There’s a debutante in our line-up this week and the return of our season appearance leader.
Zaire Taylor (London Lions)
Fourteen weeks outside of our starting five seems like an eternity for someone of the class of Taylor, but the reigning BBL MVP makes his third appearance of the campaign after putting Plymouth University Raiders to the sword. The Lions’ guard led his team brilliantly from the backcourt and lit it up with 16 points and a wonderful eight assists, but also helped set the tone for hard work – as evidenced by his seven rebounds and three steals.
Nick Lewis (Sheffield Sharks)
It’s a debut starting five berth for the Sharks’ guard, who produced a typically smart performance for his team as they came out on top with a much needed success against Plymouth University Raiders. Lewis scored 24 points in a well-balanced inside-outside effort, which witnessed him sink 24 points – including three of his five attempts from long range. He also added eight rebounds and an assist to secure his maiden appearance of the season in our starting five.
Charles Smith (Esh Group Eagles Newcastle)
The veteran continues to smash it for the Newcastle to further cement his status as an Eagles and arguably also a BBL legend. He makes his fifth appearance after a brilliant all-round line against Cheshire Phoenix at Sport Central. Smith collected 24 points including 70% inside the three-point line and a trio of shots dropped beyond it. He also managed to forage for eight rebounds and dished out a superb seven assists. As if that wasn’t enough, he showed his class at the defensive end too, with a fabulous five steals.
Demond Watt (Cheshire Phoenix)
It’s now an incredible eleventh BBL Team of the Week slot for Watt after he grabbed yet another double-double, once again racking up his points tally with his now trademark and machine-like efficiency. He garnered 21 points after making 10 of 16 from the floor against Surrey United and also amassed 15 rebounds, to help his team bounce back from their mauling in Newcastle. Watt also came up with three assists, two steals and a block in another evening of particularly fine work.
Makal Stibbins (London Lions)
Having already played well a few days earlier against Giants with a series of dunks live on BBLtv, the London Lions’ frontcourt star was only just warming up, since he went on to post the best performance of the extended weekend when he stepped out against Plymouth University Raiders. He registered a massive 32 points after converting an eye-popping 74% in the paint, as well as hauling down eight boards and recording three assists and a blocked shot for his team.
Off the bench – Scott Martin (Esh Group Eagles Newcastle), Kramer Knutson (Surrey United), Ralph Bucci (Durham Wildcats), Paul Egwuonwu (Glasgow Rocks), David Aliu (Cheshire Phoenix), Mike Tuck (Sheffield Sharks), Chavis Holmes (Worcester Wolves).