Rebound's Chris Hughes, a content producer, YouTube host and commentator, had his gaze on all the action to select his Player of the Week and four other standouts to make up his Team of the Week as well.
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Chris will pick a Player of the Week and four other selections to round out his Team of the Week, paying attention to the following criteria:
Other players will also receive a shout out as honourable mentions at the bottom of the piece.
Last week’s Player of the Week was at it again in the comeback win over Team Newcastle University. Taylor Johnson helped Hemel get the win after they were trailing by six points at the end of the third quarter.
The former Dartmouth College guard shot efficiently (17-24 FGM) and showed his ability from range with 5-8 from beyond the arc.
Johnson was three assists away from a triple-double as he did a bit of everything to help Hemel get the win, including pulling down five offensive boards to give his side second chance opportunities.
Tyler Cartaino served up a performance worthy a Player of the Week gong in the first game of an impressive double-header effort.
It was an unconventional and sadly unsuccessful triple-double attempt from the former Chaminade star with 10 steals in the capital. The performance was one of the biggest stories from Saturday’s games.
On Sunday, he hit half of his threes and finished the weekend averaging 7.5SPG as the versatile star put on a good two-way performance.
Sam Newman was name-checked in last week’s team performances and backed it up with another impressive performance here.
In the win versus top-four contenders Newcastle, the former Essex Rebels' guard created spacing in a starting five who all shot over 40 3P%.
The fast-paced ball handler compliments Hemel’s commitment to hitting teams on the break and he was on hand to contribute as the secondary scoring threat with 22 points and a 58 FG% while regular-season MVP Greg Poleon sat out once again.
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Injuries to Brendan Okoronkwo and Travis Charles may have dictated that Luke Busumbru got a starting berth, but the guard - who was a free agent for quite a while - is putting in performances to show why he should have been snapped up sooner.
With the job done early in what was eventually a 67-point win over Essex, the fast-break specialist was unstoppable in getting to the hoop – and did so without a turnover to his name. He also added a bit of range to his performance, going 1/1 from beyond the arc.
Sometimes Busumbru’s defensive effort is not always seen on the box score. On Saturday, however, he led all players with a +/-51.
In limited minutes on Saturday the imposing forward did a bit of everything to help his side.
But what really stood out was the performance on Sunday, which, for three quarters, Reading controlled well to progress to the semi-finals of the L Lynch Trophy.
Offensively, he hit three-quarters of his attempts and evenly split his 12 rebounds at both ends. Lufile’s presence under rim seem to give the likes of like Jaz Bains and AJ Basi the confidence to shoot tougher looks, knowing that the big man would give them a second chance if needed.
Defensively, he made three blocks per game with Loughborough constantly trying different ways to evade him.
Solent were in a relentless mood following successive five-point wins.
With Okoronkwo and Charles absent, they were still able to bully a Rebels side in a blowout win.
This performance felt like a flashback to last season with the team hitting more than 50% of their shots and 45% from three.
In the early game, you could have been forgiven for writing off Nottingham after a 0-16 run in the second left them trailing 30-45 at half-time.
A 33-16 third quarter showed they are mentally strong enough to remain unbeaten for the time being with two tough games coming up at Reading and Derby.
Kyle Jimenez’s entire contribution to scoring (14) came in the third quarter and was crucial for the win. Honourable mentions for Joshua Guddemi and Andrew Vickers.
MARTYN GAYLE (NEW) – 24P/5R/2A/2S/27EFF
KYLE JIMENEZ (NOT) – 14P/7R/8A/1S/25EFF
JUSTIN HEDLEY (LOU) – 15P/13R/8A/27EFF @ LL II; 20P/14R/6A/1S/30EFF @ RR
COLE GENTRY (TSK) – 22P/2R/4A/2S/26EFF
LEVI NOEL (HEM) – 13P/7R/10A/24EFF
Main image credit - Joanne Charles