The Westports Malaysia Dragons and the Jobstreet.com Singapore Slingers joined the San Miguel Beermen as early winners in the 2013 season of the ABL.
As usual, the imports had a field day dominating the competition. David Palmer and Dior Lowhorn paired up for 57 points and 30 rebounds in Saigons first home outing of the season. It was all for naught, though, as the Dragons own imports, Cedric Bozeman and Gavin Edwards, combined for 39 points and 27 rebounds to lead the visiting Malaysian squad to its first W.
On Sunday, the Slingers own imports, Rashad Jones-Jennings and Kyle Jeffers, held their own against the Slammers reinforcements, Justin Howard and Michael Earl. The main difference here was the support from the locals. Singaporean natives Wong Wei Long, Mitchell Folkoff, and Desmond Oh all chipped in as the Slingers joined the Dragons and the Beermen atop the table with 1-0 slates.
Game Recaps: WESTPORTS MALAYSIA DRAGONS over SAIGON HEAT, 80-70 The Westports Malaysia Dragons kept their cool in the fourth quarter as they held off the Saigon Heat 80-70 in their first regular season game. Cedric Bozeman filled up the stats sheets with 25 points, 14 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals for the Dragons, who overcame a phenomenal performance from Heat big man David Palmer.
Palmer, a 6'9'' center, showed off his range as he knocked down 8 three-pointers on his way to a monster game with 34 points and 18 rebounds. Dior Lowhorn added 23 points and 12 rebounds for the Heat, who finished with 28% FG shooting.
The Heat's ASEAN imports trio Phillip Morrison, Karl Dehesa and Jai Reyes missed 18 of their 21 shots combined.
Unexpectedly, Dragons' head coach Ariel Vanguardia did not start his stars Guga Batumalai and Moala Tautuaa. However, the Dragons did not show any rustiness in the first quarter as they built up a big lead after making a 15-0 run.
The Heat fought back in the second half and Palmers back-to-back to three point shots pulled the Heat within one point at only 1:49 left in the third quarter. Unfortunately for the hosts, the Dragons answered the Heat's run immediately and stretched their lead to 59-53 at the end of the period.
It was a battle in the fourth quarter as the Heat continued to try and defend their homecourt, but it seemed like every time the Heat found a way to get closer, the Dragons found an answer. Lowhorn converted 4 free throws in a row to cut the Heat's deficit to 64-68 with 5:38 left, but Guga, Cabahug, and Bozeman scored 9 points to push the lead back to 77-66, which eventually sealed the win for the Dragons.
Gavin Edwards contributed 14 points, 13 rebounds and 7 blocks while Guga added 11 points off the bench. The Dragons also received a valuable contribution from Ooi Ban Sin, who finished with 9 points.
JOBSTREET.COM SINGAPORE SLINGERS over CHANG THAILAND SLAMMERS, 56-50 The JobStreet.com Singapore Slingers started their ABL campaign with a 56-50 win at home against 2010-2011 Champions, the Chang Thailand Slammers, in front of a supportive home crowd at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.
The Slingers new import, Rashad Jones-Jennings, managed a double-double with 11 points and 13 rebounds before he was taken out on a stretcher because of a cramp late in the fourth quarter. Kyle Jeffers and Wong Wei Long contributed 10 points apiece.
Justin Howard put in a double-double for the Slammers with 13 points and 14 rebounds. The Slammers also had a good contribution from their other import, Michael Earl, who scored 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Both teams were cold from the field in the first quarter, shooting under 25%. The Slingers, however, were able to hold a 2-point lead going into the second period 10-8.
The Slingers played a good defensive game in the second quarter, pressuring the passing lanes well. They put in an 11-2 run and gained a 12-point lead midway through the period at 26-14 on a three point shot by Desmond Oh. Woeful shooting from the Slammers also helped the Slingers maintain their lead, and they went into the halftime break up, 35-23.
The Slammers answered with a big third period and capped it with a run to pull within just three points of the Slingers with less than a minute to go on a basket from Froilan Baguion. A woeful third period for the Slingers was salvaged by a Mitchell Folkoff 3-pointer at the buzzer to maintain a 43-37 Singapore lead.
Folkoff also opened up the scoring in the final period only to have the Slammers answer with back-to-back baskets. A fast break close to the midway point ended with a decisive dunk by Jeffers that increased the Slingers lead back to 8 points.
With two minutes left, the Slingers received a scare when Jennings came down awkwardly, clutching his leg. He did not return, though he indicated it was only a hamstring cramp following the contest.
Down by 4 points with 6 seconds left, the Slammers made a critical mistake by not boxing out Wei Long, who missed his free throw. The Slammers were forced to put him on the line again as he calmly hit both free throws to ice the game.
Even though the Slammers lost, head coach Joe Bryant was very pleased with the efforts from his team.
"I think they were a little nervous, but I'm very proud of all my players," said Bryant after the game.
Things get no easier for Thailand, who will play two home games this week: Wednesday against the Saigon Heat and Friday against the Westports Malaysia Dragons.
Source: Game recaps were compressed and compiled from AseanBasketballLeague.com.
Fredette breaks Mighty Sports-PH's hearts in Merlion Cup final - 7 hours ago
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Former NBA player Fredette Jimmer (188-PG-89, college: BYU) broke the hearts of Mighty Sports-Philippines in the Merlion Cup as he engineered a 78-77 victory for the Shanghai Sharks in the gold medal game of the tournament Sunday night at the OCBC Arena in Singapore. Fredette torched Mighty Sports-Philippines with 43 points, and hit three free throws with no time left to lift the Sharks to a come-from-behind victory. Mighty Sports, led by Al Thornton (203-F-83, college: Florida St.) and K... [read more]
Former NBA player Fredette Jimmer (188-PG-89, college: BYU) broke the hearts of Mighty Sports-Philippines in the Merlion Cup as he engineered a 78-77 victory for the Shanghai Sharks in the gold medal game of the tournament Sunday night at the OCBC Arena in Singapore. Fredette torched Mighty Sports-Philippines with 43 points, and hit three free throws with no time left to lift the Sharks to a come-from-behind victory. Mighty Sports, led by Al Thornton (203-F-83, college: Florida St.) and Kiefer Isaac Ravena (181-G/F-93), led by as much as 14 points, 69-55, in the fourth quarter before Fredette anchored Shanghai's comeback. Fredette sparked an 18-4 run, and assisted on the three-pointer that tied the game at 73 with still 3:52 left to play. Ravena handed Mighty Sports back the lead when he drained a three-pointer with 3:31 left while also drawing a foul from Fredette. He completed the four-point play to make it 77-73. Fredette cut the lead to two points with a lay-up in transition with 1:21 to go, and Ravena badly misfired on a triple that could have iced the game with still 40 seconds left. Needing to make one stop to seal the championship, Mighty Sports instead fouled Fredette as he was launching a three-pointer at the buzzer. The former Sacramento King coolly made all free throws to secure the victory. "We just wanted to get a good shot off, we wanted to get the last shot," said Fredette after the game. "My teammates did a great job of fighting hard tonight." "I had three (shots) to make two, that's the way I thought about it," he added. "Two puts us in overtime. My mentality was to go in there and that I had to make two." Thornton finished the game with 36 points for Mighty Sports. Courtesy of: abs-cbn.com
PH-Mighty Sports through to Merlion Cup finals after escaping Singapore Slingers - 1 day ago
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Philippines-Mighty Sports pulled off a tough 72-70 semifinal victory over hometown team Singapore Slingers to advance to the Merlion Cup finals on Saturday at the OCBC Arena in the city-state. Dewarick Spencer (193-G-82, college: Arkansas St., agency: Higher Vision Sports) fired 17 of his 29 points in the third quarter to pump life into Mighty Sports which, after a strong start, trailed by nine points in the third quarter. Filipino guards Kiefer Isaac Ravena (181-G/F-93) and Joseph Yeo (1... [read more]
Philippines-Mighty Sports pulled off a tough 72-70 semifinal victory over hometown team Singapore Slingers to advance to the Merlion Cup finals on Saturday at the OCBC Arena in the city-state. Dewarick Spencer (193-G-82, college: Arkansas St., agency: Higher Vision Sports) fired 17 of his 29 points in the third quarter to pump life into Mighty Sports which, after a strong start, trailed by nine points in the third quarter. Filipino guards Kiefer Isaac Ravena (181-G/F-93) and Joseph Yeo (183-G-83) also combined for five crucial points down the stretch that gave the Philippine club the lead for good. PH-Mighty Sports will take on the Shanghai Sharks led by former NBA player Fredette Jimmer (188-PG-89, college: BYU) for the title on Sunday in a matchup between the tournament's two unbeaten teams. PH-Mighty Sports started the game on a hot 7-0 run powered by slam dunks from Hamady N'diaye (212-C-87, college: Rutgers).. They finished the first quarter with a 21-15 lead. But the Slingers put the clamps on PH-Mighty Sports, limiting the Filipino club to just 12 points in the second quarter. The Slingers took a 36-33 at the break which they expanded to nine points, 44-35, in the early goings of the third frame. But just as the Slingers were about to pull away, Spencer woke PH-Mighty Sports up. He suddenly waxed hot on the floor, burying three triples and converting tough baskets to score 17 of the team's first 18 points in the third quarter. Yeo then scored a layup to complete the turnaround for PH-Mighty Sports which took a 53-46 lead. But the Slingers made their way back and trimmed their deficit to just two, 56-54, heading into the last quarter. It was a nip-and-tuck affair in the fourth period, with the teams exchanging leads. Big man Justin Howard gave the Slingers a 68-67 lead with just a minute left after shooting a surprise three-pointer off an awkward release. But Ravena countered it with a reverse layup. After a miss by the Slingers, Yeo then pulled up for a triple to push PH-Mighty Sports' lead to four, 72-68, with 36 seconds left. But the Slingers converted two free throws in the next play. Spencer then made a huge blunder in the inbound for a huge turnover that gave the Slingers a chance to take the last shot with just nine ticks left. However, the Slingers' Filipino import Jeff Viernes was called for steps in his drive to the basket, allowing PH-Mighty Sports to escape with the victory. Courtesy of: interaksyon.com
Quarterfinal action from the 2016 PBA Governors' Cup tonight saw sister Meralco and TNT gain separate tickets to the semifinals. Game Capsules (adapted from Interaksyon): MERALCO BOLTS over MAHINDRA ENFORCER, 105-82 The Meralco Bolts continued their mastery of the Mahindra Enforcer, trouncing the playoff first-timers for the second time in three days, 105-82, to clinch a semifinals berth in the PBA Governors' Cup Saturday at Ynares Center in Antipolo. Import Allen Durham tallied 24 po... [read more]
Quarterfinal action from the 2016 PBA Governors' Cup tonight saw sister Meralco and TNT gain separate tickets to the semifinals.
Game Capsules (adapted from Interaksyon):
MERALCO BOLTS over MAHINDRA ENFORCER, 105-82 The Meralco Bolts continued their mastery of the Mahindra Enforcer, trouncing the playoff first-timers for the second time in three days, 105-82, to clinch a semifinals berth in the PBA Governors' Cup Saturday at Ynares Center in Antipolo.
Import Allen Durham tallied 24 points and 16 rebounds while Chris Newsome added 19 markers to lead the Bolts who rallied from a 15-point deficit to pull off the blowout.
Cliff Hodge scored 14 points and Jared Dillinger 12 markers to help Meralco which just last Wednesday also rallied past Mahindra to seize the twice-to-beat in their playoff for the No.4 spot.
The win was Meralco's third straight over Mahindra which missed out on clinching an outright twice-to-beat after falling to the Bolts in their elimination round duel last September 11.
In the semifinals, Meralco will face the winner of the TNT KaTropa-Phoenix Fuel Master quarterfinal matchup.
James White finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds to pace the Enforcer who, thanks to a 4-0 start, were able to appear in their first quarterfinals appearance in franchise history.
Lines of the Game: Allen Durham (MER) - 24pts, 16rebs, 6asts, 1blk, 3 triples, 7/14 FGs. James White (MAH) - 20pts, 10rebs, 1ast, 1stl, 1blk.
TNT KA TROPA over PHOENIX FUEL MASTERS, 136-124 Superstar guard Jayson Castro exploded for 42 points as he carried TNT KaTropa to the semifinals with a 136-124 win over the gutsy Phoenix Fuel Masters in the PBA Governors' Cup playoffs Saturday at Ynares Center in Antipolo.
Castro converted 14 out of 26 shots, made five out of 11 triples and sank nine out of 12 free throws. He also grabbed four rebounds and three assists-all in just 27 minutes of play.
The result booked TNT a semifinals date with sister team Meralco Bolts and completed the final four cast that will also see San Miguel and Ginebra battling in the other side of the bracket.
Castro was simply unstoppable on the floor, finishing daredevil drives to the basket and pulling up for jumpers when defenders fell asleep. He already had 29 points after the first two quarters.
Michael Madanly also had 17 points, while Ranidel De Ocampo and Ryan Reyes chipped in 16 apiece. Larry Fonacier had 13 and Kelly Williams contributed 12.
Eugene Phelps finished the game with 39 points and 17 boards for Phoenix.
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