|It may be late in the season, but there’s still time for two more debutantes to rack up first appearances in our line-up.
James McCann (Leeds Force)
Not for the first time this year, the Leeds playmaker finds himself with a starting five slot after he inspired the Yorkshire side to a morale-boosting and hard fought success against Surrey United. His 23 points was the pivotal contribution for the jubilant Force as he made all three of his attempts from outside, en-route to his final points tally. McCann also handed out four assists to his team mates and grabbed a couple of rebounds and a steal, in a highly enjoyable evening of work.
Tyler Bernardini (Leicester Riders)
The Riders’ guard chalks up his fourth appearance of the season in our line-up after pouring in 26 points for his side in a win against Plymouth University Raiders. He was unstoppable either side of the three-point line, dropping four scores from long-range and making 67% inside to carry his team to victory. It was also an all-action effort, since Bernardini mustered an eye-catching six rebounds and four assists, while also doing the business on defence with three steals.
Drew Sullivan (London Lions)
It’s a second BBL Team of the Week berth of the campaign for the Great Britain star as he clicks into top gear at just the right time for the Lions, ahead of the BBL Play-Offs next month. The Lions’ veteran registered the best performance of the week after a high class double-double in the big home win against Worcester Wolves at the Copper Box Arena. He finished with 22 points after a smart shooting display in the paint as well as making his only shot from the perimeter. He also hauled down 12 rebounds and produced a blocked shot and a steal.
Pierre Hampton (Plymouth University Raiders)
The late surge towards the Play-Offs by the Raiders is being predominantly led by Hampton, who has been in great form of late and posted two big displays in his teams’ two victories within four days against Durham Wildcats. The performance which brings up a debut appearance in our starting five, witnessed him register a massive 29 points from a brilliant 69% in the paint and two of three from downtown. He also had five boards and two steals, to help keep the dream of a top eight finish alive.
Andrew Thomson (Esh Group Eagles Newcastle)
The British forward helped the Eagles post another thunderous offensive display with a barrage of points against Surrey United at Sport Central as the BBL Trophy winning side team returned home and turned their focus back to league action. Thomson posted a high quality performance to rack up a BBL Team of the Week debut slot after garnering 22 points with a nicely balanced and efficient inside-outside shooting effort. He also completed a double-double after harvesting ten boards, as well as dishing up four assists.
Off the bench – TrayVonn Wright (Leicester Riders), Jamal Williams (Worcester Wolves), Darius Defoe (Esh Group Eagles Newcastle), Rashad Hassan (Leicester Riders), Kramer Knutson (Surrey United), Chris Jones (Durham Wildcats), Danny Huffor (Glasgow Rocks).