All-Star 5 – Week 2

A winning weekend for the two teams playing the North West derby live on Sky Sports this Friday sees three players from Manchester Giants and Cheshire Phoenix in the second All-Star 5 of the season, alongside two new faces of the league with NBA credentials. .

William Lee – Manchester Giants
The only player to make back-to-back appearances, Lee could have topped the standings twice for his performances during a double-header weekend that saw the Giants pick up two wins to move to 3-1 in the nascent standings. of the BBL championship. He had a pair of double-doubles, starting with 22 points and 11 rebounds in Friday’s road win at Newcastle, before posting 14 points and 13 boards with a sensational seven blocked shots as the Giants beat the Patriots of Plymouth City at the National Basketball Performance Center on Sunday. , with four of those shots coming in a first half in which the Giants limited their visitors to just 30 points.

Sam Dekker – London Lions
One of the biggest acquisitions of the summer saw Sam Dekker come to London, with over 200 NBA games under his belt as well as Basketball Champions League and FIBA ​​Europe Cup campaigns during spells in Turkey. He makes his first All-Star 5 appearance after a double-double live on Sky Sports as the Lions drew first blood in their rivalry with defending champions Leicester Riders, winning 89-78 at the Copper Box Arena on Friday so that Dekker scored 18 points on 7-9 (77%) inside shooting, grabbing 11 rebounds and also dishing out six assists. That included four points, four rebounds and four assists in the opening six minutes as the Lions established an early double-digit lead before the rest of the game was tied.

Rahmon Fletcher – Manchester Giants
The Molten BBL double player of the year left Newcastle Eagles for Manchester this summer after seven seasons and nine trophies in the North East, and he returned to the Vertu Motors Arena in new colors on Friday night in dominant fashion. The Giants came away with a big 84-64 victory as Fletcher finished with 19 points, nine assists and five rebounds, including four key points late in the third to keep the Giants within striking distance as the hosts appeared to have taken the top, before becoming a supplier. in a fourth period they won 30-9 to claim a decisive win, Fletcher dished out three assists late in the game and grabbed four rebounds in the streak.

Tahjai Teague – Cheshire Phoenix
The 6’8″ Indianapolis native forward joined the Nix this summer after a stellar college career at Ball State and a pro season in Portugal, and his second half was the driving force behind their loss to Newcastle Eagles in the Cheshire Oaks Arena on Sunday. He finished with 21 points, eight rebounds and four assists, along with 13 of his points in the third quarter, including six in a row at one point to build a double-digit lead Nix would need to weather a late fightback. Teague scored twice more in the final three minutes to keep the lead at two possessions.

VJ King – Bristol Flyers
Bristol enjoyed an unbeaten start to the season after opening with straight wins as VJ King impressed in front of a sold-out crowd on his debut, the Flyers beating B. Braun Sheffield Sharks on Saturday night with a usual strong defensive display. The 6’5″ Akron native comes to the BBL via the NBA Summer League and G-League with the New York Knicks, and he finished his opener with 19 points on 8-11 (72%) shooting , as well as seven rebounds in Bristol’s 68-55 victory, including four quick points in the second stanza that put them definitely ahead.

On the bench: Marc Loving (Leicester Riders), Duke Shelton (Newcastle Eagles), Javion Hamlet (Newcastle Eagles), Markedric Bell (Plymouth City Patriots), Malcolm Delpeche (Bristol Flyers), Jalen Ray (Surrey Scorchers), Fraser Malcolm ( Gladiators of Caledonia).

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