Flowers (Joensuun Kataja)
Jermaine Flowers of Joensuun Kataja is this week's EuroChallenge MVP

Conventional wisdom says that a team which faces a do-or-die game needs its key players to deliver a big performance in order to win, but in practice it is a bit more complicated than that.

The players upon whom a team relies in these tight situations have to, first and foremost, not crumble under the weight of the occasion, keep their focus when everyone else's hands tremble, and transform the pressure into an adrenaline boost that will propel their team-mates.

Joensuun Kataja were a team in exactly that kind of predicament on Tuesday night and Jermaine Flowers was exactly the player they needed to lead them.

Their guests, Pinar Karsiyaka, had already secured top spot in Group I while the Finns had no other option but to win the game if they wanted to accompany the Turkish side into the quarter-finals.

'You can count on me,' the American small forward sent the message to his team-mates as he scored eight of his team's first 12 points, grabbed two rebounds and stole a ball in the first critical minutes of the encounter, when a pressure-free Karsiyaka got off to a better start.

Kataja went up 12-11 on a Flowers lay-up five minutes after tip-off and from that moment on, they believed they could pull this off and never looked back until the final buzzer, which found them 87-79 winners.

The psychological impact that Flowers's display had on his team is not reflected on his stat lines, but he still finished with 26 points, six rebounds, five steals and one assist, reaching an efficiency index rating of 31 to earn Last 16 Week 6 MVP honours.

Another player who stepped up and showed his true colours in clutch time for his team, Sean May of Paris Levallois, was second this week with a rating of 26 after leading the Parisians to an 80-74 win at Szolnoki Olaj and into the quarter-finals with his 26-point, six-rebound showing.

 

  EUROCHALLENGE LAST 16 WEEK 6 EFFICIENCY INDEX - TOP 15

Name EFF PTS RO RD AS TO ST BS 2PM 2PA 3PM 3PA FTM FTA Min
Jermaine Flowers
31 26 1 5 1 2 5 0 10 13 2 3 0 1 36
Sean May
26 26 2 4 1 5 1 0 7 10 4 4 0 0 32
Lawrence Hill
25 18 4 7 6 4 1 1 8 12 0 3 2 3 32
Jonathan Aka
23 16 2 3 2 2 2 1 5 5 0 0 6 7 23
Ioana Tofi
23 15 0 5 2 0 1 0 5 5 1 1 2 2 28
Ludovic Vaty
21 15 1 2 2 0 2 1 7 9 0 0 1 1 18
Jonas Wohlfarth-Bottermann
21 15 5 6 0 1 0 3 7 12 0 0 1 3 24
Sergiy Popov
21 9 1 3 9 0 2 0 3 3 1 3 0 1 26
Franklin Hassell
20 21 5 4 1 2 0 1 9 17 0 0 3 5 27
Omar Thomas
19 18 3 1 1 2 1 0 5 8 2 2 2 2 20
Antoine Diot
19 9 1 7 6 2 1 0 0 0 2 4 3 4 30
Joshua Heytvelt
19 13 1 7 1 1 2 3 5 7 0 2 3 6 36
Martins Meiers
18 14 4 3 1 0 0 0 6 8 0 0 2 4 19
Kennedy Winston
18 17 1 3 3 1 2 0 4 9 1 3 6 6 29
Daniel Coleman
18 17 1 4 0 0 0 0 6 10 1 1 2 2 31

 

 

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