All-Star 5 – Week 26

The latest All-Star 5 is led by BBL Trophy Final MVP Jeremiah Bailey, after a sensational finish saw Caledonia Gladiators beat Cheshire Phoenix live on Sky Sports on Sunday, and he is joined by a teammate and a pair of London Lions in a team led by Sa’eed Nelson of the B. Braun Sheffield Sharks.

Sa’eed Nelson – B. Braun Sheffield Sharks
In Friday night’s BBL Championship action, Sheffield beat Leicester Riders at Ponds Forge to make it six straight league wins as they climbed into sixth place in the table, led by a fourth All-Star 5 appearance for Sa’eed Nelson, and a third in the last five weeks, as he goes joint-fifth among all players. The American guard finished with 14 points on 6-10 (60%) shooting, with seven rebounds, four assists and three steals, including a score, an assist and a steal in the 11-3 run that decided the game in the last three minutes.

Jeremiah Bailey – Caledonia Gladiators
Caledonia’s 20 year wait for silverware came to a spectacular end with a buzzer-beater that won the BBL Trophy at Emirates Arena on Sunday, as Jeremiah Bailey won the MVP award and continues to lead the league in overall All-Star 5 appearances, with this being his ninth. Playing 38 minutes, he finished the final with 16 points, eight rebounds, four assists and a steal, including a key assist for Prince Onwas to tie the game with 30 seconds left and an iconic between-the-legs pass in the build-up to David Sloan’s last-gasp heroics. He had previously scored six points in a row in the third quarter to put Gladiators ahead after they had trailed for almost all of the first half.

Vojtech Hruban – London Lions
In midweek BBL Championship action, London Lions scored a big win over Newcastle Eagles at the Copper Box Arena with the highest total all season of 61 points off the bench, led by Vojtech Hruban as he makes a fourth All-Star 5 showing, joint-fifth among all players with Sa’eed Nelson. He scored 19 points in 25 minutes on 3-6 (50%) three-point shooting, with three rebounds, two assists and two steals, including five points, two assists and two boards in an explosive finish to a 32-point first quarter that set up the win as Lions led from tip to buzzer.

Luke Nelson – London Lions
Great Britain international guard Luke Nelson was another big scorer off the bench for Lions in that win, resulting in his third appearance of the campaign in the weekly team. He poured in 17 points in just 16 minutes, shooting 7-11 (63%) from the field and handing out three assists, including the last four points in that first quarter spell and six points in under a minute to end the third quarter.

Fahro Alihodzic – Caledonia Gladiators
Big man Fahro Alihodzic played 33 minutes in the BBL Trophy Final and makes his second All-Star 5 appearance in a row after a solid performance at both ends. He finished with 12 points, eight rebounds and two blocks, with five of those rebounds coming at the offensive end as 16 second chance points in the game proved crucial for Gladiators. That included four points and two offensive boards, both of which led to scores, as Gladiators edged in front early in the third quarter.

Off the bench: Marc Loving (Leicester Riders), Darius Defoe (Newcastle Eagles), Kimbal Mackenzie (Leicester Riders), Will Neighbour (Cheshire Phoenix), Tahjai Teague (Cheshire Phoenix), Kyle Johnson (Newcastle Eagles), Marcus Delpeche (B. Braun Sheffield Sharks).

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