We have a new season co-leader and no fewer than four debutantes in this week’s starting line-up.
Daryl Corletto (Plymouth Raiders)
It’s a first appearance of the campaign for the Raiders’ guard who is no stranger to our line-up from his exploits last year. The Australian was the difference-maker for his team as they collected a home win at the Pavilions against Worcester Wolves. His classy 23-point haul was fuelled by five downtown scores and he also had six assists, three boards and two steals for good measure.
Deondre Parks (Esh Group Eagles Newcastle)
Our second debutante finds himself with his first ever slot, having arrived in the BBL during this past summer. Parks has established himself as firm favourite with the faithful at Sport Central and wowed the locals with 27 points from some sharp-shooting for the Eagles against DBL Sharks Sheffield last Friday. The guard also contributed six rebounds, three steals and two assists.
Malcolm Riley (DBL Sharks Sheffield)
While the Sharks were taken down in the north-east, Riley helped the injury ravaged Yorkshire club to bounce back in their subsequent game at Cheshire Phoenix on Sunday. He inspired Sharks to a much needed win with a brilliant 64% from the field en-route to 21 points. There was also plenty of hard work on the glass which returned eight rebounds and a first ever berth as one of our starters.
Scott Martin (Esh Group Eagles Newcastle)
The Eagles’ forward becomes only the third player to make three starting five appearances this season and arrives as our co-leader in style after posting the best performance of the entire weekend. He torched Sharks with a lethal five of six from long-range as he amassed 23 points, while also harvesting eight boards, four assists and a steal in an excellent offering to keep his team at the top of the table.
Richard Bell (Manchester Giants)
It’s been a great time of late for Giants who’ve snapped their losing start with three consecutive victories. They followed up their buzzer-beating antics at Wolves with an overtime success against Flyers, as Bell starred with a super double-double. The British forward racked up 17 points via a fine 75% from two-point range and pulled down 11 boards to secure his first ever All-Star Five appearance.
Off the bench – Neil Watson (Glasgow Rocks), Jermaine Sanders (Leeds Force), Maurice Walker (Worcester Wolves), Rahmon Fletcher (Esh Group Eagles Newcastle), Mike Ochereobia (Surrey Scorchers), Sam Toluwase (Manchester Giants), Hameed Ali (Bristol Flyers).