Stellar displays lead to places on the 'Team of the Round of 16'
Numerous players came through in the clutch for teams that have reached the Quarter-Finals in the Basketball Champions League.
Whether it was competing in red-hot atmospheres on the road or in front of the home fans, five combatants did so well that they have found their way onto the Team of the Play-Offs Round of 16.
Guard: Mike Green
What a fantastic Round of 16 tie against Besiktas the Pinar Karsiyaka point guard had. The 31-year-old playmaker from the City of Brotherly Love had a stunning 25-point, 3-assist, 5-rebound and 3-steal performance in the 75-70 opening leg triumph in Izmir and then 22 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds in Wednesday's 90-83 come-from-behind triumph in Istanbul. He had a +29 efficiency rating in the first game and +26 in the second.
Guard: Jamal Shuler
The 31-year-old scoring machine hardly put a foot wrong for AS Monaco on Wednesday when the French league leaders hit back from a one-point first-leg deficit and beat AEK, 95-87. The North Carolina-born Shuler connected on 3 of his 4 attempts from behind the arc and 5 of 8 overall en route to 20 points. He also collected 6 rebounds and made his presence felt on the defensive end, blocking a shot and coming up with a steal. He had a +27 efficiency. Shuler was good in the opening leg, too, scoring 10 points and grabbing 4 rebounds.
Guard: Furkan Korkmaz
Before long, the 19-year-old Korkmaz is going to add the word "Air" to his name because he is usually flying high above the court for Banvit and making spectacular plays. With Jordan Theodore on the hardwood, Korkmaz has had the perfect point guard to set him up for some of the most breathtaking plays seen in European basketball this season. After 13 points and 7 rebounds in Banvit's 82-82 first-leg tie at EWE Baskets, Korkmaz well and truly took off in the second leg. With EWE Baskets on top, 20-14, the young Turkey international reeled off six straight points - two of them from an alley-oop jam. Early in the third quarter, with EWE Baskets in the midst of an 8-0 run and trailing by just two, Korkmaz found space with the shot clock winding down and buried a momentum-changing 3-pointer. He was 4 of 6 from long range in the 70-61 second-leg victory.
Forward: Dusko Savanovic
Savanovic always sacrifices himself for the sake of the team
Experience matters, which is why the Serbia international is such a key player for a Dinamo Sassari team that brushed aside Le Mans Sarthe in the Round of 16. Savanovic, with the Italian club struggling in the first leg, scored 10 of his 13 points in the decisive fourth quarter and also grabbed 7 rebounds in his team's 79-63 victory. In the second leg, Savanovic hit 3 of 6 shots from the arc and scored 15 points as Sassari came from behind to win, 68-66. Savanovic also had 9 rebounds in the second leg.
Center: Adrian Uter
Uter was terrific in both legs against Aris
The ASVEL pivot picked a great time to have two of his best games of the season. He poured in 14 points and claimed 12 rebounds in the first leg at Aris, which ended in a 67-67 tie. Uter also had 3 assists and a steal and finished with a +21 efficiency rating. In this week's second leg, an 81-67 home triumph for ASVEL, he was +20 after an 11-point, 6-rebounds, 2-assist, 2-steal and 1-block effort.