It’s a guard-heavy line-up for the latest BBL All-Star Five including a pair of iron men in Jordan Ratinho and Kahron Ross, and also Geno Crandall for the fifth time in the last seven weeks as he goes joint-second for the highest number of appearances.
Jordan Ratinho – B. Braun Sheffield Sharks
Ratinho played all but 27 seconds of Sheffield’s two games in three days over the weekend, starring in their big win on the road at Newcastle Eagles live on Sky Sports on Friday, as Sharks closed the gap on the top three. He had a double-double of 17 points and 13 rebounds, adding 5 assists, including the go-ahead three-pointer among 10 points in a major fourth quarter fightback.
Geno Crandall – Leicester Riders
No player has posted a triple-double in the BBL yet this season, although ‘The General’ seems to be close on a weekly basis. This time, his 21 points, eight assists and eight rebounds, punctuated by perhaps the dunk of the season, led league-leading Leicester Riders to a road win at Manchester Giants. For Crandall – the Molten Player of the Month in January – it’s a fifth appearance in seven weeks, having not appeared in any of the first eight weeks.
Corey Johnson – Leicester Riders
Leicester’s sharp-shooter was Crandall’s partner in crime at the National Basketball Performance Centre on Sunday, torching the Giants for a game-high 24 points on 62% interior shooting and 42% from deep. He also had seven rebounds, three steals and two assists, including a third quarter triple that tied the game before Riders made their big push.
Justin Satchell – Manchester Giants
Manchester had snapped a losing streak two days prior to that defeat, with new forward Justin Satchell announcing himself to the BBL with as good a debut performance as Giants have seen since returning to the top flight in 2012. He was eyeing a triple-double with 25 points – going 5-9 (55%) from three-point range – 10 rebounds and six assists, including his team’s first five of the game, and nine in the first quarter overall, as Giants led for all but the opening minute.
Kahron Ross – Cheshire Phoenix
Another player who played big minutes for his team, this time turning in three great performances in a trio of wins this week, was Cheshire point guard Kahron Ross. He first had 19 points, on 70% shooting, and six assists against Worcester; before putting a number in almost every box on the statsheet against both London Lions – notably 21 points and 5 steals – and Sheffield, where he had 19 points, four rebounds and two blocks, including the go-ahead bucket in the fourth.
Off the bench: Mike Parks Jr (Worcester Wolves), Evan Maxwell (Newcastle Eagles), Justin Robinson (London Lions), Rahmon Fletcher (Newcastle Eagles), Mike McCall Jr (Cheshire Phoenix), David Ulph (Manchester Giants), Antwon Lillard (B. Braun Sheffield Sharks).