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Round 27 (Regular Season)

Zhuhai Mar.24 Formosa D. 93%
Singapore S 62% Mar.24 Mono Vampire
Saigon H. 62% Mar.24 SM Beermen
Hong Kong E 91% Mar.24 Zhuhai
INTERVIEW WITH CHRIS GARNETT BRUNEI's PLAYER OF THE WEEK for WEEK 15! - Feb 1, 2011


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Christopher
Garnett
EUROBASKET HAD THE CHANCE TO SIT AND TALK WITH WEEK 15 PLAYER OF THE WEEK, Christopher Garnett (211-C-80, college: Indiana SE), TO GET HIS THOUGHTS ON THIS, THE SECOND SEASON OF THE ABL & ALSO HIS THOUGHTS ON THE FUTURE.

EU: Chris, thank you for sitting down with us. How have you found this past season in SouthEast Asia? It was not too long ago that you left your mark on this part of the world playing in South Korea with the KBL sides SK Knights & the KTF Magic Wings. How has this return to this region been to you?

CHRIS: THE SEASON WAS A BIT SHORTER THAN MOST, BUT OVERALL, IT WAS A POSITIVE EXPERIENCE. THE CULTURE IN SOUTHEAST ASIA IS VERY FAMILY ORIENTED AND MAKES FOR A REALLY FULFILLING BASKETBALL EXPERIENCE--RETURNING TO ASIA WAS FUN. I REALLY LOVE PLAYING ALL THROUGHOUT ASIA, AND I WAS ABLE TO JUMP BACK INTO MY STATISTICAL PROWESS PRETTY QUICKLY AND EASILY.

EU: With SK Knights & KTF, you were annually selected for post season award, signing a contract to play in the Asian Championships in '09, and also going deep into the playoffs in years past, all based o your on-court exploits. What differed this season for you?

CHRIS: WELL, THIS WAS ONE OF THE FEW TIMES WHERE WINNING DIDN'T COME SO EASY, LOL.....ALSO, THERE WERE A LOT OF DIFFERENT LEVELS OF TALENT, BASKETBALL IQ, AND ATHLETICISM ON THE COURT AT THE SAME TIME, AND THAT WAS QUITE AN ADJUSTMENT.

EU: Please detail for us, why u decided to bring your talents to Brunei after such storied successes throughout the globe?

CHRIS: IN A NUT SHELL: I'VE ALWAYS WANTED TO PLAY FOR FIBA EXPERT COACH, Ozell Wells . OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS, OUR SCHEDULES NEVER ALLOWED THE OPPORTUNITY FOR US TO WORK TOGETHER UNTIL NOW. SO, I JUMPED AT THE DOOR OF OPPORTUNITY. HE HAS HELPED MY CAREER SO MUCH, AND I HAVE LEARNED SO MUCH FROM HIM ON AND OFF THE COURT THROUGH HIS COACHING, TEACHING, AND GUIDANCE. IT WAS A NO-BRAINER.

EU: How have u found the level of play here in the ASEAN League comparatively? You have played all over the world and excelled everywhere that you have gone. How does the ABL?

CHRIS: OBVIOUSLY, IT'S NOT ON THE LEVEL OF EUROPE OR KOREA, BUT THE LEAGUE IS QUITE NEW AND WILL GET BETTER OVER TIME. HOWEVER, WHAT''S GOOD TO KNOW IS YOU'RE GOING TOE TO TOE WITH ANOTHER AMERICAN WHO IS JUST AS GOOD OR BETTER THAN YOU ARE. THIS PAST SEASON, I HAVE SEEN AND PLAYED AGAINST AMERICAN IMPORTS THAT ARE HEAD AND SHOULDERS BETTER THAN SOME THAT I'VE PLAYED AGAINST IN EUROPE. SO, THERE ARE NO EASY STATS, EASY VICTORIES, OR GUARANTEES.

EU: The season has concluded for the Barracudas, having missed out on the quarterfinals by 3 games. How close do u feel the team was to reaching the playoffs? What if any predictions do u have on the ABL playoffs, as you did face each team and received a very good view of what can do what?

CHRIS: I FEEL THAT WE PLAYED TOUGH GAMES, TAKING INTO CONSIDERATION THAT THE GAMES WE LOST WERE IN OVERTIME, BY 7 OR LESS POINTS. ALSO, ILLNESSES KEPT THE MAJORITY OF OUR TEAM FROM BEING ALLOWED TO PLAY IN AN EASY, WINNABLE GAME. BEING THE ONLY TEAM IN THE LEAGUE TO PLAY ONLY 5 PLAYERS (NO SUBSTITUTES AVAILABLE), WE WERE AT A DISADVANTAGE THE MOMENT FOULS WERE CALLED AGAINST OUR TEAM. I THINK THE PLAYOFFS WILL BE VERY INTERESTING. YOU HAVE SOME REAL GAME CHANGERS IN Avenido Leonidez (186-G), Nakiea Miller (205-C-79, college: Iona), Gabe Pruitt (193-G-86, college: USC), AND Jason Dixon (205-C-73, college: Liberty). SO IF THE GAMES ARE CLOSE, GET YOUR POPCORN READY. MY PREDICTION IS SINGAPORE WILL TOP THE ABL THIS SEASON.

EU: What can we expect from you now that the mid-season transfer period is kicking into high gear?

CHRIS: I'VE RECEIVED OFFERS FROM NUMEROUS COUNTRIES SUCH IN EUROPE & IN DUBAI, MEXICO, JAPAN, CHINA, AND OTHERS. I'M STILL UNDECIDED ABOUT THE COUNTRY OF MY TRANSITION RIGHT NOW. I'M GOING TO PONDER A LITTLE LONGER ON THE OPTIONS AVAILABLE TO ME.

EU: How has the adjustment been for you, now that you are a seasoned veteran player? Detail the changes that you have had to make from your first years as a European player? What if any are the differences between European Basketball (Bulgaria/Turkey/Romania) and ball here in the Asian Zone (Korea, Brunei, Mid East countries)?

CHRIS: ADJUSTMENTS ARE MOSTLY MENTAL. DURING MY ROOKIE YEAR IN THE FIBA EUROLEAGUE, I PLAYED WITH A LOT OF EMOTION. OVER THE YEARS, I BEGAN PLAYING THE GAME FROM A MENTAL STANDPOINT. IF YOU CAN CONQUER THE GAME MENTALLY, THE PHYSICAL ASPECT CAN BE A BREATHER. I RECOMMEND THAT ALL ATHLETES AND COACHES READ THE BOOK CALLED 'MIND GYM' BY GARY MACK & DAVID CASSTEVENS. IT DELVES INTO THE IMPORTANCE OF THE MIND GAME. SOME DIFFERENCES IN EUROPEAN AND ASIAN STYLE BASKETBALL ARE THE SPEED OF THE GAME AND SOME OF THE RULES. KOREA, CHINA, AND JAPAN ARE VERY FAST, UP-TEMPO LEAGUES; LOTS OF 3-POINTERS; KOREA AND CHINA USE NBA RULES. EUROPE CAN BE A BIT SLOWER THAN ASIA AS FAR AS TEMPO, BUT THE TALENT LEVEL IN EUROPE IS SECOND TO NONE. I THINK THAT EUROPE IS HANDS DOWN THE BEST TALENT OUTSIDE OF THE NBA. ALSO, EUROPE USE FIBA RULES, AND IT'S A BIT OF A DIFFERENCE REGARDING THE 'NO 3-SECOND RULE' ON DEFENSE. SO, YOU RARELY GET ANY 1-ON-1 PLAY. VERY TACTICAL.

EU: What can we expect from you in the future? There is talk of a development program in the US, we have been told?

CHRIS: A LOT MORE BASKETBALL AND, HOPEFULLY, MORE ADDITIONS TO MY PROFESSIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP COLLECTIONS.

EU: Are there any last words or thoughts to your many fans both in Europe, Asia and the US?

CHRIS: .I would like to give a BIG Thank You from the bottom of my heart to all of the fans around the world for their time, kindness, encouragement, and tremendous support. You, the fans, make my job much more enjoyable when I step out on that court, and I hear the excitement in your voices and read your enthusiastic signs which will forever plant memorable experiences of you deep into my heart and soul. You have said many wonderful things about me, and you are by far some of the greatest fans in the world, and it has been a great privilege indeed to entertain you from the sports arena. Im glad that I have this special opportunity to thank each and every one of you. Thank You, Thank You, Thank You

EU: Chris, thank you so much for taking the time to sit with us!

WE AT EUROBASKET ALSO WANT TO WISH CHRIS CONTINUED SUCCESS & PROSPERITY IN HIS FUTURE ENDEAVORS, AS WE LOOK TO HEAR MANY MORE GREAT TINGS FROM HIM & ABOUT HIM IN THE SEASONS TO COME!   




Jerran Young
Round 26: Macau is upset by Singapore Slingers - 7 hours ago
There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in ASEAN League. Here is the last round review presented by ESL. The most important game in the last round took place in Macau between third ranked Chinese Macau (14-11) and fourth ranked Singapore Singapore Slingers (14-10) on Wednesday night. Macau was crushed by Singapore Slingers at home 89-70. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Macau. Singapore Slingers shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-...   [read more]

Ryan Watkins
ASEAN League round 25 best performance: Ryan Watkins - 4 days ago
RYAN WATKINS American Ryan Watkins (206-C/F-91, agency: Two Points) had a very impressive game in the last round for Macau, receiving a Interperformances Player of the Week award for round 25. The 27-year old player had a double-double of 36 points and 21 rebounds, while his team beat Zhuhai (#10, 2-22) 89-81. Macau is placed at 3rd position in ASEAN League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Macau will need more victories to improv...   [read more]

Dewarick
Spencer
Spencer's 42-point game gives him Interperformances Player of the Week award - 5 days ago
DEWARICK SPENCER 36-year old guard Dewarick Spencer (192-G-82) had a great game in the last round for Macau and receives a Interperformances Player of the Week award for round 24. He had the game-high 42 points adding nine rebounds and five assists for Macau in his team's victory, helping them to outclass SM Beermen (#2, 18-7) with 30-point margin 114-84. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Macau is placed at 3rd position in ASEAN League. They would have been ev...   [read more]


1 | 2 | 3
Round 25: SM Beermen lose to Formosa D. - 5 days ago  
Round 24: Macau defeats leader SM Beermen - 6 days ago  
Mikh McKinney claims ASEAN League weekly honour - 11 days ago  
Round 23: SM Beermen loses to Formosa D. - 12 days ago  
ASEAN League round 22 best performance: Malcolm Miller - 17 days ago  
Round 22: Singapore Slingers lose to SM Beermen in the game between Top 4 teams - 18 days ago  
Glass' double-double lands him Interperformances Player of the Week award - 18 days ago  
Round 21: Macau defeats leader SM Beermen - 19 days ago  
Will Artino claims ASEAN League Interperformances weekly honour - 25 days ago  
Round 20: CLS Knights edge Saigon Heat by two points - 26 days ago  
ASEAN League round 19 best performance: Samuel Deguara (by Interperformances) - 1 month ago  
Round 19: #1 SM Beermen is defeated by Hong Kong ELL - 1 month ago  
Zhuhai Wolf Warriors (ASEAN) agreed terms with Cory Bradford - 1 month ago  
Singletary's double-double lands him Interperformances Player of the Week award - 1 month ago  
Round 18: SM Beermen defeats Hong Kong ELL in the game between Top 4 teams - 1 month ago  
Peter Ramos claims ASEAN League weekly honour - 1 month ago  
Round 17: Hong Kong ELL edges Macau by two points - 1 month ago  
ASEAN League round 16 best performance: Renaldo Balkman - 1 month ago  
Round 16: CLS Knights defeat Westports MD in the closest game of the week - 1 month ago  
Mono Vampire signs Tyler Lamb - 2 months ago  
1 | 2 | 3


ASEAN League Standings
 1 Formosa D. 19-6 
 2 SM Beermen 18-7 
 3 Singapore S. 14-10 
 4 Macau 14-11 
 5 Hong Kong ELL 14-11 
 6 Saigon H. 13-12 
 7 CLS Knights 13-13 
 8 Mono Vampire 9-16 
 9 Westports MD 8-15 
 10 Zhuhai 2-23 

Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Mikh MCKINNEY
  Macau
  (184-G-92)
  Avg: 27.4
 1. McKinney, Macau27.4 
 2. Balkman, SM Be.25.9 
 3. Singletary, Mono V.25.5 
 4. Tucker, Macau25.3 
 5. Esho, CLS Knights23.5 
 6. Bassett, Hong K.23.4 
 7. Elliott, Hong K.23.1 
 8. Fields, Singapore S.22.7 
 9. Miller, Formosa D.22.0 
 10. Watkins, Macau21.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan WATKINS
  Macau
  (206-C/F-91)
  Avg: 15
 1. Watkins, Macau15.0 
 2. Deguara, Hong K.13.6 
 3. Barone, Saigon H.13.3 
 4. Bell, Zhuhai13.1 
 5. Fields, Singapore S.12.8 
 6. Ramos, SM Beermen12.8 
 7. Shepard, Westport.11.4 
 8. Artino, Formosa D.10.9 
 9. Balkman, SM Be.10.5 
 10. Singletary, Mono V.10.5 
Assists Per Game
 Anthony TUCKER
  Macau
  (193-G-89)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Tucker, Macau9.9 
 2. Brickman, Mono V.8.9 
 3. Herring-Jr, CLS K.8.9 
 4. Alexander, Singapor.7.6 
 5. McKinney, Macau6.4 
 6. Bassett, Hong K.6.1 
 7. Miller, Formosa D.6.1 
 8. Alvano, SM Beermen5.8 
 9. Elliott, Hong K.5.6 
 10. Shepard, Westport.5.5 
Steals Per Game
 TreVon HUGHES
  Saigon H.
  (185-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Hughes, Saigon H.2.9 
 2. Herring-Jr, CLS K.2.7 
 3. Young, Singapore S.2.6 
 4. Eversley, Westport.2.0 
 5. Alexander, Singapor.2.0 
 6. McKinney, Macau2.0 
 7. Singletary, Mono V.2.0 
 8. Watkins, Macau1.8 
 9. Glass, Formosa D.1.8 
 10. Brickman, Mono V.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 John FIELDS
  Singapore S.
  (205-F/C-88)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Fields, Singapore S.1.9 
 2. Bell, Zhuhai1.8 
 3. Artino, Formosa D.1.5 
 4. Deguara, Hong K.1.5 
 5. Egwu, Westports MD1.4 
 6. Hamilton, Saigon H.1.3 
 7. Balkman, SM Be.1.3 
 8. Barone, Saigon H.1.2 
 9. White, Mono V.1.2 
 10. Watkins, CLS K.1.1 
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