All-Star 5 – Week 4

The latest BBL All-Star 5 is paced by big man Bennett Koch after his dominating performance live on Sky Sports and features a trio of internationals for Britain and Canada, alongside two Cheshire Phoenix stars after their return to victory on Sunday. .

Bennett Koch – B. Braun Sheffield Sharks

The Sharks cruised through a second defensive game in the space of a week as they beat Newcastle Eagles 66-59 at Ponds Forge live on Sky Sports, led by a near-career night from American center Bennett Koch, in his fourth season with the club. He went 25 on 9-13 (69%) shooting, with many ‘and one’ plays as Newcastle struggled to get him under control, adding 7-9 (77%) from the free-throw line and grabbing seven rebounds. . The game had been no more than two possessions throughout, until Koch scored six runs early in the fourth quarter as the Sharks built a decisive double-digit lead.

Luke Nelson – London Lions

British international guard Luke Nelson is in his first season in the BBL and making his first-ever appearance in the All-Star 5, after a fine career so far in top flights in Spain, Italy and Germany, as well than competing in basketball. Champions League and NBA Summer League. He was the difference maker in the London road win at Surrey Scorchers on Saturday, finishing with 18 points, six rebounds and five assists while shooting 3-6 (50%) from three points, making plenty of big strokes in stride as Lions. finally broke their resilient hosts in the fourth period as Nelson scored 13 late points and all of his hat-tricks in the space of two fourth quarter minutes.

Jamell Anderson – Cheshire Phoenix

The only Squad of This Week player to feature more than once so far this season, another England international, Jamell Anderson, was the driving force behind Cheshire’s 78-61 loss to the Caledonia Gladiators on Sunday , triggering a series of consecutive matches. defeats in return. He finished with 19 points, five rebounds and three steals, including an emphatic steal and dunk in the third quarter and 10 first quarter points as Nix took a 27-6 lead.

Mike Ochereobia – Cheshire Phoenix

Another big feature of the win at Cheshire Oaks Arena was Mike Ochereobia, nominated for Britain’s Molten BBL Team of the Year last year, whose glass work was key to Cheshire’s performance. The tall Londoner finished with 13 rebounds, as well as eight points and three assists, with four of those boards coming from the offensive side and leading directly to seven points, as Nix won the rebound battle 44-34 and scored 18 points. second chance.

Aaron Best – London Lions

Canadian international guard Aaron Best makes his first appearance in the BBL All-Star 5 after joining the Lions off-season after two campaigns with the Raptors 905 in the NBA G-League, as well as at the top level in Lithuania, Greece , Germany and France. . Like his backcourt partner, he played a crucial role in London’s tough road win at Surrey, scoring 14 points in under 18 minutes, with four rebounds, four assists and a block, doing all his homework first. half-time to help the undefeated Lions. weather an early storm from their hosts.

On the bench: Javion Hamlet (Newcastle Eagles), Thomas Bell (Bristol Flyers), Mike Miller (Bristol Flyers), Patrick Tape (Caledonia Gladiators), Kyle Carey (Surrey Scorchers), Mo Walker (Leicester Riders), Patrick Whelan (Leicester riders).

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