It’s an exciting guard-heavy line-up for the second BBL All-Star 5 of the season, with five different teams represented after another weekend of BBL Cup group stage action.
Jonathan Williams – B. Braun Sheffield Sharks
Sharks continued their impressive run of form on the road at the Vertu Motors Arena, beating Newcastle Eagles there for the seventh time in ten visits to record a second win of the season in the BBL Cup North group, behind a fine scoring display from Jonathan Williams. He missed just twice, including shooting a perfect 7-7 on the inside, on his way to 23 points, adding six rebounds and four assists. That included a dagger three inside the last five minutes that overturned a deficit and gave Sheffield the lead for good.
Jordan Johnson – Glen Luss Glasgow Rocks
Glasgow picked up their second win of the season by beating Manchester Giants at Emirates Arena on Friday night, behind their US point guard who currently leads the BBL in scoring and is third in assists. On this night, Johnson had 19 points on 7-11 (63%) shooting, along with eight assists and eight rebounds to again come close to a triple-double, as Rocks comfortably went through the century in an impressive display.
Tyrik Armstrong – Manchester Giants
Giants welcomed fans into the National Basketball Performance Centre for the first time, and gave their raucous crowd something to celebrate as Armstrong drove a late comeback win over Newcastle Eagles. He finished with an impressive stat line of 14 points, seven rebounds, six assists and five steals, and that included four points and two assists in the last six minutes as Giants overturned an eight-point deficit with an 18-4 finish, Armstrong levelling the game on a tough drive with two minutes to play.
Stanley Davis Jr. – Surrey Scorchers
Davis Jr. made his debut for Surrey on Saturday night in all-action fashion right from the start, before ending on a near triple-double of 18 points, nine rebounds and seven assists as Surrey got their first win of the season against Plymouth City Patriots. It took a big effort to overturn a narrow deficit in the last five minutes, Davis Jr. coming from the bench to score the basket that put them ahead for good as part of a 10-0 finish in which he then turned provider with three late assists.
Isaiah Reese – London Lions
Lions moved to 3-0 in the South group with a road win at Bristol Flyers, behind a big double-double from former Houston Rockers NBA Summer League and Santa Cruz Warriors G-League star Isaiah Reese. He showed his offensive variety en route to 18 points, also handing out 10 assists, with five rebounds and three steals. Lions dominated the first half to take a 20-point lead into the break, with Reese scoring 10 points in the second stanza.
Off the bench: Zach Simmons (Bristol Flyers), Rahmon Fletcher (Newcastle Eagles), Jaycee Hillsman (Glen Luss Glasgow Rocks), Dirk Williams (London Lions), Teddy Okereafor (Cheshire Phoenix), Josh Steel (Manchester Giants), Malcolm Delpeche (Bristol Flyers).