• Wed. May 29th, 2024

North East Connected

Hopping Across The North East From Hub To Hub

There are three more debutantes in our line-up this week – including a belated appearance for the reigning BBL MVP.


Hameed Ali (Bristol Flyers)
Our first debutante is the Bristol Flyers’ playmaker who helped his team finally snap their barren run which had seen them on a worrying losing skid that stretched back to opening day. Ali produced a smart performance against Leeds Force with 19 points and six assists, as well as adding further sparkle to his stat-line with four boards and three steals.

Rahmon Fletcher (Esh Group Eagles Newcastle)
It’s taken him 11 weeks and he’s seen many of his Eagles’ team-mates make our starting five since the campaign tipped off, but the 2015-16 MVP finally secures his first starting appearance of the season. Fletcher was on fire against Riders in his side’s statement victory on the road, as he poured in 24 points and dished up six assists against Eagles’ title rivals.

Donte Nicholas (Plymouth Raiders)
It’s a second appearance in a row from the Raiders’ danger man who hangs on to his starting slot after an excellent showing in the match-up against Leeds Force. Nicholas harvested 21 points in a super 70% floor-shooting effort and was just one rebound short of completing a double-double in what was the joint-best performance of the entire weekend.

Earl Brown Jnr (Cheshire Phoenix)
Our third debutante is the Phoenix forward who lifted his team to victory against Manchester Giants. In the north-west derby. He fired a brilliant seven of nine from the field, which garnered an efficient 19 points, while also sealing a double-double after hauling down 12 rebounds. He added four assists, two blocks and a steal in the joint-best performance with Nicholas.

Will Neighbour (Surrey Scorchers)
It’s the second starting appearance of the campaign for the British centre who last appeared back on the second week of the season. Neighbour was central to his team’s fabulous and thrilling comeback against Glasgow Rocks and helped facilitate a memorable triumph at Surrey Sports Park with 17 points, six rebounds, three steals and two blocks in an all-action display.

Off the bench – Rob Marsden (Leeds Force), Josh Wilcher (Cheshire Phoenix), Rashad Hassan (London Lions), Quincy Taylor (Surrey Scorchers), Daryl Corletto (Plymouth Raiders), Kieron Achara (Glasgow Rocks), Raheem May-Thompson (Cheshire Phoenix)