Simmons Is EuroChallenge Final Four MVP

28.04.2013

EUROCHALLENGE FINAL FOUR

Chester Simmons was named MVP of the 2013 EuroChallenge Final Four
Chester Simmons was named MVP of the 2013 EuroChallenge Final Four

A seasoned veteran joins a team during the winter as a back-up point guard, but in the biggest game of the season he emerges from the bench and performs admirably as they triumph against all odds and become champions.

This premise would not make for a very original film script, but would definitely make for a unique, unprecedented, nearly legendary real-life story.

DeJuan Collins brought this plot to reality with this gutsy display in the clutch of the EuroChallenge final, when eventual champions Krasnye Krylia came back from 17 points down to Final Four hosts Pinar Karsiyaka and snatched a 77-76 win and the coveted trophy.

But Collins is not the MVP of this Final Four; his team-mate, Chester Simmons, was instead the player who the accredited media at the event chose as the most valuable player of this weekend in Turkey.

The 31-year-old small forward was chosen because when Karsiyaka took their biggest lead in the game, when over 5,000 people at the arena in Izmir - and millions watching from home - thought the only question remaining was how the home team were going to celebrate their first European trophy, Simmons was probably the only one who still had the mental strength to prove them wrong.

He sunk two consecutive three-pointers at that point to reduce the gap to 11 and finished the final with 18 points on 50% shooting from the floor and three rebounds.

Most importantly, he inspired his team-mates when they were down and convinced them that rising back up was not only possible, but he also knew the way.

Simmons was Krasnye Krylia's leading scorer throughout the EuroChallenge season (also in the VTB League) with 15.6 points per game, and he also contributed 3.8 rebounds and 2.1 assists per encounter.

Point guard Robert Dixon was Karsiyaka's best performer in the final, as he finished with 23 points, five rebounds and six assists in a losing effort.

 

 


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