The past week featured a double-overtime win, near upsets on the road, and a big losing streak snapped. Though the top and bottom of the standings remain the same, there’s plenty of movement in the middle, as Tanduay Alab Pilipinas and the Singapore Slingers are surging upwards.
On to the rankings!
- Hong Kong Eastern Basketball Team (Record: 9-1)
Previous Week: 1
The defending champions bounced back nicely from their first defeat of the season with a rout of the Formosa Dreamers.
The squad made history as teammates Tyler Lamb and Marcus Elliott each notched a triple-double. Achieving that feat on it’s own is already tough, but two players in the same game? Wow.
It looks like the defending champs will be perfectly fine.
- Chong Son Kung Fu Basketball Club (Record: 6-1)
Previous Week: 2
There were some shaky moments for the new kids on the block, but they were still able to take care of business in a win against the Westports Malaysia Dragons as well as the Formosa Dreamers. Mikh McKinney continues to impress, while Caelan Tiongson is quietly one of the best new Heritage Imports in the league.
Chong Son Kung-Fu will have to brace for a busy week, as they still have a lot of games to play — they’ve played a league low seven games to date.
The schedule’s about to get a lot more busy, with two games upcoming in their 6-game two-week stretch.
- Mono Vampire Basketball Club (Record: 9-4)
Previous Week: 3
Once again Mono Vampire finds itself in a good position this week. They’ve tied Hong Kong Eastern for the most wins thus far with nine, although they’ve played three more games.
Mono Vampire’s duo of Sam Deguara and Mike Singletary have revitalized the team, as seen in the win against the Formosa Dreamers. The combo have been a mismatch nightmare for any team they play and will be a problem for the rest of the season for opposing teams.
If the local production can find more consistency, this could be a darkhorse as we enter the halfway point in the road to the Playoffs.
- Tanduay Alab Pilipinas (Record: 6-4)
Previous Week: 6
Tanduay Alab Pilipinas was in a dogfight against the Saigon Heat at the CIS Arena. A hostile crowd along with an intense Akeem Scott was what greeted them in Vietnam, yet they still overcame the adversity to come away with the win.
They’re steadily rising in the standings, though they’re still trailing Mono Vampire in the win column. But Justin Brownlee and Renaldo Balkman are as reliable a duo as you’ll find in the ABL, and reigning local MVP Ray Parks Jr. is doing everything the team needs.
A busy schedule beckons, as they face Chong Son Kung-Fu and their budding rivals the Singapore Slingers. We should be able to learn more about this team and whatever lies ahead for them after this week.
- Singapore Slingers (Record: 7-6)
Previous Week: 4
What a week for the Slingers. Not only did the Straits Cup stay in the Lion City via a Singapore sweep, they also found inside of them the will to persevere despite the Dragons’ furious run in the fourth quarter to send the game into overtime. And though it took two overtimes, Singapore was eventually able to get the win over their rivals. That definitely counts for something.
The big difference has to be Chris Charles. The veteran has such a calming presence around him, and it rubs off on his teammates. He’s a perfect fit next to Xavier Alexander, as the two have have great chemistry on the floor.
Are the Slingers ready to string some wins together? Sunday’s win could be a breakthrough game.
- Saigon Heat (Record: 4-5)
Previous Week: 7
What happened to the Heat that was a giant slayer two weeks ago?
Three straight losses have made that version of the squad a distant memory. They’ve stuck on a seven man rotation, unleashing their talented group of Heritage and World Imports. But as of late, it seems like teams have figured out that exhausting those imports for the fourth period has been effective.
Another reason for their losing streak: Mike Williams has averaged 5 points on 14% from the field, and 15% from the three point area during this three-game stretch.
His averages during their wins? 27.3 points on 51% shooting, and 43.8% from the perimeter.
- Westports Malaysia Dragons (Record: 3-7)
Previous Week: 5
The Dragons wasted the best game of Kuek Tian Yuan this season, as he battled for his team despite the ineffectiveness of World Import AJ West. That’s an encouraging sign for the Dragons despite the loss. Kuek has been a fixture of the team for several seasons, and seeing his development is a postive for the season.
Now the Dragons will hold their breath and wait for the verdict on World Import Marcus Marshall’s injury. He collapsed into a heap and was holding on to his leg in the fourth quarter, and was unable to finish the game.
Here’s hoping Marshall will be able to recover to help his team in the upcoming week.
- CLS Knights Indonesia (Record: 2-8)
Previous Week: 8
The streak is broken!
There will be no nine-game losing streak for the Knights, as they pick up a convincing win over the Formosa Dreamers on the road. In fact, their only other win of the season was their opening day game against the Dreamers as well, in similar dominant fashion.
The Knights are hoping that they won’t have to wait that long, as they travel to Malaysia to take on the Westports Malaysia Dragons.
The reason for optimism? Shane Edwards, their new World Import looked great in his second game for the Knights. There’s also hint that the Knights will be loading up even more reinforcements this week as well.
- Formosa Dreamers (Record: 1-11)
Previous Week: 9
The Dreamers just can’t catch a break.
Their three game week ended in three straight losses. They fought so hard against Mono Vampire and Chong Son Kung-Fu. So much so that they looked spent having to play the Knights in the final day of the week.
As a result, that’s now nine straight losses they’ve had to endure. Frustrating times for the new kids in the ABL scene. Their only game of the week is a rematch against Chong Son Kung Fu.
Can they shock the ABL world like the Heat did in their victory?
Here’s hoping Formosa is still dreaming big.