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Brandon Peel London Lions vs London City Royals BBL, Copper Box Arena, London 1st November 2019

All-Star 5 – Week 23

This week’s BBL All-Star 5 sees the return of Brandon Peel after a thirteen week hiatus, alongside another London Lion after they secured a huge top of the table win over Leicester Riders at the Copper Box Arena on Sunday.

Brandon Peel – London Lions
Peel makes his fifth appearance of the season after leading London Lions back to the top of the BBL Championship, just one point shy of a record win over Leicester Riders at 99-65. He had a double-double of 23 points and 13 rebounds, shooting 77% inside and making 3-7 (42%) three-point attempts, scoring five early points in the opening 17-2 surge that Lions never looked back from.

Callum Jones – Manchester Giants
On Sunday, Giants came incredibly close to securing their first league win of the season in-front of a sold out Manchester crowd, with captain Callum Jones playing all but one minute of their overtime defeat to Plymouth Raiders. Jones shot 66% from the field on his way to 26 points, adding five assists; but although he only missed five shots, one of those would have won the game on the buzzer.

Mike Morsell – Newcastle Eagles
Eagles came from behind to beat Surrey Scorchers at Eagles Community Arena on Friday night, led by Morsell’s 22 points, accompanied by eight rebounds, three assists and three steals. He kept Eagles in the game as they struggled early on, scoring eight first quarter points when they trailed by double-figures, and did a bit of everything – including a steal and assist followed by a rebound and assist – in the 17-2 run that decided the game early in the third.

Rashad Hassan – Plymouth Raiders
Plymouth’s big man makes his third appearance of the season after he led them through overtime on the road at Manchester Giants to secure a crucial win in the Play-off race. It was a typically efficient performance as he scored 22 points on 62% shooting and completed a double-double with 12 rebounds, including the go-ahead basket to open the extra period.

Buay Tuach – London Lions
Alongside teammate Brandon Peel, Tuach was the spark as Lions dominated Leicester, with the former NBA G-League man scoring 11 of his 19 points in the first quarter run that effectively decided the game, including some spectacular above the rim plays. He shot 63% from the floor, and added five rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks in a do-it-all display.

Off the bench: Gentrey Thomas (Bristol Flyers), Parker Jackson-Cartwright (Cheshire Phoenix), Namon Wright (Leicester Riders), Matt Scott (Plymouth Raiders), Darien Nelson-Henry (Leicester Riders), Cortez Edwards (Worcester Wolves), Eric Lockett (Bristol Flyers).