NBL Players of the Week - Week 23 (7/8 March 2020)

As we get within a few weeks of the end of the regular season, these five players were in red hot form for their clubs as we move towards the playoffs. Congratulations to all five players chosen!

Division Three Men

Janis Steda - City of Birmingham

Steda takes D3 Player of the Week honours after dropping 30 points for City of Birmingham this past weekend.

COB came through a tough road game against Sheffield Sabres, eventually winning 89-81 with Steda's contribution certainly a factor in that outcome. 

Birmingham are enjoying a solid campaign in D3 Midlands, with their 17-4 record good for 2nd place with 1 game to go.

"I’m so happy to be named Player of the Week," said Steda.

"It was a great win on the road for us and a good team performance. My teammates deserve credit - they always have my back and without their efforts I wouldn’t be in a position to help the team be successful.”

Division Two Women

Emma Imevbore - London LSBU Thunder

Our D2W award goes to LSBU's Emma Imevbore after her performance in week 23.

Despite struggling in the Southern Conference with a 4-7 record, Thunder managed to grab an exciting 70-69 over Team Solent Kestrels II, with Imevbore's 24 points coming in handy during a tight finish.

Division Two Men

Yonathan Napoleon - London Greenhouse Pioneers

A multiple winner of our D2M award, London Greenhouse Pioneers Yonathan Napoleon has nabbed the honour once again.

Napoleon was in great form as he clocked an impressive double-double of 28 points and 18 boards to go with seven assists and a pair of steals, pushing the Pioneers to an 84-79 road win against a strong Ipswich team.

The victory takes the Pioneers' record back to .500 at 8-8, with the London side knocking on the door for a top four finish in the Southern Conference with two games to go.

“ I am honoured to receive this award again," said Napoleon, who enjoyed a 38 efficiency rating. "It was a great team effort on the road as we needed that win”. 

Division One Women

Charlotte Redhead - Ipswich

Redhead took the opportunity to put on a show in D1W this week, with her triple-double performance more than worthy of Player of the Week honours.

As Ipswich continue to battle at the top of the standings with Anglia Ruskin, a 123-79 win over Loughborough allowed Redhead a chance to put together a quality stat line, with 22 points, 13 rebounds, 12 assists and a pair of steals making for an incredible afternoon's work.

“We are playing really well as a team at the moment. We all work really hard on our game every day, so it’s great to see the hard work paying off," said Redhead, who's performance was worth a 38 efficiency rating.

"However, we are a team and in the same way as when other people win awards, I must make the point that I’m fortunate to play on a very selfless team, where everyone plays for each other, allowing us all to shine”.

Ipswich head coach added: "Charlotte has absolutely blossomed this season, making a massive contribution to both academy and club. With Coco [Leung] out for a couple of weeks, we needed someone to step up, and Charlotte has done that and then some. It’s great to see”.

Division One Men

Orlan Jackman - Essex & Herts Leopards

For the 2nd time in two weeks, Essex & Herts Leopards have provided the D1M Player of the Week as the side continue their quest to escape the bottom end of the standings.

Following on from team mate Elvisi Dusha, Orlan Jackman stepped to the fore this week with a key performance in the Leopards' 127-95 victory over Nottingham Hoods. The former-BBL man enjoyed a 26 point, 20 rebound, 10 assists triple-double, good for a 45 efficiency rating and too much for the Hoods to handle.

"I am just happy that I can help the team win," said Jackman.

"Sunday was exceptional, right from the get go we took it to them, we shot with confidence, we moved the ball well and the guys responded positively to each other and it just felt like everything clicked.

"We will look to continue our current form into this weekend against Barking as we look to finish the season strong."

Essex head coach Tom Baker added: "To have Elvisi get Player of the Week the previous weekend was testament to the quality he brings to the team, but to follow up with Orlan getting it is excellent.

"Orlan has made us better both on and off the court in his short time with us and his professionalism and approach the game is refreshing. His performances from the weekend were nothing short of exceptional.

"To combine for 63 points and 32 rebounds across two games as well as a double-double and triple-double performance was outstanding.

"He has been integral to our recent improvements and our increased chances of staying in D1M next season. This is a well-deserved achievement for him, we are privileged to have him as part of our club.”

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