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WASL Weekly Heat Index: New guys, career-best outing banner Week 8's best

BEIRUT (Lebanon) - New guys wasted no time flexing their wares in the penultimate week of the West Asia Super League (WASL) group stage.

From Shabazz Muhammad to big man Steve Taylor Jr., the latest signings proved why their respective squads brought them in heading into the tournament's home stretch by turning in impressive performances.

But, the old-timers are not to be overshadowed, with one of them submitting a career-best outing that ultimately helped his side stay alive.

And so now, we take a look at some of week 8's top performances -- in both leagues, of course -- through our WASL Weekly Heat Index.

Nassir Abo Jalas

Al Nasr Riyadh


Nassir Abo Jalas could not have chosen a better time to play his best game of the season to date than in Al Nasr Riyadh's virtual do-or-die versus Al Sadd.

Averaging just 6.0 points in their first four games, the 28-year-old forward fired 20 points, together with 12 rebounds, 2 assists, and a steal to lead his squad to their first-ever win in WASL through an 86-84 decision.

More importantly, his exploits -- which netted him an efficiency rating of 22 -- enabled the club to remain very much alive in the playoff race.

Marcus Georges-Hunt

Kuwait Club


Marcus Georges-Hunt is as reliable as ever and it's no different in Week 8 as he helped Kuwait Club remain the only unbeaten team in the entire league.

One of the Gulf's top scorers, the 28-year-old unloaded 23 points, but also did a little bit of everything by collecting 6 rebounds, 5 assists, and 2 steals for an efficiency rating of 31 in their 16-78 romp of Al Manama.

Not only did they improve to 5-0 but the Kuwaiti side clinched the Group B top seed, becoming the first to book a spot in the Semi-Finals.

Kenny Hayes

Beirut Club


Leading Beirut Club's conquest of Orthodox Amman was Kenny Hayes that saw him star in their fourth-quarter breakaway towards the 89-76 win, which made them punch a ticket to the WASL-West Asia League Semi-Final.

The 35-year-old eventually finished with 23 points and 8 assists for a 28 efficiency rating -- all team-highs -- with 3 rebounds and 2 steals.

After Wednesday's affair, Hayes further solidified his place as one of WASL's elite passers with 8.8 dimes per contest -- third-best in West Asia.

Shabazz Muhammad

Beirut Club


Also playing a key role in Beirut's conquest of their Jordanian foes was Shabazz Muhammad as he joined hands with Hayes in the said pull-away.

The former NBA vet tallied 22 points, including 10 in the fourth quarter, together with 9 rebounds, alongside 2 assists, 2 steals, and 1 block for a full line.

With such a showing, the Lebanese side (3-1) will definitely be a team to be excited about come playoff time as they're touted as one of the favorites.

Steve Taylor Jr.

Al Manama


Al Manama weren't able to stretch their streak to three, let alone stun Kuwait Club, but Steve Taylor Jr. provided a positive in the defeat.

The 30-year-old forward finished with 24 points on 10-of-16 shooting, 6 rebounds, 1 assist, and 1 steal for an EFF rating of 22 in 31 minutes.\

And standing at 2.06 M (6'9"), Taylor will surely be an added boost to the Bahraini side's frontline that has Elijah Robinson and Mohammed Hamooda.