After another busy week in the BBL that saw 11 games played across the Championship and Trophy, the All-Star Five is led by a pair of season debutants, alongside some very familiar faces.
Darien Nelson-Henry – Leicester Riders
Leicester’s big man makes his first appearance of the campaign after dominating the league-leader’s road win at B. Braun Sheffield Sharks. He got them off to a great start, scoring 10 points in the first quarter as Riders poured in 31 and led by double-figures, before finishing with 23 points, seven rebounds and six assists, shooting 9-10 (90%) from the field and 5-6 (83%) at the free-throw line.
Brandon Anderson – Worcester Wolves
Also in for the first time is Worcester guard Brandon Anderson, who turned in two excellent performances last week. He first hit 24 points, including 4-7 three-pointers (57%), and handed out eight assists to see Wolves past Manchester Giants into the BBL Trophy quarter-finals. And then followed that with one of the most clutch performances of the season so far, scoring his team’s final 15 points against Surrey Scorchers to overturn a late deficit and snatch a last-gasp win.
DeAndre Liggins – London Lions
Unlike those two, Liggins is a familiar face as he leads all players in BBL All-Star Five appearances, with this being his sixth. Third-placed Lions scored a big road win over fourth-placed Plymouth Raiders, with Liggins scoring 25 points including 7-9 (77%) interior shooting, and adding six assists, five rebounds and two steals. He had nine points and three assists in the fourth quarter to see off any comeback from the hosts.
Ashley Hamilton – Plymouth Raiders
Plymouth had picked up a big win at Worcester Wolves earlier in the week, led by GB international Ashley Hamilton who makes his third All-Star Five appearance in the last four weeks. He shot 8-13 (61%) from the field on his way to 22 points, including eight in a dominant first quarter; and doing a bit of everything with eight rebounds, four assists and two steals as Plymouth made it six straight wins up to that point.
Dirk Williams – London Lions
Featuring for the third time, Williams matched his teammate, Liggins, as the pair equally shared 50 points in that win over Plymouth. Williams came up big in key moments, scoring five in a 9-2 run that established a first half lead, and then hitting nine of the points in the 11-2 burst that opened the fourth and settled the game. As well as his usual highlight plays, he added seven rebounds and four steals.
Off the bench: Marcus Delpeche (Bristol Flyers), Geno Crandall (Leicester Riders), Antwon Lillard (B. Braun Sheffield Sharks), Kahron Ross (Cheshire Phoenix), Jordan Williams (Worcester Wolves), Rahmon Fletcher (Newcastle Eagles), Christian Keeling (Glasgow Rocks).