Thailand Slammers ink Christien Charles - Jan 18, 2013
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Chang Thailand Slammers (ASEAN League) signed 32-year old American power forward Christien Charles (216-102kg-81, college: Villanova). He just played at Chicago Steam (ABA) in the U.S.. The last season Charles played at Al Ahli (Premier League) in Saudi Arabian Premier League. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. The previous (10-11) season Charles played at Al Jaish (Division I) in Syrian Division I. He contributed to his team making it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. A very impressive season as he was named to Asia-Basket.com All-Syrian League 2nd Team. Charles won Syrian League championship title in 2010. He is quite experienced player. Charles has played also professionally in Iran (Ararat), Lebanon (Al Riyadi and Champville), Serbia, Dominican Republic (Cocolos) and Syria (Al Jalaa). He attended Villanova University until 2006 and it will be his seventh season as a professional player. Charles could be described:
Christien is a true 7 footer who has tremendously improved his game since he finished college due to an outstanding work ethic. As a reserve on the nationally ranked Villanova team, Christien had the opportunity to be trained by some of the best coaches in the country. He has developed into a very good player who plays with a lot of energy and heart. Very active big man that can run the floor extremely well. Fundamentally sound. Rebounds, passes well, scores and blocks shots. If left open, he can also knock down the 15 foot jump shot with consistency. Slender build. Must improve strength to reach full potential. Once rated as a top 5 high school center in the country behind such notable current NBA centers Tyson Chandler & Eddie Curry. Made Chicago Bulls summer league squad that featured Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah & Tyrus Thomas. Solid overseas resume that includes back to back championships with two different teams. Coachable, unselfish team player that has been groomed by the likes of Jay Wright & legendary big man coach Pete Newell. Christien would be a valuable asset to any team looking to add some size & skill.
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Taiwan's Kaohsiung Truth Joins ABL as League Expands - 9 days ago
The ASEAN Basketball League (ABL), fresh from a record breaking attendance in the recently concluded 2015-2016 ABL Finals, has announced today that a team from Taiwan will be joining the league starting this 2016-2017 season. The team will be known as the Kaohsiung Truth. [read more]
The ASEAN Basketball League (ABL), fresh from a record breaking attendance in the recently concluded 2015-2016 ABL Finals, has announced today that a team from Taiwan will be joining the league starting this 2016-2017 season. The team will be known as the Kaohsiung Truth.
Playing out of Kaohsiung City, a special municipality in the southwest of Taiwan, the team is in the midst of creating history as there has never been a professional Christian ministry basketball team. They will also be the first team outside of the Southeast Asia region to join the league.
The Kaohsiung Truth is primarily backed by The Truth Network, a group of Christian Radio Stations in the United States that broadcasts and streams live, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
'We've been putting this project together for about a year with the realization that we can use the sport of basketball as a platform to tackle the issues related to the 10/40 window,' said Stu Epperson, Team Owner of the Kaohsiung Truth. He added: 'Being accustomed to this beautiful country and having the basketball background that we do, we wanted to create opportunities to share God's love with other countries and communities.'
The lone team from Taiwan has already enlisted several players to bolster their squad for the upcoming season - Americans 7'2 James Tyler and 6'8' Chris Oliver and Taiwanese players 6'7 Carlos Andrade, 6'3 Wesley Hsu, and 6'3 Sabatino Chen. They are also looking to sign players from Kaohsiung to boost their team and give it the much needed local flavor.
'We welcome the Kaohsiung Truth to the ABL family with open arms,' said ABL Chief Operations Officer Jericho Ilagan. 'Adding a team from outside of the Southeast Asia region is a step towards the right direction to further strengthen the sport of basketball.'
Finals MVP: Jason Brickman (181-PG-91) of KL Dragons; Player of the Year: Justin Howard (208-C-81) of Singapore S.; Best Guard: Jason Brickman (181-PG-91) of KL Dragons; Best Forward: Lenny Daniel (203-PF-87) of Saigon H.; Best Center: Justin Howard (208-C-81) of Singapore S.; Best Import Player: Justin Howard (208-C-81) of Singapore S.; Best Defensive Player: Christien Charles (216-F/C-81) of Hitech; Best Coach: Ariel Vanguardia of KL Dragons; 1st Team: P [read more]
Westports Malaysia Wins First Ever ABL Crown - 4 months ago
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Confetti fell from the sky, filling the rafters. On the basketball floor of the MABA stadium, fans mobbed center court, jumping and dancing alongside players. Jubilation filled the MABA Stadium, as the Westports Malaysia Dragons made history, defeating the Singapore Slingers, 77-65, grabbing their first ever ASEAN Basketball League crown. 'It's unbelievable,' Dragons Head Coach Ariel Vanguardia said of the achievement of his team this season. 'They're very young, but they fought hard. The... [read more]
Confetti fell from the sky, filling the rafters. On the basketball floor of the MABA stadium, fans mobbed center court, jumping and dancing alongside players. Jubilation filled the MABA Stadium, as the Westports Malaysia Dragons made history, defeating the Singapore Slingers, 77-65, grabbing their first ever ASEAN Basketball League crown. 'It's unbelievable,' Dragons Head Coach Ariel Vanguardia said of the achievement of his team this season. 'They're very young, but they fought hard. They're the hardest working team iIve ever coached.' Both teams came out slow to start the first quarter, perhaps trying to get rid of some nerves in this deciding Game 5. However buoyed by the hot start of Jason Brickman (181-PG-91, college: LIU Brooklyn) and Reggie Johnson (208-C-89, college: Miami, FL, agency: Three Eye Sports), the Dragons were the first out of the gate, holding a 16-9 lead after the first quarter. The Dragons set the tone early on, with their play signifying that this would be a slugfest, and both teams would bleed to earn their points. Alexander Xavier (198-G-88, college: S.Nazarene) was also saddled with two personal fouls early on. In the second quarter, Matthew Wright joined the scoring party for the Dragons, as he helped break open a tightly fought game. Behind the Dragons' Slash Brothers, Westports Malaysia opened up 12 point lead at the half, leading 37-25. The Slingers only shot 25% from the field, with only Justin Howard doing damage with 15 points. The rest of the Slingers could only combine for 10 points. Singapore tried to make a run in the 3rd quarter, as import Rosales Kris (183-G, college: Hope International) broke through and scored 12 points in the 3rd quarter. However the Dragons just had too much firepower for their neighbors. The trio of Brickman, Wright and Johnson held the fort for the Dragons, contributing to a 52-41 lead entering the final quarter of the season. Willed on by a boisterous home crowd, the Dragons continued the onslaught in the 4th quarter. There would be no last minute rallies or buzzer beaters by the Slingers. Their defense held up all the way until the end. Brickman was masterful orchestrating his team the entire game, and put the final touches on this game by scoring on a pretty floater and dishing to Calvin Godfrey (206-F-90, college: Memphis) for a monster dunk that got the MABA Stadium shaking in delight. Despite the valiant effort by the Slingers' Rosales and Howard, it wasn't enough as they had to watch the Dragons celebrate when the buzzer sounded. After the game, Jason Brickman was also named the 2015-2016 ABL Finals MVP. Brickman capped off a splendid series with his Game 5 totals of 22 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and two steals. For the entire series, he normed 13.4 points, 5.6 rebounds, 6.5 assists and 1.8 steals per game. He was a floor general in every sense of the word. Reggie Johnson followed with 21 points and 10 rebounds, followed by Matthew Wright's 16 points. For the Slingers, Justin Howard let the way with 27 points and 10 rebounds. Rosales chipped in 22 points in the losing cause. They missed the production of Alexander Xavier, who fouled out of the game and only contributed five points and six rebounds. Compounding the dilemma was the offnight of noted scorers Wu Qingde (187-G-92) and reigning MVP Wong Wei Long, who combined to only score six points on 1/21 shooting. Despite the painful loss, the Slingers can rest in the knowledge that they had a fantastic season, making it to the Finals and stretching the eventual champions to sudden death. But this season, the Dragons showed that they learned from the painful loss in last year's Finals. They were able to close it out against a tough foe, and did just enough to earn their first championship in the ABL. Congratulations to the Westports Malaysia Dragons, the 2015-2016 ASEAN Basketball League Champions! Courtesy of: aseanbasketballleague.com
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