We take a look at who got it done in the BBL during January.
The Scoring Machines
There were three players last month that managed to pass the landmark of 20 points per game and they were Akeem Ellis (Cheshire Phoenix) who led the way with 22.5 points per game, Ingus Bankevics (Manchester Giants) who shot 20.3 points per game and Pavol Losonsky (Worcester Wolves) who poured in 20 points per game.
The Hot Hands
Not for the first time this season, Stuart Thomson (Esh Group Eagles Newcastle) had the hottest hand after going a superb 77% from the field. Duane Bailey (Plymouth University Raiders) is certainly doing the business for his team and shot 73%, while our third podium member Pavol Losonsky (Worcester Wolves) had arguably the best shooting display of the period after he shot 72% after dropping a high volume and rather jaw-dropping 56 of 78 from the floor.
Deadly From Deep
While many of his team-mates have gained recognition for an eye-catching ten game winning streak, George Brownell (Sheffield Sharks) deserves a share of that limelight as he was the best three-point shooter in the league during January – making 14 of his 28 attempts. Mathias Seilund (Bristol Flyers) shot 46% and third place went to another Sharks’ player in John Barber (Sheffield Sharks) who converted with 44% of his attempts from downtown.
The Glass Crashers
The Molten BBL Player of the Month, Kinu Rochford (Cheshire Phoenix) was the leading rebounder during January after hauling down a wonderful 14 rebounds per game. A former Phoenix favourite in Demond Watt (London Lions) followed with 12.3 rebounds – the pair taking the distinction as the only two players to reach double-digits on the glass. Antone Robinson (Sheffield Sharks) and Daniel Edozie (Bristol Flyers) just missed out after harvesting 9.8 and nine rebounds respectively.
On The Line
There were no flawless performances on the line last month, although a couple of players came close. Ingus Bankevics (Manchester Giants) only missed once as the Latvian guard sunk 14 of 15, while British forward Will Hall (Glasgow Rocks) was the other post-90% free-throw shooter after dropping 13 of 14 from the charity stripe.
Handing It Out
Another Brit in Callum Jones (Manchester Giants) comes crashing into the top spot of our chart for January, after dishing up a superb 6.7 assists per game.The next two steps of the podium remain occupied by a couple of familiar faces in Neil Watson (Leicester Riders) who handed out six assists per game and Jerrold Brooks (Sheffield Sharks) who was only just shy of that same number after dishing up 5.9 assists per game.
Danny Huffor (Cheshire Phoenix) is another new entry at the top of a chart after his defenxsive intensity led to him snapping up 3.3 steals per game. He beat out Kwan Waller (Leeds Force) and Jamal Williams (London Lions) who had 2.4 and 2.3 steals to their name.
The Swat Kings
Continuing the theme this month, it’s yet another new face who has jumped onto the shot blocking throne in the form of British centre Barry Webster (Manchester Giants), who has swatted an incredible 3.7 shots per game. It’s a number which puts him way out in front of Cory Dixon (Plymouth University Raiders) and Charles Smith (Esh Group Eagles Newcastle) who each had to be content with 1.5 swats per game.