Unfortunately no Team of the Week nominations for the Eagles this week following a clean sweep weekend. The BBL’s two season leaders are still neck and neck after making the starting five yet again.
Zaire Taylor (Worcester Wolves; pictured)
The playmaker is now within one appearance of racking up double-figures in our team after a typically sparkling night of play against Plymouth University Raiders. Taylor was six of seven from inside the three-point line and converted three attempts from beyond the arc, on his way to a 25-point haul. Influential at both ends of the floor, he also came within a whisker of a double-double by dishing up a terrific nine assists. Defensively, he snapped up a superb six steals, to reiterate why he could be a major factor in the BBL Trophy Final at the Emirates Arena on Sunday.
James Jones (Manchester Giants)
Racking up his fifth BBL Team of the Week appearance of the season, Jones was exceptional for his team as he led Giants to a vital victory against key play-off rivals, Durham Wildcats. The guard finished the contest having posted one of his best displays of the entire campaign, with a scintillating and all-action stats line of 28 points , seven rebounds, seven assists, three steals and not a single turnover. He converted four triples and was a perfect ten-of-ten from the free-throw line, in what was the best performance of any BBL player over the weekend.
Drew Sullivan (Leicester Riders)
The Great Britain captain and Riders’ star finds himself in our line-up for the third time after helping his side to see off a resilient Manchester Giants. Sullivan finished with 18 points after a superb seven of nine floor-shooting display inside the paint and also accumulated a double-double after harvesting 12 rebounds. He showed his veteran experience and passing skills to hand out six assists, whilst coming up with defensive plays too, after swatting a couple of shots and grabbing a steal.
Victor Moses (Cheshire Phoenix)
One of our co-leaders for the season, it’s a twelfth appearance for the standout Phoenix man. He made light work of tearing into Surrey United by corralling yet another monumental double-double after scoring 31 points and grabbing 14 boards to once again illuminate Northgate Arena with an MVP performance. Moses finished 68% of his look, in and around the hoop and did a great job on the offensive glass, where he sniffed out six of his rebounds. He was also pivotal in helping Cheshire to bounce back to winning ways having tasted a defeat at Sharks 48 hours earlier.
Will Creekmore (Worcester Wolves)
The centre is also on twelve appearances and with his Wolves’ colleague Zaire Taylor lighting it up in the backcourt, Creekmore flourished in the frontcourt with a huge display of offensive power. He was the main scoring source for his team after dropping 37 points on the Raiders. Some classy finishing at the basket gave a brilliant 70% rate of return after he made 14 of his 20 attempts inside the paint. He was also clinical from the free-throw line and added seven boards and three assists to keep Wolves rolling towards their dream of a first BBL Championship title.
Off the bench – Rashad Hassan (Leicester Riders), Donatas Visockis (Cheshire Phoenix), Mike Tuck (One Health Sharks Sheffield), Chris Johnson (Glasgow Rocks), Rob Marsden (Manchester Giants), Nick Freer (Surrey United), Callum Jones (Manchester Giants)