Our latest look at the BBL’s picks for best of the week.
Neil Watson (Leicester Riders)
It’s the third time that the Riders’ playmaker has grabbed one of our starting berths and he was so good last weekend that he put in a pair of displays which were both worthy of getting into our line-up. Watson scored a combined 49 points against Manchester Giants and Cheshire Phoenix. His best effort came in the latter, where he shot the lights out to return 69% from the field – as well as garnering six rebounds, three assists and two steals.
Marek Klassen (Leeds Force)
It’s also a third appearance for the all-action guard who is getting better with every passing week. Klassen was terrific in a hugely important win against London Lions as he amassed a rare triple-double to lead the Force to victory. He came away from the contest with an influential and game-winning line of 16 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists, to keep the Yorkshire club firmly in the hunt for a Play-Off spot.
Drew Sullivan (Leicester Riders)
The Great Britain and Riders’ favourite continues his stellar run of late after managing to cement a third consecutive All Star Five starting place and sixth in total. His latest comes courtesy of a typically commanding performance for his side in the win against Cheshire Phoenix, with Sullivan farming 16 points from 55% floor shooting, dishing up four assists and completing a nice double-double by pulling down 11 boards.
Kieron Achara (Glasgow Rocks)
Not to be outdone by his Great Britain colleague, the Scottish front court ace also brings up his sixth starting berth of the campaign and with real style too. For not only did Achara produce the best performance of the weekend in the BBL, his contribution against Bristol Flyers was the third best of the entire season and only the third time anyone has surpassed a performance efficiency valuation in excess of 40. He had a quite stunning 30 points, 11 rebounds, five blocks and three assists!
Adrien Sturt (Plymouth University Raiders)
Last but not least, it’s a debut appearance for the Raiders’ centre who made the biggest splash for his team in their fine triumph against Glasgow Rocks. Sturt led the charge with a 56% shooting display that returned 24 points. He also racked up a devastating double-double by going to work on the glass and collecting a monstrous 16 rebounds in a result that helps keep Plymouth in one of the coveted Play-Off positions.
Off the bench – Brandon Hogg (Sheffield Sharks), Rob Marsden (Leeds Force), Rahmon Fletcher (Esh Group Eagles Newcastle), Stefan Gill (Manchester Giants), Perris Blackwell (Worcester Wolves), Demond Watt (London Lions), Kinu Rochford (Cheshire Phoenix).