|Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv recorded its fourth consecutive Turkish Airlines EuroLeague victory on Thursday thanks in part to the outsized efforts of Angelo Caloiaro, whose performance earned him the MVP award for Round 20. Caloiaro led Maccabi to an 84-75 home win against Panathinaikos OPAP Athens with 20 points on 4-for-5 two-point, 2-for-4 three-point and 6-for-6 free throw shooting. He also pulled a career-high 11 rebounds – including 6 on offense – to record the first double-double of this, his rookie EuroLeague season. Caloiaro added 2 assists and 5 fouls drawn for a PIR of 33, the highest in Round 20. Toney Douglas of Darussafaka Tekfen Istanbul came next with a PIR of 30 in his team’s 80-75 home win against KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz. Douglas led Darussafaka with 21 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals. Anthony Randolph of Real Madrid and Mike James of AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan each had a PIR of 28. Randolph had 24 points on 5-of-6 three-point shots and 6 rebounds in a 92-84 victory over visiting Anadolu Efes Istanbul. James led Milan to an 80-70 home win against Zalgiris Kaunas with 20 points, 9 assists, 4 rebounds and 4 steals. Goga Bitadze of Buducnost VOLI Podgorica and Nando De Colo of CSKA Moscow each had a PIR of 27 to complete the top individual performances in Round 20 as their teams won against Spanish opponents Herbalife Gran Canaria and FC Barcelona Lassa, respectively.
Individual highs: De Colo, CSKA, 25 points
De Colo was this round’s top scorer with 25 points against Barcelona. He fired in a career-high 7 three-point shots, tying a CSKA record that only Milos Teodosic and Trajan Langdon had accomplished before him. James continues to lead all scorers at 20.2 points per game. Caloiaro and Johannes Voigtmann of Baskonia each pulled down 11 rebounds, the high mark in Round 20. Nikola Milutinov of Olympiacos is the competition’s best rebounder at 8.1 per night. Nick Calathes of Panathinaikos and Ali Muhammed of Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul each dished 10 assists in this round. Calathes remains first in assists at 8.1 per game. Douglas had 5 steals, more than anyone else in Round 20. Jan Vesely of Fenerbahce leads the steals’ table at 1.7 per game. Bitadze and Edy Tavares of Real Madrid each had 3 blocks in this round. Tavares leads the blocks standings at 2.0 per game. Five players – Calathes, Muhammed, Caloiaro, Voigtmann and Malcolm Thomas of Khimki Moscow Region – recorded double-doubles in Round 20.