There were only four games last week in the ABL but as usual there was no shortage in outstanding individual performances from the league’s talented players. Hong Kong Eastern and San Miguel Alab Pilipinas officially booked the first two tickets to the playoffs with Mono Vampire and Saigon also getting important wins to strengthen their own playoff bids.
Here are the ABL’s best players of the week.
World Import Player of the Week
Mike Singletary, Mono Vampire Basketball Club
Mike Singletary helped Mono Vampire drab an important 118-113 win over the Saigon Heat as he led his team in scoring with 35 points. It didn’t stop there for Singletary as he also added 15 rebounds, 8 assists, a steal, and a block in the contest.
He was the import that Mono Vampire originally wanted to get and now it’s obvious why the Thailand-based team proceeded with replacing their imports to hire Singletary again.
Sam Deguara, Mono Vampire Basketball Club – 33 points, 17 rebounds, 14 of 15 FGs
Justin Brownlee, San Miguel Alab Pilipinas – 27 points, 13 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals, 4 blocks, 10 of 21 FGs
Maxie Esho, Saigon Heat – 32.5 ppg, 14 rpg, 1.5 spg, 2 bpg, 53 FG%
Heritage Import Player of the Week
Christian Standhardinger, Hong Kong Eastern Basketball Team
The first matchup between the top two teams in the ABL did not disappoint and Christian Standhardinger picked a great time to end his eight-week absence in the league’s Players of the Week.
The Filipino-German finished with 23 points of an efficient 10 of 16 shooting from the field while adding 13 rebounds, 3 assists, and a steal. It’s the third Heritage Import POTW award for Standhardinger following his great performances from Weeks 1 and 4.
Caelan Tiongson, Chong Son Kung Fu – 8 points, 16 rebounds, 3 steals, 1 block
Paul Zamar, Mono Vampire – 25 points, 5 rebounds, 10 of 15 FGs
Local Player of the Week
Bobby Ray Parks Jr., San Miguel Alab Pilipinas
San Miguel Alab Pilipinas is still the hottest team in the league as they scored their eighth straight victory this week. Although they’re still being led by their prolific imports Renaldo Balkman and Justin Brownlee, Ray Parks has also heated up as of late.
He had another solid game with 15 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals with no turnovers against the Formosa Dreamers. Parks struggled to find his niche as the start of the season but he’s slowly gathering more steam in his quest to defend his Local MVP trophy.
It was a tight race between Parks and his challengers David Arnold of Saigon and Mario Wuysang of Indonesia.
Arnold had a huge game against CLS but was very quiet in their loss to Mono Vampire early in the week. Wuysang had the best stat-line among locals, however, the Knights suffered another loss at home.
David Arnold, Saigon Heat – 10 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 2 apg, 50 FG%
Mario Wuysang, CLS Knights Indonesia – 20 points, 6 rebounds, 8 assists, 7 of 17 FGs