EABL Player of the Week – 19 January 2022

With six EABL games last Wednesday, there was no shortage of players who put up impressive numbers as candidates for Player of the Week.

Ultimately, there could only be one, and it was a performance worthy of recognition in one of the day’s big games.

Helping his side cement second spot in the Southern conference standings following a gutsy 89-84 win on the road against JMA, Oaklands’ Kane Daley is the EABL Player of the Week.

His 24 points were the second-highest across the league this week, and by adding 10 rebounds plus four assists to his afternoon’s work, the talented guard closed with an EABL-best 30 efficiency rating.

Winning on the road with numbers like that against an opponent that’s 4-2 this season, it all added up to this week’s accolade for Daley.

Speaking about his performance, Daley said: “It was a really tough game and a good test of the team last week, we really had to perform well to get the win.

“I’m thankful to be recognised by the league for my performance, I’m always happy to contribute to the team in any way I can.

“My teammates were on point, Tom (Hughes) and Talles (Zacharias) really stepped up, and we had to use a different style of play to beat JMA. That’s something that bodes well for playoff basketball.”

Head coach Lee Ryan added: “Kane continues to lead our EABL group with outstanding individual and team performances.

“Not only is he an outstanding two-way guard, he has that unique ability to up his game in the key moments. The league has a few guys that can create their own shot but Kane’s percentage go up when under pressure.

“He’s a really challenging cover for the opposition as he finds his teammates if too much attention is on him; he did a great job of that down the stretch against JMA last week. When you watch him in those moments, in crunch time, he is so calm and composed; it’s a special trait.

“To have a player that can do that is a huge bonus as a coach, it gives such confidence to his teammates and they elevate their performances as a result of Kane’s play.”

Graphics image credit – Lizzy Harrison

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