The first All-Star Five of the 2020-21 season sees five different teams represented, despite just three games being played over the weekend, and includes three BBL debutants.
Kahron Ross – Cheshire Phoenix
Cheshire slipped to a derby day defeat at the hands of Manchester Giants at home on Sunday, but their new American point guard kept them ticking over all game and hit nine of his 26 points in the last five minutes as Phoenix trimmed a 19 point deficit to just four late on. Ross added 10 rebounds and six assists, shooting 8-10 (80%) on the inside.
Cortez Edwards – Newcastle Eagles
Edwards turned in a typically all-action performance as Newcastle Eagles went through the century to beat Leicester Riders, having made the switch from Worcester Wolves in the summer. The American combo-guard scored 17 points on 8-13 (61%) shooting, along with nine rebounds, six assists and three steals. Five of his boards came in the fourth quarter, as he switched from scoring to doing whatever was needed to secure the win.
Antwon Lillard – B. Braun Sheffield Sharks
Lillard came to the BBL with a big reputation as Rookie of the Year in Canada’s NBL, and lived up to that billing on his debut as the Sharks upset London Lions. Lillard had a double-double of 21 points and 10 rebounds, while drawing 11 fouls in an aggressive display. He also contributed five assists and four steals, and opened the fourth period with a go-ahead basket before going 6-6 at the line inside the final minute to seal the game.
Alex Ouandie – Manchester Giants
Another BBL debutant, the former Bulgarian u20 international stepped up for the Giants as they won the north west derby. Manchester led from tip-to-buzzer as Ouandie scored eight early points – including a pair of triples – to help them out to a double-digit advantage after five minutes. The 6’6” forward finished on 23 points including 5-6 (83%) interior shooting, to go with seven rebounds and five assists; and was required to play all 40 minutes for the short-handed Giants.
Corey Johnson – Leicester Riders
Despite defeat, Leicester’s sharpshooter put in a great performance, hitting four of his seven three-point attempts en route to 20 points, while shooting 8-12 (75%) in total from the field, adding seven rebounds and four assists.
Off the bench: Rahmon Fletcher (Newcastle Eagles), Jordan Whelan (Manchester Giants), DeAndre Liggins (London Lions), Disraeli Lufadeju (Cheshire Phoenix), Mo Walker (Leicester Riders), Rob Marsden (B. Braun Sheffield Sharks), Kevin Ware (London Lions)