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BBL All-Star 5 – Week 8

With the BBL Cup semi-finals now set, the latest All-Star 5 is led by Ali Fraser after he led Glen Luss Glasgow Rocks through an overtime quarter-final, alongside three other players who put on big Cup displays to punch their tickets and also including the two most regular weekly selections so far this season.

Ali Fraser – Glen Luss Glasgow Rocks
Rocks came through overtime at the Emirates Arena on Sunday to beat Bristol Flyers in a BBL Cup quarter-final, behind a haul of 26 points from Scottish big man Ali Fraser as one of four players in this squad who was a losing finalist in 2019. Fraser shot 11-15 (73%) on the inside and added eight rebounds, four assists, four blocks and two steals in a great all-round display. Rocks trailed for much of the game, with Fraser scoring 10 points in the third quarter to keep them in touch, before grabbing an offensive rebound and put-back to spark a run from seven points down in the last five minutes, and providing the assist for Gareth Murray to hit one of two heroic last gasp threes to force the extra period.

Tyrik Armstrong – Manchester Giants
Manchester’s point guard had a huge impact with a rare double-double to lead Giants to a North-West derby win over Cheshire Phoenix live on Sky Sports, and he now has the joint-most appearances in the All-Star 5 with this being his fourth in the first eight weeks. The Houston-native posted 13 points on 6-8 (75%) interior shooting and completed a double-double with an amazing 10 steals – a new club record for Giants, and the most by any BBL player since Atiba Lyons in 2009. He also handed out seven assists and grabbed five rebounds, with seven of his points and five steals coming in a second quarter that Giants won 35-11 to blow the game wide open, as they scored directly off all five of those steals.

Geno Crandall – Leicester Riders
Level with Armstrong on four appearances in the weekly team is the reigning Molten BBL Player of the Season, who led his team past the Phoenix the following night in a one-point BBL Cup quarter-final win. Crandall finished with 24 points, seven assists and four rebounds, and showed his MVP credentials by playing through foul trouble to make key late plays. Riders had twice been down double-figures, but the teams were tied heading into the last four minutes when Crandall came back in on four fouls, and from that point he had eight points and two assists including the drive-and-dish for Jubril Adekoya to score the winning lay-up with a few seconds to play.

Lorenzo Cugini – London Lions
Setting up a Cup semi-final date with the Riders, sharpshooter Lorenzo Cugini was one of the players who fired Lions through a quarter-final win over B. Braun Sheffield Sharks. He came from the bench to score 28 points in 29 minutes, including 5-10 (50%) from the three-point line and 5-6 (83%) on the inside, also grabbing six rebounds. With the teams tied in the first quarter, he checked in and scored five quick points to help break the game open and then added 12 points including back-to-back triples as Lions sent the lead into double-digits, where it stayed, in the second stanza.

Jordan Williams – London Lions
Posting a double-double in the same game, and nearly finishing with another triple-double, British big Jordan Williams continued his good form to make a first All-Star 5 appearance of the season. Having had a triple-double live on Sky Sports a week before, in just 23 minutes this week Williams put up 14 points on 6-10 (60%) shooting, with 12 rebounds and eight assists; and that included nine points, six rebounds and six assists in a third quarter that Lions won 27-9 at the Copper Box Arena.

Off the bench: Saiquan Jamison (Surrey Scorchers), Noah Dickerson (Cheshire Phoenix), Jaycee Hillsman (Glen Luss Glasgow Rocks), Namon Wright (Cheshire Phoenix), Marcus Evans (Bristol Flyers), Mike Miller (Bristol Flyers), Jamell Anderson (Manchester Giants).