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.
#PBA2017 Philippine Cup Finals Roundup: February 26, 2017 - 2 days ago
Ginebra drew level in the 2016-2017 PBA Philippine Cup Finals after holding off San Miguel Beer in overtime of Game 2! Game Capsules: BGY. GINEBRA GIN KINGS over SAN MIGUEL BEERMEN, 124-118 (OT) The Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings got a huge buzzer-beater from Joe Devance to force overtime before taking care of business in the extra period as they outlasted the defending champion San Miguel Beermen, 124-118, in overtime of Game 2 of the Oppo PBA Philippine Cup Finals on Sunday at the... [read more]
Ginebra drew level in the 2016-2017 PBA Philippine Cup Finals after holding off San Miguel Beer in overtime of Game 2!
BGY. GINEBRA GIN KINGS over SAN MIGUEL BEERMEN, 124-118 (OT) The Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings got a huge buzzer-beater from Joe Devance to force overtime before taking care of business in the extra period as they outlasted the defending champion San Miguel Beermen, 124-118, in overtime of Game 2 of the Oppo PBA Philippine Cup Finals on Sunday at the Quezon Convention Center in Lucena City, Quezon.
Ginebra lost a 26-point first half lead but managed to drag the game into overtime, where they made the clutch plays necessary to pull off the win and tie the series, 1-apiece.
Japeth Aguilar scored 23 points and grabbed 12 rebounds while Kevin Ferrer added 21 points - including 18 in a sizzling-hot shooting performance in the second quarter - to lead the Kings in the high-scoring .
Scottie Thompson also had a huge game, flirting with both a 20-20 game and a triple-double as he finished with 18 points, 18 rebounds and eight assists.
Devance, Ginebra's hero in regulation, finished with 16 points and seven boards while LA Tenorio scored 15 markers. Sol Mercado also came up big with 11 points, seven rebounds, eight assists and the dagger that sealed the win in overtime. (Interaksyon.com)
Allen Durham (ex Meralco Bolts) joins Malvin - 2 days ago
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Malvin Montevideo (LUB) agreed terms with 29-year old American power forward Allen Durham (198-108kg-88, college: Grace Bible). He played last summer at Meralco Bolts in Filipino PBA league. Durham managed to play in three leagues in three countries last year. In 23 PBA games he was third best scorer with impressive 29.2ppg and averaged 15.3rpg (leader !!!), 5.0apg (top 2), 1.0spg and 1.3bpg. He ended the last season at Hermine Nantes Atlantique in French ProB where in 20 games he was sec... [read more]
Malvin Montevideo (LUB) agreed terms with 29-year old American power forward Allen Durham (198-108kg-88, college: Grace Bible). He played last summer at Meralco Bolts in Filipino PBA league. Durham managed to play in three leagues in three countries last year. In 23 PBA games he was third best scorer with impressive 29.2ppg and averaged 15.3rpg (leader !!!), 5.0apg (top 2), 1.0spg and 1.3bpg. He ended the last season at Hermine Nantes Atlantique in French ProB where in 20 games he was second best scorer with remarkable 18.6ppg and had 9.8rpg (#4 in the league), 2.7apg and 1.2spg. Quite impressive season as he was selected Eurobasket.com All-French ProB Forward of the Year and named to 2nd Team. But the most of that year Durham spent at another team Texas Legends in U.S. semi-pro league D-League. In 24 games he recorded 8.8ppg, 7.4rpg and 1.0apg. He helped them to make it to the cup final. It was another spectacular season as he was selected Asia-Basket.com All-PBA Governor's Cup Player of the Year, Import Player of the Year and Forward of the Year. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Durham played in the final of Eurobasket Summer League in Las Vegas in 2011. He was also voted NCCAA Midwest Regional Player of the Year back in 2009, 2010 and 2011. Durham is quite experienced player. His career allowed him to visit three different continents, while he played in four different countries. Durham tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Asia and of course North America. He has played previously professionally also in Finland (Salon Vilpas), Israel (Hapoel Afula) and Romania (CS Dinamo Bucuresti).
The 2016-2017 PBA Philippine Cup Finals kicked off with a purr as the San Miguel Beermen completely dominated the Ginebra Gin Kings in Game 1! Game Capsules: SAN MIGUEL BEERMEN over BGY. GINEBRA GIN KINGS, 109-82 The San Miguel Beermen overwhelmed Barangay Ginebra early before cruising to the comfortable finish as they downed the Kings, 109-82, in a lopsided Game 1 of the Oppo PBA Philippine Cup Finals on Friday at the Mall of Asia Arena. Reigning PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo and Chris Ro... [read more]
The 2016-2017 PBA Philippine Cup Finals kicked off with a purr as the San Miguel Beermen completely dominated the Ginebra Gin Kings in Game 1!
SAN MIGUEL BEERMEN over BGY. GINEBRA GIN KINGS, 109-82 The San Miguel Beermen overwhelmed Barangay Ginebra early before cruising to the comfortable finish as they downed the Kings, 109-82, in a lopsided Game 1 of the Oppo PBA Philippine Cup Finals on Friday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Reigning PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo and Chris Ross each finished with 17 points to lead San Miguel.
"The Kraken" shot 7-for-8 from the field and grabbed a game-high eight rebounds despite playing in less than 23 minutes of the blowout contest while Ross posted five rebounds and dished out eight assists in a similarly impressive showing.
Alex Cabagnot hit three three-pointer en route to 16 points while Gabby Espinas also finished with 16 markers, though all of his came in the second half.
San Miguel opened the game on a 17-2 run and never really looked back in a game they led by as many as 36 points.
The Beermen, who are seeking a third consecutive Philippine Cup title, now lead the best-of-seven series, 1-0. (Interaksyon.com)
LINES OF THE GAME: Chris Ross (SMB) - 17pts, 5rebs, 8asts, 1blk, 1 triple. Chris Ellis (GIN) - 13pts, 3rebs, 2asts, 2stls, 1blk, 1 triple.
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