Rebound's Chris Hughes, a content producer, YouTube host and commentator, had his work cut out to pick a Player of the Week and four other standouts to make up his Team of the Week as well, with no shortage of viable candidates.
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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.
Cole Gentry put in two stylish performances across the double-header weekend to earn my Player Of The Week award.
Gentry once again demonstrated his smooth play and rhythm as a key cog in an ultra-stacked team, rightfully earning his looks as a premier scoring option and a real +/- go getter.
He also collected double-digit dimes across the weekend, picking pockets on defence whilst protecting the ball when in possession.
Taylor Johnson is very unlucky not to be the recipient of my Player Of The Week award.
Scoring at a point a minute whilst knocking down six triples as part of a 43 point haul, Johnson led the Storm to a 127-118 OT win against Essex, barely going to the bench in the process.
The American is renowned for his quality shooting and high-IQ game, the Rebels couldn't stop him this week no matter what they tried.
When they did slow him down and sent the Hemel man to the line, he was a perfect 7/7, including two clutch attempts with a second remaining to force the extra frame.
David Moya enjoyed individual success where few others have this season, stepping to the fore against champions Solent, and in the absence of Player of the Year candidate Ronald Blain to boot.
What makes Sunday’s performance versus the Kestrels even more impressive was the feat of flirting with a triple-double 24 hours earlier.
The Newcastle guard showed any potential doubters that he can flat out shoot the ball, averaging 30 points over two games this weekend whilst hitting a combined 11 triples.
The scoreboard operator at Hemel deserves a raise after putting in a serious shift 😅— NBL (@NBLengland) March 21, 2022
The tie against Rebels went the way of the hosts following a period of OT, 127-118 🤯
➡ https://t.co/RbD2GOi4Dt#GameTime | #NBL2122 pic.twitter.com/KMbK674pa5
Two games, two double-doubles from Hakeem Sylla as the TVC man once again led his team to a pair of wins.
The efficient shooter was up to his usual tricks to help the Cavs cement the #2 seed for the post season, going 6-7 from the floor in 17:58 of action Saturday, closing with an impressive +/- of 32 in the 112-75 win over London Lions II.
Oaklands didn't fare any better on Sunday as the Guinea international upped his scoring output and efficiency in the 106-68 victory.
Find yourself a captain that leads by example, like Ricky Fetske. The Bradford forward did everything possible to help his team try and overcome Solent, eventually falling 105-81.
Fetske shot the lights out, only missing one three pointer from seven attempts in one of the most efficient shooting performances seen this season.
Doing that against the four-time regular season champions is no mean feat!
Derby are once again making a late sprint for the top four, akin to their runs in the last two regular seasons.
Games do not get much bigger than a late season clash with a local rival and top four contender, but Derby still took the spoils 102-88.
The shooting from Ryan Bruggeman (26pts, 11-16FG, 4-8 3PT) and Leighton Elliott-Sewell (29pts, 11-15FG, 2-2 3PT) was a key to DTB's success. The duo combined for 20 of Derby's 32 points in the second quarter, spearheading the Trailblazers to a nine point lead at half time that they'd then convert in to another valuable W.
The Berkshire side got two vital wins this weekend to confirm their playoff status. In addition, winning seven of their last nine has given the Rockets an opportunity to move up the seventh, avoiding a first round playoff game in Solent.
Honourable mentions to Tyler Cartaino (29pts, 13reb @OAK) and Jaz Bains (20pts, 5reb, 4ast v LL2) who among others were very impressive this weekend.
Jaz Bains with 6th 3️⃣ of the game.— Reading Rockets Basketball Club (@rocketsreading) March 20, 2022
6-8 from behind the arc tonight. 🔥 pic.twitter.com/Nv6Rj6RqzI
Leighton Elliott-Sewell (DTB) – 29P/11R/4A/1S/35EFF
Tyler Cartaino (REA) – 29P/13R/4A/3S/2B/37EFF @OAK & 18P/2R/8A/4S/1B/23EFF v LL2
Ryan Bruggeman (DTB) – 26P/4R/5A/3S/32EFF
Jaz Baines (REA) – 22P/3R/5A/1S/28EFF @OAK & 20P/5R/4A/21EFF V LL2
Blayne Freckleton (TVC) - 14P/4R/9A/3S/24EFF @LL2