There are only a couple of weekends remaining of the Regular Season, but we have still managed to deliver a pair of debutants again.
Kiefer Douse (Leicester Riders)
It was a momentous weekend for Riders as they got the pair of victories required to carry them to the BBL Championship ‘three-peat’. It was Douse who pulled the strings and helped them make no mistake in their opening win against Giants as he collected a smart haul of 22 points, 4 assists, 3 rebounds and 3 steals in a do-it-all effort for the champions.
Jaysean Paige (Esh Group Eagles Newcastle)
Paige is now back as our outright season leader in terms of the most starting five slots after he showcased his talents live on BBC Sport. The Eagles strode past the visiting DBL Sharks Sheffield – thanks mainly to the efforts of the guard, who came close to landing a stellar triple-double with 24 points, 13 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals.
Josh Steel (Surrey Scorchers)
Our first new face gets what is the first appearance of his BBL career in our fantastic five. The exciting British star was a difference-maker in his side’s pulsating and dramatic road win in Cheshire. Steel torched the Phoenix with 17 points off the bench, going 5 of 6 from the field and also contributing 5 rebounds and 4 assists as Surrey secured a Play-Off place.
Pierre Hampton (Leicester Riders)
Our second debutant is perhaps a surprise in the fact that Riders’ ace has waited until April to feature. However, Hampton arrives in our starting line-up in real style with a perfect 10 of 10 shooting effort in the win against Manchester. He finished with 23 points in just 16 minutes of court time – also adding 4 assists and 3 boards.
Earl Brown (Glasgow Rocks)
With some of their headline names busy at the Commonwealth Games, Earl Brown took it upon himself to make up for those absences with a devastating display for Rocks. He was too hot to handle for the Force defence as he amassed an eye-popping 30 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists to secure the Scottish side a one-sided road win.
Off the bench – Rohndell Goodwin (Bristol Flyers), Gazmend Sinani (Leeds Force), Boris Matrakov (Glasgow Rocks), Brandon Peel (London Lions), Mackey McKnight (DBL Sharks Sheffield), Tyler Bernardini (Leicester Riders),CJ Gettys (Cheshire Phoenix)