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All-Star Five: Week 13

After twelve games across the BBL Championship and Trophy this week, the All-Star Five is led by Travis Charles from NBL1 side Team Solent Kestrels, alongside Leicester Riders’ pair Geno Crandall and William Lee who both make consecutive appearances after each turned in two big performances in a double-header winning weekend.

Meanwhile, both Taylor Johnson of Thames Valley Cavaliers and Breaon Brady of Manchester Giants posted the joint-largest performance points totals of any players this season (40), but come off the bench as both came in defeat.

Travis Charles – Team Solent Kestrels
Just as he did last season, Charles makes an All-Star Five appearance when stepping up to BBL competition. After being losing finalists last year, Kestrels got their BBL Trophy campaign off to a winning start by beating Derby Trailblazers behind a near-perfect performance from Charles. The American forward had a double-double of 30 points and 10 rebounds in just 27 minutes, shooting 15-20 (75%) from the field and not turning the ball over once.

Geno Crandall – Leicester Riders
Crandall makes his fourth appearance in the last five weeks, to go with his Molten Player of the Month award, and could have been in the team twice with his performances in a double-header weekend. Slightly edging it, he had 22 points including 8-11 (72%) interior shooting, eight assists and four steals in victory over Glasgow Rocks; and two nights prior he had a huge double-double of 26 points and 15 assists, shooting 12-13 (92%) at the free-throw line, as he proved too much for Manchester to handle in overtime, scoring seven of his points in the extra period.

Justin Gordon – Newcastle Eagles
Also making his fourth appearance of the campaign is Newcastle forward Justin Gordon, who was another player with a double-double this weekend after posting 22 points and 14 rebounds in Eagles’ win over Worcester Wolves. He shot 10-14 (71%) inside, and added two assists and two blocks, with 10 of his points coming in the first quarter as Eagles led from tip-to-buzzer and established an early double-digit advantage.

Jeremy Hemsley – B. Braun Sheffield Sharks
Hemsley did a bit of everything in a big road win for Sheffield at Manchester, to make his third appearance in the team. He poured in 26 points on 10-15 (66%) shooting, while handing out five assists with six steals and four rebounds. He scored six points in the first six minutes as Sharks raced away, leading 22-9 on a Hemsley score and never looking back.

William Lee – Leicester Riders
Lee joins his teammate Crandall in making a second consecutive All-Star Five appearance after a weekend full of highlight plays, most prominently coming close to a double-double with 19 points and nine rebounds on the road at Glasgow, shooting 5-7 (71%) inside and 2-3 (66%) from beyond the arc. Leicester dominated from the start, with Lee scoring nine points in a 15-4 opening.

Off the bench: Breaon Brady (Manchester Giants), Taylor Johnson (Thames Valley Cavaliers), Greg Poleon (Hemel Storm), Tony Hicks (Surrey Scorchers), Hakeem Sylla (Thams Valley Cavaliers), Jordan Whelan (Manchester Giants), Antwon Lillard (B. Braun Sheffield Sharks).