Chris, a content producer, YouTube host and commentator, casts his eye over the 10 contests involving NBL Division One teams, including a double-header road trip for leaders Solent, 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.
Raheem May-Thompson’s defensive work in Derby Trailblazers’ 36-11 first quarter was a key reason why Derby never conceded the lead during a 14-point win in what was a two-way ‘Player Of The Week’ performance.
May-Thompson recorded three blocks in the first quarter - and six in total - along with important defensive boards to deny Newcastle’s home court advantage and ensure they were playing catch-up for the rest of the game.
The former BBL star also proved his worth on the offensive end with a six dimes and lights-out shooting from range, only missing one of five three-point attempts.
Taylor Johnson flirted with a quadruple-double with a padded stat line in the 28-point win at Leicester.
The former Dartmouth Ivy league star is definitely at home at Hemel as he revisited his first NBL club in a statement performance.
Johnson once again delivered a highly efficient game with his ninth NBL1 30+ efficiency rating performance of the season.
It is probably safe to say that Essex are grateful that they do not have to face Hakeen Sylla or the Cavaliers again in regular season as the international star posted two highly efficient 26-point double-doubles against them in the same weekend.
Sylla was key in Saturday’s two-point win as his offensive boards contributed to the Cavaliers netting two more second-chance points in a game where both he and the Cavs dominated in the paint.
The stand-in captain really influenced the game against second seeds Worthing, producing a 19-point double-double to lead his team to an unexpected five-point win.
The performance adds weights to claims he is one of the finest young talents in the league this season.
Orlan Jackman put on a shooting clinic off the bench in a 22-minute cameo at Loughborough as he shot percentages of 57/75/80 while at the same time being the most fouled man on the court.
Jackman still had fuel in the tank to help Solent get a second dub in a Midlands double-header road trip at Nottingham the following day.
COVID-19 affected the Lions’ preparation with some key players having to sit out against Worthing but it did not negatively affect the result with young pride getting the dub versus the second seeds.
The starting five evenly shared the scoring with all but one getting double figures with a team shooting not far off a 50 FG%.
Honourable mention to Brandon Tchouya, who was a big reason the Lions dominated in the paint.
Following wins over Loughborough and Nottingham, it’s advantage Solent for silverware. Solent lead all but one chasing team in head-to-heads and likely have at least three games to lose to prevent them being crowned champions.
This weekend posed a tricky challenge, but once again Solent rose to it and handed out L’s and not Valentine’s cards.
It was a team performance as Solent averaged a 50 FG% as a team over the double header. Honourable mentions to both Cole Gentry and Luke Busumbru for efficient games.
Team Newcastle win at Bradford as Moya posts his second triple double of the season!— bbl fix (@BblFix) February 13, 2022
📸 Luke Simcock, Alex Daniel pic.twitter.com/4oEYM8fUJf
ZACH GACHETTE (BRA) – 38P/7R/4A/39EFF V TNU
RYAN BRUGGEMAN (DER) – 22P/4R/10A/3S/28EFF @ TNU
MORAKINYO WILLIAMS (NTH) – 30P/7R/1B/27EFF V TSK & 8P/13R/1A/10EFF @OAK
BRANDON TCHOUYA (LON) – 19P/8R/2A/23EFF
DAVID MOYA (TNU) – 24P/11R/11A/34EFF @BRA & 11P/8R/13A/5S/1B/20EFF V DER