Basketball, Euroleague: Krunic has spent his career between Zagreb and Zadar
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Krunic of Zadar grabs weekly MVP honors
Dec 8, 2000
A sensational shooting night by Darko Krunic not only gave Zadar of Croatia its first victory in the Euroleague, 118-79 over Lugano of Switzerland, it also earned the 32-year-old guard MVP honors based on a performance index of 39 for the sixth week of the competition.
Second on the index was Krunic's teammate, Zadar center Davor Pejcinovic, with 38 points, and third was Buducnost center Dejan Tomasevic with 37 points.
As it turned out, Krunic also shot Zadar to the highest point total of the Euroleague season so far. Zadar's 118 points smashed the previous high of 106 reached by three teams - Benetton Treviso, Kinder Bologna and Hapoel Jerusalem - up to this point.
Krunic has spent his whole career between Zagreb, his hometown, and Zadar. He started playing professionally with Dubrava, from 1986 to 1990, then moved onto KK Zagreb for three seasons. He spent the next season, 1993-94, with Zadar, then swtiched to Benston in Zagreb, where he stayed until 1999. He rejoined Zadar last season.
Krunic can play either point or shooting guard and is an all-around talent besides being an expert shooter. His best scoring season was at Benston, where he averaged 20.5 points in 1998-99. Last year he posted 12.2 points per game with Zadar.
Playing at home on Thursday night, Krunic scored from all over the floor, and didn't miss much no matter where he launched his shots. All six of his two point attempts went in, as did 3 of 4 three-pointers and 6 of his 7 free throws - an accuracy rate of 88 percent altogether.
Most players would love that to be their free throw
Krunic's total of 27 points, combined with 3 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals and 7 fouls drawn on opponents combined for his index value of 39. Krunic needed every one of his positive statistics to sneak past his teammate, 29-year-old center Davor Pejcinovic, on the index.
Pejcinovic's total index value of 38 was based on 18 points
scored, 11 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, 6 blocks and 5 fouls drawn.
It took such strong performances to deny Buducnost center Dejan Tomasevic his third such award this season. Tomasevic amassed an index value of 37 based on his 27 points and 17 rebounds in Buducnost's 92-75 loss at Barcelona, which cut off the Montenegran team's winning streak at four games.
Tomasevic shared the Week Two award with Paf Bologna guard Gianluca Basile and won it outright in Week Three with and index value of 42, the highest of the season so far.
Tomasevic still leads the the general index ranking through six games with an overall total of 204, for an average value of 34 per game.
Second is Gregor Fucka of Paf Bologna with 163 (27.16 average) and Louis Bullock of Muller Veron with 149 (24.83 average).
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