Fittingly, this week’s All-Star 5 is led by BBL Cup Final MVP Amir Williams after Worcester Wolves beat Bristol Flyers in front of a record crowd of 9,244 at Arena Birmingham on Sunday, live on BBC Sport. He stars alongside a couple of match-winning American guards, and a pair of season-best performances that lead to debuts despite defeat.
Amir Williams – Worcester Wolves
The 6’11” American centre turned in one of the best individual displays in Cup Final history as he led Worcester Wolves to their maiden Cup success. The former Memphis Grizzlies NBA Summer League player shot 73% from the field en route to a double-double of 23 points – including scores in the decisive runs as Wolves’ go-to man – and 13 rebounds, adding five blocks to dominate the paint at both ends.
Greg Pryor – Radisson Red Glasgow Rocks
Rocks remain second in the BBL Championship after sweeping aside Surrey Scorchers at Emirates Arena on Friday, and the American guard led the way with 29 points on 61% shooting, including 4-6 (66%) three-pointers. He added nine rebounds, three assists and two steals, while sitting for just three minutes in the game.
Connor Cashaw – B. Braun Sheffield Sharks
Despite a big second half, Sharks couldn’t overcome Newcastle Eagles on Friday, although Cashaw turned in his best display of the season so far to make a first All-Star 5 appearance. He had a double-double of 24 points and 11 rebounds, also contributing two assists, a steal and a block, with seven of those points coming in Sheffield’s third quarter fightback.
Rahmon Fletcher – Newcastle Eagles
Newcastle’s point guard played all but 28 seconds of that game with Sheffield, scoring over a third of his team’s points to send them into the BBL Trophy semi-finals. He shot 10-16 (62%) from the field and 7-8 (87%) at the line on his way to 30 points, adding nine assists; and it was he who scored five straight points in a key run after Sharks tied the game in the fourth quarter.
Devontavius Payne – Surrey Scorchers
Surrey’s guard almost matched his adversary stride-for-stride in Friday’s game at Emirates Arena, hitting 27 points on 11-15 (73%) shooting and equalling Pryor’s 4-6 from three-point range. He added four rebounds, three assists and two steals for his best performance of the campaign so far and a debut All-Star 5 appearance.
Off the bench: Ali Fraser (Radisson Red Glasgow Rocks), Tayo Ogedengbe (Surrey Scorchers), Alex Owumi (Worthing Thunder), Darius Defoe (Newcastle Eagles), Ian Smith (Solent Kestrels), Brendan Okoronkwo (Solent Kestrels), Nick Lewis (B. Braun Sheffield Sharks).