American Brian Williams (208-C-87, agency: VVG Sports) had a great game in the last round for KL Dragons and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 19. The 24-year old center had a double-double of 30 points and eighteen rebounds, while his team edged out Philip.Patriots (#2, 14-5) in overtime 97-93. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. KL Dragons maintains the 4th position in ASEAN League . KL Dragons is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 10-9 record. In the team's last game Williams had a remarkable 52.6% from 2-point range. He turned to be KL Dragons' top player in his first season with the team. University of Tennessee graduate has very impressive stats this year. Williams. Williams is in league's top in points (5th best: 19.8ppg) and averages solid 53.0% FGP.
The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 30-year old American power forward Gentry Lewis (206-F/C-81) of Bangkok C.. Lewis impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 20 points and 17 rebounds. Bad luck as Bangkok C. lost that game 77-91 to the higher-ranked Petron Blaze (#1, 16-4). Bangkok C. is still second from the bottom in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 6-12 record. Lewis is one of the most experienced players at Bangkok C. and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. Philander Smith College alumni Lewis played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas.
The third best performed player last round was another KL Dragons' star - American Tiras Wade (200-F-81, agency: Interperformances). Wade got into 30-points club by scoring 34 points in the last round. He went also for nine rebounds . He was another key player of KL Dragons, helping his team with a 97-93overtime win against #2 ranked Philip.Patriots in a game of the week. KL Dragons needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 10 victories and 9 lost games. Wade has a great season in ASEAN League. After 16 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 25.8ppg (best scorer) and assists with 4.4apg (3rd best).
Other top performing players last week: 4. Louis Graham (205-F/C-84) of Singapore S. - 29 points and 15 rebounds 5. Evan Brock (204-F-84) of Satria Muda - 24 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists 6. Jonathan Jones (211-C-79) of Saigon H. - 31 points and 12 rebounds 7. Chris Banchero (185-G) of Petron Blaze - 22 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists 8. Nick Fazekas (211-F-85) of Petron Blaze - 25 points and 15 rebounds 9. Anthony Johnson (197-G/F-79) of Philip.Patriots - 26 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists 10. Kyle Jeffers (207-C-85) of Singapore S. - 20 points and 14 rebounds
The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc. The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy. The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)
Malaysia, Singapore, and Vietnam complete cast for 2016-2017 ABL Season - 10 days ago
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2016-2017 season. The aforementioned three teams are actually no strangers to ABL fans. The Saigon Heat joined the league back in 2012 and is now entering its fifth season. The Vietnam-based team has been a semifinalist in ea... [read more]
The stage has been set and the cast is now complete. The newest season of the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) is set to begin as the Westports Malaysia Dragons, Singapore Slingers, and the Saigon Heat from Vietnam, have all confirmed their participation in the upcoming 2016-2017 season. The aforementioned three teams are actually no strangers to ABL fans. The Saigon Heat joined the league back in 2012 and is now entering its fifth season. The Vietnam-based team has been a semifinalist in each of the last two seasons. Meanwhile, both the Dragons and Slingers have been a part of the league ever since its inception in 2009. Last season, the Dragons and Slingers faced off in a thrilling five-game series with Malaysia earning their first ever ABL title in franchise history. The Dragons were spearheaded by World Import MVP Reggie Johnson (208-C-89, college: Miami, FL, agency: Three Eye Sports), ASEAN Heritage MVP Matthew Wright (193-G-91, college: St.Bonaventure), and ABL Finals MVP Jason Brickman (181-PG-91, college: LIU Brooklyn). For its brand new season, the ABL will now feature six teams from six different nations. Last July, the league welcomed teams outside the Southeast Asia region for the very first time in its seven-year existence. The Kaohsiung Truth from Taiwan and the Hong Kong Eastern were the two teams that pledged their support for the only professional regional basketball league in Southeast Asia. The Kaohsiung Truth is a team based on Kaohsiung City, a special municipality just southwest of Taiwan. It is also set to become the first professional Christian ministry basketball club once the season begins. The team Hong Kong Eastern meanwhile is under Eastern Sports Club, a prominent sports organization in Hong Kong that has found success in both football and basketball. The league's latest addition is team hailing from the Philippines, the Pilipinas Basketball Club, Inc. The team is owned by Virtual Playground, sports management agency which also happens to cater to former ABL stars such as Justin Melton, Moala Tautaa, and most recently, former Slingers standout Kris Rosales. The six nations all have something to prove and all want to cement themselves as strong basketball clubs across Asia. The cast of teams is now complete as the upcoming seventh season of the ABL looks to be diverse, exciting, and competitive. Courtesy of: aseanbasketballleague.com
he ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) continues to grow. In the past few weeks, the league opened its arms and welcomed two new teams: Taiwan's Kaohsiung Truth and Hong Kong Eastern. And now, a new Philippine team is set to make its mark in the first and only professional regional basketball league in South East Asia. The Pilipinas Basketball Club, Inc. (PBCI) is the newest team to join the ABL. The PBCI is owned by the sports management agency Virtual Playground, which is headed by Dondon Mon... [read more]
he ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) continues to grow. In the past few weeks, the league opened its arms and welcomed two new teams: Taiwan's Kaohsiung Truth and Hong Kong Eastern. And now, a new Philippine team is set to make its mark in the first and only professional regional basketball league in South East Asia. The Pilipinas Basketball Club, Inc. (PBCI) is the newest team to join the ABL. The PBCI is owned by the sports management agency Virtual Playground, which is headed by Dondon Monteverde and Charlie Dy, two of the most influential men in Philippines' entertainment and sports. Among the athletes under the Virtual Playground management are current PBA players and former ABL stars Moala Tautuaa (200-C-89, college: Chadron St.), Justin Melton (180-G-87, college: Mount Olive), and Kris Rosales (183-G, college: Hope International). 'We at Virtual Playground and PBCI see the growing potential of the ABL,' says Dy. 'We just want the Philippines to be represented well that's why we're making this effort.' PBCI would be the fourth team from the Philippines to take part in the league since its inception. The AirAsia Philippine Patriots, who won the inaugural championship in 2010, the San Miguel Beermen, who won the title in 2013, and the Pilipinas MX3 Kings (previously the Pacquiao Powervit Pilipinas Aguilas) have all previously represented the Philippines. PBCI's roster and official team name for the upcoming seventh season of the ABL has yet to be finalized. Currently, they plan to play in Sta. Rosa, Laguna, Cebu, and Davao. The PBCI and Virtual Playground are also thinking long-term in helping Filipinos gain access to the game of basketball. 'Since ABL is only a six-month league, PBCI is planning to partner with the different LGU's (local government units) nationwide in holding free basketball clinics as our commitment to grassroots development,' added Dy. With three new additions to the ABL, the upcoming 2016-2017 tournament is shaping up to be one of the most exciting seasons to date. 'Primarily, as a Filipino, it gives you great joy that your country is represented in the ABL,' says Jericho Ilagan, Chief Operating Officer of the ASEN Basketball League. 'Add to that the fact that Dondon (Monteverde) and Charlie (Dy) are very prominent and well-known in the sports industry, you know that they'd send a very competitive team.' Courtesy of: aseanbasketballleague.com
2015-2016 ABL Finals, has announced today that a team from Taiwan will be joining the league starting this 2016-2017 season. The team will be known as the Kaohsiung Truth. [read more]
The ASEAN Basketball League (ABL), fresh from a record breaking attendance in the recently concluded 2015-2016 ABL Finals, has announced today that a team from Taiwan will be joining the league starting this 2016-2017 season. The team will be known as the Kaohsiung Truth.
Playing out of Kaohsiung City, a special municipality in the southwest of Taiwan, the team is in the midst of creating history as there has never been a professional Christian ministry basketball team. They will also be the first team outside of the Southeast Asia region to join the league.
The Kaohsiung Truth is primarily backed by The Truth Network, a group of Christian Radio Stations in the United States that broadcasts and streams live, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
'We've been putting this project together for about a year with the realization that we can use the sport of basketball as a platform to tackle the issues related to the 10/40 window,' said Stu Epperson, Team Owner of the Kaohsiung Truth. He added: 'Being accustomed to this beautiful country and having the basketball background that we do, we wanted to create opportunities to share God's love with other countries and communities.'
The lone team from Taiwan has already enlisted several players to bolster their squad for the upcoming season - Americans 7'2 James Tyler and 6'8' Chris Oliver and Taiwanese players 6'7 Carlos Andrade, 6'3 Wesley Hsu, and 6'3 Sabatino Chen. They are also looking to sign players from Kaohsiung to boost their team and give it the much needed local flavor.
'We welcome the Kaohsiung Truth to the ABL family with open arms,' said ABL Chief Operations Officer Jericho Ilagan. 'Adding a team from outside of the Southeast Asia region is a step towards the right direction to further strengthen the sport of basketball.'
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