Crunch-time excellence in Team of the Week
Big-time performances in big-time games set the Basketball Champions League abuzz once again on Gameday 14.
Alley-oop dunks, 3-point shooting, clever passes and determined defending was there for all to see in games with Play-off ramifications.
We've identified five players that were pivotal for their clubs' success for the Team of the Week.
Guard: Rok Stipcevic
When the Croatia international starts making shots all over the court, there's really nothing any opponent can do to stop him. Stipcevic was like that for Dinamo Sassari this week, erupting for 23 points and walking off the hardwood with a + 23 efficiency rating. Stipcevic was 4 of 5 from the arc, 7 of 8 from the floor and 5 of 7 at the charity stripe. With David Bell also catching fire from deep, Partizan Belgrade fell in Sassari, 99-85. The bottom line: Dinamo Sassari are not in the Play-offs if Stipcevic had not been Rok solid against Partizan.
Guard: Muhammed Baygul
Baygul underlined his importance to the Pinar Karsiyaka cause with a spectacular effort in a win at Kataja Basket. The 24-year-old poured in a season-high 25 points - nine in the fourth quarter - and the Turkish club won for the ninth time in 14 games. If you don't Baygul, you will soon enough. This player is taking off!
Guard: Quantez Robertson
A key man in Fraport Skyliners' FIBA Europe Cup triumph last year, Robertson had his best all-round game of the season in a win over Ironi Nahariya. He finished with 13 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists as the German club clinched a berth in the Play-offs.
Forward: Nicolas Minnerath
Minnerath put Antodor Saratov on his back and carried them to a come-from-behind triumph at Le Mans that sealed a spot in the Play-offs. The American had a +27 efficiency rating after wreaking havoc with 28 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists and a couple of steals. Minnerath, as the saying goes, was worth the price of admission in his team's upset of the Group B leaders.
Center: Kyrylo Fesenko
Fesenko was a tower of power against Juventus Utena
Fesenko had his second straight double-double and fourth of the season as Sidigas Avellino survived a tricky encounter against Juventus Utena to claim a spot in the Last 16 of the Play-offs. The Ukraine train had 14 points and 12 rebounds on his way to a +26 efficiency rating.