Last week featured five games that shook the race for the second spot in the ABL standings. While the Chong Son Kung Fu Basketball Club was comfortable perched near the top of the standings for so long, they now find themselves at the fourth spot because of twin losses this week.
Last week was also a big one for underdogs as three teams who were below their opponents in the team standings were able to score upset wins.
With that said, here are the key figures that help their respective teams score big wins last week.
World Import Player of the Week
Michael Singletary, Mono Vampire Basketball Club
Mono Vampire Basketball Club scored their biggest win this season as they took down the Chong Son Basketball Club at home. This was huge because it allowed the Thailand-based team to take the second spot in the standings as of now, ahead of San Miguel Alab Pilipinas and Kung Fu.
Spearheading their big win was a huge performance from Michael Singletary who exploded with season-highs of 41 points, 19 rebounds, and 9 assists in the game while shooting 12 of 20 from the field.
Mono Vampire has looked like a different team since Singletary took over and he could very well lead them straight to the semifinals if they take care of business again versus Kung Fu in the upcoming week.
Christopher Eversley, Westports Malaysia Dragons – 36 points, 6 rebounds, 12 of 23 FGs
Renaldo Balkman, San Miguel Alab Pilipinas – 33 points, 19 rebounds, 2 assists, 14 of 32 FGs
Chris Charles, Singapore Slingers – 32 points, 19 rebounds, 2 blocks, 2 steals
Heritage Import Player of the Week
Joshua Munzon, Westports Malaysia Dragons
The Westport Malaysia Dragons kept their playoff hopes alive as they stopped the eight-game winning streak of San Miguel Alab Pilipinas.
With both World Imports fouling out of the game, Joshua Munzon took over as he scattered 19 points, 6 rebounds, 3 steals, and 2 blocks in the game. Munzon displayed all levels of clutchness, first getting a steal and finishing with a dunk to give the Dragons an 85-84 lead. When Alab Pilipinas regained the lead, Munzon took matters into his own hands and rained in a deep three to get the dragons up 89-87.
The Filipino-American finally iced the game after getting fouled in the waning seconds and draining the go-ahead free throw.
Paul Zamar, Mono Vampire – 13 points, 3 rebounds, 5 of 13 FGs
Moses Morgan, Saigon Heat – 30 points, 4 rebounds, 4 steals, 8 three-point field goals made
Local Player of the Week
Kuek Tian Yuan, Westports Malaysia Dragons
Munzon did not do it alone though as he also got help from local big man Kuen Tian Yuan who had 14 points on 5 of 7 shooting from the field while adding 6 rebounds. Kuek is one of the better local bigs in the ABL but he has been inconsistent this season. He’s always been a threat from long range and continues to be so this season, adding more dimension to the Dragons offence.
If he somehow gets to provide the Dragons double-digits in scoring from here on out, then they could very well chase the Saigon Heat for the final playoff spot.
Darongpan Apiromvilaichai, Mono Vampire – 10 points, 3 assists, 4 of 5 FGs