The stars of the BBL saved some of their most stunning performances of this campaign so far for the opening weekend of the BBL Championship, with this week’s All-Star 5 combining for by far the highest Performance Points total to date. It includes two-time league MVP Rahmon Fletcher and NBA G-League transfer Amir Williams both going through the 40 mark.
Rahmon Fletcher – Newcastle Eagles
Newcastle made their longest road-trip of the season on Sunday, and Fletcher poured in 32 points to lead them past Plymouth Raiders. He proved impossible to handle as he got to the free-throw line 16 times, making 14 of those – the most by an Eagle in a decade – as well as adding eight assists.
Amir Williams – Worcester Wolves
On his BBL Championship debut Amir Williams posted a monster double-double of 21 points and 19 rebounds as Worcester beat Surrey Scorchers on Friday. The 6’11” Michigan native – who has previously played for the Memphis Grizzlies in the NBA Summer League – shot 8-12 (66%) from the floor and also blocked five shots.
Kyron Cartwright – Leicester Riders
In another twice-in-a-decade effort, Cartwright handed out an amazing 19 assists in Leicester’s defeat of Plymouth on Friday night, tying Josh Wilcher who was on the other side. Cartwright was close to a triple-double, adding 11 points and eight rebounds as he controlled the game from the point guard position.
Jamell Anderson – Leicester Riders
Another one from Leicester’s win over Plymouth on Friday, Anderson had a career-best night. He missed just one shot on his way to 23 points, shooting 9-10 (90%) from the field, a perfect 7-7 inside and 3-3 at the line. The British forward added nine rebounds, two steals, a block and an assist.
Mackey McKnight – B. Braun Sheffield Sharks
McKnight took his good BBL Cup form into the Championship, as he makes a third All-Star 5 appearance of the season following Sheffield’s big road win at Bristol Flyers. He shot 7-8 (87%) from the field for 19 points, to go with seven assists, four rebounds and two steals.
Off the bench: CJ Gettys (Newcastle Eagles), Josh Wilcher (Plymouth Raiders), Cortez Edwards (Worcester Wolves), Disraeli Lufadeju (Cheshire Phoenix), Brandon Peel (London Lions), Fred Thomas (Bristol Flyers), Parker Jackson-Cartwright (Cheshire Phoenix).