The Meteors soared through their second triple-header unscathed over the weekend to remain undefeated in 2015, Matt Akekponya lifting for a complete performance each time to be a worthy recipient for the Round 7 Player of the Week.
Generally not a starter for the Meteors, Adekponya played a prolific role across all three games in Round 7 with a consistently high contribution all around the court. It started with a vital role in a hard fought victory over the Force on Friday night, recording 19pts – 10rebs – 4asts. Next up was a just as effective performance against the Mountaineers with 16pts – 8rebs – 5asts, and he then closed the weekend the same way he started with 16pts – 7 rebs – 5asts – 3stls over the Pirates. Adekponya achieved all this in less than 30mins every game while his points for the round came at a staggering 72% – his overall season average now just shy of 60%.
While Adekponya has been amongst the top echelon of players in what is now his 7th season of QBL, this is the first time he has been recognised with a POW. He began his QBL career with the Marlins with a one-off appearance in 2009 and then spent the following 3 seasons there, during this time also being contracted to the Taipans. He made the switch in to Mackay in 2013 where he has played a key role in seeing the team to back-to-back grand final series, looking to hopefully go one step further this season. The past two years has also seen Adekpoya have stints during the off-season in Portugal and Norway.
Other noteworthy performances from Round 7 included Adekponya’s teammates Tyson Demos and Chris Cedar, while Ishmael Hollis was again immense for the Pirates to back up his POW performance from last week. Eren Moses played a critical role in controlling possession for the Clippers in their tight win over the Capitals, while the Power’s Ray Willis was not far off a triple-double in a quality game against the Wizards.
Brianna Moyes – Gold Coast Rollers
After a rough beginning to the season for the Rollers, back-to-back wins has given the team renewed hope following their thrilling OT win over the Pirates on Saturday night. Performing highest for the Rollers under the immense pressure was Brianna Moyes who takes out the Player of the Week for Round 7.
A quiet start from Moyes coincided with a slow start overall by her team, however by the second term the Rollers exploded with the Pirates finding it immensely difficult to contain Moyes who was causing havoc and drawing fouls with regular ease. By the half she had 11pts but it would be the back end of the game where she would come to the fore. Continuing to pressure the Pirates ‘D, Moyes was pivotal in attack when the game really tightened up. In a tense quarter she was responsible 8 of her teams 12pts where the game ended 77-all, Moyes despairingly missing a buzzer beater. This only served to light the fire where she absolutely dominated in OT, clocking 10 points including an ice cool 4/4 from the line during the death to see her team home 93-88. All in all, Moyes finished the game with 35pts @ 61% including 12/14 from the line which in the end proved highly significant.
Moyes is in her second season with the Rollers and proved she was amongst the league’s leading players after lifting her side to a much improved campaign in 2014. Her quality that season was put in the spotlight when she claimed the Round 14 POW with a 32pt haul in an away win over Bundaberg. She has continued to play a dominant role throughout this season to be an ideal leader for the many up-and-comers in the Rollers line-up. Moyes has been a source of high-level consistency for the Rollers this season, her season average sitting at 22ppg @ 49% where she has not scored below 17pts in her 6 games this season. If she can continue to be a rock for the Rollers this season they will be well on track for a final berth.
Other standout performances for the Women in Round 7 included D’Lesha Lloyd’s big double-double in the Capitals’ win over Clippers, Chelsie Schweers’ 38pts seeing the Force past the Meteorettes in a 2pt game, while for the Dolphins Jade Kennedy and Rachel Pryor teamed up to dominate the Thunder with each recording big double-doubles.