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Basketball: Nigel Hayes-Davis scores 50 points in Euroleague, record broken

A performance for history.

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Basketball: Nigel Hayes-Davis scores 50 points in Euroleague, record broken

A performance for history. A short-lived NBA player (Lakers, Toronto, Sacramento), Nigel Hayes-Davis actively participated in Fenerbahçe's demonstration against Alba Berlin this Friday in the Euroleague. Victory 103-68 for the Istanbul club against the German red lantern. Match during which the said Nigel Hayes-Davis therefore wrote history: 50 points for the former Galatasaray, Kaunas and Barcelona player, arriving at Fener in 2022. It's a record. Until now, the American Shane Larkin held it, he who had scored 49 points in the victory of another Istanbul team, Anadolu Efes, against another German team, Bayern, on November 29, 2019. The Serbian Radivoj Korac, however, scored 99 points in C1 in 1964 with OKK Belgrade against Stockholm, well before the creation of the Euroleague (2000).

A record that the person concerned was clearly aiming for. “I wrote in my notes at the start of the season that I wanted to break the points record this year. Just before the match, I sent a text to my guys Jordan and Nate, and told them that I saw myself playing a Dejounte Murray match,” said the 29-year-old American winger this Friday, after the match . The man named Dejounte Murray remains on a 44-point performance during Atlanta's victory over Boston (123-122 AD) in the NBA. “I didn't know I was going to score 50 points, I just knew I was going to take a lot of shots,” he laughed.

He continued: “All the credit goes to my teammates. Once I started, they did a great job finding me – and an even bigger thank you goes to Ilker [Ucer, Fenerbahce's communications and media relations manager] and the fans because the fans knew that the points record was 49 and they started yelling at Saras [Jasikevicius] to put me back in. It was a club effort, a team effort, and I'm very proud of myself for doing that . I am very proud of myself, the work and everything I put in. It’s a great honor.” Honor which allows him to inscribe his name in golden letters in the big book of the Euroleague, he who made 18 of his 27 shots this Friday, including 9 of 16 at three points.

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