Humble and hungry Norris Cole claims MVP honor again
AVELLINO (Basketball Champions League) - Norris Cole wasn't able to blow out the candles on his birthday cake back home in Dayton, Ohio, on October 13 but he's been able to celebrate turning 30 in Italy, where he plays for Sidigas Avellino.
He's had the satisfaction of playing a starring role in a couple of overtime wins at the start of the Basketball Champions League season. The Italian club needed double overtime to win 100-93 at Nizhny Novgorod in Russia on Gameday 1 and this week, just one overtime to prevail at home over Anwil, 105-102.
Just as happened after the first triumph, when he was named the Gameday 1 MVP, Cole has again claimed the honor for Gameday 3.
"I'm happy we got the win, first," he said to the Basketball Champions League website, "and second it’s always nice to be recognized for working hard and playing well. But what I'm really thankful for is the win."
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In both of those games, Cole's impact on the game was undeniable. His stat lines were off the charts. Against last season's Polish champions Anwil, he had an electrifying 33-point, 9-assist, 8-rebound night. He came up just short of the third-eve