It was a high-scoring week in the BBL Championship with six teams hitting more than 90 points and two going through the century in just five games, resulting in an All-Star 5 paced by big men from opposite ends of the country, alongside a pair of recent acquisitions and GB International Ovie Soko.
CJ Gettys – Newcastle Eagles
Almost a permanent fixture in the All-Star 5 – making his sixth appearance in the eight weeks since he joined Newcastle – Gettys now has three of the season’s top five Performance Points totals after scoring 30 points on an amazing 14-16 (87%) shooting against London Lions, adding nine rebounds and six assists as one of the premier passing bigs that the BBL has seen in recent years.
Rashad Hassan – Plymouth Raiders
Plymouth picked up a second win in a row, having gone winless for three months, by scoring 111 points on Surrey Scorchers at home, paced by Hassan off the bench who makes his first All-Star 5 appearance in a similar timescale. The American forward scored 26 points in under 30 minutes, missing just two of his 13 field goal attempts (84%) and completing a double-double with 13 rebounds.
Matthew Bryan-Amaning – Surrey Scorchers
In just his second appearance for Scorchers, Bryan-Amaning went toe-to-toe with Hassan in that game, himself scoring 25 points, including 7-8 (87%) free-throws as he proved hard to handle. The British forward added nine rebounds, three steals and two assists as Surrey fell short on the road.
Corey Johnson – Leicester Riders
Another recent signing, in just his third game for the club Leicester’s Corey Johnson became only the fifth player in the last decade to hit ten three-pointers in a game. He shot an amazing 66% from beyond the arc as Riders edged Surrey on the road, finishing with 32 points, to go with five rebounds and four assists. His shooting kept Riders in the game as they trailed for much of it, including the fourth quarter trey that gave them their first lead of the second half.
Ovie Soko – London Lions
Providing resistance to Gettys in Friday night’s top of the table clash at Eagles Community Arena, Soko came from the bench to score 33 points in just 28 minutes for London Lions, shooting 66% inside on 18 attempts. He added five rebounds, four of which were at the offensive end, with four steals, as he scored eight of his points on those possessions created by hustle plays.
Off the bench: Lovell Cook (Surrey Scorchers), Mike Morsell (Newcastle Eagles), Greg Pryor (Radisson Red Glasgow Rocks), Josh Wilcher (Plymouth Raiders), Nick Lewis (B. Braun Sheffield Sharks), Connor Cashaw (B. Braun Sheffield Sharks), Gareth Murray (Radisson Red Glasgow Rocks).