The first week of the ASEAN Basketball League did not have a shortage of outstanding individual performances. With the three debuting teams all seeing action in the opening week, we have three rookies sharing the Players of the Week honors after helping their teams score victories.
World Import Player of the Week
Anthony Tucker, Chong Son Kung Fu BC
Heading into the debut game of the Nanhai Kung Fu Basketball Club, Anthony Tucker was known to be a good shooter from the outside. However, few could have expected just how deadly he is from that range. The high-scoring veteran finished with 31 points on 7 of 10 shooting from the three-point range while also grabbing 10 rebounds.
He was the biggest reason for his team (now known as Chongson Kung Fu) scoring a dominant 83-59 victory over the two-time ABL finalist Singapore Slingers.
Marcus Elliott, Hong Kong Eastern Sports Team: 25 Points, 8 Rebounds, 9 Assists
Heritage Import Player of the Week
Christian Standhardinger, Hong Kong Eastern Sports Team
The debut of Christian Standhardinger in the ABL was keenly awaited not just by fans of Hong Kong Eastern but also the Filipino fans who saw him in action in the country for the first time. The Filipino-German did not disappoint as he stuffed the stat sheet with 26 points, 14 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals.
Standhardinger was very efficient from the field, making 11 of 17 attempts, including the two biggest baskets of the contest to help preserve a 92-89 victory for the defending champions. He also imposed his will in the contest and did not give an inch against Tanduay Alab World import Ivan Johnson in their physical skirmishes.
Caelan Tiongson, Chong Son Kung Fu BC: 11 Points, 8 Rebounds, 5 Assists
Freddie Goldstein, CLS Knights Indonesia: 14 Points, 8 Rebounds, 4 Steals
Local Player of the Week
Kaleb Ramot Gemilang, CLS Knights Indonesia
The CLS Knights lost both their World imports due to injuries but still had more than enough to overcome the Formosa Dreamers with a 94-73 victory. The key for CLS was the performance of their locals as most of them helped out in the scoring department.
Kaleb Ramot Gemilang may have only played 13 minutes in the game but 14 points were a big reason why the Knights were able to build a big lead in the second quarter. With Duke Crews and Brian Williams still recovering from their injuries, the Knights will have to rely on their locals to help them get even more victories in their first few games of the season.
Guo Kai, Chong Son Kung Fu BC: 6 Points, 8 Rebounds, 2 Steals
Bobby Ray Parks, Tanduay Alab Pilipinas: 17 Points, 1 Assist, 1 Rebound