BBL Team of the Week – Week 9

This week features our new season leader, two Brits and a debutante.

Kirk Crecco (Surrey United)
It’s a first appearance of the season in our starting five for the former Wildcats’ guard as he produced a scintillating display to help Surrey pick up an overdue second win of the new campaign. Crecco caught fire and poured in a massive 32 points from stunning 11 of 13 shooting inside the three-point line and at the hoop. He also added four rebounds and two assists to help take down Flyers and get his team a morale-boosting victory.

Ralph Bucci (Durham Wildcats)
It is a second BBL Team of the Week slot in as many weeks for Bucci after he helped Durham to bounce back from their loss against Leeds with a stunning win against London Lions. He found the hot hand from downtown and dropped five triples on the visitors from the capital en-route to a sparkling 20 point haul. As usual, the guard showed the importance of hard work and hustle from the backcourt by sealing a double-double after pulling down 10 rebounds to go with three assists.

Will Hall (Leeds Force)
It’s a second spot in three weeks for the Yorkshireman after he starred in his team’s victory against Wildcats. The forward was the pivotal figure as Force grabbed their second success of the season, with Hall coming within one rebound of a fine double-double effort. He was almost unstoppable in the paint and shot a dazzling 80% after making eight of his ten attempts, while he also showcased his nice passing vision by handing out a super six assists.

Kieron Achara (Glasgow Rocks)
Flying the flag for home grown British talent even higher than Hall, was the Scottish star who wrote the headlines in more ways than one. Not only did he make the huge three-pointer which clinched Rocks a coveted place in the last four of the BBL Cup Final, he also produced a glorious 28 point performance which was the second best of the weekend in the BBL. Achara was a handful on both sides of the arc, making all three of his attempts from long-range – including the game-winning shot. He also completed a double-double with 10 boards and swatted a magnificent six shots.

Demond Watt (Cheshire Phoenix)
Taking the title of the best display of the weekend, Watt is now also the outright leader in the race to secure the most BBL Team of the Week appearances. Number four came courtesy of a rampant contribution for Phoenix against Manchester Giants. The big man accumulated a spectacular 29 points and 18 rebounds in the north-west derby clash to cement arguably the finest double-double of the season so far.

Off the bench: Fran Urli (Durham Wildcats), Kramer Knutson (Surrey United), Chavis Holmes (Worcester Wolves), Chris Jones (Durham Wildcats), Mathias Seilund (Bristol Flyers), Charles Smith (Esh Group Eagles Newcastle), Mike DiNunno (Cheshire Phoenix)