With just seven teams in action and three different winners in the final week of the BBL Championship regular season, the All-Star Five is dominated by two of the form teams heading into May Madness, London Lions and Plymouth Raiders. It also includes a pair of BBL veterans making their first appearances of this campaign.
Ricky McGill – Plymouth Raiders
Raiders won 14 of their final 15 BBL Championship games from mid-February to finish third in the table, with McGill making all three of his All-Star Five appearances in that time, although this is his first in five weeks. He scored nearly one third of the points as Plymouth put a century on Surrey Scorchers on the final day, scoring 31 on 10-13 (76%) interior shooting and 8-9 (88%) at the free-throw line, with five assists and five steals, including the three-pointer that put them up for good with six minutes to go.
Ashley Hamilton – Plymouth Raiders
In the same game, GB international Ashley Hamilton continued to excel in his new role as sixth man, coming from the bench to score 21 points on 6-8 (75%) shooting from the field and 7-10 (70%) at the line. He added eight rebounds to that haul, and scored four points in the third quarter run that saw Plymouth turn around an eight-point deficit, as well as three defensive rebounds and a block as they protected their lead in the final ten minutes. It is his fifth All-Star Five showing of the season, and second in three weeks, putting him into the top ten overall.
Dirk Williams – London Lions
London bettered Plymouth by winning their last 12 BBL Championship games to confirm second place in the table, including a road win at Manchester Giants that results in Williams gaining weekly honours for the sixth time, sending him fourth overall in that regard. He scored 23 points to lead his team, shooting 5-8 (62%) inside and 4-9 (44%) from beyond the arc, adding six rebounds and four assists. Crucially, he had six points in the 11-0 opening to the third period that overturned a half time deficit, and followed that with nine points in three minutes over the third quarter break to put Lions up double-figures heading down the stretch.
Justin Robinson – London Lions
Amazingly, it’s a first appearance of the season for the league’s two-time MVP and GB international, Justin Robinson. London’s talisman played just 21 minutes in that victory over Manchester, but in that time he pulled the strings with 16 points, including knocking down 3-6 (50%) from three-point range, to go with six assists and four rebounds. He was on the floor for almost all of the dominant third quarter that Lions won 31-16, contributing five points, three assists and two rebounds in that spell.
Daniel Edozie – Bristol Flyers
Also making a first All-Star Five appearance of the campaign is Bristol’s British big man Daniel Edozie, after Flyers finished the regular season in the final Play-off spot and with a double-digit win over Newcastle Eagles. He came from the bench to post a double-double of 11 points and 11 rebounds, adding two assists and two steals. That included the momentum-inducing ‘and one’ play that opened a fourth quarter that Bristol won 26-13 to take the game; which he followed with two rebounds, an assist and a steal as he was on court for all of the decisive moments.
Off the bench: Lacey James (Surrey Scorchers), David Ulph (Manchester Giants), Evan Maxwell (Newcastle Eagles), Tayo Ogedengbe (Surrey Scorchers), Eric Lockett (Bristol Flyers), Justin Satchell (Manchester Giants), Jeremy Hemsley (B. Braun Sheffield Sharks).