BILLY Singleton has paid tribute to Chester Jets' Mr Consistency - veteran forward Shawn Myers.
The 6ft 6in Trinidadian was this week named the BBL's player of the month for January after a spell that saw him average 22.75 points and 11.12 rebounds per game.
He will be aiming to continue his excellent form this weekend as Jets go to Newcastle Eagles tonight (7.30pm) and entertain Milton Keynes Lions on Sunday (5.30pm).
Myers, 36, has shouldered even more responsibility in recent weeks following the departure of forward Jamal Brown, and Chester head coach Singleton says the BBL have chosen well.
'Shawn's a very talented player,' said the Jets chief. 'This year he's had to shoulder a lot of the load with one of the forwards being missing and he's done a good job.
'He's playing well and the award is well deserved. The older he gets, the younger his body gets!'
After collecting four wins in five games at the turn of the year, Jets have stumbled slightly and head to Newcastle on the back of three straight defeats.
They currently occupy the eighth and final play-off spot but Singleton feels his team can climb the table.
He said: 'Obviously, we want to finish as high as possible. I don't think you can put a target or a points value on it - you just have to try and finish up as strong as possible.'
Jets have played Newcastle four times already this term, winning both home games but losing twice at the Metro FM Arena.
Singleton knows Chester will have their work cut out. He said: 'New-castle are playing really good right now,' he said. 'They're a tough team.'
Although Jets are above Lions in the table, they lost 86-65 at the Bletchley Leisure Centre last month.
Singleton hopes to prove that surprise result was nothing more than a blip when Milton Keynes arrive in Chester on Sunday.
He said: 'They did a good job but hopefully we can reverse the result this time.
'I hope it was just a one-off night for us and now we've got to perform every game.'
Singleton confirmed he is 'still actively looking' for a replacement for departed forward Jamal Brown.
The 27-year-old returned to his native America following a family bereavement in early January and it was confirmed last week that he will not be returning this season.
Brown's contract has been terminated but club officials have not ruled out re-signing him next season.