BBL Team of the Week – Week 8

Still the debutantes keep rolling into our team, with another four this week.

Rahmon Fletcher (Esh Group Eagles Newcastle)
After a string of appearances on our bench, the playmaker has finally bagged his maiden starting five berth to underline what an impressive job he has done since entering the Eagles’ nest during the summer. Fletcher was the main star of Eagles’ home victory against Glasgow Rocks, with the point guard finishing with a smart 15 points, four rebounds and three steals. However, it was his near double-double after handing out a brilliant nine assists, which really caught the eye.

Ralph Bucci (Durham Wildcats)
No stranger to being in the BBL Team of the Week during past seasons, the veteran guard gets his first appearance of the current campaign in style after hitting a buzzer-beater against Manchester Giants to hand Wildcats a much needed victory. While that piece of action understandably grabbed the headlines, it perhaps glossed over a classy all-round effort from Bucci who had 16 points after knocking down four triples and claimed a double-double with a terrific 13 boards. He also came up with five assists on a great night of work.

Julius Hodge (Cheshire Phoenix)
The veteran star gets his first starting five spot after producing the best effort of the entire weekend as Phoenix shot down visiting Plymouth University Raiders. Hodge was on fire and made a spectacular 10 of his 12 from the floor to register 20 points. He also came within a whisker of an amazing triple-double after dishing up nine assists and pulling down eight rebounds to reiterate why he has NBA court time on his resume.

Fran Urli (Durham Wildcats)
The Croatian was the rock which underpinned the attention-grabbing exploits of his team-mate Ralph Bucci in the success against Manchester Giants. Urli amassed a great double-double of 18 points and 12 rebounds, as he held down the anchor in the paint for his team. It was a typically efficient performance from the ex-Rocks forward, as he was four of six inside the three-point line and showed his shooting touch and range by sinking a couple of triples.

Demond Watt (Cheshire Phoenix)
It’s the second time that Watt has found himself in our line-up after he produced two outstanding efforts across the weekend. In fact both of his displays against Plymouth and Bristol were worthy of a top five place and it was his performance against the latter which proved the most valuable. He proved to be a real handful for Flyers under the basket and put his opponents to the sword with a 9 of 12 shooting effort and continued to dominate on the glass by getting the 10 boards needed to register another double-double. However he also showed his appetite for defensive work with a super six steals.

Off the bench – Taylor King (Cheshire Phoenix), Remi Dibo (Worcester Wolves), Kieron Achara (Glasgow Rocks), Chris Jones (Durham Wildcats), Doug McLoughlin-Williams (Bristol Flyers), Pierre Hampton (Plymouth University Raiders), Mike DiNunno (Cheshire Phoenix)