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Round 9: Singapore Slingers defeat leader Formosa D. - Jan 7, 2019


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Jerran Young
The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader and favorites losing the games. Here is the last round review presented by ESL.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Taiwanese Formosa D. (7-3) in Changhua City on Sunday night. Hosts were defeated by fourth ranked Singapore Singapore Slingers (6-3) 88-80. Singapore Slingers outrebounded Formosa D. 42-31 including 31 on the defensive glass. It was a great shooting night for Singapore Slingers especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 56.3 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. It was a good game for American guard Jerran Young (198-91, college: Wright St.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 27 points, 11 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals (went 11 for 11 at the free throw line !!!). His fellow American import power forward John Fields (205-88, college: Tennessee) contributed with 20 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. American power forward Will Artino (211-92, college: Creighton) answered with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 13 rebounds for Formosa D.Singapore Slingers have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to third place. Formosa D. at the other side still keeps top position with three games lost. Singapore Slingers are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Zhuhai (#10) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Formosa D. will have a break next round.
Important game to mention about took place in Kuala Lumpur. Seventh ranked Malaysian Westports MD (3-2) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 3rd placed Vietnamese Saigon Heat (7-4) 84-82 on Wednesday evening. American Winston Shepard (203-93, college: San Diego St., agency: Slash Sports) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 17 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners and Chris Eversley chipped in 25 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. The best for the losing side was American center Kyle Barone (203-89, college: Idaho) with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 17 rebounds. Westports MD maintains seventh place with 3-2 record. Saigon Heat at the other side dropped to the second position with four games lost. Westports MD will play against higher ranked SM Beermen (#4) in Manila in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Saigon Heat will have a break next round.
ASEAN League top team - Taiwanese Formosa D. (7-3) managed to deliver another win on Saturday. This time they beat ninth ranked Indonesian CLS Knights (2-7) in Changhua City 82-72. Malcolm Miller nailed a double-double by scoring 24 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) for the winning side. Maxie Esho came up with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists for CLS Knights in the defeat. Formosa D. maintains first place with 7-3 record. Loser CLS Knights keep the ninth position with seven games lost. Formosa D. will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. CLS Knights will play against Mono Vampire (#8) in Bangkok and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Kuala Lumpur was also worth to mention about. Sixth ranked Hong Kong Hong Kong ELL (4-6) played at the court of 7th ranked Malaysian Westports MD (3-2). Hong Kong ELL defeated Westports MD 89-78. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Westports MD. The best player for the winners was Samuel Deguara who had a double-double by scoring 23 points and 15 rebounds. Hong Kong ELL's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Hong Kong ELL maintains sixth place with 4-6 record. Westports MD at the other side keeps the seventh position with two games lost. Hong Kong ELL's next round opponent will be higher ranked SM Beermen (#4) in Manila and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Westports MD will play at home against SM Beermen and hope to win that game.
The game between third ranked Vietnamese Saigon Heat (7-4) and 8th ranked Thailand Mono Vampire (2-6) in Saigon on Sunday ended with biggest points difference. Saigon Heat outscored guests from Bangkok 101-82. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Mono Vampire. It was a good game for TreVon Hughes who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 12 rebounds and 8 assists. Mono Vampire's coach rotated eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Saigon Heat moved-up to second place. Loser Mono Vampire keeps the eighth position with six games lost. Saigon Heat will have a break next round. Mono Vampire will play at home against CLS Knights (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 9 Mono Vampire was beaten by Hong Kong ELL on the road 95-88. SM Beermen won against Zhuhai on its own court 105-95.
The most impressive performance of 9th round was 21 points, 7 assists and 4 steals by Ethan Alvano of SM Beermen.



Westports MD - Saigon H. 84-82

Important game to mention about took place in Kuala Lumpur. Seventh ranked Malaysian Westports MD (3-2) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 3rd placed Vietnamese Saigon Heat (7-4) 84-82 on Wednesday evening. American Winston Shepard (203-93, college: San Diego St., agency: Slash Sports) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 17 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners and his fellow American import forward Chris Eversley (201-91, college: Cal Poly - SLO) chipped in 25 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. The best for the losing side was American center Kyle Barone (203-89, college: Idaho) with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 17 rebounds and Canadian Murphy Burnatowski (196-91, college: Colgate) scored 20 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Westports MD maintains seventh place with 3-2 record. Saigon Heat at the other side dropped to the second position with four games lost. Westports MD will play against higher ranked SM Beermen (#4) in Manila in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Saigon Heat will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Westports MD: C.Eversley 25+6reb+4ast, W.Shepard 22+17reb+6ast, N.Egwu 9+4reb+2ast, W.Jonathan 9+3reb+1ast, S.Fai Loh 7+1reb+2ast, C.Wah Chin 6+2reb
Saigon H.: K.Barone 25+17reb+1ast, M.Burnatowski 20+8reb+5ast, T.Hughes 20+6reb+7ast, H.Nguyen 8+2reb+1ast, C.Dierker 4+2reb+1ast, K.Tran Dang 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 662451


Hong Kong ELL - Mono Vampire 95-88

No shocking result in a game when sixth ranked Hong Kong Hong Kong ELL (4-6) beat at home 8th ranked Thailand Mono Vampire (2-6) 95-88 on Thursday. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Hong Kong ELL made 7 blocks. It was a good game for American guard Marcus Elliott (191-84, college: Louisiana Tech) who led his team to a victory with 27 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. American-Dominican guard O'Darien Bassett (189-86, college: Troy) contributed with 28 points and 4 assists for the winners. American forward Michael Singletary (198-88, college: Texas Tech) answered with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 13 rebounds and American-Bahrain power forward Malcolm White (205-88, college: LSU) added 21 points and 10 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) in the effort for Mono Vampire. Four Hong Kong ELL and five Mono Vampire players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Hong Kong ELL maintains sixth place with 4-6 record. Loser Mono Vampire keeps the eighth position with six games lost. Hong Kong ELL will face higher ranked SM Beermen (#4) in Manila in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Mono Vampire will play at home against CLS Knights (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hong Kong ELL: O.Bassett 28+3reb+4ast, M.Elliott 27+9reb+4ast, K.Lee 15+3reb+3ast, S.Deguara 14+16reb, C.Wu 4+3reb, A.Xu 4+2reb
Mono Vampire: M.Singletary 28+13reb+2ast, M.White 21+10reb+2ast, T.Chanthachon 12+6reb, J.Brickman 11+5reb+13ast, M.Morgan 11+3reb, S.Nopporn 3+1reb
gschID: 662452


Formosa D. - CLS Knights 82-72

ASEAN League top team - Taiwanese Formosa D. (7-3) managed to deliver another win on Saturday. This time they beat ninth ranked Indonesian CLS Knights (2-7) in Changhua City 82-72. American guard Malcolm Miller (201-91, college: Southern) nailed a double-double by scoring 24 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) for the winning side and his fellow American import power forward Will Artino (211-92, college: Creighton) accounted for 24 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Formosa D. players scored in double figures. American-Nigerian power forward Maxie Esho (206-91, college: Massachusetts, agency: Two Points) came up with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists and American guard Doug Herring-Jr (191-87, college: Utica) added 16 points and 8 assists respectively for CLS Knights in the defeat. Formosa D. maintains first place with 7-3 record. Loser CLS Knights keep the ninth position with seven games lost. Formosa D. will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. CLS Knights will play against Mono Vampire (#8) in Bangkok and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Formosa D.: W.Artino 24+9reb+5ast, M.Miller 24+13reb+4ast, T.Glass 15+14reb+2ast, K.Chien 10+3reb+4ast, S.Wei 6+2reb+1ast, S.Chen 3
CLS Knights: M.Esho 19+14reb+4ast, D.Herring Jr. 16+4reb+8ast, L.Wong-Wei 13+1reb+2ast, B.Jawato 9+5reb+2ast, D.Watkins 8+6reb, F.Nugroho 4+5reb
gschID: 662453


Westports MD - Hong Kong ELL 78-89

The game in Kuala Lumpur was also worth to mention about. Sixth ranked Hong Kong Hong Kong ELL (4-6) played at the court of 7th ranked Malaysian Westports MD (3-2). Hong Kong ELL defeated Westports MD 89-78. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Westports MD. The best player for the winners was Maltese center Samuel Deguara (223-91) who had a double-double by scoring 23 points and 15 rebounds. American guard Marcus Elliott (191-84, college: Louisiana Tech) chipped in 26 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). Four Hong Kong ELL players scored in double figures. Hong Kong ELL's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the other side the best for losing team was Nigerian-American power forward Nnanna Egwu (211-92, college: Illinois) who recorded 25 points and 8 rebounds and American forward Chris Eversley (201-91, college: Cal Poly - SLO) added 21 points and 11 rebounds respectively. Hong Kong ELL maintains sixth place with 4-6 record. Westports MD at the other side keeps the seventh position with two games lost. Hong Kong ELL's next round opponent will be higher ranked SM Beermen (#4) in Manila and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Westports MD will play at home against SM Beermen and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Hong Kong ELL: M.Elliott 26+8reb+4ast, S.Deguara 23+15reb+2ast, K.Lee 16+5reb+3ast, O.Bassett 13+7reb+3ast, S.Wing Chan 8+1reb+2ast, A.Xu 3
Westports MD: N.Egwu 25+8reb+2ast, C.Eversley 21+11reb+3ast, W.Shepard 13+6reb+10ast, S.Fai Loh 8+4reb, W.Jonathan 5+2reb+3ast, K.Thai Chan 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 662454


Formosa D. - Singapore S. 80-88

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Taiwanese Formosa D. (7-3) in Changhua City on Sunday night. Hosts were defeated by fourth ranked Singapore Singapore Slingers (6-3) 88-80. Singapore Slingers outrebounded Formosa D. 42-31 including 31 on the defensive glass. It was a great shooting night for Singapore Slingers especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 56.3 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. It was a good game for American guard Jerran Young (198-91, college: Wright St.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 27 points, 11 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals (went 11 for 11 at the free throw line !!!). His fellow American import power forward John Fields (205-88, college: Tennessee) contributed with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. American power forward Will Artino (211-92, college: Creighton) answered with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 13 rebounds and American-Taiwanese swingman Kenny Chien (185-95, college: Broward CC) added 23 points and 4 assists in the effort for Formosa D.Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Singapore Slingers have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to third place. Formosa D. at the other side still keeps top position with three games lost. Singapore Slingers are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Zhuhai (#10) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Formosa D. will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Singapore S.: J.Young 27+11reb+8ast, J.Fields 20+15reb, X.Alexander 17+5reb+8ast, H.Hanbin 14+2reb, K.Chiang Goh 7+8reb+1ast, O.Desmond 3+1reb+5ast
Formosa D.: K.Chien 23+4ast, M.Miller 18+5reb+3ast, T.Glass 16+7reb+1ast, W.Artino 15+13reb+2ast, S.Chen 3+1ast, L.Hsueh-Lin 3+1reb+3ast
gschID: 662455


Saigon H. - Mono Vampire 101-82

The game between third ranked Vietnamese Saigon Heat (7-4) and 8th ranked Thailand Mono Vampire (2-6) in Saigon on Sunday ended with biggest points difference. Saigon Heat outscored guests from Bangkok 101-82. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Mono Vampire. They outrebounded Mono Vampire 58-42 including 18 on the offensive glass. It was a good game for American-Puerto Rican point guard TreVon Hughes (185-87, college: Wisconsin) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 12 rebounds and 8 assists. American center Kyle Barone (203-89, college: Idaho) contributed with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 18 rebounds for the winners. Five Saigon Heat players scored in double figures. American-Bahrain power forward Malcolm White (205-88, college: LSU) answered with a double-double by scoring 31 points and 13 rebounds and Filipino-American point guard Jason Brickman (181-91, college: LIU Brooklyn) added 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Mono Vampire. Mono Vampire's coach rotated eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Saigon Heat moved-up to second place. Loser Mono Vampire keeps the eighth position with six games lost. Saigon Heat will have a break next round. Mono Vampire will play at home against CLS Knights (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Saigon H.: T.Hughes 23+12reb+8ast, K.Barone 21+18reb+1ast, C.Dierker 18+11reb+3ast, S.Dinh Thanh 18+7reb, M.Burnatowski 13+4reb+1ast, C.Cilia 6
Mono Vampire: M.White 31+13reb, J.Brickman 20+5reb+5ast, M.Singletary 11+11reb+1ast, L.Frederick 7+1ast, S.Nopporn 5+3reb+1ast, M.Morgan 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 662456


SM Beermen - Zhuhai 105-95

Very expected game when 10th ranked Chinese Zhuhai (1-9) lost to leader Filipino SM Beermen (5-0) in Manila 95-105 on Sunday. SM Beermen looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists comparing to just 16 passes made by Zhuhai's players. It was a good game for American-Puerto Rican forward Renaldo Balkman (203-84, college: S.Carolina) who led his team to a victory with 21 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. American guard Ethan Alvano (185, college: CS San Marcos) contributed with 21 points, 7 assists and 4 steals for the winners. SM Beermen's coach used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Michael Bell (206-82, college: Florida Atlantic) answered with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 13 rebounds and center Chen Cai (205-93) added 20 points and 4 assists in the effort for Zhuhai. Five Zhuhai players scored in double figures. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for SM Beermen. They moved-up to fourth place. Loser Zhuhai stay at the bottom position with nine games lost. SM Beermen will face Hong Kong ELL (#6) at home in the next round. Zhuhai will play against Singapore Slingers (#3) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
SM Beermen: R.Balkman 21+7reb+5ast, E.Alvano 21+2reb+7ast, J.Urbiztondo 19+6reb+2ast, P.Bobby-Ray 12+3reb, C.Tiongson 8+9reb+6ast, P.Ramos 7+11reb+6ast
Zhuhai: M.Bell 20+13reb+2ast, C.Cai 20+4reb+4ast, M.Taylor 19+4reb+2ast, S.Cris 15+4reb+3ast, E.Curry 14+8reb+2ast, J.Leung 4+8reb+2ast
gschID: 662457
  




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ASEAN League Standings
 1 Formosa D. 19-7 
 2 SM Beermen 18-8 
 3 Singapore S. 16-10 
 4 CLS Knights 15-11 
 5 Saigon H. 14-12 
 6 Macau 14-12 
 7 Hong Kong ELL 13-13 
 8 Mono Vampire 11-15 
 9 Westports MD 8-18 
 10 Zhuhai 2-24 

Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Mikh MCKINNEY
  Macau
  (184-G-92)
  Avg: 26.8
 1. McKinney, Macau26.8 
 2. Balkman, SM Be.25.6 
 3. Tucker, Macau25.3 
 4. Singletary, Mono V.24.1 
 5. Elliott, Hong K.22.8 
 6. Esho, CLS Knights22.4 
 7. Bassett, Hong K.22.3 
 8. Watkins, Macau21.8 
 9. Miller, Formosa D.21.8 
 10. Fields, Singapore S.21.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan WATKINS
  Macau
  (206-C/F-91)
  Avg: 14.8
 1. Watkins, Macau14.8 
 2. Deguara, Hong K.13.6 
 3. Barone, Saigon H.13.0 
 4. Bell, Zhuhai12.9 
 5. Ramos, SM Beermen12.6 
 6. Fields, Singapore S.12.4 
 7. Travis, Mono V.11.7 
 8. Shepard, Westport.11.4 
 9. Artino, Formosa D.10.7 
 10. Watkins, CLS K.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. Alexander, Singapor.8.0 
 4. Herring-Jr, CLS K.7.7 
 5. McKinney, Macau6.9 
 6. Bassett, Hong K.6.8 
 7. Miller, Formosa D.6.0 
 8. Alvano, SM Beermen5.9 
 9. Shepard, Westport.5.7 
 10. Hughes, Saigon H.5.4 
Steals Per Game
 TreVon HUGHES
  Saigon H.
  (185-PG-87)
  Avg: 3
 1. Hughes, Saigon H.3.0 
 2. Herring-Jr, CLS K.2.4 
 3. Young, Singapore S.2.4 
 4. McKinney, Macau2.0 
 5. Eversley, Westport.2.0 
 6. Singletary, Mono V.1.9 
 7. Watkins, Macau1.9 
 8. Alexander, Singapor.1.9 
 9. Brickman, Mono V.1.8 
 10. Glass, Formosa D.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Michael BELL
  Zhuhai
  (206-F-82)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Bell, Zhuhai1.8 
 2. Hamilton, Saigon H.1.6 
 3. Fields, Singapore S.1.6 
 4. Artino, Formosa D.1.5 
 5. Deguara, Hong K.1.5 
 6. Egwu, Westports MD1.3 
 7. Barone, Saigon H.1.3 
 8. White, Mono V.1.3 
 9. Watkins, CLS K.1.3 
 10. Balkman, SM Be.1.2 
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