By Rowan Shiell
Last week Tom Pereira came out of nowhere to win player of the week. His team was in the middle of a small winning streak when they lost one of their top players. Pereira made the most of the opportunity to start and more importantly his team won.
At this point in the season, most rosters are set and very rarely will a coach tinker with his line-ups unless it is something very serious like an injury, suspension.
This week has seen mixed results from a number of players, check out how they got on below:
Player of the Week
Alasdair Fraser | Maine | Junior | Forward | @bigali15
Fraser scored only eight points to go with seven rebounds in a one point loss to Binghamton (3-16, 1-5 Am. East) on Saturday.
By the standards he has set, that wasn’t a great game statistically for Fraser, although it was only a one point loss. He did come back strong, in the next game, to take down Vermont (12-7, 5-2 Am. East), one of the top teams in the America East Conference. Fraser scored 20 points to go with 10 rebounds, two blocks and was only two assists shy of a triple double, with a career high eight assists.
This is the second time Fraser has been named player of the week and it was after he was awarded the British Emerging Athlete of the Year after averaging close to 20 points in the GB U20 European championships.
Best of the Rest
Tom Pereira | Rider | Junior| Guard | @T32Pereira
After St John’s transfer and one of Rider’s top scorers, Nurideen Lindsay, was sidelined with a concussion, Tom Pereira was inserted into the starting line up and his production was so impressive he was made Hoopsfix.com player of the week.
Starting his second game, on Sunday, he didn’t disappoint, scoring 14 points to go with five rebounds as Rider defeated Iona (12-7, 6-2 MAAC) by five points.
The junior guard is only averaging 4.6 points and 1.6 rebounds in 13 minutes of action but over the last two games he has responded with 15.5 points in 30 minutes as a starter.
Andrew Lawrence | College of Charleston | Senior | Guard | @andrewcofc04
On Saturday, Charleston lost to Davison (11-7, 6-1 Southern), who currently leads the South division, of the Southern Conference. COFC is currently second. Andrew Lawrence has been on a scoring kick, lately, scored 18 points to go with five rebounds and four assists.
On Thursday he scored 12 points in a win over Citadel (4-14, 1-7 Southern) which leaves them just two games behind Davidson in their division of the Southern Conference. Lawrence also filled the stat sheet with three rebounds, four assists, a steal and a block.
Ashley Hamilton | Loyola Marymount | Senior | Forward | @thekingash
Hamilton scored only eight points and grabbed seven rebounds in their third loss in a row on Saturday. This was also the second consecutive game the senior forward was one foul away from being disqualified.
On Thursday they faced fellow West Coast bottom dweller Pepperdine but victory proved elusive, though Hamilton would come away with highlight with this dunk. Stat wise he contributed 10 points, four rebounds, two steals, two assists and a block.
Ben Mockford | St Francis NY | Junior | Guard | @BenMockford
Mockford scored a dozen points and grabbed six rebounds in a win over Farleigh Dickenson (7-12, 2-4 NEC) on Saturday.
Will Neighbour | Arkansas Little Rock | Junior | Forward
Will Neighbour started the week slow, scoring nine points in a victory over Western Kentucky (12-9, 6-4 Sun Belt) on Saturday.
Then, like Fraser above, he came back with arguably his best game of the season, scoring 24 points and grabbing 11 rebounds to help his team overcome a 22-point deficit and take care of Florida Atlantic (10-11, 5-5 Sun Belt) by three points.
He would have been a lock for Player of the week if it wasn’t for Fraser’s near triple double. Arkansas Little Rock are now nearly two games ahead in the western division of the Sun Belt conference.
Keith Rendleman | North Carolina-Wilmington | Senior | Forward
Keith Rendleman scored 23 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and blocked three shots but it was not enough to get by Georgia State (10-11, 5-3 CAA) on Wednesday. They lost by 18 points.
Allie Fullah | Charleston Southern |Junior| Center
Fullah continues to impress, making the most of his limited minutes for Charleston Southern, who are currently on a seven game winning streak. He played in two games and totaled 10 points, eight rebounds and five blocks. He has had at least two blocks a game over the course of the winning streak.
Thoughts? Anyone else doing well that deserves a mention?