Brazelton is Regular Season Week 1 MVP
(Basketball Champions League) - Tyrone Brazelton could barely walk off the court on Wednesday night after playing for 47 minutes and 34 seconds as Rosa Radom needed him to outlast PAOK 93-85 in a triple-overtime epic, but his titanic effort was well worth it. The Polish team's point guard is the MVP of Gameday 1 in the Regular Season, after registering a superb performance that reached an efficiency rating of 30.
Brazelton established a new Basketball Champions League scoring-high as he poured in 36 points on 8-of-17 shooting from two-point range, 4-of-8 from three-point range and 8-of-10 from the free-throw line. But that was not all, as the 30-year-old American also dished out nine assists and even came up with five rebounds despite being one of the smallest players on the court.
It is very difficult to isolate specific key plays in a triple-overtime game and it would be no exaggeration to state that the unstoppable Brazelton made the difference for Rosa Radom on several occasions, but arguably his most memorable play for the host team fans came with 15 seconds remaining in the first overtime.
PAOK had just claimed a 71-68 lead but Apollon Tsochlas missed a free-throw that would have brought the gap to four points. Brazelton grabbed the rebound, brought the ball up the floor and decided to rise for the triple although there was still some time left on the clock, knocking it down to send the game into the second extra period.