Westsports KL Dragons (ASEAN) added to their roster 28-year old American forward Sammy Monroe (198-85, college: Newberry, agency: Prossin Sports Management). He supposed to play at Halc.Xalapa in Mexican LNBP. In 13 games this season he had 10.2ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.6apg. The last season Monroe played at Tenerife Baloncesto (LEB Silver, starting five) in Spanish league. In 24 games last year he was second best scorer with impressive 16.5ppg and averaged 7.7rpg, 2.0apg and 1.3spg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was named to Eurobasket.com Spanish LEB Silver All-Imports Team and Honorable Mention. The previous (10-11) season he played at Rochester RazorSharks in U.S. semi-pro league PBL. In 17 games that season he recorded 13.8ppg, 4.6rpg, 2.3apg and 1.2spg. Monroe also played at Potros (LNBP) in Mexico earlier that season. In 24 games that year he recorded very impressive stats: 15.7ppg, 4.8rpg, 2.8apg and 1.4spg. The other team he played shortly was Malvin (LUB) in Uruguayan league. In 5 games he recorded also great stats: 15.8ppg, 3.2rpg, 4.2apg, 3.2spg and 1.0bpg. In 2007 Monroe was drafted by Sioux Falls Skyforce (D-League) in ninth round (118th overall). The former Newberry College (NCAA Div.II) staris in his sixth season in pro basketball. The list of the past achievements is quite long as Monroe won PBL championship title in 2008, 2009 and 2011. He has played previously professionally in Philippines (Barako Bull) and D-League (Austin Toros). Monroe is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas. On Monroe:
A big guard with skills who can also play the small forward position. He is a smooth and gifted scorer who creates well off the dribble and can knock down the perimeter shot. He has experience playing in Mexico and was one of the top scorers in the Philippines in 2010. During the ESL he showed his athleticism and he creative skills as a scorer either getting to the basket or knocking down jump shots.
Heat Finish Strong, Nab First Victory Against Dragons On The Road - 1 day ago
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Not even a tough shooting night from their leading scorer could stop the Saigon Heat from picking up a huge win in the ASEAN Basketball League season. In a game where prolific import Lenny Daniel (203-PF-87, college: CS Northridge) was held to only 11 points and in foul trouble, the Heat still had enough to overcome the Westports Malaysia Dragons, winning 95-84 on the road. Heritage Import Moses Morgan led the way for the Heat with 24 points on 3/6 from three point area. He also had seven... [read more]
Not even a tough shooting night from their leading scorer could stop the Saigon Heat from picking up a huge win in the ASEAN Basketball League season. In a game where prolific import Lenny Daniel (203-PF-87, college: CS Northridge) was held to only 11 points and in foul trouble, the Heat still had enough to overcome the Westports Malaysia Dragons, winning 95-84 on the road. Heritage Import Moses Morgan led the way for the Heat with 24 points on 3/6 from three point area. He also had seven rebounds and 3 steals. 'I just came out here, made a few shots did what i can on the defensive end,' Morgan said. 'We came in here, put it together, and got a win.' The Dragons were the aggressor early on in the game, as they opened with a 12-0 run in the first quarter that threatened to make short work of the visiting team. But the Heat would respond by scoring 11 straight points to get back into the ballgame. Morgan scored 8 points in the run, and a field goal by David Arnold (188-SG, college: Mont.St.-Billings) gave the Heat the lead with 1:57 remaining. The Dragons would reclaim the lead once again, but Arnold finished the quarter with triple at the buzzer that tied the game at 22 at the end of the first. The second quarter was a back and forth affair, as both teams traded shots left and right in a high scoring affair. Dragons Heritage Import Joshua Munzon (191-G-95, college: CS Los Angeles), who began the season as the Heat's import, had the highlight of the quarter, throwing down a booming dunk with 4:14 remaining. The Heat entered the half holding a slim one point lead, 48-47. Things got heated in the third quarter, as both teams continued to battle on the defensive end. Daniel gave up a tough foul on a driving Munzon, which the youngster didn't appreciate. Tempers flared up, with Heat's Anthony Henriquez and Munzon getting into it. Saigon responded by executing in the half court set, with Nguyen Van Hung and Stefan Nguyen (190-G-92) contributing via getting several baskets off of baseline cuts. The Heat opened up their biggest lead of the game at 10 points with 2:33 remaining before Ivan Yeo hit a tough triple to keep the Dragons in the thick of the fight. Saigon would end the quarter with a six point, putting them in a good position to grab a big win on the road. They did exactly that, as they went to their leaders to seal the deal in the final quarter. Stellar shooting from Viet Arnold led the way, as the fiery guard notched 8 points all in the quarter. 'Coach puts the ball in my hand in the fourth, and I just attack and make the read,' Arnold said. 'Whether it's a pass or a score, I just try to make the right plays. I just want to win.' But despite Arnold's hot shooting, it was Stefan Nguyen who scored the biggest basket of the game for Saigon. With 1:20 remaining in the quarter, Nguyen penetrated and scored over Malaysia's Kiwi Gardner (170-PG-93, college: Providence), finishing with the basket and the foul. That would give the Heat an 8 point lead which would be enough of a cushion for them to finish off the home team. 'I was pretty proud of how we overcame some adversity in this game,' Saigon Head Coach Tony Garelotto said. 'I'm proud that the team showed desire to win games. To me, when we've won this year, we played as hard as we can.' Aside from Morgan, the Heat got key contributions from several local players. Stefan Nguyen celebrated his birthday in style, scoring a season high 13 points and dishing 3 assists. Hung Nguyen and Nguyen Phuc Tam combined for 10 points. Phuc Tam nailed two triples in the contest, while Hung battled in the paint for Daniel who was in foul trouble, to the delight of Coach Garbelotto. 'We get crushed all the time about our local players, but there he is coming in for Lenny in a critical situation, and he gives us points, rebounding, and key plays. I'm very proud he was able to contribute at last.' Kiwi Gardner led Malaysia with 25 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists, while Skylar Spencer (208-F/C-94, college: San Diego St.) had a double-double of 20 points and 14 rebounds. Munzon had 16 points in the game, though he struggled shooting at a 5/24 clip. 'It was a must win,' Arnold said of their matchup with the Dragons. 'There's no option but to win. If we lose this game, we're down 3-0 [in the series versus Malaysia]. 'We need every win we can get.' With the victory, the Heat are now at 4-8, as they inch closer to the Kaohsiung Truth (5-9) in the race for the fourth seed in the Playoffs. They return to the CIS Arena in Saigon to face Alab Pilipinas on Sunday, February 26. The Dragons (3-11) will need to shake off this loss immediately, as they face the league leading Hong Kong Eastern Long Lions on Sunday, February 26 in Gem-In Mall, Cyberjaya. Courtesy of: aseanbasketballleague.com
Slingers Continue Mastery Over Rival Dragons in Another OT Thriller - 15 days ago
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For the fourth straight time, the Singapore Slingers found a way to outplay the defending champions Westports Malaysia Dragons. On Friday night, the Slingers got a hard-earned overtime 112-110 win over the Dragons at the House of Champions, Gem-In Mall, in Cyberjaya, Malaysia. Singapore's two World imports Xavier Alexander (198-G-88, college: S.Nazarene) and Justin Howard (209-C-81, college: Mercer) powered their way into monster numbers in the victory. Howard tallied 32 points, 11 reboun... [read more]
For the fourth straight time, the Singapore Slingers found a way to outplay the defending champions Westports Malaysia Dragons. On Friday night, the Slingers got a hard-earned overtime 112-110 win over the Dragons at the House of Champions, Gem-In Mall, in Cyberjaya, Malaysia. Singapore's two World imports Xavier Alexander (198-G-88, college: S.Nazarene) and Justin Howard (209-C-81, college: Mercer) powered their way into monster numbers in the victory. Howard tallied 32 points, 11 rebounds, and 5 assists. Alexander meanwhile put up 34 points, even going 16-for-22 from the line, and pulled down 15 rebounds. He also did damage on the defensive end with 6 steals. In another highly-contested and certainly action-packed game, both teams displayed incredible grit and fortitude. Alexander rescued the Slingers from the jaws of defeat as he forced the overtime period. He sank three-free throws and got two steals in the overtime period but it was Wei Long Wong (187-G-88) who sealed the win after making two free throws with 20 seconds left to extend their lead 112-108. 'We came out with a team spirt. We full court pressed them. We got into our game,' Slingers head coach Neo Beng Siang said. The Dragons had a 10-point lead late in the second period thanks largely to their latest addition, Kiwi Gardner (170-PG-93, college: Providence). The point guard came out firing and the Dragons played inspired as they had a 52-43 advantage heading into halftime. All momentum was in favor of the Dragons until the Slingers finally woke up in the third period. Slingers employed pressure defense to slow down Kiwi Gardner and executed better offensively. As a result, they overwhelmed the Dragons in the third period, outscoring them, 32-16. The tide shifted towards the visiting team heading into the final frame. Singapore even mounted an 8-point lead, 88-80, in the last six minutes of the game. However, the Dragons had a run of their own to cut down the deficit. The Slingers have had a couple of games this season wherein they would blow leads in the dying minutes. In their previous game, they even allowed the Hong Kong Eastern Long Lions to come out of a 20-point hole. 'Stamina wise, we are undermanned,' explained coach Siang. 'We need to get ourselves adjusted to that.' Malaysia got the lead momentarily off of Skylar Spencer (208-F/C-94, college: San Diego St.)'s free throws. Fortunately for the Slingers, Alexander was there to save them, hitting a tough shot underneath the basket with three seconds left to force overtime. In the extra session, the Slingers were able to execute on both ends of the floor to seal the win. Kiwi Gardner, the Dragons' latest recruit, tried valiantly to carry his team. He finished with 37 points, including 5 three-pointers, 8 assists, and 7 steals in his ABL debut. He suffered cramps early in the fourth quarter and was in-and-out of their lineup in the closing moments of overtime. 'Kiwi Gardner today killed us. Luckily, he's not fit right now. But he's a good insert for the KL Dragons,' coach Siang commended. 'He's amazing. He got 37 points in his first game. We expected him to go for 40 because we heard about him. He's quick, he's fast.' After playing his career game in their last win, Ng Han Bin had another good shooting night as he made 4 of his 6 triples and scored 13 points. Wei Long and Leon Kwek combined for 20 points. For Westports Malaysia, Spencer and Joshua Munzon served as Kiwi Gardner's main back-ups. The World import finished with 27 points and 16 rebounds while the Heritage had 19 points and 4 steals but he was not able to finish the games as he fouled out in the extra period. The Slingers improve to a 10-3 record with this win. They've now finished their season series with both the Dragons and the Long Lions. 'The most important thing for us is we're trying to get us is trying to get the home-court advantage,' the coach concluded. Courtesy of: aseanbasketballleague.com
Slingers Sweep Straits Cup Series After Beating Over Dragons in Double OT - 1 month ago
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Wherever the Singapore Slingers are hiding their proverbial switch, opposing teams have yet to find where it is. The Slingers once again turned the switch on during crunch time as they overcame a sluggish start and stunned the Westports Malaysia Dragons, 78-77, in a double-overtime thriller Sunday, January 8 at the OCBC Arena in Singapore. 'I'm pretty happy (with the win) because it is no secret: we just believed. We, the coaches, just kept telling them be calm, be disciplined to get ours... [read more]
Wherever the Singapore Slingers are hiding their proverbial switch, opposing teams have yet to find where it is. The Slingers once again turned the switch on during crunch time as they overcame a sluggish start and stunned the Westports Malaysia Dragons, 78-77, in a double-overtime thriller Sunday, January 8 at the OCBC Arena in Singapore. 'I'm pretty happy (with the win) because it is no secret: we just believed. We, the coaches, just kept telling them be calm, be disciplined to get ourselves more positive and, of course, we needed to tell everybody to believe,' Slingers head coach Neo Beng Siang said. Wong Wei Long (187-G-88) and Leon Kwek came up big in the fourth and overtime periods while Alexander Xavier (198-G-88, college: S.Nazarene) scored the biggest basket of the game - a driving lay-up in the final five seconds of the second extension off a Dragons turnover to hand the Slingers their seventh win in the season and the Straits Cup title as well. Alexander finished with a team-high 25 points to go along with 9 rebounds, 8 assists, and 5 steals. Howard Justin (208-C-81, college: Mercer) added an all-around effort as well, tallying 22 points (10-of-17 field goals), 10 rebounds, 4 steals, and 4 blocks. Wong had a rare double-double of 17 points and 14 rebounds. He scored 14 in the final quarter and overtime periods. The Dragons' unforgiving defense held the Slingers down to just 24 points in the middle two quarters and 28 percent shooting. On offense, Freddie Goldstein (178-PG-88, college: S.Alabama) once again initiated the defending champions' pick and roll game which forced the Slingers to switch. The Dragons got plenty of open looks from that strategy with Goldstein himself already having 10 first quarter points. 'We punished their switching finally. I give our guys credit for forcing them to re-change their game plan. We attacked that. We were getting open looks,' Dragons head coach Christopher Thomas said. 'I loved what our offense did tonight. I didn't think they could defend us. That's big for us given they're the best defensive team in the league. For us to get the shots we were getting and the spots where we got them, I am really happy with that.' With that combination of execution on offense and solid defense from the Dragons, it looked like the Slingers were on their way to falling but again, they found a way out of the hole they dug. Still down by 5 points after Goldstein converted on back-to-back drives to the hoop, Wong delivered 5 straight points of his own, hitting a triple and a lay-up to tie the game at 59 apiece late in the fourth quarter. The Dragons had two chances to end the game in regulation, Marcus Melvin (206-F-82, college: N.Carolina St.) air-balled a three-point try under the final minute and Goldstein also came up short on his buzzer-beater attempt. In the first overtime, Wong scored five more points including an and-one conversion while Kwek hit a mid-range jumper which made it 68-62 for the Slingers. But Goldstein and Chee Kheun Ma (180-G-90) answered two straight triples to send the game to another extension. The Dragons then took a 77-72 lead although bad decisions allowed the home team to steal the game. Alexander hit a tough shot before Wong nailed two free throws which cut the deficit down to 77-76. A turnover by Spencer with just less than 20 seconds left paved the way for Alexander's go-ahead bucket. 'We just tried to read what their offense was trying to do. It took us some time. But I thought we executed well in the fourth quarter. That eventually got us back in the game,' Wong said. The final exchange summed up the difference in the game as the Slingers scored 22 points off the Dragons' 19 turnovers. The Slingers committed only nine turnovers and surrendered just six points off their miscues. They also had a 15-4 gap in fast break points and an 18-8 advantage in second chance points. 'We carried ourselves pretty well,' Beng Siang said. 'I think we executed well on both the defensive and offensive end,' Wong added. Goldstein topscored for the now 1-3 Dragons as he notched a season-high 30 points on 14-of-28 shooting. He added 6 rebounds and 7 assists although he also turned the ball over five times. Melvin added 21 points (5-of-11 3-PT FG) and 12 rebounds while Spencer had 18 points (7-of-9 FG) and 17 boards. Both teams will be on the road for their next assignments on Friday, January 13. The Slingers will face Alab Pilipinas in Binan, Laguna while the Dragons will meet the Hong Kong Eastern Long Lions in Wan Chai. Courtesy of: aseanbasketballleague.com
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