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B.O.T.I. Players of the Week, 7


LETS' get serious here. There were several outstanding individual performances across the WNBL and NBL in Round 7 but two stood head-and-shoulders above the pack.

We'll start with the men where Brad Newley had another quality round for the Kings with a 34-point game in the loss in Perth and a backup 18 when Sydney beat the Wildcats in Sin City.

Chris Goulding returned from an ankle injury with a match-winning 30-point game for United against Cairns which included 8-of-12 threes.

Quality.

Casey Prather twice led the Wildcats scoring too but the standout game for us here at the B.O.T.I. offices of IT illiterates was produced by Torrey Craig in Brisbane's comfortable road win against the 36ers in Adelaide. 

Torrey, who relishes playing at Titanium Security Arena but even more has revelled in the freedom coach Andrej Lemanis has afforded him as a Bullets' starter, delivered a career-high 34 points on 14-of-18 shooting (that's 78%).

He also pulled down a team-high 11 rebounds and had two steals.

Most importantly though, he was tasked with the role of defending Adelaide superstar and quicksilver scoring playmaker Jerome Randle.

Randle led the NBL in scoring last year and is up there again in Season 2016-17.

With his length, reach and lateral speed, Craig held Randle to seven points on 2-of-9 shooting, 16 below his average ahead of the contest.

Bear in mind when the 36ers beat the Bullets in Brisbane earlier in the season, it was Randle doing the destruction with 34 points.

That performance from TC at both ends of the court made him an easy selection for his second Player of the Week award of the season and earnt him the prize of TWO bags of Salt & Vinegar chips, a Crunchie bar and an ice cold can of Diet Coke.

We've asked Sixers coach Joey Wright to deliver the prizes to Torrey in Brisbane on Thursday and to perhaps give them to Daniel Kickert to pass along.

NBL PotW
Rd1 Torrey Craig
Rd2 Jerome Randle
Rd3 Brad Newley
Rd4 Kirk Penney
Rd5 Jerome Randle (2)
Rd6 Kevin Lisch
Rd7 Torrey Craig (2)

THE WNBL saw fit to award its PotW to Kelsey Griffin and as big fans of the naturalised American, it's not hard for us here at the B.O.T.I. offices to understand why.

A career high 31-point effort at 61 per cent in an 84-71 road win over the Lynx was huge, no question.

But in truth, Bendigo played two games in the round and Griffin's 10 points on 4-of-10 shooting, eight rebounds and four assists in the win over Adelaide was solid for sure. But PotW material?

Maybe not quite so much.

Steph Cumming was quality again for Dandenong and Suzy Batkovic scored 55 points and hauled down 19 boards in two road losses for Townsville.

Come on now though. Which was the performance of the round most people knew of, heard of or were talking about?

Yes that's right. Sami Whitcomb's tour de force for Perth. She had 33 points IN THE FIRST HALF against Bendigo. She'd scored 29 of them by a couple of minutes into the second period and had not missed a shot!

It was one of the greatest solo outings the WNBL has seen since those 50-plus games by Belinda Snell (54 in 2005), Julie Nykiel (53 in 1982) and Penny Taylor (52 in 2001).

She finished with a career and season-high 39 and was cramping in the process.

To claim our chips, Crunchie bar and Diet Coke, your performance has to have people talking and Sami certainly had them doing that. 

WNBL PotW
Rd1 Suzy Batkovic
Rd2 Marianna Tolo
Rd3 Sami Whitcomb
Rd4 Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe
Rd5 Suzy Batkovic (2)
Rd6 Suzy Batkovic (3)
Rd7 Sami Whitcomb (2)

(*All prizes must be collected by Thursday 5pm, two indigestion tablets included.)

Nov 22

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