Wright, Theodore headline Team of the Play-Off Quarter-Finals
When push comes to shove - and it often did in the Basketball Champions League Quarter-Finals - great players stand up to be counted.
There were many great players in the competition the past couple of weeks. Here are five that we believe had the biggest impact on their clubs' success.
Zack Wright, Guard
Sassari had no answers for the Zack attack on Wednesday night
AS Monaco's Wright didn't have a great opening leg against Dinamo Sassari in the Principality, yet one sign of a big-time player is that he bounces back. Bounce back Wright did on Wednesday night. He had magnificent +36 efficiency rating after a 26-point, 7-assist, 8-rebound and 1 steal performance that helped the Roca Team win at Sassari, 79-76, to punch their ticket to the Final Four with a 14-point triumph on aggregate.
Jordan Theodore, Guard
There's no stopping Theodore, as MHP RIESEN discovered
Any side that has Jordan Theodore on it is always going to have a chance. Banvit looked as it if they might be about to finish just short of a spot in the Final Four at MHP RIESEN on Wednesday but Theodore saved them. He received an outlet pass and drove all the way into the lane before banking in a winning lay-up with less than a second remaining that gave the Turkish club a one-point win on aggregate. After his 18-point, 7-assist and 2-steal performance in the opening leg, which MHP RIESEN won, 92-87, the American point guard logged more than 38 minutes in the second leg and scored 13 points, handed out 5 assists and corralled 7 rebounds.
Marius Grigonis, Forward
Grigonis hit big shots in both legs for Iberostar Tenerife
The Lithuanian followed up his game-high 16 points in the opening leg at ASVEL, which ended in a 62-62 tie, with an important and timely contribution in the second leg. Grigonis drilled a couple of 3-pointers that set the tone for a strong fourth quarter and Iberostar Tenerife won, 61-51, to clinch a spot in the Basketball Champions League Final Four. He ended up hitting 5 of 10 shots from behind the arc in the tie.
Melvin Ejim, Forward
The Canada international always brings tremendous effort to the court for Umana Reyer Venezia and that was evident in the Quarter-Final tie against against Pinar Karsiyaka. Ejim had 16 points, 7 rebounds and 3 steals in the first leg as the Italian club clawed back a 15-point deficit and lost by just three points. He then had 16 points, 11 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals in Wednesday's 74-66 triumph.
Brandon Davies, Center
The high-flying Davies came up big in both games for AS Monaco
Everyone had to step up with AS Monaco minus a couple of key players in the second leg. Davies followed up his 16-point, 4-rebound effort in the 11-point win in the opener over Dinamo Sassari with 14 points and 4 rebounds in Wednesday's 79-76 victory in Sardinia.