All-Star 5 – Week 27

The latest BBL All-Star 5 is led by seven-foot London Lions star Kylor Kelley after an extraordinary near-triple-double, while the in-form Glen Luss Glasgow Rocks have a pair of reps for the second straight week, and Tyrik Armstrong joins Geno Crandall at the top of the appearance chart.

Kylor Kelley – London Lions
The London Lions easily beat the Newcastle Eagles in the last game of March last Wednesday night at the Copper Box Arena, with Kylor Kelly in absolutely dominant form as he makes his third All-Star 5 appearance of the season. Amazingly, he was just one blocked shot away from a rare triple-double as he finished with 16 points, a massive 17 rebounds and nine blocks, also adding four assists and two steals. He had a key score as the Eagles cut the deficit to single digits in the third quarter and then ended the game with eight points, four rebounds and two blocks in the fourth period.

Jordan Johnson – Glen Luss Glasgow Rocks
Rocks won five in a row with a double-header of the weekend, going through a century for a fourth game in a row – having scored 99 in the other – led by point guard Jordan Johnson’s form as he takes the honors weekly for the seventh time, third among all players, and for the second week in a row. In Friday’s victory over Surrey Scorchers at the Emirates Arena, he posted a double-double of 28 points and 11 assists and set the tone from the start with 13 points in the first quarter as Glasgow took an early lead double digits and never looked back.

Vance Johnson – Glen Luss Glasgow Rocks
A teammate making his first appearance in the All-Star 5 is Vance Johnson, 6’9″, from Chicago, as he entered the starting lineup facing injury concerns for Glasgow’s home game against Cheshire Phoenix on Sunday. That held neither the team nor Johnson himself as the sixth-placed Rocks closed the gap on the Phoenix just above them with a 103-77 victory as Johnson realized a BBL first career double-double of 22 points, on 10-15 (66%) shooting, with 13 rebounds, including the field goal that gave them a double-digit lead in a dominant second stanza.

Rodney Glasgow Jr. – B. Braun Sheffield Sharks
Sheffield continue their quest for second place in the BBL Championship table and started the weekend with a home win against the Plymouth City Patriots at Ponds Forge on Friday led by point guard Rodney Glasgow Jr. as they make their fourth All-Star 5 showing the campaign. He shot 7-10 (70%) from the floor on his way to 17 points, grabbing seven rebounds and dispensing five assists, along with two steals as Sheffield continued their strong defensive performance. The Sharks quickly took a double-digit lead as Glasgow Jr. had six points, three assists and two steals in the first quarter, and they were rarely threatened afterwards.

Tyrik Armstrong – Manchester Giants
Manchester playmaker Tyrik Armstrong joins Geno Crandall at the top of the appearances chart, which is his eighth overall and his third in the last four weeks as the Giants continue their strong form in the race to second place with a fifth win in six games. , beating the Bristol Flyers on the road on Saturday. The Houston native scored 21 points on 8-13 shooting (61%), along with eight assists, five rebounds and two steals, along with four assists in the first quarter as he rotated his team and the Giants established an early lead, before five points. in the third, including the ‘and one’ game that gave them a double-digit advantage and a key scoreline when the hosts came within four down the stretch.

On the bench: Justin Gordon (Newcastle Eagles), Dan Clark (Manchester Giants), Geno Crandall (Leicester Riders), Isaiah Reese (London Lions), Corey Johnson (Newcastle Eagles), Teddy Okereafor (Cheshire Phoenix), Marcus Evans (Bristol flyers).

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