The latest BBL All-Star 5 features a pair of representatives from each of the Cheshire Phoenix and Plymouth City Patriots, with both sides picking up wins to start 2022, with the weekly squad led by established big shot scorers in Namon Wright and Rashad Hassan. .
Namon Wright – Cheshire Phoenix
Cheshire won three in a row to start the year and rode through the century beating Glasgow as Namon Wright – the BBL’s sixth-highest goalscorer – paced all scorers in that fixture, making his third All-Star 5 appearance of the season. . The American guard had perhaps his best overall performance of the campaign with 22 points, shooting 7-9 (77%) inside, with eight rebounds, five assists and four blocked shots, including a three-pointer for open the third. quarterback that sparked a 16-0 winning start, as he also scored the final four points in that span.
Rashad Hassan – Plymouth City Patriots
The Patriots also opened 2022 with three straight wins and climbed to the bottom of the BBL Championship standings with an impressive road victory Sunday at second-placed Manchester Giants as the ever-effective Rashad Hassan proved hard to stop. . He had a double-double of 23 points and 12 rebounds, both game highs, shooting 10-14 (71%) from the field – Hassan is second all-time in the BBL in field goal percentage . He scored consistently throughout the game, including six points in the first quarter to give the visitors a good start and five points in four minutes in a second stanza which they won 30-14.
Patrick Whelan – Leicester Cavaliers
Leicester remain unbeaten 9-0 at the top of the BBL Championship table, and British keeper Patrick Whelan’s continued good form is a big reason for that as he makes his second All-Star 5 appearance in the past five weeks after a road win at Bristol Flyers. Fifth in the league in three-point percentage, he led the scoring in that game as 4-5 (80%) from beyond the arc sent him to 25 points in just 25 minutes, tying his career-high BBL, including an astonishing 16 points. in the first quarter as he made a pair of ‘and one’ plays that sparked a 13-0 surge to put Leicester ahead for good.
Antonio Williams – Plymouth City Patriots
New USA guard Antonio Williams is the second Patriot to make this week’s squad, and he did so thanks to a great performance live on Sky Sports on Friday night in the win over the Surrey Scorchers at the Plymouth Pavilions . He finished with 25 points on 9-13 shooting (69%), along with six rebounds and four assists, including six points in a 13-2 flurry that opened the game in the second quarter when his back-to-back baskets put Double-digit Plymouth. , with an emphatic dunk providing an exclamation mark on this run.
Mike Ochereobia – Cheshire Phoenix
Great Britain’s Mike Ochereobia, the BBL’s fourth-best rebounder, netted an effective double-double in Cheshire’s home win over Glasgow as he moved up to fourth in the BBL Championship table with a fifth victory in the countryside. He missed just once on his way to 14 points on 5-6 (83%) from the field and a perfect 4-4 from the line, also grabbing 12 rebounds including four from the offensive end as Phoenix had 15 second chance points – they scored nine points, six for Ochereobia himself, straight on his offensive boards.
On the bench: Stanley Davis Jr (Surrey Scorchers), Darius Defoe (Newcastle Eagles), Jaycee Hillsman (Glen Luss Glasgow Rocks), Kylor Kelley (London Lions), Boban Jacdonmi (Glen Luss Glasgow Rocks), Lamar Hamrick (Surrey Scorchers) , Isaiah Reese (London Lions).