Rebound KitKing Trophy Team of the Week (September 23/24 2023)

The KitKing Trophy Group stage is now over and Rebound's Chris Hughes was on hand to watch it all unfold.

Chris, the All-Star organiser, content producer, YouTube host and producer, commentator and social media observer, had an impressive 13 games to sift through, but with some live stats issues, there were some gaps in the information available to him.

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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


Sam Masten - Derby Trailblazers, guard

24pts/9reb/5ast/2stl/30eff @NEW
16pts vs BRA

Masten was a driving force for Derby this weekend as they claimed a pair of wins and top spot in their group.

Rock Canyon’s all-time leading scorer and rebounder led all players in the fourth quarter with 10 points in Saturday’s narrow 81-78 win over Newcastle, including perfect back-to-back trips to the line to close out the road trip dub.

He added another 16 points to round off the weekend in DTB's 93-76 victory over Bradford, a result that would seal top spot in Group 4 and further enhance the guard's claim for my POTW award. 

Sam Newman – Hemel Storm, guard

23pts/6reb/7ast/3stl/26eff vs LON
12pts/6reb/13ast/1stl/20eff @TVC

Newman put on another passing masterclass this weekend, dishing out 20 assists as the guard was once again an important player as Hemel finished the group phase 3-0.

In Saturday’s win, Newman contributed an efficient seven points in the final moments to secure the 11-point W over London Elite.

Martyn Gayle – City of Birmingham Rockets, guard


In Saturday’s spectacle between two talented sides, Captain Gayle put on a performance worthy of POTW honours. The COB man put in a lights-out shooting show from beyond the arc in an ultra-efficient performance, going 4/5 from long-range and 8/13 overall as the Rockets downed Milton Keynes 97-86.

Gayle’s 13-point and two assists contributed to a high scoring 38-point second quarter performance to give the Rockets a dominant 27-point half time lead.

Sam Akano – Barking Abbey, guard 


The former Myerscough guard put in a great two-way performance in the solid road-trip win over Reading, one that would ultimately seal BA a spot in the quarter-finals

Akano recorded four steals and was crucial in transition at both ends of the court. To top it off, the electric quick guard went on a 4-0 clutch run as Barking came away with a four-point win.

Jordan Spencer – Milton Keynes Breakers, guard

18pts/2reb/9ast/1stl/23eff @COB
25pts/5reb/7ast/3stl/+/-23/28eff @LOU

It was another strong performance from the MK captain who in both games this weekend flirted with a points and assist double-double.

Spencer was the most influential player on the floor on Sunday against Loughborough and makes this week’s team despite a 11-point loss on Saturday.

Team basketball 

barking advance after downing rockets

Barking once again put in an impressive performance to advance to the quarter-finals from Group 1.

Every individual in the 10-man rotation contributed with scoring, alongside four of the starters making double-digits.

Honourable mention to Juan Manning on an all-round 15p/7r/4a/2s/1b which typified the nature of the team win, with every player making meaningful contributions at both ends.

Honourable mentions 

Landon Taliaferro (NOT) – 31P/4R/2A/1S/25EFF

Bode Adeluola (TVC) - 19P/7R/7A/1S/15EFF @ESS & 18P/5R/7A/1S/21EFF VS HEM

Trey Chapman (ESS) – 13P/5R/1B/6EFF

Logan Rooney (NEW) - 23P/6R/3A/1S/26EFF

Elijah Maynard (REA) - 19P/11R/2A/1S/1B/26EFF @BRI & 10P/7R/2B/14EFF VS BA