Big-time performers make Team of the Week
There was no shortage of outstanding displays by players in the Basketball Champions League on Tuesday and Wednesday, but five were so influential that we've put them on the Team of the Week.
Tekele Cotton hit one of the biggest shots of the season for MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg at the death to win a game and Zachary Wright turned on the style for AS Monaco. Sean Barnette had another points explosion for Oradea and Hrvoje Peric was Mr. Clutch for Umana Reyer Venezia. Georgios Bogris was also a steady supply of points for Iberostar Tenerife.
Guard: Tekele Cotton
Cotton, who played for the Wichita State Shockers in American college basketball, certainly shocked Dinamo Sassari on Tuesday with a game-wining 3-pointer in Sardinia. The shot capped a fantastic night for the guard, who had 19 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals with an efficiency rating of +27 in his team's 80-79 win. Have you ever heard the song that goes "I wish I was in the land of cotton"? Don't be surprised if that becomes a popular one in Ludwigsburg.
Guard: Zack Wright
Wright can wheel and deal with the best of them and is a big reason why AS Monaco lead not only the French LNB standings but also Group A of the Basketball Champions League. Wright had 26 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 5 steals, 1 block and a +27 efficiency rating in The Rock's 93-74 triumph over CEZ Nymburk.
Forward: Sean Barnette
Romanian club CSM CSU Oradea won for the third time in six games due in large part to Barnette, who dominated Kataja Basket with 26 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists and 4 steals. It's not the first time the 30-year-old has lit up the competition. In their 96-75 victory over Avtodor Saratov on Gameday 3, Barnette erupted for 27 points and also had 8 boards.
Forward: Hrvoje Peric
The Croatian sensation Peric had huge plays in the decisive fourth quarter of Umana Reyer Venezia's 106-91 triumph over Avtodor Saratov and finished with 21 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists.
Center: Georgios Bogris
Bogris surpassed his previous season high of 14 points in grand style as Iberostar Tenerife snapped a two-game losing streak with a 76-75 victory at Sidigas Avellino. The Greece international made 11 of 15 shots on his way to 22 points and also corralled 7 rebounds, handed out four assists and came up with two steals.