Ray Willis – Gladstone Power
It was a memorable night at home for the Power men, taking a rare victory over the Rockets in an epic battle 101-97. Ray Willis put down what in the end proved to be the winning basket, however he provided plenty more throughout the game to claim Player Of The Week for Round 12.
Playing out the full 40 minutes, Willis was simply immense all around the court for his side. He was the lynchpin in an explosive opening quarter for the Power, racking up 18 points on his way to 38 for the game while also contributing 5 assists. He more than matched this effort in defence, bringing down 14 rebounds and effecting 4 steals. With the exception of rebounds all these stats were game-highs, no mean feat in a match full of high class players.
This is the second POW for Willis in 2015 after being recognised for his efforts throughout a triple-header in Round 8. He has proven his status among the top echelon of imports in QBL this season where his all-round game currently places him in the league’s top 5 for rebounds, steals, assists and FT percentages while he also sits 8th in average points. Along with the continued classy outputs from Cedar and Baker, Willis has taken the Power to the precipice of securing playoffs action.
Other players standing tall in Round 12 were the Force’s James Legan with a 43 point effort against the Pirates, Mitch Young surpassed 20 points and 20 rebounds in the Thunder’s victory over the Clippers and notched another double-double effort against the Rollers, while Nicholas Kay continued his recent great form by falling one assist short of a triple-double against the Clippers.
Chelsie Schweers – Ipswich Force
Again cementing her place this season as the league’s ultimate point-scoring machine, Chelsie Schweers hit new heights over the weekend in a big win for her team over the Pirates. The result all but seals top spot in Pool C for the Force and sees Schweers claim this round’s Player Of The Week.
In just 30 minutes court time Schweers amassed an incredible 51 points, the first time this season a player in either the Men’s or Women’s league has surpassed the half century. Her haul included nine successes from beyond the arc and a perfect 12 of 12 from the stripe. This is now the 5th time Schweers has claimed POW, going back to back in Rounds 9 & 10 last season along with her two awards in 2013 when she was with the Mountaineers.
Schweers has been incredibly consistent in racking up high outputs this year having scored 28pts or more in nine games, her season average now up to 30.9 points per game which is over 7 points clear of her nearest rival. While maintaining an all-round team effort will obviously be critical to the Force’s chances come finals time, Schweers continuing her scoring feats will no doubt be an integral factor.
Further notable performances in Round 12 were the Pirates’ Erica Carlson surpassing 20 in both points and rebounds in an important win over the Rollers, the Cyclones’ Chandrea Jones going 28 points and 10 rebounds in the Central Queensland derby win over the Power, Mia Murray notching 28 points and 11 rebounds in the Flames’ win over northern rivals the Dolphins, while Rachel Allison had arguably her best game of the season with 27 points and 10 rebounds in the Meteorettes’ defeat of the Dolphins.
Ray Willis – Gladstone Power