All-Star 5 – Week 14

The first BBL All-Star 5 of 2022 features a pair of Leicester Riders forwards who both could have been in the squad twice for their performances during the holiday period, and a pair of Surrey Scorchers guards after have won their first BBL victory. Dramatic championship campaign on New Years Day.

Darien Nelson-Henry – Leicester Cavaliers
The Leicester captain returned from injury straight into a rich vein of form with great performances against the Plymouth City Patriots and B. Braun Sheffield Sharks last week, making his first All-Star 5 appearance of the season so far. In a big win over Plymouth, he came off the bench to score 22 points in 27 minutes on 7-8 (87%) shots, with seven rebounds and five assists; followed by a double-double of 19 points and 11 boards on the road at Sheffield.

Marc Loving – Leicester Cavaliers
Like his frontline partner, Loving has put in a number of solid performances in recent weeks to make his fourth performance in the weekly squad – and third in the past six weeks – which is third among all players. He had two double doubles last week, starting with 14 points and 11 rebounds, adding five assists, against Plymouth; and that was followed by 11 points and 12 rebounds, with four assists and three steals, in the BBL Cup semi-final victory over the London Lions.

Dan Clark – Giants of Manchester
This is a third appearance of the season – the fifth among all players – but the first since week three for the Britain captain after the Giants took three straight league wins with a pair of decisive wins over Cheshire Phoenix and Newcastle Eagles. Clark comes in big in the derby days for Manchester – with his previous two All-Star 5 appearances against Cheshire and Sheffield – and this time he had 22 points, seven rebounds, four blocks and three assists in the win against Phoenix, including a three-point trio in the decisive race to open the fourth quarter.

Jules Dang Akodo – Surrey Scorchers
Surrey recorded their first BBL Championship win of the season in their usual New Years game – making it a remarkable 11-1 on January 1 – by beating the London Lions as Dang Akodo came close to a triple-double against his old club. He scored 12 points and distributed 12 assists, also registering eight rebounds, in a tense one-point victory, including a pair of key steals that led to late scores and four assists in the fourth quarter, including two for the Captain Tayo Ogedengbe as he made clutch baskets late.

Caylin Raftopoulos – Surrey Scorchers
Raftopoulos led the scoring in the victory and, like his backcourt partner, made his first All-Star 5 appearance of the season. He scored 20 points on 6-8 (75%) three-pointers, including eight points from an 18-8 start as the hosts came out on top from the start, then a trio of three-pointers in the third quarter to keep Scorchers ahead. .

Off the bench: Duke Shelton (Newcastle Eagles), Jordan Ratinho (B. Braun Sheffield Sharks), Mike Ochereobia (Cheshire Phoenix), Namon Wright (Cheshire Phoenix), Will Neighbor (London Lions), Lorenzo Cugini (London Lions), Tyrik Armstrong (Giants of Manchester).

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