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Nevill makes it two honors in a row

By Paul Huang  /  Contributing reporter

Luke Nevill easily picked up the Player of the Week honor in the Super Basketball League for last week, with a pair of outstanding showings that helped his club win both games.

Members of the Basketball Writers’ Association needed little help on giving the Australian the nod for the coveted weekly honor for the second straight week, as he demonstrated uncanny poise and an exceptional range with his awesome perimeter game to lead the Taiwan Mobile Cloud Leopards to victory.

“All the credit should go to my teammates and the coaches for their support, without which [winning the Player of the Week honor] would not be possible,” Nevill said.

His 28 points per game with 14 rebounds and 1.5 blocked shots over the past two games cannot even begin to describe what he means to the Leopards, who have won seven in a row and are just 1.5 games behind top-ranked Pure Youth Construction in the latest standings.

Nevill was also named Player of the Month on Wednesday for his complete dominance inside the paint in the seven games that the Leopards played and won last month. He has truly become the heart and soul of the Leopards, who have finally lived up to expectations after two straight seasons of aggressive moves to strengthen their roster.

“Only the regular-season MVP honor and a championship ring can top [winning the Player of the Month honor],” Nevill told reporters on Wednesday.

His continued success could mean trouble for the Builders, who showed some signs of mental and physical fatigue in their upset loss to the Dacin Tigers a week ago, as the two teams look to finish off the regular season strong.

The Leopards will have a chance to stretch their win streak to eight straight with a relatively easy game against the last-placed Bank of Taiwan at the Sinjhuang Sports Complex tonight, before tomorrow’s showdown against the high-flying Dacin Tigers.

Tonight’s other game in Sinjhuang is to feature the Brew Crew of Taiwan Beer and the Builders in what could be a first-round matchup in the postseason with tip-off scheduled for 6pm.

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