New name. Same game.
San Miguel Alab Pilipinas had their best week of the ABL season so far as they took down one of the league leaders and a contender as the Jimmy Alapag-coached squad scored a big win at home against Chong Son Kung Fu and another on the road against the Singapore Slingers.
This stellar performance allowed the Philippine-based squad to claim two of the three spots in the ABL’s Players of the Week.
Check out who they are!
World Import Player of the Week
Renaldo Balkman, San Miguel Alab Pilipinas
Although there were other imports who scored or rebounded more, what set Renaldo Balkman apart this week was his defense.
Even though his team lacks the ceiling that other teams have, Balkman has protected the paint well enough to give them their longest winning streak in franchise history.
The former New York Knick tallied 20 points, 16 rebounds, 6 assists, and 6 blocks against Kung Fu. He also garnered 3 steals, the last of which saved the game for his team. Balkman followed this up with a stat-line of 21 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals, and 1 block against the Slingers.
Akeem Scott, Saigon Heat – vs Hong Kong Eastern Basketball Team: 38 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists, 6 steals, 14 of 21 FGs
Heritage Import Player of the Week
Mikh McKinney, Chong Son Kung Fu Basketball Club
Even though Kung Fu only managed to split their two games this week, the performance of Mikh McKinney was still more than enough to earn his his second straight Player of the Week selection.
Playing for the first time in the Philippines, the Filipino-American had 25 points, 6 rebounds, 9 assists, and 3 steals.
They lost that game but he helped Kung Fu bounce back with a win against Formosa with a triple-double of 32 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists.
Christian Standhardinger, Hong Kong Eastern Basketball Team – vs Saigon Heat: 31 points, 18 rebounds, 10 of 15 FGs
Joshua Munzon, Westports Malaysia Dragons – vs CLS Knights Indonesia: 29 points, 15 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 seals, 11 of 30 FGs
Local Player of the Week
Bobby Ray Parks Jr., San Miguel Alab Pilipinas
The reigning ABL Local MVP finally had his first stint as Player of the Week.
With World Import Justin Brownlee struggling with his shooting against Kung Fu, Parks picked up the slack with 31 points on 11 of 18 shooting from the field to help San Miguel Alab stay within striking distance until Josh Urbiztondo and Brownlee took over in the end game.
Against the Slingers, Parks added 16 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, and 1 block to his week’s tally.
Mario Wuysang, CLS Knights Indonesia – vs Westports Malaysia Dragons: 19 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, 7 of 18 FGs