After leading Newcastle Eagles to victory in the BBL Trophy Final on Sunday, both of their bigs – CJ Gettys and Darius Defoe – make the All-Star 5 this week, alongside a pair of Rocks whose double-winning weekend on the road sees them atop the BBL Championship. Gettys ties Parker Jackson-Cartwright to lead all players with seven All-Star 5 appearances for the season.
CJ Gettys – Newcastle Eagles
The American seven-footer returned from a spell on the sidelines to turn in an MVP-winning performance in the BBL Trophy Final at Emirates Arena, playing 40 minutes in the overtime victory and delivering a huge double-double of 21 points and 17 rebounds. Crucially, he scored his team’s first six points in the extra period as the go-to man, and demonstrated that he is among the best passing bigs in the league by adding seven assists, flirting with a triple-double which would have been a Trophy Final first.
Connor Cashaw – B. Braun Sheffield Sharks
Cashaw was almost a one-man show as Sharks slipped to defeat on the road at Worcester Wolves on Friday night, scoring over a third of his team’s points. He finished on 25, shooting 69% from the floor and making all three of his long-range attempts, while adding eight rebounds and five assists.
Darius Defoe – Newcastle Eagles
The 35-year-old became the most decorated player in the history of the BBL Trophy, winning it for a seventh time, as he was required to play 43 minutes for the short-handed Eagles. Like his frontcourt partner, Defoe had a double-double of 23 points and 11 rebounds, including 12 key third quarter points that gave Eagles a cushion they needed late on. He made nine trips to the free-throw line as Team Solent Kestrels struggled with his experience and physicality, and grabbed the crucial rebound off Solent’s missed shot with under one second to play.
Greg Pryor – Radisson Red Glasgow Rocks
Rocks are top of the BBL Championship after winning twice on the road in the South West at the weekend, getting off to a good start as point guard Greg Pryor led them past Plymouth Raiders. He scored 15 points on 6-10 (60%) shooting, and completed a double-double with 10 rebounds from the guard position, as well as adding five assists and two steals. In a tight game, he scored his team’s last five points in the final two minutes to secure the win.
Gareth Murray – Radisson Red Glasgow Rocks
The next night, it was captain Gareth Murray who spurred Rocks to victory at Bristol Flyers. He missed just one of his 11 shot attempts en route to 23 points, hitting 7-7 inside and 3-4 from beyond the three-point line, adding three steals as he got it done at both ends. Rocks won every quarter, and he scored 10 points in the third period, including six in a 10-0 surge straight out of the blocks, as they turned a narrow advantage into a double-figure one.
Off the bench: Amir Williams (Worcester Wolves), Jamell Anderson (Leicester Riders), Corey Johnson (Leicester Riders), Elliot Sentance (Team Solent Kestrels), Rashad Hassan (Plymouth Raiders), Levi Bradley (Bristol Flyers), Yorick Williams (Manchester Giants)