There are two repeat winners of the ABL’s Player of the Week honors coming from last year’s finalists. The Hong Kong Eastern Basketball Team and the Singapore Slingers both came up unscathed in Week 5 of the ABL season and that’s why their players were named as the best performers of the week.
World Import Player of the Week
Xavier Alexander, Singapore Slingers
Xavier Alexander is a triple-double threat anytime he steps onto the floor for the Slingers. Against CLS Knights Indonesia, the ABL veteran slowly gained steam as the game progresses and figured out that it wouldn’t be so bad to be a little selfish. Alexander torched the net on 15 of 21 shooting from the field as he finished with a career-high 39 points, 15 of those in the final quarter. This doesn’t mean that scoring was all he did as he also came up with 16 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 steals en route to a 79-71 victory.
This is Alexander’s second straight reign as the World Import Player of the Week.
Akeem Scott, Saigon Heat – 37 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, 13 of 17 FGs
Heritage Import Player of the Week
Tyler Lamb, Hong Kong Eastern Basketball Team
Hong Kong Eastern Basketball Team is all alone on top of standings and it has been because of their balanced force on offense. Christian Standhardinger was the Heritage Import – Player of the Week the last time around but now it is his teammate and reigning Heritage Import MVP Tyler Lamb who was selected.
Against Tanduay Alab Pilipinas, Lamb exploded for a career-high 32 points on 12 of 21 shooting from the field to stave off the stern challenge from the Philippine-based squad. He followed up this performance by getting 22 points 7 rebounds, 6 assists, and 3 steals against the Formosa Dreamers in only 25 minutes of action.
Lamb has also been exceptionally on point from downtown this past week, connecting on 9 of his 16 three pointers.
Moses Morgan, Saigon Heat – 26 points, 7 rebounds, 2 steals, 10 of 17 FGs
Local Player of the Week
Lee Ki, Hong Kong Eastern Basketball Team
In Hong Kong Eastern’s twin victories last week, Lee Ki was also a big factor as the sweet-shooting guard averaged 11.5 points, 4 rebounds, and 3.5 assists. The steady performance of Lee has given him two stints as the ABL’s Local Player of the Week.
With the loss of major roles players from last season, Coach Edu Torres has had to rely on more production from Lee Ki which the Hong Kong National Team player has responded well to those demands.
Ng Hanbin, Singapore Slingers: 10 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 3 of 9 FGs
Josh Urbiztondo, Tanduay Alab Pilipnias: 12 points, 6 rebounds, 7 Assists