Rebound NBL1 Team of the Week (10/11 December 2022)

Rebound's Chris Hughes had some stunning D1M contests to watch over this weekend, with a number of close games across the country.

Chris, the All-Star organiser, content producer, YouTube host and producer, commentator and social media observer, was also able to watch over the top of the table clash between Worthing and Hemel that proved to be one of the games of the season so far.

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How it works 

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:

  • Efficiency  
  • Stats  
  • Team and opposition strength  
  • Periods of influence in the game 
  • Being on a winning team (exceptional performances from players on losing teams will be considered for TOTW)

Other players will also receive a shout out as honourable mentions at the bottom of the piece.

The Rebound Team of the Week


Aaryn Rai – Hemel Storm, forward

30PTS, 16REB, 5AST, 35EFF  

Rai put smiles on Hemel fans’ faces as the big man ensured they kept their unbeaten run at the expense of Worthing - unbeaten themselves prior to this encounter - with a stand-out double-double performance. 

In a pivotal third quarter with the Storm trailing by two points, Rai took the Storm to another level with 11 points from efficient shooting, while working Worthing at both ends. It meant a seven-point lead heading into the final quarter. 

Four points down the stretch for the former Dartmouth alumni kept the scoring going as Hemel edged a five-point road trip win. 

Ricky Madison – Team Solent Kestrels, forward

18pts @ DTB
34pts, 18reb, 2ast, 1stl, 1blk, 39eff vs not

Only the loss in Saturday’s road-trip to Derby prevented Madison making it a back-to-back Solent ‘Player of The Week’ performances.  

He was a threat in Sunday’s clash, going to the line more times than the entire Hoods contingency combined. The US forward netted the game-winning free throw from an and-one play on his way to seven fourth-quarter points. That output proved vital in helping Solent seal a two-point win after trailing by seven at the start of the fourth. 

The former NCAA High Point Panther star is a born competitor and also added 18 points in the narrow road trip loss to one of the league’s finest in the form of Derby. 

Justin Hedley – Loughborough Riders, guard 

16PTS, 7reb, 5ast, 2stl, 1blk, 21eff vs man
19pts, 15reb, 6ast, 1stl, 3blk, 36eff vs ess

Hedley put in two elite two-way performances to keep Loughborough’s great winter form going with efficient shooting from the line as he averaged 5.5 assists over the double-header, plus just shy of an impressive two steals and blocks. 

Hedley influenced both games down the stretch in multiple ways, with defensive stops, buckets and dimes to stretch the lead. 

Hakeem Sylla – Hemel Storm, forward

24PTS, 13REB, 1AST, 3STL, 2blk, 33EFF  

Sylla recorded six points, one assist and a steal in clutch moments to inspire Hemel to the five-point win against fierce title rivals Worthing.  

The Guinean international used his big game experience and size to dominate in the paint as Hemel out-scored and out-rebounded a very impressive team on the glass.

Defensively a game high of three steals limited the damage Hemel had from almost twice as many turnovers compared to Worthing. 

Malcolm Smith – Derby Trailblazers, forward

18pts vs tsk
25pts, 15reb, 2ast, 2stl, 3blk, 30eff @bra

Smith (pictured above) put in a back-to-back captain’s performances and gave a reminder of his skillset, if one was needed. The former NBL MVP had a double-double and an 18-point performance to see off a resurgent Solent. 

Four clutch points down the stretch ensured Derby took the honours in the two-point road trip win at Bradford. 

Team basketball 

Riders' run continues

Loughborough have plenty of momentum with only one defeat since late October as they head into the New Year in high spirits. 

Across a double-header weekend they relied on four of the starting five making double digits in points. 

Honourable mention to Milo Gordon - his three blocks versus Magic were key and an attacking performance against Essex as proved in the stats at both games showed that Gordon can do a bit of everything. 

Bradford compete to the last play

Bradford’s competitiveness has been a pleasing factor this season. It may have peaked this weekend as they were unfortunate to be on the wrong side of a two-point loss to high-flying Derby after an impressive win versus the hot-and-cold Cavaliers. 

In Saturday’s win a 29-20 final quarter was needed to edge an eight-point win with an impressive 50 team FG% as all five starters scored double digits. 

Honourable mention to Rihard Sulcs who was on fire with a triple-double plus four steals to add in Saturday’s win. 

Honourable mentions 

Rihards Sulcs (BRA) - 10p/11R/10A/4S/1TO/27EFF
Bode Adeluola (TVC) - 33P/4R/2A/38EFF
Ryan Bruggeman (DTB) - 19P
Seth Hall (NOT) - 35P/9R/5A/30EFF
Andre Gayle (MAN) - 24P/11R/3A/3S/27EFF @LOU & 17P/14R/1A/15EFF vs REA


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Main images - Graham Hodges, Luke Simcock

Graphic images - Luke Simcock, Graham Hodges, Lauren Newham