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All-Star Five: Week 9

This week’s BBL All-Star Five is led by a pair of big men who were due to clash in a BBL Cup semi-final this week, also including both of the MVPs from the weekend’s Sky Sports games, and two London Lions after they climbed to the top of the BBL Championship table following two big wins.

Breaon Brady – Manchester Giants
The star of the first Sky Sports game on Friday night was Manchester’s American centre Breaon Brady, as the league’s leading rebounder powered his team to a North-West derby victory. Brady had a huge double-double, scoring 18 points and adding another 17 rebounds to his tally, while also handing out four assists. Crucially, leading by just two points, Brady scored six in an 11-2 tear early in the fourth quarter as Giants settled the game late on.

Chris Tawiah – London Lions
British big man Chris Tawiah had a career night as London overcame Newcastle Eagles to break a tie at the top of the BBL Championship table, making a first appearance in the All-Star 5. He dominated the Eagles with a 22 point and 10 rebound double-double in just 24 minutes of play, shooting 8-11 (72%) from the field and 6-7 (85%) at the free-throw line, including five points in the 7-0 start to the second quarter that established London’s double-digit lead.

Dirk Williams – London Lions
Dirk Williams makes the team for the second time in three weeks as the other Lion whose shooting accuracy tormented Newcastle on Friday. He led all scorers with 24 points in 28 minutes, including a perfect 4-4 three-pointers, and 9-12 (75%) in total from the field. With 34 three-point makes in eight league games, he has more than double anyone else in the league, having shot from long-range at a startling 53% so far.

Jordan Williams – Worcester Wolves
The MVP in the weekend’s other Sky Sports game was British forward Jordan Williams, whose do-it-all performance led Worcester to victory over Glasgow Rocks. Williams had 18 points on just 10 field goal attempts, while adding 6-8 (75%) at the free-throw line. He also led his team with eight rebounds and added five assists, as arguably the only true point forward in the league.

Geno Crandall – Leicester Riders
Crandall has been one of the most exciting players in the BBL so far this season, and now makes his first appearance in the All-Star 5 after proving too much for Plymouth Raiders to handle. The American guard had 19 points, seven rebounds, five assists and three steals in Leicester’s win on Thursday, shooting 10-12 (83%) at the free-throw line after drawing 11 fouls, the second most of any player this season. Riders went to him late on as he scored four of his points inside the last two minutes of a tight game.

Off the bench: Kahron Ross (Cheshire Phoenix), Cortez Edwards (Newcastle Eagles), Matthew Bryan-Amaning (Worcester Wolves), Christian Keeling (Glasgow Rocks), Jimbo Lull (Cheshire Phoenix), Justin Gordon (Newcastle Eagles), Mike Morsell (Plymouth Raiders).