The QBL Women’s Player of the week is Lisa Brennan from the Townsville Flames, the flames have been one of the big improvers this season, and much of that has to do with the return of local product Lisa Brennan who is this round’s QBL Player of the Week. On Sunday against the Mountaineers, Brennan sunk a season-high 26pts at 62% and dished an equal high 6asts to ensure her team remained in full control. While pivotal to her side securing consecutive wins, most importantly it has kept the Flames up with the league leaders and well placed heading into the back half of the season.
In all bar one fixture this season Brennan has scored deep into double figures and is currently at career highs for both points and assists. She has also shown she can be a critical ball winner for her team, rebounding beyond a dozen in two matches this season. Brennan’s reinjection has taken plenty of heat off teammate Newley by giving her side another focal point in attack, and with that has been a key ingredient to the team’s massive progress this season.
Brennan is playing her 5th season of QBL although her appearances have been sporadic, she first played as a 16 year old back in 2004. After again featuring in 2006 Brennan had a 6 year hiatus before returning in 2012 to become a more regular fixture. Her basketball life has seen her play a WNBL season with the Fire in 06/07, and SEABL for NW Tasmanian Thunder in ’07. In her junior career Brennan represented Queensland at U16, 18 and 20 levels with the highlight of that being a part of the U20 team that claimed the national championship.
Further standout performances across Round 5/6 included Northside’s Aja Parham with 29pts-12rebs in a win over Brisbane, Tierra Henderson’s 23pts-14rebs to ensure Gladstone swept Mackay, and Chelsie Schweers who sunk 69pts across two games for Ipswich including 39 against the Clippers.
Ishmael Hollis – South West Metro Pirates
The QBL Men’s Round 6 Player of the Week is Ishmael Hollis of South West Metro Pirates who claimed their first win of 2015 last weekend and that was largely due to the exploits of Ishmael Hollis in a performance worthy for Player of the Week for Round 5/6. In a high octane game against the Clippers, it was Hollis who set the early pace for his side to get them out to 37-27 at the quarter. This lead was extended to 14 by the half, and while Hollis was still piling in the points he was also doing a massive job on the boards to regularly stifle his opponents. The standard set by Hollis continued through the back half to ensure the Pirates finished on top 109-100, his immense game finishing up on 38pts, 16rebs 5assts and a block for good measure.
This is Hollis’ first season in the QBL, the US import won early praise from Joey Wright and immediately made an impact on the league to prove why there are wraps on him. Hollis’ first three games went at 29, 35 then 40pts while his ability to win consistently win boards, particularly on the defensive end, is worthy of equal mention. He endured a quiet run the past two games but ensured it didn’t last long by pulling out the mammoth effort on the weekend.
Prior to joining the Pirates, Hollis played college ball with West Carolina then with North Georgia where in his final year was an NCAA Div II All-American. After college Hollis had a brief stint in the UK before returning home and shining at an invitational camp which eventually saw him being secured by the Pirates.
Other noteworthy performances from Round 5/6 included a typical big game from Rocky’s Chehales Tapscott with 31pts at 72% and 14 rebs in a win over Bundy, Logan’s Mitch Young hitting double-doubles across two games, and Jeremy Kendle of Toowoomba sinking a combined 66pts in two games including a 40pt effort in his side’s win over Cairns.