For the fifth time this season, the reigning EuroLeague MVP is also the MVP of the round. Nando De Colo captured the honor as MVP of Round 25 of the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Regular Season after leading CSKA Moscow to a playoff berth-clinching 85-69 victory over Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul Thursday.
De Colo recorded 22 points and 4 steals for a performance index rating of 26, which was the highest of any player on a winning team. He was perfect from the free throw line in 8 trips and collected 3 rebounds, 2 assists and 8 fouls drawn. The highest index rating for the round came from Brad Wanamaker of Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul, which came up short 81-73 at Olympiacos Piraeus. Wanamaker tallied 23 points and 6 assists in posting a 29 index rating. Fenerbahce Istanbul guard Bogdan Bogdnovic amassed an index rating of 26 in his team’s 74-79 loss at the hands of Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz. Bogdanovic paced the attack with 26 points and 8 assists. Rounding out the top performers of Round 25 were Gustavo Ayon of Real Madrid and Nicolo Melli of Brose Bamberg, each with index ratings of 25. Ayon did not miss a shot in posting 12 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists in his team’s 98-68 rout of Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade. Melli only missed twice from the floor in leading his team to a 68-87 road win at Anadolu Efes Istanbul with 16 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 1 block.