Team of the Week: Julien, Obasohan, Sakic, Wiltjer and Clark
MIES (Switzerland) - An exciting Regular Season came down to the wire for a lot of teams and featured twists and turns until the very last second of action on the final day.
Team of the Week includes four players who delivered performances that either led their respective teams into the Play-Offs or helped them finish in an advantageous spot in the standings, and one player who inspired his team to send a last reminder of their quality before they bow out of the competition.
Axel Julien of JDA Dijon, Retin Obasohan of Brose Bamberg, Zeljko Sakic of Lietkabelis, Kyle Wiltjer of Turk Telekom and Earl Clark of San Pablo Burgos make up Team of the Week for Gameday 14 of the 2019-20 Basketball Champions League.
AXEL JULIEN - Point Guard, JDA Dijon
There are several good reasons why Dijon registered on Tuesday night the largest winning margin in the league this season, in their 88-47 victory over Besiktas Sompo Sigorta, and the 27-year-old point guard was certainly one of them.
Julien showcases his ability to push the French team in the open floor and steered Dijon to scoring 22 fast-break points as he collected 16 points, 6 assists and a joint season-high 5 rebounds.
The French playmaker registered an efficiency rating of 21 to earn a spot on Team of the Week for the second time in his career, both this season.
RETIN OBASOHAN - Point Guard, Brose Bamberg
Bamberg demonstrated on Tuesday that they were unlucky to miss out on the Play-Offs, as they outlasted a juggernaut such as Iberostar Tenerife 98-96 in overtime, denying the Spanish team first place in Group C.
Obasohan was inspirational for the German side as he scored a season-high 22 points on 9 of 14 from the floor, dished a season-high 7 assists and added 3 rebounds, for a season-high efficiency rating of 23.
The 26-year-old Belgian international becomes the first Bamberg player this season to claim a place on Team of the Week, right as the German team bow out of the competition.
ZELJKO SAKIC - Forward, Lietkabelis
Sakic earned his first nomination on Team of the Week in November, for a stratospheric Gameday 5 performance that propelled Lietkabelis to their first win of the season.
On Wednesday night in Israel, the veteran forward led that very team that had started off on a four-game losing streak to a last-gasp 69-68 win over Holon on the road, which gifted the Lithuanian side a spot in the Play-Offs, against all odds.
The 31-year-old Croatian finished with a near double-double of 17 points and 9 rebounds for an efficiency rating of 22. Most crucially, he forced the Holon defense to collapse and kicked out the ball to Paulius Valinskas in the final second, for the Lithuanian guard to earn the trip to the line that earned Lietkabelis the big win.
KYLE WILTJER - Power Forward, Turk Telekom
Turk Telekom had already secured their ticket to the Play-Offs three weeks previously but on Wednesday they needed a win against a tenacious Strasbourg in France to clinch first place in Group A. As it turned out, they needed another monster performance from Wiltjer to secure the victory.
The Canadian international put up 32 points as he shot an outstanding 13 of 17 the floor, becoming the third player (alongside PAOK's Adam Smith and, you guessed it, Zeljko Sakic) to cross the 30-point mark for a second time in this Regular Season.
Wiltjer, who added 8 rebounds for good measure, registered a season-high efficiency rating of 34 as he led Turk Telekom to a very narrow, but very valuable 90-89 win in France that locked top spot for the Turkish team.
EARL CLARK - Power Forward, San Pablo Burgos
The Burgos forward had a discreet opening quarter on Wednesday but when his team fell behind RASTA Vechta 25-22 early in the second quarter, he flipped a switch as if an inner voice told him he was the man to lead the Spanish team to the Play-Offs.
Clark started by blocking a shot at the rim 7:23 from halftime and went on to add 16 points, 6 rebounds and 1 more block in that final stretch of the second quarter, sparking a 21-9 Burgos burst that put the hosts in front en route to their good-as-gold 87-71 victory.
The veteran, who earns a spot on Team of the Week for the second time in his career but the first this season, finished with 21 points, a season-high 12 rebounds and 4 blocks for a season-high efficiency rating of 28.
Clark has become only the third player in BCL history to register a game of at least 16 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks.