The last week of ABL action in 2017 featured only two games but it did not fall short of outstanding performances from a handful of players to help lead their respective teams to victory. Capping off what has been a breakthrough year for the region’s only inter-country basketball league, here are 2017’s last Players of the Week.
World Import Player of the Week
Patrick Sanders, Mono Vampire Basketball Club
Every game, there’s incredible pressure on the World Imports of the ABL to perform. They’re not just to help the team but to lead it to victories. When one of them is unavailable for any kind of reason, the other needs to work doubly hard to make up for the absence.
This was exactly what Patrick Sanders did in their revenge win over the Saigon Heat. Mono Vampire lost in Saigon with the hulking Reggie Johnson on their roster the week before but Sanders figured out a way to win as the lone World Import in a game that went into overtime.
The multi-talented Sanders scattered 29 points, 14 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals, 2 blocks and shot 10 of 25 from the field but, more than these numbers, his effort in the content made his teammates believe that they could win even if they were undermanned.
Marcus Elliott, Hong Kong Eastern Basketball Team – 14 points, 10 rebounds, 8 assists, 6 of 16 FGs
Heritage Import Player of the Week
Tyler Lamb, Hong Kong Eastern Basketball Team
For the second straight week, Tyler Lamb gets the honor as he once again led the defending champions in scoring to help them finish 2017 with a perfect record. With Marcus Elliot not scoring heavily against the Singapore Slingers, the responsibility fell on the shoulders of the Thai-American to pour in the points.
Lamb had 25 points on 10 of 24 shooting from the field and also added 3 rebounds, 3 assists, and 4 steals.
Jason Brickman, Mono Vampire Basketball Club – 21 points, 5 rebounds, 9 assists, 4 steals, 8 of 14 FGs
Local Player of the Week
Teerawat Chanthachon, Mono Vampire Basketball Club
The future of Thai basketball is surely bright and the continued development of Teerawat Chanthachon is one of the biggest reasons why. The big man plugged the hole in the middle left by the absence of Johnson and he did a great job of holding the fort down and matching up with Saigon’s World Import Travele Jones.
Chanthachon shot an efficient 7 of 8 from the field to notch 19 points and adding 4 rebounds, 2 assists, a steal, and a block in 34 minutes on the floor.
Lee Ki, Hong Kong Eastern Basketball Team – 14 points, 4 rebounds, 5 of 12 FGs
Stefan Nguyen – 13 points, 7 rebounds