A busy week of eleven games saw the BBL Cup semi-finals set, with the All-Star Five led by the overall leading scorer in that competition and also including the highest individual points tally of the campaign so far. In totality this week’s starting five combine for the highest performance points score this season, after some startling individual displays.
Lyle Hexom – Manchester Giants
Hexom makes his first appearance in the starting five – following a number of bench appearances – with a performance points score that is joint-second best overall this season and bettered only by his running mate, Breaon Brady. Hexom powered Giants into the BBL Cup semi-finals with a huge double-double of 22 points and 16 rebounds against Surrey on Wednesday night, adding four steals, three assists and three blocks as he tormented the Scorchers at both ends.
Nicholas Lewis – B. Braun Sheffield Sharks
Sharpshooter Nicholas Lewis could hardly miss as Sheffield triumphed over Glasgow Rocks at the Emirates Arena on Sunday, making 11-14 (78%) field goals and 5-7 (71%) three-pointers on his way to 32 points. He scored 16 of his points in a third quarter in which Sharks broke the game open, sparking the decisive run with a three-pointer to open the period, while adding seven rebounds overall.
Teddy Okereafor – Bristol Flyers
Bristol’s GB international guard helped them snap a three game losing streak on the road as they over-powered Surrey 99-79 on Sunday. Okereafor came close to a triple-double, scoring 16 points on just seven shots – knocking down 4-5 (80%) triples – with 12 assists and eight rebounds.
Dirk Williams – London Lions
Williams almost single-handedly kept his team in a game against Manchester on Friday night, after they found themselves in an early hole. Overall, he scored a season-high among all players of 37 points, hitting 9-14 (64%) three-pointers, with 23 of his points coming in a first half in which Lions trailed by double-figures. He then added 11 points as they got their noses in front in the third quarter, including the go-ahead triple, and another one to tie the game inside the final two minutes.
Cortez Edwards – Newcastle Eagles
Cortez Edwards makes his third appearance of the season – joining teammate Rahmon Fletcher and DeAndre Liggins on most appearances – as the second guard to have been close to a triple-double this week. As Eagles beat Bristol in the BBL Cup quarter-finals, he had 15 points by shooting 4-4 both inside and at the line, while grabbing 11 rebounds and handing out eight assists. In the decisive second stanza he had five of his points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals.
Off the bench: Jimbo Lull (Cheshire Phoenix), Kevin Ware (London Lions), Evan Maxwell (Newcastle Eagles), Isa Brandon (Glasgow Rocks), Marcus Delpeche (Bristol Flyers), Matthew Bryan-Amaning (Worcester Wolves), Breaon Brady (Manchester Giants).