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)
Taiwan's Kaohsiung Truth Joins ABL as League Expands - 9 days ago
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. [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.'
Finals MVP: Jason Brickman (181-PG-91) of KL Dragons; Player of the Year: Justin Howard (208-C-81) of Singapore S.; Best Guard: Jason Brickman (181-PG-91) of KL Dragons; Best Forward: Lenny Daniel (203-PF-87) of Saigon H.; Best Center: Justin Howard (208-C-81) of Singapore S.; Best Import Player: Justin Howard (208-C-81) of Singapore S.; Best Defensive Player: Christien Charles (216-F/C-81) of Hitech; Best Coach: Ariel Vanguardia of KL Dragons; 1st Team: P [read more]
Westports Malaysia Wins First Ever ABL Crown - 4 months ago
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Confetti fell from the sky, filling the rafters. On the basketball floor of the MABA stadium, fans mobbed center court, jumping and dancing alongside players. Jubilation filled the MABA Stadium, as the Westports Malaysia Dragons made history, defeating the Singapore Slingers, 77-65, grabbing their first ever ASEAN Basketball League crown. 'It's unbelievable,' Dragons Head Coach Ariel Vanguardia said of the achievement of his team this season. 'They're very young, but they fought hard. The... [read more]
Confetti fell from the sky, filling the rafters. On the basketball floor of the MABA stadium, fans mobbed center court, jumping and dancing alongside players. Jubilation filled the MABA Stadium, as the Westports Malaysia Dragons made history, defeating the Singapore Slingers, 77-65, grabbing their first ever ASEAN Basketball League crown. 'It's unbelievable,' Dragons Head Coach Ariel Vanguardia said of the achievement of his team this season. 'They're very young, but they fought hard. They're the hardest working team iIve ever coached.' Both teams came out slow to start the first quarter, perhaps trying to get rid of some nerves in this deciding Game 5. However buoyed by the hot start of Jason Brickman (181-PG-91, college: LIU Brooklyn) and Reggie Johnson (208-C-89, college: Miami, FL, agency: Three Eye Sports), the Dragons were the first out of the gate, holding a 16-9 lead after the first quarter. The Dragons set the tone early on, with their play signifying that this would be a slugfest, and both teams would bleed to earn their points. Alexander Xavier (198-G-88, college: S.Nazarene) was also saddled with two personal fouls early on. In the second quarter, Matthew Wright joined the scoring party for the Dragons, as he helped break open a tightly fought game. Behind the Dragons' Slash Brothers, Westports Malaysia opened up 12 point lead at the half, leading 37-25. The Slingers only shot 25% from the field, with only Justin Howard doing damage with 15 points. The rest of the Slingers could only combine for 10 points. Singapore tried to make a run in the 3rd quarter, as import Rosales Kris (183-G, college: Hope International) broke through and scored 12 points in the 3rd quarter. However the Dragons just had too much firepower for their neighbors. The trio of Brickman, Wright and Johnson held the fort for the Dragons, contributing to a 52-41 lead entering the final quarter of the season. Willed on by a boisterous home crowd, the Dragons continued the onslaught in the 4th quarter. There would be no last minute rallies or buzzer beaters by the Slingers. Their defense held up all the way until the end. Brickman was masterful orchestrating his team the entire game, and put the final touches on this game by scoring on a pretty floater and dishing to Calvin Godfrey (206-F-90, college: Memphis) for a monster dunk that got the MABA Stadium shaking in delight. Despite the valiant effort by the Slingers' Rosales and Howard, it wasn't enough as they had to watch the Dragons celebrate when the buzzer sounded. After the game, Jason Brickman was also named the 2015-2016 ABL Finals MVP. Brickman capped off a splendid series with his Game 5 totals of 22 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and two steals. For the entire series, he normed 13.4 points, 5.6 rebounds, 6.5 assists and 1.8 steals per game. He was a floor general in every sense of the word. Reggie Johnson followed with 21 points and 10 rebounds, followed by Matthew Wright's 16 points. For the Slingers, Justin Howard let the way with 27 points and 10 rebounds. Rosales chipped in 22 points in the losing cause. They missed the production of Alexander Xavier, who fouled out of the game and only contributed five points and six rebounds. Compounding the dilemma was the offnight of noted scorers Wu Qingde (187-G-92) and reigning MVP Wong Wei Long, who combined to only score six points on 1/21 shooting. Despite the painful loss, the Slingers can rest in the knowledge that they had a fantastic season, making it to the Finals and stretching the eventual champions to sudden death. But this season, the Dragons showed that they learned from the painful loss in last year's Finals. They were able to close it out against a tough foe, and did just enough to earn their first championship in the ABL. Congratulations to the Westports Malaysia Dragons, the 2015-2016 ASEAN Basketball League Champions! Courtesy of: aseanbasketballleague.com
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