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Round 19: #1 SM Beermen is defeated by Hong Kong ELL - Feb 18, 2019


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Samuel
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There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with defeat of the leader. Here is the last round review presented by ESL.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Filipino SM Beermen (15-3) on the court of second ranked Hong Kong Hong Kong ELL on Wednesday night. Visitors were defeated by Hong Kong ELL 88-83. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of SM Beermen. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. Hong Kong ELL made 25-of-33 free shots (75.8 percent) during the game. Hong Kong ELL outrebounded SM Beermen 56-35 including a 23-12 advantage in offensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Hong Kong ELL made 10 blocks. 26 personal fouls committed by SM Beermen helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for Maltese center Samuel Deguara (223-91) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 31 rebounds and 8 blocks. American center Michael Holyfield (211-92, college: Sam Houston St.) helped adding 19 points and 20 rebounds. At the losing side American-Filipino guard Bobby-Ray Parks (193-93) responded with 29 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Hong Kong ELL maintains second place with 12-9 record despite having the same number of points like the leader SM Beermen. SM Beermen at the other side still keeps top position with three games lost. Hong Kong ELL are looking forward to face Formosa D. (#3) in Changhua City in the next round, which may be the game of the day. SM Beermen will play on the road against Mono Vampire in Bangkok and is hoping to win this game.
Important game to mention about took place in Changhua City. Fifth ranked Vietnamese Saigon Heat (11-8) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging 4th placed Taiwanese Formosa D. (11-6) 74-72 on Saturday evening. It was an exceptional evening for American-Puerto Rican point guard TreVon Hughes (185-87, college: Wisconsin) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 11 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. Murphy Burnatowski accounted for 21 points and 5 steals. American forward Tevin Glass (206-94, college: E.Tenn.St.) came up with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds for Formosa D. in the defeat. Saigon Heat moved-up to fourth place. Formosa D. at the other side dropped to the third position with six games lost. Saigon Heat will play against CLS Knights (#6) in Surabaya in the next round. Formosa D. will play against Zhuhai and hopes to get back on the winning track.
ASEAN League top team - Filipino SM Beermen (15-3) had no problems winning another game on Friday. This time they crushed tenth ranked Chinese Zhuhai (2-17) 105-79. Peter Ramos fired a triple-double by scoring 15 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists for the winners. Michael Bell produced a double-double by scoring 22 points, 14 rebounds and 6 assists for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. SM Beermen maintains first place with 15-3 record. Zhuhai lost third consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 17 games lost. SM Beermen will meet Mono Vampire (#9) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Zhuhai will play against Formosa D. in Changhua City and hope to secure a win.
ASEAN League top team - Filipino SM Beermen (15-3) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed tenth ranked Chinese Zhuhai (2-17) in Manila 108-81. Worth to mention a great performance of Renaldo Balkman who helped to win the game recording 20 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists. SM Beermen's coach felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. SM Beermen maintains first place with 15-3 record. Zhuhai lost third consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 17 games lost. SM Beermen's next round opponent will be Mono Vampire (#9) in Bangkok and are hoping to win another game. Zhuhai will play on the road against Formosa D. in Changhua City and hope to win that game.
The game in Kuala Lumpur was also quite interesting. 6th ranked Indonesian CLS Knights (9-11) played at the court of eighth ranked Malaysian Westports MD (6-10). Westports MD managed to secure a 5-point victory 89-84 on Thursday. It was a great evening for Chris Eversley who led his team to a victory scoring 24 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Westports MD maintains eighth place with 6-10 record. CLS Knights lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with 11 games lost. Westports MD will face higher ranked Singapore Slingers (#5) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.

In the last two games of round 19 Mono Vampire lost to CLS Knights on the opponent's court 102-109. Formosa D. managed to outperform Westports MD in a home game 82-76.



Hong Kong ELL - SM Beermen 88-83

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Filipino SM Beermen (15-3) on the court of second ranked Hong Kong Hong Kong ELL on Wednesday night. Visitors were defeated by Hong Kong ELL 88-83. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of SM Beermen. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. Hong Kong ELL made 25-of-33 free shots (75.8 percent) during the game. Hong Kong ELL outrebounded SM Beermen 56-35 including a 23-12 advantage in offensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Hong Kong ELL made 10 blocks. 26 personal fouls committed by SM Beermen helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for Maltese center Samuel Deguara (223-91) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 31 rebounds and 8 blocks. American center Michael Holyfield (211-92, college: Sam Houston St.) helped adding 19 points and 20 rebounds. At the losing side American-Filipino guard Bobby-Ray Parks (193-93) responded with 29 points and 5 rebounds and American-Puerto Rican forward Renaldo Balkman (203-84, college: S.Carolina) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points, 13 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Hong Kong ELL maintains second place with 12-9 record despite having the same number of points like the leader SM Beermen. SM Beermen at the other side still keeps top position with three games lost. Hong Kong ELL are looking forward to face Formosa D. (#3) in Changhua City in the next round, which may be the game of the day. SM Beermen will play on the road against Mono Vampire in Bangkok and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Hong Kong ELL: M.Holyfield 19+20reb+1ast, S.Deguara 18+31reb+3ast, K.Lee 17+3ast, M.Elliott 13+3reb+6ast, S.Wing Chan 9+1reb+4ast, T.Lai Lau 6
SM Beermen: P.Bobby-Ray 29+5reb+3ast, R.Balkman 14+13reb+5ast, J.Urbiztondo 11+3reb, E.Alvano 11+2reb+10ast, C.Tiongson 9, L.Domingo 6+7reb+1ast
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Westports MD - CLS Knights 89-84

The game in Kuala Lumpur was also quite interesting. 6th ranked Indonesian CLS Knights (9-11) played at the court of eighth ranked Malaysian Westports MD (6-10). Westports MD managed to secure a 5-point victory 89-84 on Thursday. It was a great evening for American forward Chris Eversley (201-91, college: Cal Poly - SLO) who led his team to a victory scoring 24 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. His fellow American import Winston Shepard (203-93, college: San Diego St., agency: Slash Sports) helped adding 17 points and 15 rebounds. At the losing side American-Nigerian power forward Maxie Esho (206-91, college: Massachusetts, agency: Two Points) responded with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 10 rebounds and American guard Doug Herring-Jr (191-87, college: Utica) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Westports MD maintains eighth place with 6-10 record. CLS Knights lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with 11 games lost. Westports MD will face higher ranked Singapore Slingers (#5) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Westports MD: C.Eversley 24+8reb+4ast, W.Jonathan 22+5reb+3ast, W.Shepard 17+15reb+3ast, N.Egwu 15+10reb+5ast, L.Chuan Yek 6+2reb, C.Wah Chin 5+2ast
CLS Knights: M.Esho 27+10reb, D.Herring Jr. 19+11reb+5ast, D.Watkins 12+8reb+1ast, B.Jawato 10+2reb+2ast, S.Kurniawan 9+1reb, L.Wong-Wei 7+2reb+3ast
gschID: 662501


Zhuhai - SM Beermen 79-105

ASEAN League top team - Filipino SM Beermen (15-3) had no problems winning another game on Friday. This time they crushed tenth ranked Chinese Zhuhai (2-17) 105-79. They outrebounded Zhuhai 51-35 including a 37-25 advantage in defensive rebounds. SM Beermen looked well-organized offensively handing out 31 assists. American-Puerto Rican center Peter Ramos (222-85) fired a triple-double by scoring 15 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists for the winners. American-Puerto Rican forward Renaldo Balkman (203-84, college: S.Carolina) chipped in 19 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Four SM Beermen players scored in double figures. American forward Michael Bell (206-82, college: Florida Atlantic) produced a double-double by scoring 22 points, 14 rebounds and 6 assists and the other American import Cory Bradford (191-78, college: Illinois) added 17 points respectively for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. SM Beermen maintains first place with 15-3 record. Zhuhai lost third consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 17 games lost. SM Beermen will meet Mono Vampire (#9) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Zhuhai will play against Formosa D. in Changhua City and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
SM Beermen: R.Balkman 19+7reb+5ast, P.Ramos 15+14reb+11ast, P.Bobby-Ray 15+3reb+2ast, B.Rosser 10+8reb, C.Tiongson 10+5reb+2ast, E.Alvano 9+3reb+1ast
Zhuhai: M.Bell 22+14reb+6ast, C.Bradford 17+1reb+2ast, S.Cris 9+2ast, S.Patterson 8+6reb+4ast, C.Cai 7+5reb+1ast, J.Li 6+1reb
gschID: 662502


Formosa D. - Saigon H. 72-74

Important game to mention about took place in Changhua City. Fifth ranked Vietnamese Saigon Heat (11-8) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging 4th placed Taiwanese Formosa D. (11-6) 74-72 on Saturday evening. Saigon Heat forced 19 Formosa D. turnovers. It was an exceptional evening for American-Puerto Rican point guard TreVon Hughes (185-87, college: Wisconsin) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 11 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. Canadian Murphy Burnatowski (196-91, college: Colgate) accounted for 21 points and 5 steals for the winning side. American forward Tevin Glass (206-94, college: E.Tenn.St.) came up with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds and the other American import power forward Will Artino (211-92, college: Creighton) added 16 points and 14 rebounds respectively for Formosa D. in the defeat. Four Formosa D. players scored in double figures. Saigon Heat moved-up to fourth place. Formosa D. at the other side dropped to the third position with six games lost. Saigon Heat will play against CLS Knights (#6) in Surabaya in the next round. Formosa D. will play against Zhuhai and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Saigon H.: M.Burnatowski 21+4reb+3ast, T.Hughes 17+11reb+6ast, D.Hamilton 16+9reb+2ast, K.Tran Dang 9+5reb+7ast, J.Young 7+7reb+1ast, C.Dierker 4+2reb
Formosa D.: T.Glass 20+11reb+3ast, W.Artino 16+14reb+1ast, M.Miller 12+13reb+4ast, K.Chien 10+2reb+1ast, L.Hsueh-Lin 5+4reb+7ast, C.Wei 5+2reb
gschID: 662503


CLS Knights - Mono Vampire 109-102

Rather expected game in Surabaya where 9th ranked Thailand Mono Vampire (6-12) was defeated by sixth ranked Indonesian CLS Knights (9-11) 109-102 on Saturday. CLS Knights made 27-of-35 free shots (77.1 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Mono Vampire turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Mono Vampire was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for American-Nigerian power forward Maxie Esho (206-91, college: Massachusetts, agency: Two Points) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 37 points (!!!), 13 rebounds and 5 assists. American guard Doug Herring-Jr (191-87, college: Utica) helped adding 26 points, 6 rebounds, 11 assists and 5 steals. At the losing side American forward Michael Singletary (198-88, college: Texas Tech) responded with 29 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists and American-North Macedonian Romeo Travis (198-84, college: Akron) produced a double-double by scoring 21 points, 14 rebounds and 8 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. CLS Knights maintains sixth place with 9-11 record. Loser Mono Vampire keeps the ninth position with 12 games lost. CLS Knights will face higher ranked Saigon Heat (#4) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Mono Vampire will play against the league's leader SM Beermen (#1) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
CLS Knights: M.Esho 37+13reb+5ast, D.Herring Jr. 26+6reb+11ast, B.Jawato 19+10reb+1ast, L.Wong-Wei 11+4reb, D.Watkins 7+6reb+3ast, F.Nugroho 4+3reb+1ast
Mono Vampire: M.Singletary 29+5reb+9ast, R.Travis 21+14reb+8ast, T.Lamb 16+2reb+3ast, L.Frederick 11+5reb+4ast, T.Chanthachon 9+4reb+1ast, M.Morgan 8+2reb+3ast
gschID: 662504


Formosa D. - Westports MD 82-76

Rather predictable result in Changhua City where fourth ranked Taiwanese Formosa D. (11-6) defeated 8th ranked Malaysian Westports MD (6-10) 82-76 on Sunday. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Formosa D. made 19-of-22 free shots (86.4 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by Westports MD's players. Americans were the main players on the court. It was a great evening for forward Tevin Glass (206-94, college: E.Tenn.St.) who led his team to a victory scoring 28 points and 7 rebounds. Power forward Will Artino (211-92, college: Creighton) helped adding 19 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists. At the losing side Winston Shepard (203-93, college: San Diego St., agency: Slash Sports) responded with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 16 rebounds and 8 assists and forward Chris Eversley (201-91, college: Cal Poly - SLO) scored 17 points. Five Westports MD players scored in double figures. Formosa D. moved-up to third place. Loser Westports MD keeps the eighth position with ten games lost. Formosa D. will face bottom-ranked Zhuhai (#10) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Westports MD will play against Singapore Slingers and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Formosa D.: T.Glass 28+7reb+3ast, M.Miller 22+8reb+4ast, W.Artino 19+12reb+6ast, S.Wei 6+1ast, C.Wei 4+2reb+3ast, K.Chien 3+5reb+2ast
Westports MD: W.Shepard 18+16reb+8ast, C.Eversley 17+4reb+2ast, W.Jonathan 15+4reb+1ast, N.Egwu 14+7reb+1ast, L.Chuan Yek 10+4reb, C.Wah Chin 2+3reb
gschID: 662505


SM Beermen - Zhuhai 108-81

ASEAN League top team - Filipino SM Beermen (15-3) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed tenth ranked Chinese Zhuhai (2-17) in Manila 108-81. SM Beermen dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Zhuhai's 40. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 34 assists comparing to just 17 passes made by Zhuhai's players. Worth to mention a great performance of American-Puerto Rican forward Renaldo Balkman (203-84, college: S.Carolina) who helped to win the game recording 20 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists. American-Filipino guard Bobby-Ray Parks (193-93) contributed with 17 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Five SM Beermen players scored in double figures. SM Beermen's coach felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Center Chen Cai (205-93) answered with 32 points and 6 rebounds and American Cory Bradford (191-78, college: Illinois) added 23 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists in the effort for Zhuhai. SM Beermen maintains first place with 15-3 record. Zhuhai lost third consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 17 games lost. SM Beermen's next round opponent will be Mono Vampire (#9) in Bangkok and are hoping to win another game. Zhuhai will play on the road against Formosa D. in Changhua City and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
SM Beermen: R.Balkman 20+6reb+9ast, P.Bobby-Ray 17+5reb+5ast, B.Rosser 16+4reb+3ast, C.Tiongson 14+7reb+1ast, L.Domingo 12+3reb+2ast, N.Paolo Javelona 8+2reb+4ast
Zhuhai: C.Cai 32+6reb+2ast, C.Bradford 23+5reb+6ast, M.Bell 11+12reb+3ast, S.Patterson 5+3reb, X.Yan 4+5reb+3ast, H.Sun 2+1reb
gschID: 662506
  




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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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