Regaining his dominance on both ends of the floor, Pure Youth Construction’s forward Jonathan Sanders landed the Player of the Week honor in the Super Basketball League this week for his outstanding contribution to the Builders’ wins in both of their games last week.
After a slight midseason slump, in which the US swingman averaged a mere 10.8 points per game over a six-game stretch, Sanders finally shook off his courtside foes by netting 23.5 points and 15 rebounds per game in the two games he played last week to lead his team to victory. It is the third time that he has won the coveted weekly honor, making him one of the most feared players in the league.
Even though Sanders is not getting the same kind of offensive production as in the past two seasons with several double-double outings, his tremendous field of vision, which allows him to find the open man on offense when being doubled-teamed by the opponents, has served him and his team well.
He has also provided outstanding leadership, giving the young Builders the necessary mental boost to bring them back as a legitimate contender for the upcoming postseason as they are currently in a three-way tie for third place with seven games remaining in the regular season.
“I am really glad that we have been able to win, because that’s the most important thing to us right now,” Sanders said after learning of his selection for the weekly award.
Next up for Sanders and his Pure Youth will be the Bank of Taiwan in what should be a relatively easy win for them tomorrow afternoon before Sunday’s showdown against the Yulon Luxgens.
Opening this week’s play in the SBL tonight will be a match between Taiwan Beer and Kinmen Liquor with tip-off scheduled for 6pm at the Taipei Municipal Gymnasium, before the nightcap between the Bankers and the Taiwan Mobile Leopards at 8pm.
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