It’s our final line-up of the calendar year as we wave goodbye to 2016 with a pair of new faces.
Rahmon Fletcher (Esh Group Eagles Newcastle)
The reigning league MVP keeps his starting five spot after making his season debut during Week 11. Fletcher followed that up by producing the best performance of the entire weekend as he led the Eagles to their sixth straight BBL Cup Final. The playmaker lit it up against London Lions in the second leg of the Semi-Finals with 33 points in a brilliantly balanced scoring display either side of the three point-line. He also handed out a super seven assists.
Neil Watson (Glasgow Rocks)
When the action gets underway at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham on 15 January, it will be the Rocks’ point guard who will go head-to-head with Fletcher in what could be a mouth-watering match-up. Another class act, Watson was on fire from downtown for Glasgow in their big win at Giants, as he made a stellar seven of eight from behind the arc on his way to 25 points. Also making his only attempt at the hoop, he shot a jaw-dropping 89%.
Andy Thomson (Leicester Riders)
In one of the most exciting games of the 2016-17 season so far, Thomson played a major role in Leicester coming back from the brink to seal a pulsating overtime win at the Plymouth Pavilions. He helped to complete a wonderful rescue mission for the visitors after accumulating 18 points against Raiders and also doing the necessary dirty work on the glass for his side. The forward hauled down seven rebounds, as well as adding an assist, a block and a steal.
Mike Vigor (Bristol Flyers)
Our first debutante this week helped Bristol Flyers head into the festive period with their mood transformed. Vigor was the main reason for his team completing a fantastic win double on the road. Having beaten Wolves in their opening game, he cut down Cheshire Phoenix with 15 points after making a perfect six of six from around basket. The forward also showcased his all-round game by not only harvesting eight rebounds, but also serving up a scintillating seven assists.
Daniel Edozie (Bristol Flyers)
Our second debutante was also highly influential for Flyers at the Cheshire Oaks Arena. Edozie brought the power in the paint for the visitors as they held off a late fightback from the home team to take the points back to Bristol. He didn’t miss a single shot after making all five of his attempts, while he joined his team-mate in mopping up on the glass with seven rebounds and also adding to the defensive effort with two huge blocks.
Off the bench – Brandon Clark (Leicester Riders), Darius Defoe (Esh Group Eagles Newcastle), Donte Nicholas (Plymouth Raiders), Josh Wilcher (Cheshire Phoenix), Zaire Taylor (London Lions), Trevor Setty (Worcester Wolves), Anton Grady (Plymouth Raiders).