Burgos captain Vitor Benite named Final 8 MVP
NIZHNY NOVGOROD (Russia) - Vitor Benite, the captain of back-to-back champions Hereda San Pablo Burgos, was named 2021 Final 8 MVP by the accredited media at the event.
Benite had a team-high 15 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists with an efficiency rating of 10 in the big Final, leading his team to a 64-59 win over Pinar Karsiyaka.
Russian Basketball Federation President Andrei Kirilenko attended the big Final in Nizhny Novgorod and presented Benite with his MVP award during the title ceremony.
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"I told him I always admired him, that I was a big fan of his when he was playing, and then I asked him to hurry up and give me my trophy," the Burgos captain commented afterwards on his interaction with the Russian legend, with a huge smile on his face.
In the Semi-Final, Benite had a joint team-high 16 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal as Burgos prevailed 81-70 over SIG Strasbourg to seal their passage to the title game.
The Brazil international had his best performance of the even in the Quarter-Final against Hapoel Unet-Credit Holon, pouring in a game-high 26 points and adding 4 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals for an efficiency rating of 24 as the champions prevailed 86-77.