A busy week of ASEAN Basketball League games saw outstanding performances from talented athletes. Two more teams saw action for the very first time this week as the Westports Malaysia Dragons and Mono Vampire Basketball Club locked horns and gave the league its first overtime contest this season. It also saw the return on a former league MVP in Reggie Johnson and two Finals MVPs in Evan Brock and Jason Brickman.
Here are the top players for a Week 2 of the ABL.
World Import Player of the Week
Marcus Marshall, Westports Malaysia Dragons
The Westports Malaysia Dragons opened their season at a disadvantage as they were on the road and without one of their World imports. However, the debuting Marcus Marshall gave them the output that’s good enough for two in a history-making performance that will not soon be forgotten in ABL lore.
Marshall carried the Dragons to their first victory with an unbelievable offensive explosion and although they needed two overtime periods to dispatch of the Thais, his performance made the team and their fans hopeful that they will turn things around after a forgettable campaign last season.
Chong Son Kung Fu’s Anthony Tucker was a heavy favorite after this week’s first game after he notched a rate triple-double but Marshall’s output was simply undeniable.
Anthony Tucker, Chong Son Kung Fu BC – 18 points, 10 rebounds, 13 assists, 7 of 12 FGs
Reggie Johnson, Mono Vampire – 35 points, 16 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 blocks, 8 of 16 FGs
Heritage Import Player of the Week
Caelan Tiongson, Chong Son Kung Fu BC
Three Heritage imports had good outings this week but Chong Son Kung Fu’s Caelan Tiongson gets the nod as he helped his team get their second straight victory. The Filipino-American had an efficient night from the field making close to 70% of his shots and he’s the perfect compliment to the play of Tucker and their other World import Justin Howard.
Tiongson bested Jason Brickman and Paul Zamar of Mono Vampire as the two had solid numbers with the latter even forcing an overtime period with a three but it was all for naught as they fell to the Dragons.
Jason Brickman, Mono Vampire – 12 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists, 5 of 10 FGs
Paul Zamar, Mono Vampire – 14 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 5 of 16 FGs
Local Player of the Week
Ivan Yeo, Westports Malaysia Dragons
Two locals turned heads with their stats this week and both played in the same game with Ivan Yeo holding down the fort for Westports Malaysia amidst the absence of their big World import Solomon Jones. Without the big man, the Dragons needed someone else to score inside or else the entire Mono Vampire defense would have just focused on Marshall.
Yeo was able to step up off the bench for a career-high 14 points all the while displaying shooting range that fans had yet to have seen before.
If Yeo continues to develop a consistent outside shot to go with his large frame, this might not be the last time that we see Yeo as the Local Player of the Week.
Ratdech Kruatiwa, Mono Vampire – 12 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist, 4 of 10 FGs