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Round 20: CLS Knights edge Saigon Heat by two points - Feb 25, 2019


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Maxie Esho
Here is the last round review presented by ESL.

The most exciting game of round 20 in the ASEAN League took place in Saigon. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of 5th ranked Vietnamese Saigon Heat (11-9) to sixth ranked Indonesian CLS Knights (10-11) 81-79 on Sunday evening. The best player for the winners was American-Nigerian power forward Maxie Esho (206-91, college: Massachusetts, agency: Two Points) who scored 28 points and 9 rebounds. American center Darryl Watkins (211-84, college: Syracuse) chipped in 18 points and 15 rebounds. American power forward DeAngelo Hamilton (203-90, college: Washington St.) produced 22 points and 7 rebounds for the hosts. CLS Knights maintains sixth position with 10-11 record. Saigon Heat at the other side keeps the fifth place with nine games lost. CLS Knights are looking forward to face higher ranked Singapore Slingers (#4) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Saigon Heat will have a break next round.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Hong Kong Hong Kong ELL (13-10) against seventh ranked Chinese Macau (8-7) on Thursday night. Visiting Hong Kong ELL was crushed by Macau in Macau 113-93. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Hong Kong ELL. American guard Anthony Tucker (193-89, college: MSU Moorhead) orchestrated the victory by scoring 37 points (!!!), 7 rebounds and 9 assists. Mikh McKinney contributed with 30 points and 8 rebounds (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field) for the winners. American center Michael Holyfield (211-92, college: Sam Houston St.) replied with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 18 rebounds for Hong Kong ELL. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Macau maintains seventh position with 8-7 record. Hong Kong ELL at the other side dropped to the third place with ten games lost. Macau will play against league's second-placed Formosa D. in Changhua City in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Hong Kong ELL will play on the road against Mono Vampire in Bangkok and hopes to get back on the winning track.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Changhua City. Third ranked Taiwanese Formosa D. faced second-ranked Hong Kong Hong Kong ELL. Host Formosa D. (13-6) defeated guests from Hong Kong (13-10) 109-101. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Hong Kong ELL. Worth to mention a great performance of Will Artino who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 29 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists. Marcus Elliott responded with 34 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Hong Kong ELL's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Formosa D. have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place. Loser Hong Kong ELL dropped to the third position with ten games lost. Formosa D. will meet at home Macau (#7) in the next round where they are favorite. Hong Kong ELL will play against Mono Vampire (#9) in Bangkok and hope to secure a win.
Filipino leader SM Beermen delivered the sixteenth victory. This time they crushed 9th ranked Thailand Mono Vampire (6-14) 78-59 in Bangkok. The winners were led by Peter Ramos who had that evening a double-double by scoring 16 points, 19 rebounds and 7 assists. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. SM Beermen have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 16-3 record. Mono Vampire at the other side keeps the ninth place with 14 games lost. SM Beermen's next round opponent will be Macau (#7) on the road where they are favorite. Mono Vampire will play against Hong Kong ELL and hope to win that game.
The game in Kuala Lumpur was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Singapore Singapore Slingers (12-7) played at the court of 8th ranked Malaysian Westports MD (6-12). Singapore Slingers defeated Westports MD 87-76 on Friday. The best player for the winners was John Fields who had a double-double by scoring 28 points and 17 rebounds. Singapore Slingers' coach used a ten-player rotation saving starting five for next games. Singapore Slingers have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 12-7 record. Westports MD lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 12 games lost. Singapore Slingers will face CLS Knights (#6) in Surabaya in the next round.

In the last two games of round 20 bottom-ranked Zhuhai was crushed by Formosa D. in Changhua City 107-79. Singapore S. smashed Westports MD at home 81-44.



Macau - Hong Kong ELL 113-93

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Hong Kong Hong Kong ELL (13-10) against seventh ranked Chinese Macau (8-7) on Thursday night. Visiting Hong Kong ELL was crushed by Macau in Macau 113-93. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Hong Kong ELL. Macau made 18-of-23 charity shots (78.3 percent) during the game. Hong Kong ELL was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Anthony Tucker (193-89, college: MSU Moorhead) orchestrated the victory by scoring 37 points (!!!), 7 rebounds and 9 assists. American-Filipino guard Mikh McKinney (184-92, college: Sacramento St.) contributed with 30 points and 8 rebounds (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field) for the winners. American center Michael Holyfield (211-92, college: Sam Houston St.) replied with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 18 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Marcus Elliott (191-84, college: Louisiana Tech) added 28 points and 6 assists in the effort for Hong Kong ELL. Four Hong Kong ELL players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Macau maintains seventh position with 8-7 record. Hong Kong ELL at the other side dropped to the third place with ten games lost. Macau will play against league's second-placed Formosa D. in Changhua City in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Hong Kong ELL will play on the road against Mono Vampire in Bangkok and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Macau: A.Tucker 37+7reb+9ast, M.McKinney 30+8reb+3ast, R.Watkins 12+13reb+3ast, D.King 8+2reb, T.Zhongtian 8+8reb+1ast, N.Yu 6
Hong Kong ELL: M.Elliott 28+4reb+6ast, M.Holyfield 25+18reb, S.Wing Chan 17+1reb+4ast, S.Deguara 13+13reb, K.Lee 7+6ast, C.Hang Tang 2+1reb
gschID: 662507


Westports MD - Singapore S. 76-87

The game in Kuala Lumpur was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Singapore Singapore Slingers (12-7) played at the court of 8th ranked Malaysian Westports MD (6-12). Singapore Slingers defeated Westports MD 87-76 on Friday. Singapore Slingers dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Westports MD's 42. They outrebounded Westports MD 41-28 including a 31-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American power forward John Fields (205-88, college: Tennessee) who had a double-double by scoring 28 points and 17 rebounds. The other American import guard Xavier Alexander (198-88, college: S.Nazarene) chipped in a double-double by scoring 28 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!). Singapore Slingers' coach used a ten-player rotation saving starting five for next games. Nigerian-American power forward Nnanna Egwu (211-92, college: Illinois) produced 26 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and American Winston Shepard (203-93, college: San Diego St., agency: Slash Sports) added 22 points and 11 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Singapore Slingers have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 12-7 record. Westports MD lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 12 games lost. Singapore Slingers will face CLS Knights (#6) in Surabaya in the next round.
Top scorers:
Singapore S.: X.Alexander 28+12reb+4ast, J.Fields 28+17reb+2ast, J.Young 17+5reb+2ast, K.Chiang Goh 6+3reb, O.Desmond 3+3reb+1ast, H.Hanbin 3+1reb
Westports MD: N.Egwu 26+5reb+4ast, W.Shepard 22+11reb+2ast, C.Eversley 14+3reb, L.Chuan Yek 8+1reb+1ast, W.Jonathan 2+5reb+3ast, Z.Shin Chin 2
gschID: 662508


Mono Vampire - SM Beermen 59-78

Filipino leader SM Beermen delivered the sixteenth victory. This time they crushed 9th ranked Thailand Mono Vampire (6-14) 78-59 in Bangkok. SM Beermen dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Mono Vampire's 28. They outrebounded Mono Vampire 53-33 including a 43-29 advantage in defensive rebounds. SM Beermen players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Mono Vampire's players. The winners were led by American-Puerto Rican center Peter Ramos (222-85) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 16 points, 19 rebounds and 7 assists and American-Puerto Rican forward Renaldo Balkman (203-84, college: S.Carolina) supported him with 31 points and 6 rebounds. Even 13 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists by American-Thailand guard Tyler Lamb (196-91, college: Long Beach St.) did not help to save the game for Mono Vampire. American-Bahrain power forward Malcolm White (205-88, college: LSU) added 17 points and 8 rebounds for the hosts. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. SM Beermen have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 16-3 record. Mono Vampire at the other side keeps the ninth place with 14 games lost. SM Beermen's next round opponent will be Macau (#7) on the road where they are favorite. Mono Vampire will play against Hong Kong ELL and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
SM Beermen: R.Balkman 31+6reb+2ast, P.Ramos 16+19reb+7ast, P.Bobby Ray 9+6reb+5ast, L.Domingo 8+4reb+1ast, N.Paolo Javelona 8+1reb+1ast, C.Tiongson 3+1reb
Mono Vampire: M.White 17+8reb+1ast, M.Singletary 17+5reb+2ast, T.Lamb 13+8reb+6ast, C.Ananti 4+2reb, C.Klahan 3, S.Nopporn 3+2reb
gschID: 662509


Formosa D. - Hong Kong ELL 109-101

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Changhua City. Third ranked Taiwanese Formosa D. faced second-ranked Hong Kong Hong Kong ELL. Host Formosa D. (13-6) defeated guests from Hong Kong (13-10) 109-101. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Hong Kong ELL. Strangely Hong Kong ELL outrebounded Formosa D. 40-28 including a 26-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three sinking 17 long-distance shots on high 58.6 percentage. Formosa D. looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. 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, 12 rebounds and 6 assists and the other American import forward Tevin Glass (206-94, college: E.Tenn.St.) who added 26 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. American guard Marcus Elliott (191-84, college: Louisiana Tech) responded with 34 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 5 assists and Maltese center Samuel Deguara (223-91) produced a double-double by scoring 29 points and 14 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field). Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Hong Kong ELL's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Formosa D. have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place. Loser Hong Kong ELL dropped to the third position with ten games lost. Formosa D. will meet at home Macau (#7) in the next round where they are favorite. Hong Kong ELL will play against Mono Vampire (#9) in Bangkok and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Formosa D.: W.Artino 29+12reb+6ast, T.Glass 26+7reb+4ast, M.Miller 20+4reb+4ast, C.Wei 10+1reb+3ast, K.Chien 8+1reb+1ast, S.Chen 6+1reb+6ast
Hong Kong ELL: M.Elliott 34+5reb+5ast, S.Deguara 29+14reb, S.Wing Chan 10+3reb+2ast, K.Lee 10+4reb+2ast, T.Lai Lau 6, M.Holyfield 6+12reb+1ast
gschID: 662510


Formosa D. - Zhuhai 107-79

There was no surprise in Changhua City where 10th ranked Chinese Zhuhai (2-18) was crushed by third ranked Taiwanese Formosa D. (13-6) 107-79 on Sunday. Formosa D. dominated down low during the game scoring 76 of its points in the paint compared to Zhuhai's 50. Formosa D. forced 25 Zhuhai turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 36 assists comparing to just 17 passes made by Zhuhai's players. The best player for the winners was American guard Malcolm Miller (201-91, college: Southern) who had a double-double by scoring 22 points, 6 rebounds, 15 assists and 5 steals. The other American import forward Tevin Glass (206-94, college: E.Tenn.St.) chipped in 25 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Formosa D.'s coach felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Forward HeFeng Sun (203-92, college: Norfolk St.) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists and American forward Michael Bell (206-82, college: Florida Atlantic) added 16 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Formosa D. have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place. Zhuhai lost fourth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 18 lost games. Formosa D. will face Macau (#7) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Zhuhai will play against Macau and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Formosa D.: T.Glass 25+9reb+5ast, M.Miller 22+6reb+15ast, W.Artino 20+12reb+5ast, K.Chien 15+4reb+1ast, S.Chen 7+1reb+7ast, Y.Wu 7+3reb+2ast
Zhuhai: H.Sun 18+12reb+4ast, C.Bradford 16+4reb+3ast, S.Patterson 16+8reb+3ast, M.Bell 16+13reb+4ast, X.Liu 7+4reb+2ast, J.Li 6+1ast
gschID: 662511


Singapore S. - Westports MD 81-44

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Singapore Singapore Slingers (12-7) smashed at home 8th ranked Malaysian Westports MD (6-12) 81-44 on Sunday. Singapore Slingers held Westports MD to an opponent 22.5 percent shooting from the field compared to 49.3 percent accuracy of the winners. They outrebounded Westports MD 52-33 including a 37-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American power forward John Fields (205-88, college: Tennessee) who had a double-double by scoring 28 points and 16 rebounds. The other American import guard Xavier Alexander (198-88, college: S.Nazarene) chipped in 21 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists. American Winston Shepard (203-93, college: San Diego St., agency: Slash Sports) produced a double-double by scoring 25 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists and Nigerian-American power forward Nnanna Egwu (211-92, college: Illinois) added 8 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Singapore Slingers have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 12-7 record. Westports MD lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 12 games lost. Singapore Slingers will face CLS Knights (#6) in Surabaya in the next round.
Top scorers:
Singapore S.: J.Fields 28+16reb+1ast, J.Young 21+6reb+2ast, X.Alexander 21+9reb+9ast, K.Chiang Goh 4+7reb, R.Low 4+5reb, H.Hanbin 3+2reb+2ast
Westports MD: W.Shepard 25+11reb+4ast, N.Egwu 8+8reb+1ast, C.Eversley 6+4reb+3ast, L.Chuan Yek 2+1reb, W.Er Chiang 2, Z.Shin Chin 1+3reb
gschID: 662512


Saigon H. - CLS Knights 79-81

The most exciting game of round 20 in the ASEAN League took place in Saigon. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of 5th ranked Vietnamese Saigon Heat (11-9) to sixth ranked Indonesian CLS Knights (10-11) 81-79 on Sunday evening. The best player for the winners was American-Nigerian power forward Maxie Esho (206-91, college: Massachusetts, agency: Two Points) who scored 28 points and 9 rebounds. American center Darryl Watkins (211-84, college: Syracuse) chipped in a double-double by scoring 18 points and 15 rebounds. American power forward DeAngelo Hamilton (203-90, college: Washington St.) produced 22 points and 7 rebounds and Canadian Murphy Burnatowski (196-91, college: Colgate) added 17 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. CLS Knights maintains sixth position with 10-11 record. Saigon Heat at the other side keeps the fifth place with nine games lost. CLS Knights are looking forward to face higher ranked Singapore Slingers (#4) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Saigon Heat will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
CLS Knights: M.Esho 28+9reb+2ast, D.Watkins 18+15reb, L.Wong-Wei 13+3reb+2ast, D.Herring Jr. 12+5reb+4ast, B.Jawato 8+5reb+1ast, F.Nugroho 2+2reb
Saigon H.: D.Hamilton 22+7reb+1ast, T.Hughes 18+5reb+1ast, M.Burnatowski 17+8reb, C.Dierker 10+3reb, K.Tran Dang 9+2reb+3ast, J.Young 3+7reb+1ast
gschID: 662513
  




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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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