Alaskans sparkle in playoffs (Basketball)
Anchorage’s Doron Perkins showed off his impeccable playmaking skills on the Euroleague’s biggest stage, dishing off a career-high 9 assists today to help Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv beat Lottomatica Roma 99-58 in Top 16 group play.
The 6-foot-2 starting point guard also had 9 points, 7 rebounds and 3 steals in 27 minutes.
He was also a defensive presence, especially early when he forced turnovers on the first two possessions.
His fingerprints were all over a huge first-half run for the Israeli power, which scored 5o of the first 75 points of the game.
Perkins, of Bartlett High fame, is averaging 9.1 points, 5.4 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 2.2 steals in 12 Euroleague playoff games.
Alaska’s other basketball star still alive in the Euroleague playoffs is North Pole’s Brad Oleson, a double-figure scorer in Caja Laboral’s 89-86 loss to Lietuvos Rytas.
The 6-foot-3 shooting guard started and played a career-high 33 minutes.
The all-time leading scorer in UAF history pumped in 10 points, including a pair of 3-pointers.
Oleson helped his Spanish club build a double-digit lead in the third quarter with a vintage slam dunk.
He also scored on a tip at the rim to tie the game at 72-72.
Oleson is averaging 7.7 points in 12 Euroleague playoff games.