The BBL Trophy Final MVP, DeAndre Liggins, features in this week’s BBL All-Star Five and extends his lead as the player with the most appearances on the season. The team is led by a pair of Leicester bigs after they edged out Surrey to maintain their lead at the top of the BBL Championship table.
William Lee – Leicester Riders
It’s a fourth showing in the All-Star Five for Leicester’s all-action forward as he dominated their 17th league win of the campaign with a big double-double of 15 points and 16 rebounds, along with five assists and four rebounds. It included a couple of highlight put-back dunks, but he did his work at the defensive end when it mattered as Surrey Scorchers got close late on, with two defensive rebounds, a block and a key steal to set-up a late score. That, and another put-back of his own, both restored two-shot advantages for Riders inside the final three minutes.
Darien Nelson-Henry – Leicester Riders
Arguably the form player in the BBL at the moment, Lee’s frontcourt partner is also making his fourth appearance with all having come in the last six weeks. Nelson-Henry also had a double-double against Surrey, with a game-high 21 points on 9-13 (69%) interior shooting, with 12 rebounds and three assists. He had six offensive rebounds as Riders created a massive 25 second chance points, and himself twice made key scores in the fourth quarter to make it a two-shot game as Scorchers pushed Leicester all the way.
DeAndre Liggins – London Lions
A ninth All-Star Five appearance of the season puts Liggins two ahead of anyone else and rounds off a great few days after he won MVP of the BBL Trophy Final live on Sky Sports on Sunday. He once again came close to an elusive triple-double as Lions beat Plymouth Raiders, scoring 19 points on 6-7 interior shooting, with eight assists, seven rebounds and five steals. Eight of his points came in a tense fourth quarter, including a key ‘and-one’ play and four in the final minute and a half.
Brandon Anderson – Worcester Wolves
Worcester’s high-scoring guard gains weekly honours for the second time this season, after pouring in another 26 points in Wolves’ home victory over Glasgow Rocks. His aggressive nature showed as he shot 10-15 (66%) on the inside and 6-8 (75%) at the line, while also adding seven rebounds and five assists. He had nine points, four rebounds and two assists in the key second quarter run that broke the game open.
Justin Baker – Bristol Flyers
The only debutant in this week’s team is Bristol’s Justin Baker, as they strengthened their position in the final Play-off spot with a crucial overtime victory at home to Glasgow Rocks. Baker shot 9-13 (69%) from the field and made two of his three long-range attempts to lead the team on 23 points, also grabbing seven defensive rebounds. Both of his three-pointers came in the overtime period, with the latter putting Flyers up for good and sparking the decisive run.
Off the bench: Connor Cashaw (Surrey Scorchers), Christian Keeling (Glasgow Rocks), Rahmon Fletcher (Newcastle Eagles), Rickey McGill (Plymouth Raiders), Cortez Edwards (Newcastle Eagles), Dirk Williams (London Lions), Isa Brandon (Glasgow Rocks).