It’s a brand new BBL All-Star 5 that will end in October as everyone is in for the first time this season, with the competitiveness of the league demonstrated by the fact that we already have up to 25 different players. in just six weeks and not The team went undefeated after the weekend’s BBL Championship action.
Marc Loving – Leicester Cavaliers
The defending champions have won in a row at home and have a player in the All-Star 5 for the first time this season as Marc Loving had a career night in their win over the Bristol Flyers on Friday. He scored 34 points in 36 minutes, knocking down 6-8 (75%) three-point range, with three rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks; including the triple which leveled the game just before half-time after Leicester trailed, then 12 consecutive points in the first five minutes of the third period in what became a seven-minute 21-6 spell which settled the game at halftime.
Javion Hamlet – Newcastle Eagles
Newcastle also picked up two home wins on the rebound behind another great performance from US keeper Javion Hamlet – one of four players to average over 20 points per game so far – as he does his first All-Star 5 appearance following Friday’s loss to The Patriots from Plymouth City at the Vertu Motors Arena live on Sky Sports. He scored 31 points and was a handful all night as he fired an incredible 17 free throws, missing just one (94%), while dishing out seven assists and grabbing six rebounds. The Eagles had 61 points and a big halftime lead with Hamlet scoring 16 points with four assists to set the tone early on.
Larry Austin Jr. – Cheshire Phoenix
One of last season’s most consistent All-Star 5 nominees makes his first appearance of this campaign as Larry Austin Jr. almost single-handedly led his team to a rebounding road victory at Surrey Scorchers on Saturday. The American guard produced a big double-double, shooting 9-12 (75%) for 23 points and grabbing two game-high 12 rebounds, along with three assists and two steals. Phoenix trailed in double digits in the first half but had 32 points in the third quarter as Austin scored nine and had six rebounds in that span, including two “and one” games, including the second put them forward for good.
Kipper Nichols – B. Braun Sheffield Sharks
The Sharks opened the weekend by handing the London Lions their first domestic loss of the season at Ponds Forge on Friday night, led by an outstanding shooting performance from Kipper Nichols as he made his first appearance of the season. He scored 26 on 6-8 (75%) shooting from the field, knocking down his two three-point attempts as well as a perfect 8-8 from the free throw line. The Sharks led almost everywhere as Nichols scored seven points in just over a minute to break a first-quarter tie, adding five assists and four rebounds in the game.
Jeremiah Bailey – Gladiators of Caledonia
The Gladiators shared a double-header on the South West route over the weekend, first beating the Bristol Flyers on Saturday night to make it straight wins, with American striker Jeremiah Bailey recording a double- double to also feature for the first time. He finished with 13 points on 6-9 (66%) inside shooting, along with 14 rebounds, six assists and three steals. He scored all of his points in the first half as the Gladiators stayed with their hosts, before the game was won in the third quarter with Bailey coming on as a provider and providing four assists.
On the bench: Rashad Hassan (Plymouth City Patriots), Shakem Johnson (Surrey Scorchers), Princeton Onwas (Caledonia Gladiators), Anthony Roberson (Manchester Giants), Elvisi Dusha (Plymouth City Patriots), Vojtech Hruban (London Lions), Padiet Wang (Surrey Scorchers).