January’s latest BBL All-Star 5 features the BBL Cup Final MVP – the first showpiece event of the season played in front of record crowds to end the month – but is led by a pair of London Lions after their BBL Championship win this weekend.
Kylor Kelley – London Lions
The seven-footer from London, the league leader in field goal percentage and blocked shots, made the weekly squad for the first time this season as the Lions won three straight and went through the century for the second game in a row, beating Plymouth City Patriots on the road. The former NBA G-League man had a double-double of 10 points and 12 rebounds, as well as a career-high six blocked shots, including scores that started and ended an 8-3 run in the third quarter that set the Lions up for good in an otherwise tight game.
Isaiah Reese – London Lions
Making his second All-Star 5 appearance of the campaign, but first since Week 2, Isaiah Reese also completed a double-double in that game as the Lions bettered a 5-2 league record. He’s third in the BBL in points and fifth in assists, and finished this one with 22 points, including 4-9 (44%) in three-point shooting and 13 assists. The Lions had trailed for much of the first half and were still down six minutes into the third, but finished it 20-13 as Reese hit a three-point three for nine runs and four assists.
Hakeem Sylla – Thames Valley Cavaliers
The third-ranked team in the National Basketball League’s Division 1 have reached the quarter-finals of the BBL Trophy, where they will face Glenn Luss Glasgow Rocks, after that league’s leading rebounder, Hakeem Sylla, saw them off. overtake Hemel Storm with a double-double. He finished with 17 points and 13 rebounds – including an incredible nine at the offensive end – as well as four steals, including two important plays “and one” in the fourth quarter as the Cavaliers came from behind to win it with a 27-17th. final period, with Sylla grabbing an attacking card and delivering it, with the foul, to give his team the definitive advantage with three minutes to play.
Larry Austin – Cheshire Phoenix
Cheshire continued their good form with back-to-back wins on the road, making it five in the last six games for them, with Austin’s performance in the first of those, a win at Plymouth, giving him earned weekly honors for the second time. He came off the bench to change that game, finishing with 16 points, seven rebounds, six steals and three assists, checking in after four minutes with his team behind and making an instant impact with eight points and three steals in the first quarter. with those three steals led to scores as Phoenix had 22 points on turnovers – they finished the first 16-4 and stayed ahead thereafter.
Geno Crandall – Leicester Cavaliers
Leicester Riders won the BBL Cup for the first time in eight years by beating Manchester Giants in front of a record crowd of around 10,000, and live on Sky Sports at the Utilita Arena Birmingham on Sunday, the MVP of the reigning league taking over the game to add Cup Finals MVP honors to its list of accolades. He scored 26 points, with six rebounds and five assists, including telling contributions as he scored 12 points in a decisive second stanza which Leicester won 30-8, followed by a steal and score to open the third to keep the momentum going in favor of Leicester. It’s his seventh All-Star 5 appearance of the season, now two ahead of his opponent of the day, Tyrik Armstrong.
On the bench: Kofi Josephs (Plymouth City Patriots), Legend Robertin (Surrey Scorchers), Rashad Hassan (Plymouth City Patriots), Stanley Davis Jr. (Surrey Scorchers), Taylor Johnson (Hemel Storm), Noah Dickerson (Cheshire Phoenix), AJ Roberts (Thames Valley Cavaliers).