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Benson Is Week 5 Top Performer

05 December 2013
EUROCHALLENGE

34. Keith Benson Jr (Tsmoki Minsk)
Keith Benson Jr. had 26 points, 8 rebounds and 5 blocks on his way to an efficiency rating of 36

Keith Benson Jr, who concluded EuroChallenge Week 5 action on Wednesday by gifting Tsmoki Minsk a crucial road win right at the final buzzer, is also this week's Top Statistical Performer.

The scores in the Group H clash between BC Mures and Minsk were tied at 82 and the 25-year-old center had already scored 24 points on 9-of-14 from the floor, corralled 8 rebounds and blocked a season second-best 5 shots when he was fouled with less than a second left on the clock.

Benson, who averages 92.9% from the charity stripe in the EuroChallenge, took his fifth trip to the foul line on the night and sunk both free throws to seal an 84-82 victory for this team.

In addition to sentencing directly the result with his game-winning shots, Benson also registered an efficiency index rating of 36, the highest anywhere in the EuroChallenge in Week 5, with his stellar performance.

Benson's statistical display is a season joint-best, together with the Week 3 showing of Triumph Lyubertsy sharp-shooter Courdon Higgins, the only other player to have reached an efficiency rating of 36 so far in the competition.

Two battle-hardened European players followed Benson and stepped on the podium of individual statistical performance this week, while also leading their respective teams to victory.

Dutch international Worthy De Jong delivered a marvellous all-round showing as Zorg En Zekerheid Leiden snatched an 81-79 win away at Bakken Bears Aarhus.

De Jong scored a team-high 18 points and added seven rebounds, six assists, three steals and three blocks to reach a rating of 31 on the efficiency index scale.

At the same time on Tuesday in Belgium, Maxime De Zeeuw, who was joint-top statistical performer in Week 1 of the EuroChallenge, was propelling Port of Antwerp Giants to a comfortable 81-59 win over JDA Dijon.

The Belgian power forward picked up a double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds, also adding 2 steals and 2 blocks, to register a rating of 30, the third-highest this week behind Benson's and De Jong's.

 

EUROCHALLENGE WEEK 5 EFFICIENCY RATING - TOP 10  

Name EFF PTS RO RD AS TO ST BS 2PM 2PA 3PM 3PA FTM FTA MIN
Keith Benson Jr 36 26 3 5 1 0 2 5 9 14 0 0 8 9 26
Worthy De Jong 31 18 1 6 6 2 3 3 8 11 0 0 2 3 24
Maxime De Zeeuw 30 19 3 7 1 0 2 2 2 3 5 8 0 0 33
Radovan Markovic 29 20 2 3 5 1 2 0 0 1 6 7 2 2 24
Sharaud Curry 29 31 2 2 8 6 3 0 3 9 6 11 7 7 36
Goran Martinic 29 27 0 2 7 3 1 0 9 12 2 4 3 3 38
Peter Lorant 27 22 7 5 2 1 1 0 9 13 1 4 1 3 34
Sean Denison 25 17 2 8 1 1 1 4 7 11 0 2 3 4 23
James White 25 18 0 7 6 2 1 0 5 7 2 4 2 3 37
Tai Wesley 24 13 3 8 8 4 0 1 5 9 0 0 3 4 28

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