Chang Thailand Slammers (ASEAN League) signed 32-year old American power forward Christien Charles (216-102kg-81, college: Villanova). He just played at Chicago Steam (ABA) in the U.S.. The last season Charles played at Al Ahli (Premier League) in Saudi Arabian Premier League. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. The previous (10-11) season Charles played at Al Jaish (Division I) in Syrian Division I. He contributed to his team making it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. A very impressive season as he was named to Asia-Basket.com All-Syrian League 2nd Team. Charles won Syrian League championship title in 2010. He is quite experienced player. Charles has played also professionally in Iran (Ararat), Lebanon (Al Riyadi and Champville), Serbia, Dominican Republic (Cocolos) and Syria (Al Jalaa). He attended Villanova University until 2006 and it will be his seventh season as a professional player. Charles could be described:
Christien is a true 7 footer who has tremendously improved his game since he finished college due to an outstanding work ethic. As a reserve on the nationally ranked Villanova team, Christien had the opportunity to be trained by some of the best coaches in the country. He has developed into a very good player who plays with a lot of energy and heart. Very active big man that can run the floor extremely well. Fundamentally sound. Rebounds, passes well, scores and blocks shots. If left open, he can also knock down the 15 foot jump shot with consistency. Slender build. Must improve strength to reach full potential. Once rated as a top 5 high school center in the country behind such notable current NBA centers Tyson Chandler & Eddie Curry. Made Chicago Bulls summer league squad that featured Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah & Tyrus Thomas. Solid overseas resume that includes back to back championships with two different teams. Coachable, unselfish team player that has been groomed by the likes of Jay Wright & legendary big man coach Pete Newell. Christien would be a valuable asset to any team looking to add some size & skill.
Slingers to Rely on Team Defense Against Hi-Tech - Feb 27, 2016
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The Singapore Slingers go head-to-head against the defending champions Hi-Tech Bangkok City in a semifinals bout to determine who gets to book a ticket to the ASEAN Basketball League Finals. The Slingers came out swinging in the regular season in which they won 16 of their 20 games, including a sensational 10-game winning streak. They have been on top of the standings right from the get-go and haven't looked back since. They are entering the semifinals as the number two seed and Hi-Tech a... [read more]
The Singapore Slingers go head-to-head against the defending champions Hi-Tech Bangkok City in a semifinals bout to determine who gets to book a ticket to the ASEAN Basketball League Finals. The Slingers came out swinging in the regular season in which they won 16 of their 20 games, including a sensational 10-game winning streak. They have been on top of the standings right from the get-go and haven't looked back since. They are entering the semifinals as the number two seed and Hi-Tech as the number three. Yet despite their success during the eliminations, Slingers Assistant Coach Johnson Michael is quick to point out that they can still get better. 'Defensively, probably in the last three or four games, we haven't been where want to be, where we can be, and where we were when he had our 10-game winning streak,' Coach Johnson explained. 'So we gotta lot of work to do.' During their winning streak, they allowed only 65.4 points from their opponents. Their defense was unrelenting and unforgiving as they displayed great discipline in both the perimeter and shaded lane. For certain stretches, they would even unleash a vicious full-court press that would catch opposing teams off guard. Their defense will be put to test when they go up against the formidable Hi-Tech Bangkok City. 'We're gonna play the defending champions and we need to get back on track on our team defense to stand a chance against them,' the coach said. 'The key thing for us is our team defense. Not always do we get that as well as the scoring but once we do that, we'll be fine.' Aside from their exemplary defense, the Slingers have also leaned on their local players. Guys like last year's Local MVP Wong Wei Long (187-G-88), Desmond Oh (178-SG-86), Delvin Goh, and Wu Qingde (187-G-92) have all stepped up their games to help Singapore succeed. They have a deep rotation that can stand tall with anybody in the league. 'We are regularly having 50 or 60 percent of our points scored by our local players and that's fantastic,' Johnson said proudly. 'And it's great for our imports as well - less relying on them day in and day out.' Johnson also credited their work in the last three or four years for developing their young local talent and not just this season. 'We're starting to see the fruition of that work,' he added. Singapore and Bangkok also met last year in the semifinals round in which Hi-Tech won and eventually would go on to claim last year's ABL title. This year, Singapore hopes to have lady luck in their favor in their quest to finally get into the promise land. 'We have home court advantage this year, which we worked hard to get, so hopefully that'll be what we need to get over the hump and get to our first Finals,' said the long-time assistant coach of the Slingers. 'But they'll be tough to beat, they're the defending champions. Chris (Charles), Steve (Thomas) are fantastic players, proven winners, and their locals are tough as well.' Looks like the Singapore Slingers will be up to the challenge when they do battle against Hi-Tech Bangkok City this Sunday. 'We're looking forward to a great series. Hopefully people from Singapore turn out in big numbers,' said Johnson. Courtesy of: aseanbasketballleague.com
Pilipinas Agilas land Michael Fey, ex Mono Vampire - Feb 13, 2016
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Pacquiao Powervit Pilipinas Agilas (ASEAN League) tabbed 33-year old American power forward Michael Fey (213-120kg-83, college: UCLA) after he was tested there shortly. He started the season at Mono Vampire in Thailand TBL league. In 5 games he averaged 9.4ppg, 5.2rpg and 1.8apg this season. Among other achievements Fey won BTSL International Invitation championship title in 2015. He received also BTSL All-Tournament 1st Team award in 2015. Fey is a very experienced player. He has played... [read more]
Pacquiao Powervit Pilipinas Agilas (ASEAN League) tabbed 33-year old American power forward Michael Fey (213-120kg-83, college: UCLA) after he was tested there shortly. He started the season at Mono Vampire in Thailand TBL league. In 5 games he averaged 9.4ppg, 5.2rpg and 1.8apg this season. Among other achievements Fey won BTSL International Invitation championship title in 2015. He received also BTSL All-Tournament 1st Team award in 2015. Fey is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in China, Hungary (Falco KC Szombathely and Kaposvari), Indonesia, Japan (Kyoto Hannaryz and Shinshu Brave Warriors Nagano), Jordan (Zain), Malaysia, Poland, Qatar (Al Rayyan), Taiwan, Uruguay (Montevideo BC), Venezuela (Bucaneros), Egypt (Al Ahly). Fey attended Univ.of Calif.at Los Angeles until 2006 and it is his tenth season in pro basketball. Let's have closer look into His outlook:
True post player who has a soft touch around the basket. Can hit the open 20 foot jumper. Produced good numbers in his junior year, when given the opportunity. Has good foot speed, left handed.
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