All Star Five – Week 18
This week’s line-up includes the BBL Cup MVP who is also now streaking away at the top of our leaderboard after securing a stunning seventh starting berth of the campaign.
Rahmon Fletcher (Esh Group Newcastle Eagles)
Yes, man of the moment ‘Fletch’ scooped successive BBL Cup Final MVP accolades as he orchestrated yet another piece of silverware for his team and the fifth of a brief but stunningly productive BBL career so far. The point guard made some sensational plays against Leicester Riders and eventually finished with 18 points from 69% floor shooting. He also farmed four assists, three rebounds, a blocked shot and a steal on another memorable night of work as he takes his place in our fantastic five for a seventh time.
Jerrold Brooks (Sheffield Sharks)
The Sheffield guard is now the leading chaser of Fletcher in the race to secure the most All Star Five starting slots by the end of the season. Brooks racks up a fantastic fifth appearance after being very much the main man for Sharks in an eye-catching success against Worcester Wolves. He wrapped up a stellar double-double of 21 points and 11 assists in what proved to be the most efficient display of the entire weekend. And, to show his hunger for hard work, he also pulled down six rebounds.
Drew Lasker (Esh Group Eagles Newcastle)
While his team-mate took the MVP accolade and the adulation of a packed house at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham, it was a coin toss for the MVP award since Lasker was very much the game-changer and momentum shifter. His tireless work at both ends of the floor and injection of energy was the spark which turned the tide in favour of the Eagles and he brings up his debut appearance in our starting line-up with real style. The guard made six of eight from the field for
14 points and added five rebounds and four assists.
Duane Bailey (Plymouth University Raiders)
Our second new face this week inspired Raiders’ road win at Essex Leopards as they safely moved into the Quarter-Finals of the BBL Trophy. Bailey was hot from either side of the three-point line as he dropped a trio of triples and made six of his seven attempts from two-point range to eventually accumulate a fine 25-point haul. He was also just one rebound short of amassing a double-double after going to work on the glass, as well as cutting down the Leopards further with three assists and a steal.
Mike Tuck (Sheffield Sharks)
The excellent run of the resurgent Sharks has coincided with Tuck finding his best form of the season – reflected by him making his way into our line-up for the second time in three weeks. In a trademark performance of strength in the paint, the forward corralled 22 points against the Wolves, also showing his shooting touch from range after converting both of his attempts from downtown.
He also chipped in with seven rebounds to keep Sheffield climbing up the BBL standings and into a top four spot.
Off the bench – Charles Smith (Esh Group Eagles Newcastle), Javier Mugica (Worcester Wolves), Scott Martin (Esh Group Eagles Newcastle), Conner Washington (Leicester Riders), Dante Williams (Plymouth University Raiders), Orlan Jackman (Worcester Wolves), TrayVonn Wright (Leicester Riders).