This week’s All-Star 5, paced by Mike Morsell, includes a pair of stars from Sunday’s North West derby, as Molten BBL Player of the Month Parker Jackson-Cartwright becomes the overall appearances leader.
Mike Morsell – Newcastle Eagles
The title-chasing Eagles ultimately came up short against rivals Worcester Wolves on Friday night, but Morsell led the resistance almost single-handedly. The American forward scored 27 points and proved hard to handle as he made 11 trips to the free-throw line, making 10 of his attempts. He added eight rebounds and three assists for a fourth All-Star 5 showing.
Parker Jackson-Cartwright – Cheshire Phoenix
Cheshire’s irrepressible point guard makes his seventh appearance of the season, the most of any player. Fresh from winning the February Molten BBL Player of the Month, he led his team to a North West derby victory over Manchester Giants with a double-double of 20 points and 13 assists, including five points in the key run across the halftime break and seven in the fourth quarter as Giants fought back.
Jalen Hayes – Cheshire Phoenix
Hayes was the other half of the key duo in Sunday’s derby, himself posting a double-double of 24 points and 11 rebounds, leading all scorers while adding three assists and two steals. Giants were back within two shots at the end of the third quarter, but Hayes scored the final five points to restore a double-digit lead that proved decisive heading down the stretch.
Nick Lewis – B. Braun Sheffield Sharks
On Friday night, Nick Lewis was the spark in a Roses Derby win for Sheffield over Manchester, pouring in 26 points including an astonishing 6-7 (85%) three-pointers. He hit three in succession as part of a dominant 16-2 start to the game, and then scored seven points in the second stanza to regain control after Giants had led, making his third appearance of the season as a weekly standout.
Lovell Cook – Surrey Scorchers
Perhaps the weekend’s greatest heroics came from Lovell Cook, as he inspired Surrey Scorchers to victory over league-leading London Lions in the final seconds in front of a sold out Surrey crowd. Cook totalled 26 points, nine rebounds and four assists; but the performance will be remembered for him scoring eight straight points for his team inside the final two minutes to turn around a deficit, including a stunning ‘and-one’ play that gave them a 96-95 lead with 51 seconds left.
Off the bench: Matthew Bryan-Amaning (Surrey Scorchers), Greg Pryor (Radisson Red Glasgow Rocks), Amir Williams (Worcester Wolves), Connor Cashaw (B. Braun Sheffield Sharks), Ali Fraser (Radisson Red Glasgow Rocks), Ovie Soko (London Lions), Levi Bradley (Bristol Flyers).