NBL1 Central Players of the Week – Round 10

ANOTHER weekend of action saw some more cracking affairs in South Australia, as the National Basketball League (NBL)1 Central competition produced plenty of high-scoring affairs over the weekend.

Round 10 took place over the weekend, and several sides surpassed 100 points in an exciting display of how well a lot of sides are performing on the offensive end.

Although there were a lot of solid team performances, multiple players stood above the rest with some match-winning outings for their respective sides.

With that in mind, Rookie Me Central will be taking a look at the standout performances from both divisions, after some big numbers were posted over the weekend. This time, Akoldah Gak and Brittany Hodges proved to be the biggest game-changers in their respective outings.

Akoldah Gak (West Adelaide Bearcats) vs. Woodville Warriors

37 points, nine rebounds, three assists, two blocks

Gak was an offensive force as the Bearcats defeated the Warriors to the tune of 28 points in a one-sided affair at Port Adelaide Recreation Centre on Saturday night.

In a high-scoring first quarter, it was West Adelaide who emerged at the first change with an eight-point lead to kick things off in style. It was stretched out to double-digits in the second term, before the Bearcats broke the game open with a 30-13 third period to put the result to bed, cruising home to a 111-83 win.

Gak produced one of the offensive performances of the season in the win over the Warriors, exploding for a game-high 37 points.

From the field, he shot 15/27 and was ultra-aggressive with ball in hand. Whenever he caught the ball, he looked to attack his opponent and put the defence on the back foot. At the rim, Gak was able to finish at the cup and keep his side’s score ticking over.

Given he was seeing the bottom of the net so well, Gak tried his hand at three-point shooting and knocked down two triples on five attempts.

It was an excellent scoring showing from Gak, who was the biggest driving force in West Adelaide’s big win at home.

Brittany Hodges (South Adelaide Panthers) vs. Southern Tigers

26 points, 13 rebounds, three steals, two blocks

Hodges produced an excellent double-double and performed well on both ends as the Panthers snuck past the Tigers as the two sides went head to head at Morphett Vale Basketball Stadium on Saturday evening.

The Panthers looked in trouble after the first term, trailing by four points and allowing the Tigers to get ahead. However, South Adelaide slowly, but surely edged its way back into the game, and once hitting the front, kept pushing ahead, eventually snagging an eight-point win.

Although there were several contributors in the impressive win, Hodges was clearly the standout with a massive showing in the context of the match.

Her 26 points were the most of any player on the court, in an even bigger effort considering the Panthers only produced 75 points for the match.

Hodges shot 10/23 for the match, doing most of her work close to the paint and using strength and clever footwork to move past the opposition and find herself free at the basket.

On the glass, she was causing trouble on both ends of the floor with some excellent timing on her leaps following a miss. Of her 13 rebounds, five came on the offensive end, and those second-chance points proved vital in the context of the match.

Hodges was the star of the show for the Panthers in a gritty win, proving the difference and leading from the front.

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