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.
#SEABA2016 Stankovic Cup Final Day Roundup - May 28, 2016
The Gilas Cadets had another tough outing against host team Thailand, but they used a strong finishing kick to bag the 2016 SEABA Stankovic Cup title. Both teams qualified to play in the 2016 FIBA Asia Challenge, but it was Gilas that was able to bring the bacon home. Scores and Recaps: Day 6 SINGAPORE over MALAYSIA, 68-62 - For the second straight game, Malaysia fell short of beating arch-rival Singapore. The Singaporeans leaned on the 20-point, 16-rebound double-double of big man Delv... [read more]
The Gilas Cadets had another tough outing against host team Thailand, but they used a strong finishing kick to bag the 2016 SEABA Stankovic Cup title. Both teams qualified to play in the 2016 FIBA Asia Challenge, but it was Gilas that was able to bring the bacon home.
Scores and Recaps:
Day 6 SINGAPORE over MALAYSIA, 68-62 - For the second straight game, Malaysia fell short of beating arch-rival Singapore. The Singaporeans leaned on the 20-point, 16-rebound double-double of big man Delvin Goh to prevail and pocket third place. Leon Kwek and Qing Huang Toh backstopped Goh with 13 and 12 markers respectively, while Chee Kheun Ma paced the losing side with 14. This was a great result for Singapore considering they were missing many key players like Wei Long Wong and Desmond Oh.
Line of the Game: Delvin Goh (SG) - 20pts, 16rebs, 5asts, 2stls, 2blks.
GILAS CADETS over THAILAND, 97-80 - Thailand gave the Filipinos a heck of a fight again, but the Pinoys' depth proved to be too much when push came to shove. Not even some key second half adjustments by coach Tim Lewis could permanently turn the tide in favor of the host squad; nevertheless, they showed the region how vastly improved they have been and have really served notice that they have what it takes to beat the Philippines. Chitchai Ananti led the way for Thailand with 19 points, while Theerawat Chanthachon and Attaporn Lertmalaiporn each tallied 11 markers. As for the Gilas Cadets, the duo of Mac Belo and Mike Tolomia delivered the most telling blows in their title-clinching triumph. Belo finished with 14 points for the victors, while fellow FEU alum Tolomia added a dozen. Troy Rosario spearheaded the Pinoy attack with a team-high 17 points, while Jio Jalalon also shone with 16. This result reasserted the country's supremacy in the region, which has seen other teams make leaps in terms of their level of play in recent years.
Line of the Game: Troy Rosario (PHL) - 17pts, 7rebs, 3asts, 2 triples.
The Gilas Cadets barely survived their last elims match-up against hosts Thailand in the 2016 SEABA Stankovic Cup. Gilas had a lot of trouble against a very motivated home team, and they will get to play against each other again in the Final. Malaysia, meanwhile, fell short of beating rival Singapore in the day's first game. Scores and Recaps: Day 5 SINGAPORE over MALAYSIA, 61-55 - Malaysia was in control for much of this game until the Singporeans unfurled an 18-6 finishing kick to pul... [read more]
The Gilas Cadets barely survived their last elims match-up against hosts Thailand in the 2016 SEABA Stankovic Cup. Gilas had a lot of trouble against a very motivated home team, and they will get to play against each other again in the Final. Malaysia, meanwhile, fell short of beating rival Singapore in the day's first game.
Scores and Recaps:
Day 5 SINGAPORE over MALAYSIA, 61-55 - Malaysia was in control for much of this game until the Singporeans unfurled an 18-6 finishing kick to pull the rug from under their foes. Leon Kwek finally broke out for the victors, scoring 15 points to lead Singapore, while John Ng added 11 markers. Delvin Goh also impressed with 9 points, 15 rebounds, and 3 steals. Malaysia, meanwhile, was paced by veteran center Yoong Jing Kwaan and Chee Kheun Ma, who scored 19 and 10 points respectively.
Line of the Game: Delvin Goh (SG) - 9pts, 15rebs, 3stls, 1ast, 4/8 FGs.
GILAS CADETS over THAILAND, 66-65 - Thailand gave the Filipinos all they could handle but ultimately succumbed to the Gilas Cadets. The game didn't have much bearing on the standings, however, as both teams will have a rematch for the tournament crown on Saturday. Gilas led by as many as 11 in this game, but the Thais' energy and outside shooting enabled them to stick with the perennial SEABA champions. The Cadets actually shot atrociously from long range, making just 3 of their 37 three-point tries. The frontline pair of Troy Rosario and Mac Belo led the way for the Pinoys with 20 and 18 points respectively, while Chitchai Ananti paced the home squad with 14 markers. Shooter Nakorn Jainasuk also did well with 12 points, while playmaker Bandit Lakhan dropped 10 off the pine. Thailand's star floor general Kannut Samerjai struggled big time, laying a big fat egg.
Line of the Game: Troy Rosario (PHL) - 18pts, 10rebs, 1ast, 1stl, 1blk.
The Gilas Cadets remained unscathed in the 2016 SEABA Stankovic Cup after blowing past Indonesia on Day 4. Host country Thailand also remained undefeated after making quick work of Singapore in the main game. Scores and Recaps: Day 4 GILAS CADETS over INDONESIA, 83-52 - FEU standouts RR Pogoy and Mike Tolomia led the Gilas Cadets as they cruised past Indonesia for their third win in as many games. Pogoy hit 2 triples en route to 12 points, while Tolomia recorded 7 assists on top of a do... [read more]
The Gilas Cadets remained unscathed in the 2016 SEABA Stankovic Cup after blowing past Indonesia on Day 4. Host country Thailand also remained undefeated after making quick work of Singapore in the main game.
Scores and Recaps:
Day 4 GILAS CADETS over INDONESIA, 83-52 - FEU standouts RR Pogoy and Mike Tolomia led the Gilas Cadets as they cruised past Indonesia for their third win in as many games. Pogoy hit 2 triples en route to 12 points, while Tolomia recorded 7 assists on top of a dozen markers as well. UST star forward Kevin Ferrer also impressed, recording 10 points for the Filipinos, who tangle with very dangerous Thailand on Day 5. Surliyadin Surliyadin shot 6/15 from the floor to finish with 12 points to pace the Indons, who remained winless.
Line of the Game: Mike Tolomia (PHL) - 12pts, 3rebs, 7asts, 1stl, 1blk, 1 triple.
THAILAND over SINGAPORE, 80-28 - The hosts uncorked a statement game against the fancied Singaporeans. Thailand didn't waste anytime imposing their will on Singapore, leading by 21 after just one period and relentlessly continuing their attack till the final buzzer. Six Thai players scored 7 or more points, led by a dozen markers from sniper Nakorn Jainasuk. Young dynamic duo Theerawat Chanthachon and Kannut Semerjai also impressed with a combined 21 markers. Chantachon also hauled down 10 rebounds in a superb performance in the middle. No Singaporean scored more than 7 points.
Line of the Game: Nakorn Jainasuk (THA) - 12pts, 7rebs, 4stls, 4 triples.
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