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Round 4: Formosa D. defeats Saigon Heat in the closest game of the week - Dec 2, 2018


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After 4 rounds played we can already see who rules in the ASEAN League and who belongs to weaker ones. Here is the last round review presented by ESL.

The most exciting game of round 4 in the ASEAN League took place in Saigon. This derby game ended with only one-point home defeat of their biggest opponent Vietnamese Saigon Heat (3-0) to top-ranked Taiwanese Formosa D. (3-0) 86-85 in the game for the first place. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Saigon Heat. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Formosa D. dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Saigon Heat's 24. Formosa D. had a 36-25 advantage in offensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Will Artino (211-92, college: Creighton) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 29 points and 12 rebounds (on 13-of-16 shooting from the field) and the other American import forward Tevin Glass (206-94, college: E.Tenn.St.) who added 16 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side Canadian Murphy Burnatowski (196-91, college: Colgate) responded with 39 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds. Formosa D. have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 3-0 record, which they share with Saigon H. Formosa D. is looking forward to face Hong Kong ELL (#6) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Saigon Heat will play against Macau (#4) and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Chinese Macau (3-2) against fourth ranked Singapore Singapore Slingers (3-1) on Friday night. Visiting Macau was defeated by Singapore Slingers in Singapore 98-88. The winners were led by American power forward John Fields (205-88, college: Tennessee) who scored that evening 32 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists (on 15-of-18 shooting from the field) and Xavier Alexander supported him with 16 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists. Even 26 points by American-Filipino guard Mikh McKinney (184-92, college: Sacramento St.) did not help to save the game for Macau. Singapore Slingers moved-up to third place. Macau at the other side dropped to the fourth position with two games lost. Singapore Slingers will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Macau will play at home against the league's second-placed Saigon Heat (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Hong Kong Hong Kong ELL has registered their first victory this season after three consecutive losses. The win is especially important as it came on the road game in , where they defeated Chinese Zhuhai (0-3) 88-76 on Saturday. Eric Ferguson fired 29 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Chen Cai produced 17 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Hong Kong ELL maintains sixth position with 1-3 record. It was Zhuhai's third loss in a row. They still close the standings with three games lost. Hong Kong ELL will meet league's leader Formosa D. in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Zhuhai will play against Westports MD (#8) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
The game in Surabaya was also worth to mention about. Top-ranked Vietnamese Saigon Heat (3-0) played at the court of 5th ranked Indonesian CLS Knights (1-2). Saigon Heat defeated CLS Knights 76-64. It was a very good performance for Kyle Barone who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 24 points, 18 rebounds and 5 assists. CLS Knights' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Saigon Heat have a solid three-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Formosa D. CLS Knights at the other side keep the fifth place with two games lost. Saigon Heat's next round opponent will be Macau (#4) on the road.

In the last game of round 4 CLS Knights lost to Macau on the opponent's court 110-117.



CLS Knights - Saigon H. 64-76

The game in Surabaya was also worth to mention about. Top-ranked Vietnamese Saigon Heat (3-0) played at the court of 5th ranked Indonesian CLS Knights (1-2). Saigon Heat defeated CLS Knights 76-64. It was a very good performance for American center Kyle Barone (203-89, college: Idaho) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 24 points, 18 rebounds and 5 assists. American-Puerto Rican point guard TreVon Hughes (185-87, college: Wisconsin) contributed with 30 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals for the winners. American forward Stephen Hurt (211-93, college: Kansas St.) replied with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Montay Brandon (203-93, college: Florida St.) added 16 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for CLS Knights. CLS Knights' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Saigon Heat have a solid three-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Formosa D. CLS Knights at the other side keep the fifth place with two games lost. Saigon Heat's next round opponent will be Macau (#4) on the road.
Top scorers:
Saigon H.: T.Hughes 30+8reb+7ast, K.Barone 24+18reb+5ast, M.Burnatowski 16+8reb+4ast, J.Young 3+3reb+2ast, C.Dierker 3+4reb, C.Cilia 0+1reb
CLS Knights: M.Brandon 16+7reb+2ast, S.Hurt 16+11reb+1ast, B.Jawato 10+4reb+5ast, L.Wong-Wei 9+1reb+1ast, M.Esho 8+5reb+6ast, A.Hidayat 3+4reb
gschID: 662427


Singapore S. - Macau 98-88

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Chinese Macau (3-2) against fourth ranked Singapore Singapore Slingers (3-1) on Friday night. Visiting Macau was defeated by Singapore Slingers in Singapore 98-88. Singapore Slingers dominated down low during the game scoring 76 of its points in the paint compared to Macau's 48. They outrebounded Macau 46-30 including 32 on the defensive glass. Singapore Slingers players were unselfish on offense dishing 28 assists comparing to just 14 passes made by Macau's players. The winners were led by American power forward John Fields (205-88, college: Tennessee) who scored that evening 32 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists (on 15-of-18 shooting from the field) and the other American import guard Xavier Alexander (198-88, college: S.Nazarene) supported him with 16 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists. Five Singapore Slingers players scored in double figures. Even 26 points by American-Filipino guard Mikh McKinney (184-92, college: Sacramento St.) did not help to save the game for Macau. American guard Anthony Tucker (193-89, college: MSU Moorhead) added 26 points and 5 assists for lost side. Singapore Slingers moved-up to third place. Macau at the other side dropped to the fourth position with two games lost. Singapore Slingers will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Macau will play at home against the league's second-placed Saigon Heat (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Singapore S.: J.Fields 32+9reb+7ast, K.Chiang Goh 20+10reb+2ast, X.Alexander 16+9reb+8ast, J.Young 12+7reb+5ast, H.Hanbin 11+9reb+4ast, R.Low 4+2reb
Macau: M.McKinney 26+4reb+3ast, A.Tucker 26+1reb+5ast, R.Watkins 11+16reb+1ast, D.King 8+3reb+1ast, Z.Liu 8+2reb+1ast, N.Yu 5+1reb
gschID: 662428


Macau - CLS Knights 117-110

Rather expected game when 5th ranked Indonesian CLS Knights (1-2) were defeated on the road by third ranked Chinese Macau (3-2) 117-110. They made 21-of-26 charity shots (80.8 percent) during the game. Macau players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by CLS Knights helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Quite impressive performance for American guard Anthony Tucker (193-89, college: MSU Moorhead) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 36 points (!!!) and 12 assists. American-Filipino guard Mikh McKinney (184-92, college: Sacramento St.) contributed with 35 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. American guard Montay Brandon (203-93, college: Florida St.) replied with 24 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) and American-Nigerian power forward Maxie Esho (206-91, college: Massachusetts, agency: Two Points) added 26 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for CLS Knights. Four Macau and five CLS Knights players scored in double figures. CLS Knights' coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Despite that victory Macau went down to fourth position due to points difference. CLS Knights at the other side keep the fifth place with two games lost. Macau's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Saigon Heat at home and it may be the game of the week.
Top scorers:
Macau: A.Tucker 36+4reb+12ast, M.McKinney 35+5reb+7ast, R.Watkins 24+15reb, N.Yu 11+1reb, K.Tong Lai 9+5reb+1ast, D.King 2+1reb+1ast
CLS Knights: M.Esho 26+9reb+4ast, M.Brandon 24+9reb+8ast, L.Wong Wei 20+1reb+5ast, B.Jawato 17+4reb+7ast, S.Hurt 16+9reb+2ast, R.Utomo 5
gschID: 662430


Zhuhai - Hong Kong ELL 76-88

Hong Kong Hong Kong ELL has registered their first victory this season after three consecutive losses. The win is especially important as it came on the road game in , where they defeated Chinese Zhuhai (0-3) 88-76 on Saturday. They outrebounded Zhuhai 48-35 including 36 on the defensive glass. Hong Kong ELL looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists. American forward Eric Ferguson (203-89, college: Georgia South) fired 29 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. The other American import guard Marcus Elliott (191-84, college: Louisiana Tech) chipped in a double-double by scoring 10 points, 13 rebounds and 9 assists. Four Hong Kong ELL players scored in double figures. Center Chen Cai (205-93) produced 17 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists and American forward Michael Bell (206-82, college: Florida Atlantic) added 13 points, 11 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Hong Kong ELL maintains sixth position with 1-3 record. It was Zhuhai's third loss in a row. They still close the standings with three games lost. Hong Kong ELL will meet league's leader Formosa D. in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Zhuhai will play against Westports MD (#8) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Hong Kong ELL: E.Ferguson 29+9reb+5ast, K.Lee 18+5reb+3ast, S.Deguara 12+11reb+5ast, M.Elliott 10+13reb+9ast, J.Siu 8+4reb, T.Lai Lau 6+1reb
Zhuhai: E.Tisby 22+4reb+4ast, C.Cai 17+7reb+7ast, M.Bell 13+11reb+6ast, J.Leung 9+4reb+2ast, E.Curry 7+4reb, S.Cris 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 662429


Saigon H. - Formosa D. 85-86

The most exciting game of round 4 in the ASEAN League took place in Saigon. This derby game ended with only one-point home defeat of their biggest opponent Vietnamese Saigon Heat (3-0) to top-ranked Taiwanese Formosa D. (3-0) 86-85 in the game for the first place. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Saigon Heat. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Formosa D. dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Saigon Heat's 24. Formosa D. had a 36-25 advantage in offensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Will Artino (211-92, college: Creighton) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 29 points and 12 rebounds (on 13-of-16 shooting from the field) and the other American import forward Tevin Glass (206-94, college: E.Tenn.St.) who added 16 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. Five Formosa D. players scored in double figures. At the losing side Canadian Murphy Burnatowski (196-91, college: Colgate) responded with 39 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds and American center Kyle Barone (203-89, college: Idaho) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds. Formosa D. have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 3-0 record, which they share with Saigon H. Formosa D. is looking forward to face Hong Kong ELL (#6) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Saigon Heat will play against Macau (#4) and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Formosa D.: W.Artino 29+12reb+3ast, T.Glass 16+10reb+1ast, M.Miller 14+11reb+2ast, K.Chien 12+4reb+1ast, S.Chen 10+4reb+3ast, L.Tien 3+1reb
Saigon H.: M.Burnatowski 39+5reb+3ast, K.Barone 12+10reb+3ast, C.Cilia 9+4reb+1ast, C.Dierker 8+2reb, T.Hughes 7+2reb+4ast, J.Young 7+9reb+2ast
gschID: 662431


  




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ASEAN League Standings
 1 Singapore S. 8-4 
 2 Saigon H. 8-4 
 3 Formosa D. 8-5 
 4 SM Beermen 6-2 
 5 Macau 6-4 
 6 CLS Knights 5-7 
 7 Hong Kong ELL 5-9 
 8 Westports MD 4-4 
 9 Mono Vampire 4-7 
 10 Zhuhai 2-10 

Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Anthony TUCKER
  Macau
  (193-G-89)
  Avg: 28.4
 1. Tucker, Macau28.4 
 2. Singletary, Mono V.26.2 
 3. Hughes, Saigon H.24.9 
 4. McKinney, Macau24.4 
 5. Balkman, SM Be.24.4 
 6. Fields, Singapore S.24.1 
 7. Elliott, Hong K.23.9 
 8. Esho, CLS Knights23.7 
 9. Ferguson, Hong K.23.3 
 10. Watkins, Macau22.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan WATKINS
  Macau
  (206-C/F-91)
  Avg: 15.8
 1. Watkins, Macau15.8 
 2. Barone, Saigon H.14.3 
 3. Balkman, SM Be.13.0 
 4. Bell, Zhuhai12.6 
 5. Deguara, Hong K.11.9 
 6. Singletary, Mono V.11.3 
 7. Fields, Singapore S.11.3 
 8. Ferguson, Hong K.11.0 
 9. Artino, Formosa D.10.9 
 10. Ramos, SM Beermen10.5 
Assists Per Game
 Anthony TUCKER
  Macau
  (193-G-89)
  Avg: 8.9
 1. Tucker, Macau8.9 
 2. Alexander, Singapor.8.9 
 3. Brickman, Mono V.8.7 
 4. Alvano, SM Beermen6.4 
 5. McKinney, Macau6.4 
 6. Elliott, Hong K.5.6 
 7. Miller, Formosa D.5.2 
 8. Young, Singapore S.5.0 
 9. Hughes, Saigon H.5.0 
 10. Brandon, CLS K.4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Xavier ALEXANDER
  Singapor.
  (198-G-88)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Alexander, Singapor.2.7 
 2. Young, Singapore S.2.6 
 3. Eversley, Westport.2.5 
 4. Hughes, Saigon H.2.3 
 5. McKinney, Macau2.1 
 6. Glass, Formosa D.2.0 
 7. Singletary, Mono V.1.9 
 8. Brandon, CLS K.1.9 
 9. Esho, CLS Knights1.8 
 10. Brickman, Mono V.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Nnanna EGWU
  Westports MD
  (211-F/C-92)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Egwu, Westports MD2.1 
 2. Balkman, SM Be.2.0 
 3. Ferguson, Hong K.1.9 
 4. Bell, Zhuhai1.9 
 5. Fields, Singapore S.1.8 
 6. Young, Singapore S.1.3 
 7. Barone, Saigon H.1.3 
 8. Deguara, Hong K.1.3 
 9. Miller, Formosa D.1.1 
 10. Artino, Formosa D.1.0 
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