The Chang Thailand Slammers fell into an early 0-3 hole in the 2013 ASEAN Basketball League after losing back-to-back games this past week. The Indonesia Warriors, too, remained winless after the defending champs succumbed to a hot-shooting Saigon Heat this past weekend.
The Wesports Malaysia Dragons, meanwhile, copped solo first place after winning their second game, while the Saigon Heat rebounded from their Week 1 loss by piling up two straight Ws.
Cedric Bozeman came through for the Dragons once again, scoring 22 points on top of 6 assists, 5 rebounds, and 4 steals against the Slammers. He was backstopped by the hot shooting of ASEAN import Patrick Cabahug, who nailed 4 treys on his way to 20 markers.
The Heat, too, relied heavily on their plethora of imports as Dior Lowhorn, David Palmer, Philip Morrison, and Jai Reyes all took turns in helping Saigon hike its record to 2-1. Lowhorn was a beast, averaging 23.5ppg and 11.0rpg in two games, while Palmer, Morrison, and Reyes all registered double-figure scoring in their two wins.
Game Recaps: SAIGON HEAT over CHANG THAILAND SLAMMERS, 77-75 It was a nerve-wracking game at the Nimibutr Stadium, Thailand, between hosts Chang Thailand Slammers and their visitors, the Saigon Heat. The game went down to the last shot as the Heat escaped with a 77-75 win.
The Slammers Wacharapong Tongsri missed a potential game-winning shot and Justin Howard, who rebounded Tongsri's miss, was not able to send the game to overtime.
The Heats Dior Lowhorn finished the game as the leading scorer with 21 points and 10 rebounds, followed by teammate David Palmer, who also had a double-double with 20 points and 12 rebounds.
The Heat built a 38-32 lead in the third quarter after Lowhorn and Palmer each made a basket with 7:10 left in the third quarter. The Slammers Michael Earl and Justin Howard then sparked a 12-2 run capped by a dunk from Earl that made it 44-40 for the Slammers with 4:56 left in the third quarter.
The fourth quarter started with an 11-2 run from the Heat that helped them stretch their lead to 65-54 after Lowhorn connected on a three and Palmer nailed a shot with 7:37 left in the game.
The Slammers responded immediately and pulled within, 62-67, on three point shots from Tongsri and Wutipong Dasom with 5:42 left. The momentum suddenly shifted the home team's way after Earl made a basket to put the Slammers up, 72-71, with 2 minutes left.
But that momentum was quickly shut down by Palmer, who came up huge down the stretch. The 6'9'' center connected on back-to-back three-point shots, giving the Heat a 77-72 lead with 1 minute left that helped the Heat grab their first win of the season.
The Heat's backcourt tandem of Phillip Morrison and Jai Reyes were crucial in this win as well. Morrison found his shooting groove tonight after a tough debut last Saturday. The Fil-Am shooting guard finished with 19 points, including 5 three-pointers. Reyes, who was a fan favorite last year in Bangkok, had an impressive game and finished with 13 points and dished out 12 assists, including the two assists which set Palmer up for the critical back-to-back three point shots down the stretch.
The Slammers received big contributions from their two local players, but it was still not enough. Both Tongsri and Dasom had a career game with 16 points each. Earl led the Slammers with 19 points while Froilan Baguion finished the game with a new ABL record of 17 assists.
WESTPORTS MALAYSIA DRAGONS over CHANG THAILAND SLAMMERS, 91-83 Wacharapong Tongsri hit a corner three and a free throw to get the Chang Thailand Slammers within 5 points with 48 seconds left, but it was a little too late as the Westports Malaysia Dragons repelled a late charge by the Slammers. Cedric Bozeman had 22 points and 6 assists, Patrick Cabahug added 20 points, and the Dragons held off the Slammers, 91-83, for their second win of the season.
Chris Charles, who was activated in place of the injured Justin Howard, made an early impact for the Slammers in the first quarter. His energy and activity help the Slammers jump out to an 8-point lead early. Charles scored a quick 6 points and a lay-up from Froilan Baguion helped the Slammers build a 18-10 lead with 2:54 left in the first quarter.
The Dragons caught fire late in the second quarter and also picked up their defensive intensity. A corner three from Cabahug and Satyaseelan Kuppusamy plus a lay-up from Gavin Edwards off a behind-the-back-pass from Mark Jeffries sparked a 16-2 run for the Dragons. They held the Slammers to only 2 points in the last 3 minutes of the second quarter to stretch the lead to 54-37 at halftime. Edwards was huge on defense for the Dragons during that stretch; he finished with 13 points and 6 blocks.
The Dragons' lead was at 59-37 on a three-point shot by John Ng, but halfway through the third quarter, the Slammers were able to make stops. A jumper from Wutipong Dasom and a three-point shot from Tongsri helped the Slammers trim their deficit to 60-68 heading into the final quarter.
The Slammers were able to get as close as 4 points on a lay-up by Pairach Sekteera off a nice assist from Baguion, who finished with 12 assists. But the Dragons quickly answered with a three from Cabahug and a monster slam from Edwards to bring the lead back to 11 points with 4:29 left. The Slammers were able to get one final run in the last 1:30, but the Dragons were able to hold on to their lead.
Charles led the Slammers with 20 points and 13 rebounds, followed by Tongsri with 14 points and Michael Earl with 12 points.
The Slammers will host the JobStreet.com Singapore Slingers on January 25th, 2013, while the Dragons will play the Indonesia Warriors at Mahaka Square on January 22nd, 2013.
SAIGON HEAT over INDONESIA WARRIORS, 77-72 It was another dramatic finish to a Saigon Heat and Indonesia Warriors game at Tan Binh Stadium. A costly mistake by the Warriors at the end helped the Heat come out with a 77-72 win.
The Heats Dior Lowhorn, who scored 19 of his 26 points in the second quarter, also managed to grab 12 rebounds in the game. Teammate Phillip Morrison was next on the Heat scoresheet with 15 points followed by Jai Reyes, who finished with 14 points and 9 assists.
The Heat were able to hold the Warriors to just two points in the last 3 minutes of the second quarter. Reyes hit a pair of free throws and a three-pointer late in the second quarter to give the Heat a 37-29 lead at halftime.
Lowhorn came out of the locker room firing as he scored 8 quick points that stretched the Heat lead to 44-29 early in the third quarter. The Warriors' Mario Wuysang was not to be denied in the third quarter, however. The ABL veteran point guard scored 16 points in the third period to keep his team in the game as the Warriors came within 9 points going into the final frame.
A pair of baskets from Richard Smith and a lay-up from Christian Ronaldo Sitepu trimmed the Heat's lead further to 66-62 with 7:42 left. The Warriors then made another late surge to get to 72-73 on a lay-up from Steven Thomas off an assist from Jerick Canada. The Warriors had a couple of chances to take the lead, but Wuysang missed a three and Canada turned the ball over.
With 14.6 seconds left, Karl Dehesa calmly hit two free throws for a 75-72 lead. Then the Warriors had to inbound the ball from halfcourt after Reyes fouled Canada with 12 seconds left. Unfortunately, Smith inbounded the ball to Canada, who was standing on the backcourt. The referee called a backcourt violation on the Warriors. Morrison then iced the game with a lay-up before the buzzer to give Heat their second win of the season.
Wuysang led the Warriors with 23 points, Smith had 15 points on his first return to Saigon, and Chris Daniels finished with 11 points and 11 rebounds for the Warriors, who will play again on Tuesday night against the Westports Malaysia Dragons at Mahaka Square in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Source: Game recaps were compressed and compiled from AseanBasketballLeague.com.
Allen Durham (ex Meralco Bolts) joins Malvin - 2 hours 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.
The 2016-2017 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals was quite memorable, and here we are to give you an ICYMI recap of all the exciting action! Game Capsules: SAN MIGUEL BEERMEN over TNT KA TROPA, 4-3 Scores: GAME 1 - SMB 111, TNT 98 GAME 2 - TNT 87, SMB 85 GAME 3 - TNT 98, SMB 92 GAME 4 - SMB 97, TNT 86 GAME 5 - TNT 101, SMB 94 GAME 6 - SMB 104, TNT 88 GAME 7 - SMB 96, TNT 83 The Beermen were tested here. They were down 2-3 in the series and looked pretty much on the ropes until a co... [read more]
The 2016-2017 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals was quite memorable, and here we are to give you an ICYMI recap of all the exciting action!
SAN MIGUEL BEERMEN over TNT KA TROPA, 4-3 Scores: GAME 1 - SMB 111, TNT 98 GAME 2 - TNT 87, SMB 85 GAME 3 - TNT 98, SMB 92 GAME 4 - SMB 97, TNT 86 GAME 5 - TNT 101, SMB 94 GAME 6 - SMB 104, TNT 88 GAME 7 - SMB 96, TNT 83
The Beermen were tested here. They were down 2-3 in the series and looked pretty much on the ropes until a couple of lucky twists of fate nudged them into Game 7 and an eventual series win. Troy Rosario's absence was key in Game 6, and Jayson Castro's injury prevented him from playing in Game 7. It was a fortunate turn for SMB, and an unlucky tumble for TNT. This was a tough series that seems to have sharpened the Beermen for the Finals, where they are currently up, 1-0.
BGY. GINEBRA GIN KINGS over STAR HOTSHOTS, 4-3 Scores: GAME 1 - STA 78, GIN 74 GAME 2 - STA 91, GIN 89 GAME 3 - GIN 73, STA 62 GAME 4 - GIN 93, STA 86 GAME 5 - STA 89, GIN 80 GAME 6 - GIN 91, STA 67 GAME 7 - GIN 89, STA 76
Much like the SMB-TNT series, the Gin Kings were on the verge of getting the boot thanks to a Star quintet that really played beyond their perceived capabilities. The Kings, however, lived up to their being #NSD, roaring back from a 2-0 hole to win 4 of the series's last 5 games. One would think that experience should have toughened them up for the Finals, but if Game 1 was any indication, the Kings will need to dig a lot deeper than they did against the Hotshots.
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