NBL1 Central Players of the Week – Round 8

ROUND 8 of the National Basketball League (NBL)1 Central took place over the weekend, with another 10 games delivering some exciting action.

Games took place exclusively on Saturday, as the condensed action still changed the landscape of the competition with several matches going down to the wire.

Across the men’s and women’s divisions, several players stood up for their respective sides with stat stuffing performances that proved decisive in a number of games on Saturday.

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, Jordan Forbes and Jasmin Fejo delivered strong showings in Round 8 and were the ones that caught the eye.

Jordan Forbes (Sturt Sabres) vs. West Adelaide Bearcats

29 points, 12 rebounds, six assists, four steals

On a tough day at the office for Sturt, Forbes was a standout as the Sabres fell to the Bearcats by 23 points at Springbank Secondary College on Saturday night.

The Bearcats essentially set the game up with a dominant first period, outscoring the Sabres 34-10 in outstanding fashion, before backing it up in the second term to lead by 33 points at the main break. Although Sturt looked better in the second half, the damage was already done as the visitors claimed a 104-81 win.

Forbes did everything he could to try and spark something for the Sabres, working extremely hard and proving to be the most damaging individual on the court.

His 29 points was a game-high total, shooting 11/23 from the field and proving a shining light offensively as he proved a consistent avenue to scoring for Sturt, with other players struggling to get into the game on a tough night.

He pulled down four offensive and eight defensive boards to record a double-double and have a big impact on the glass, looking to get first hands on the ball wherever possible.

Although he was the game’s leading scorer, Forbes proved a capable passer as well with six dimes, looking to generate offence from any source possible and putting his teammates in scoring positions.

Although the scoreline was not ideal for the Sabres, the performance of Forbes was tremendous, particularly in the second half when they looked to get back in the game.

Jasmin Fejo (Central Districts Lions) vs. Woodville Warriors

22 points, nine rebounds, 10 assists, four steals

Fejo almost snagged a triple-double as the Lions produced a nine-point victory over the Warriors when the two teams clashed at St Clair Recreation Centre on Saturday night.

The Warriors looked in control of the match after gaining an 11-point lead in the first quarter, but the Lions made the correct adjustments at the main break to turn things around. Central Districts won the third quarter 26-13 before slamming the door shut in the final period to snag an 88-79 win on the road.

There were several standout performances for the Lions, but Fejo stood above the rest by stuffing the stat sheet and impacting the game in multiple ways.

Although not her most accurate shooting performance (5/13 FG, 1/7 3PT), she still made a massive impact on the scoring front by going a near-perfect 11/12 from the free throw line. Fejo’s 22 points were the second most of any Lions player, trailing only Casey Samuels’ 32 points.

On the glass, she followed up misses with intent, pulling down nine boards for the match. Impressively, Fejo’s biggest success came on the offensive end, pulling down five rebounds from Central Districts misses.

As a playmaker, the Lions could not have asked for much more, combining extremely well with Samuels in particular to record 10 dimes and get the visitors’ momentum rolling on the scoring front.

It was a tremendous outing from Fejo, who helped lead her side to a crucial comeback win in enemy territory.

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