A Fantastic Team of the Week for Gameday 5
Plenty of standout performances thrust players into contention for spots on the Team of the Week. The excellent efforts and crunch-time contributions left the following stars with places in the quintet.
Guard: Joe Ragland
Whether it was making ally-oop passes on inbounds plays to his high-flying teammates, driving hard to the basket on fast breaks or drilling 3-pointers, Gameday 2 MVP Ragland was all over the highlight reel for Sidigas Avellino in their victory at KK Mornar on Tuesday. He finished with 22 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists and 2 steals.
Forward: Gediminas Orelik
Only one lesson can be drawn from Orelik's performance for Banvit, who knocked off previously unbeaten AS Monaco on Tuesday. Leave the Lithuania sharpshooter open at your own risk. He poured in 25 points and did much of his damage from long range in a virtuoso performance. Orelik has now buried 16 of 28 shots from behind the arc in the Basketball Champions League.
Forward: DeVaughn Akoon-Purcell
The 23-year-old Akoon-Purcell is going to start getting plenty of backing in Bakken after his eye-opening performance for the Bears on Wednesday night. Akoon-Purcell tore apart Fraport Skyliners with a 24-point, 7-rebound, 2-assist and 2-steal performance that lifted the Danish club to its first win in the Regular Season of the Basketball Champions League.
Forward: Kyle Weems
Weems was wide open in the final seconds and could have attempted a mid-range jump shot in a bid to force overtime at Dinamo Sassari. The 27-year-old decided to do even better than that. Knowing exactly how much time was on the clock, Weems caught an inbounds pass, stepped back behind the 3-point line and buried the most famous shot of what is turning out to be a very special season for Besiktas Sompo Japan. He missed just one shot from six and scored 12 points - the biggest of which kept his team unbeaten at 5-0!
Forward: Nick Minnerath
There was no stopping Minnerath, the Gameday 5 MVP of Avtodor Saratov. The 28-year-old got out on the break and slammed and jammed, but he also punctured Maccabi Rand Media's hopes with a 5-of-9 effort from 3-point range. When it was all said and done, Minnerath had scored 39 points - the most ever in a Basketball Champions League game. And more importantly, his team had its third win of the campaign, a 98-74 victory.