|Our last starting five line up of 2014 features three debutantes, including two home-grown talents.
Callum Jones (Manchester Giants)
The Giants’ guard comes in for his first place in our fabulous five after ensuring his team finished the calendar year on a real high with successive victories. After taking down Durham Wildcats, the north-west club followed it up with a win against Surrey as Jones produced his best display of the campaign. He corralled 19 points from an excellent six of seven floor shooting effort and also added nine rebounds and five assists to help get Giants over the line.
Greg Streete (Bristol Flyers)
It’s another Brit in our line-up and another first-timer this season, as the Flyers’ guard grabs a spot after being the standout player in yet another south-west derby win against Raiders. Streete held the hot-hand from downtown and sunk a sparkling four of five from long-range to come away from the Pavilions with 20 points to his name. He also completed a memorable double-double with 11 rebounds, as well as contributing four assists, a block and a steal.
Alex Owumi (Worcester Wolves)
Without influential forward Robert Thurman at their disposal and looking like the chance of victory was ebbing away at Leicester, Owumi stepped up to the plate. He made some big shots down the stretch to help Wolves record a super road victory. The swingman walked back to the locker rooms at Loughborough on the winning team having registered 17 points, including three big triples along with eight rebounds, three assists and two steals.
Charles Smith (Esh Group Eagles Newcastle)
The Eagles’ veteran star was in typically fluent form as he propelled the BBL Championship leaders to an eighteenth successive victory in all competitions after completing a crushing success against Glasgow Rocks in a dress rehearsal for the pending BBL Cup Final. Smith dropped 19 points on his former team after making six of eight from the floor at the Emirates Arena and also adding eight rebounds to further underline his legendary status at the Tyneside club.
Allen Payne (Sheffield Sharks)
It was a terrific weekend for the Sharks after a win double on the road against Surrey and Lions which may just have lit a fire under the club’s play-off aspirations. Payne was central to the eye-catching success at the Copper Box Arena against London and gets a first ever spot in our starting five as a result. He claimed 22 points from an outstanding eight of nine shooting effort and also came up with five rebounds, four assists, three steals and a block in the best performance of the entire week.
Off the bench – Mike Bernard (Manchester Giants), John Barber (Sheffield Sharks), Darius Defoe (Esh Group Eagles Newcastle), Dwayne Lautier-Ogunleye (Bristol Flyers), Pierre Hampton (Plymouth University Raiders), Danny Huffor (Glasgow Rocks), TrayVonn Wright (Leicester Riders)