AS Monaco guard Rob Gray was voted the MVP of the 7DAYS EuroCup Finals after leading all scorers in both games of the series. Gray, who joined Monaco in midseason, had 23 points as Monaco won at home, 87-89, in Game 1. He turned around and did himself a basket better in Game 2, with 25 points, as Monaco upset UNICS in Kazan, 83-86, and picked up the EuroCup trophy to bring back to its tiny principality on the Mediterranean Sea.
His 24.0-point average tied for third-best ever in two games of the finals, after Justin Doellman averaged 27.0 for Valencia Basket in 2014 and Scottie Wilbekin put up 26.0 per game for Darussafaka Istanbul in 2018.
Gray, 27, is in his first EuroCup season, but he didn’t start it with Monaco. His first EuroCup team this season was Boulogne Metropolitans 92, for whom he averaged 14.5 points in 4 games before joining Monaco. Due to transfer regulations, Gray could not play with Monaco until the EuroCup Top 16. He finished by averaging 18.2 points in 13 games with his new team. He was also chosen as the EuroCup Semifinals MVP, scoring 25 points in Game 1 against Herbalife Gran Canaria and the game-winning shot on the buzzer in Game 2, sending Monaco to the finals.
„I’m super thankful,“ Gray said while celebrating the title. „You know, it’s a surreal feeling. More than anything, I’m just thankful and looking forward to getting back to Monaco, getting this travel out of the way and really celebrating with my teammates and my extended family, basically. It’s a big deal and we’re thankful.“
Quelle: 7DAYS EuroCup, 30. April 2021