Players of the Week: Rounds 5/6

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Due to Round 5 being a short round, Player of the Week considerations for Round 5 have been combined with those from Round 6. 

Round 6 Women’s Player of the Week
Jess Bibby  - Gladstone Power
After leading her team to two victories on the road and in the process hitting a remarkable combined 80 points, it was hard to go past Gladstone Power’s Jess Bibby for the Rounds 5/6 Player of the Week title. Bibby shot a solid 30 points at 43.5% in the field in the Power’s 122-65 victory over South West Metro Pirates on Saturday, putting an end to the Pirates’ undefeated run. Bibby also contributed four rebounds, three steals and nine assists in her 35 minutes on court, and shot at 80% from the free-throw line. However, her best performance for the weekend and for the season was yet to come, as Gladstone took on Gold Coast on Sunday. During what was initially a close match to begin with, Bibby rallied her troops to outclass the Rollers in the second half, and secure another comprehensive victory, 121-92. The guard shot a staggering 50 points during 36 minutes of court-time, shooting 58.1% in the field, in addition to five three-pointers and nine from 12 foul shots. Bibby also contributed seven assists, three steals and one rebound in the win, taking her team to five wins and one loss for the season. 

This is Bibby’s second Player of the Week award for the season, after taking out the accolade in Round 3 for her performance of a combined 73 points during Gladstone’s wins over Northside and Suncoast that week. The Victorian product is currently leading the league on points with an average of 39.3 points per game, and 236 total match points.  It’s her sixth season with the Power, with the team enjoying successful seasons since the guard joined the team in 2009, taking out three straight QBL championship wins in 2009, 2010 and 2011, and playoff appearances in 2012 and 2013. Bibby’s sharp skills on the scoreboard and leadership as coach have been complemented by the talents of her Canberra Capitals WNBL team-mates including Natalie Hurst, Rebecca Haynes and Katie Rose who have all contributed to Gladstone’s success. The former Opal has continually been named in QBL honours lists, including All-League teams in 2013, 2012, 2011, 2009, was named Coach of the Month in August last year, and player of the week twice in 2013. She also has a decorated career in the WNBL with the Canberra Capitals and previously with the Dandenong Rangers, and has represented Australia as both a junior and a senior with the Opals, winning a gold medal with the Opals at the 2009 FIBA Oceania Championships, and was part of the Opals squad in the London 2012 Olympic Games qualifiers.

Other notable performances from both Round 5 and Round 6 include Ipswich’s Brandi Brown, who shot 26 points and took 19 rebounds against the Gold Coast in Round 5, and followed it up with 23 points and 14 rebounds in Round 6 against the Suncoast Clippers. Mia Newley was strong for Townsville with 31 points and 12 rebounds in the Flames’ win over Bundaberg Bears this week, while Iasisa Hemmingway hit 28 points for Rockhampton during their victory over Toowoomba this week. 

Round 6 Men’s Player of the Week
Mike Carlson – South West Metro Pirates
South West Metro Pirates import Mike Carlson has picked up the men’s Player of the Week title for Round 6, after a thrilling 40-point performance in the Pirates’ 95-72 win over Gladstone. In his best performance for South West to date, Carlson shot at 61.5% in the field, took four from 10 attempts at the three-point line, and hit at 80% at the foul-line to help the Pirates seal the victory. Carlson also had a hand in seven assists, two steals, and eight rebounds during the match, lifting his season average to 27.3 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. 

It’s Carlson’s first season with the Pirates, coming into the side from Truman University in Missouri. His college career saw him average 21.3 points and 7.2 rebounds per game in the 2013-14 season, was named co-Player of the Year in the Great Lakes Valley Conference in 2014, in addition to being named a 2014 All-American by Daktronics and the National Association of Basketball Coaches. During his time with the Truman Bulldogs the forward from Wisconsin also set the single-game scoring record with 48 points against Missouri S&T, and was the 26th player at the college to score 1000 points. 

Carlson’s performance stands amongst a number of other notables in Rounds 5 and 6, including Rockhampton’s Chehales Tapscott who put up 39 points and 14 rebounds in the Rockets’ win over Toowoomba this week. Marshall Johnson shot 25 point and took 14 rebounds in Suncoast’s Round 5 win over Toowoomba while his team-mate Josh Tueta was also impressive with 23 points and 17 rebounds in the same match. Ipswich’s James Legan helped the Force get the win over the Clippers this week with 35 points.


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