Aaron Anderson – Brisbane Capitals
Compared to the last couple of seasons, the Brisbane Capital’s started off the season relatively slowly with many basketball circles thinking that this once southern powerhouse may be flat lining. However in the classic Brisbane Capital way, this unit continued to win week after week and have now won 10 of their last 11. The only team to beat them in this stretch was Logan back in Round 9. Saturday night saw the Capitals get their sweet revenge and run the Thunder off of the floor to win 109-84. Leading the way was Point Guard Aaron Anderson, who led all scorers along with Logan’s Michael Cedar with 24 points; which is one of the reasons he was awarded Player of the Week honours for Round 14.
Saturday night’s game of the round was played down in Cornubia with serious playoff repercussions for the loser. As the Capital’s won by 25, they now have the “head to head” split over the Thunder and assuming they take care of business at home Saturday Night against the struggling Mountaineers, have booked another home quarter and semi-final. Aaron Anderson has been at the forefront of this all season, leading his team in points and assists with 21.3 and 4.8 respectively. Anderson has proved to be a menace on the defensive side of the ball also, pick-pocketing his way to lead the league in steals with 3.4 a game! Saturday night was no different, as he registered 24 points, 8 assists and 8 rebounds, along with three steals.
After growing up in Brooklyn Park Minnesota, the 5’10” guard then went on to the University of North Dakota where he started all four years. In his first two years in the program, Anderson and his team won the Great West Conference (GWC) Tournament and received an automatic bid for the famed NCAA Tournament. In his second season in the QBL, Anderson has improved his field goal and 3pt percentage, both of which are very important in the system that Head Coach Jeff Tarrant preaches. If the Capitals wish to go one step further and win it all this season, they will need their American Guard firing and delivering more performances like this one.
Other notable performances from the weekend include Chris Cedar’s 30 point performance over the Rockets to most likely edge their rivals out of playoff contention, Ray Willis was his usual self as he got on top of the young Bundaberg guards, and Tanner Mcgrew dominated the Rollers with 26 points and 18 rebounds at 75%.
Markell Walker – Gladstone Power
Saturday night saw the Bundy Bear’s stride into Gladstone with only one thing on their minds: win. The Power would be up against a rival, of which were desperate to keep themselves in with a chance for another playoff run. With so much to play for it was no secret that the Power would need to bring it. Superstar Import Markell Walker certainly brought her best, a 30pt-17rb-7a performance a key contributor to the Power all but shattering the Bear’s playoff chances. The Round 3 POW’s contribution and importance to her team has earnt these honours again in Round 14.
After leading 47-42 at the main break, the Bear’s got the jump on the Power in the third quarter, thanks to some good play by Page and WNBL player Carly Boag. The fourth however was a different story, with the short break proving to do wonders for the Power. Walker and Mellars provided the goods down the stretch, with the latter hitting the dagger with 18 seconds remaining off of a Walker assist. After a quick bucket by the Bears’ Clancy, Walker was fouled and stepped up to the line to bury the game-clinching free throws, a fitting ending to a good result for the Power
The American is dominating the league this season, averaging a shade under 20 points per game in a tough Northern Pool. Earlier in the season, she recorded 44pts and 26 rebounds against the Pirates. With a 17.1 rebounds per game average to her name, Walker has shown the league and teams around the world just how valuable she is. The Power coaching staff will be hoping to retain her services in the following years.
Other notable performances include Erica Carlson’s 31 points and 16 rebounds for the Pirates despite the loss down at TSS, Soana Lucet continued her dominant run of form with a 28 pt and 15 rebound double-double, and Katarina Flasarova was gallant in the away loss to the Force with 34 points.