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.
PH-Mighty Sports through to Merlion Cup finals after escaping Singapore Slingers - 23 hours 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.
Eric Dawson (ex Blackwater) agreed terms with Utah Jazz - 2 days ago
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Utah Jazz (NBA) inked 32-year old power forward Eric Dawson (206-116kg-84, college: Midwestern State, agency: Haylett Sports). He played in the summer at Blackwater in Filipino PBA league. In 6 games he recorded very impressive stats: 18.2ppg, 15.2rpg, 4.7apg, 2.3spg and 2.2bpg. The last season Dawson played at Paris-Levallois in ProA where in 22 games he averaged 10.8ppg, 6.4rpg, 2.4apg and 1.4spg. He has never been drafted by the NBA. Among other achievements Dawson received NBA D-Leagu... [read more]
Utah Jazz (NBA) inked 32-year old power forward Eric Dawson (206-116kg-84, college: Midwestern State, agency: Haylett Sports). He played in the summer at Blackwater in Filipino PBA league. In 6 games he recorded very impressive stats: 18.2ppg, 15.2rpg, 4.7apg, 2.3spg and 2.2bpg. The last season Dawson played at Paris-Levallois in ProA where in 22 games he averaged 10.8ppg, 6.4rpg, 2.4apg and 1.4spg. He has never been drafted by the NBA. Among other achievements Dawson received NBA D-League award and ALL NBA D-League Defensive 1st Team award back in 2012. He is a very experienced player. Dawson has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to eleven different countries on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America). Dawson has played previously professionally in China (Foshan and Heilongjiang), Dominican Rep., Iran (Petrochimi), Japan, Korea, Puerto Rico (Leones), NBA (Atlanta Hawks and San Antonio Spurs), France (Chalon/Saor), Philippines (Meralco Bolts), Dominican Republic (Metros de Santiago) and D-League (Austin Spurs). Worth to mention he played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him to get the job in pro basketball. He attended Midwestern State until 2007 and it will be his tenth season in pro basketball.
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