We have the Cup Final MVP in our line-up, the Team of the Week season leader and even a new face too.
Rahmon Fletcher (Esh Group Eagles Newcastle)
Stepping out in his first ever showpiece BBL Final, the man nicknamed ‘Fletch’ did a great job in setting the tone for his team and was crowned MVP for his efforts in what turned out to be a memorable day for the playmaker. He claimed 15 points from an efficient six of eight shooting inside the three-point line and also added four assists, four rebounds and three steals against the Rocks. Eagles’ play-caller Fab Flournoy has said he is the closest thing he has seen to the legendary Eagles’ Hall of Famer TJ Walker, which is praise enough for the BBL rookie.
Mike DiNunno (Cheshire Phoenix)
It’s back-to-back slots in our starting five for the Phoenix guard, who becomes only the third player this season to make it four appearances in our line-up. He continued his good play and helped Phoenix continue their push for the BBL Championship title with a marvellous 28-point haul in the win against Sheffield Sharks. He didn’t just put points on the board for his team, but came up with an all-action effort by registering six rebounds, five assists and three steals.
Brent Benson (Plymouth University Raiders)
The versatile Benson led his team to victory against Leeds Force with another terrific contribution as he continued his rich vein of individual form. Indeed he claimed the best performance of the entire weekend in the BBL with his mammoth and majestic 38 points. This was built on a spectacular three-point shooting clinic as he dropped no fewer than eight triples. In fact, he went off both sides of the three-point line on a blistering shooting night, also making six of eight inside to help seal a vital win for his team.
Demond Watt (Cheshire Phoenix)
The Phoenix forward is now streaking away in the race to take the most BBL Team of the Week appearances, since this is the seventh time he has bagged a starting five berth. He’s certainly taken advantage of closest challenger Robert Thurman having been on the sidelines injured. He amassed what has become almost a customary double-double for the north-west club after putting Sharks to the sword with a fine 21 points and 12 rebounds. His points tally was achieved via an efficient 58% as the Sharks found him too hot to handle under the hoop.
Jamal Williams (Worcester Wolves)
Having spoken about deputising for Thurman recently, it’s a belated but hugely deserved slot for Williams in our starting five – very much one of the unsung heroes for Wolves in the last year or so and arguably one of the most underrated players in the BBL. He showed both his versatility and commitment to the cause when Wolves were under strength and continues to shine after helping his team end the huge winning streak of the Eagles. He came up with 11 points including a trio of triples, pulled down eight rebounds, handed out a super six assists, blocked two shots and grabbed steal in a memorable triumph for Wolves.
Off the bench – Charles Smith (Esh Group Eagles Newcastle), Chavis Holmes (Worcester Wolves), Taylor King (Cheshire Phoenix), Jordan Clarke (Plymouth University Raiders), Will Hall (Leeds Force), Rashad Hassan (Leicester Riders), DeAndre Medlock (Plymouth University Raiders)