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Team of Round of 16: York, Harris, Oleson, Cook and Inglis

MIES (Basketball Champions League) - Many a player had an electrifying performance in the opening phase of the Basketball Champions League Play-Offs.

There were clutch efforts and dazzling displays from a whole cast of characters with the common thread that each poured in the points that helped his team progress to the Quarter-Finals. Here is our Team of the Round of 16.

Gabe York, Guard

York was a constant menace against Besiktas

You can't stop him, but only hope to contain him! Well, that's almost true because York did have one game in the Regular Season when he didn't score and another when he was held to 5 points. Besiktas sure didn't put the clamps on him in the Round of 16. York was a combined 10 of 21 from the arc in the two games. In the 81-75 first-leg triumph at home, he poured in 20 points and in the second, an 84-84 tie, he had 17. York also came up with a couple of big steals in the game played on Tuesday in Istanbul.

Manny Harris, Guard

Harris made up his mind that AEK were going to play in the Quarter-Finals because on Wednesday night, he put the team on his back and carried them there in a 93-82 triumph at CEZ Nymburk. That result gave the Greek team a one-point triumph on aggregate. Harris hit 12 of his 22 shots from the floor and 9 of 10 at the charity stripe at Nymburk and finished with a season-high 36 points.

Brad Oleson, Guard

Oleson runs off a screen to find space to shoot one of his 3-pointers

Alaska native Oleson is an old hand at this, having huge performances in the big games. He's been one of the best in Spain for a decade and he was certainly one of the best for UCAM Murcia in their 83-72 win at Iberostar Tenerife on Wednesday night, a result that ended the title defense of the Canary Islanders. Oleson, 6 of 8 from long range, scored a game-high 20 points.

Elgin Cook, Forward 

Cook had plenty of intensity on both ends of the floor for MHP Riesen

Something was Cook-ing in the Round of 16 tie between MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg and EWE Baskets Oldenburg. Elgin Cook averaged 18.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 3 steals and a block. Yes, the point production was key but even more crucial for MHP Riesen was Cook's intensity on defense and he had it in abundance to help fire the club into an all-German Quarter-Final showdown with medi Bayreuth.

Damien Inglis, Forward

There comes a time when a player has to take matters into his own hands and Inglis did on Wednesday night while leading SIG Strasbourg to a thrilling, come-from-behind win over Neptunas Klaipeda. Inglis made 8 of 11 shots from the floor, many of them after the French club fell behind by 20 points on aggregate.