For the first time this season, we have a new number one in our weekly power rankings. That’s right, after 10 weeks, a new team has risen all the way to the top.
Things are shaking up in a big way as we slowly move past the halfway point of the season. Some are finally hitting their stride while others are starting to feel a few bumps on the road.
A lot of things went down last week and as a result, there are a lot of changes in this week’s power rankings.
- San Miguel Alab Pilpinas (Record: 8-4)
Previous Week: 4
Taking the number one spot in our weekly rankings is none other than the San Miguel Alab Pilipinas.
The Philippine-based team has now won five straight games including impressive wins against the Chong Son Kung Fu Basketball Club and the Singapore Slingers. With the recent struggles of Eastern and Chong Son Kung Fu, Alab has slowly made its way to the top.
In addition, two Alab players were named Players of the Week. Renaldo Balkman earned World Import honors while Ray Parks was equally superb snagging the Local division.
- Chong Son Kung Fu Basketball Club (Record: 7-2)
Previous Week: 2
Staying at number two are Chong Son Kung Fu. They suffered their second defeat of the season against Alab Pilipinas in a classic overtime game but they did manage to get back on their feet versus the Formosa Dreamers. Chong Son easily dispatched the Taiwanese squad by a score of 108-79.
Mikh McKinney also registered his first triple-double of the season with a tally of 32 point, 11 rebound, 10 assist performance.
- Hong Kong Eastern Basketball Team (Record: 9-2)
Previous Week: 2
The defending champions took a significant dive for this week’s Power Rankings.
For the second time, they lost in overtime against the Saigon Heat. Christian Stanhardinger did all he could with a 31-point, 18-rebound game and Marcus Elliott valiantly tried to get the win with his 29 points and 10 rebounds.
Unfortunately, it seems that the Heat simply know how to take down the defending champions.
- Mono Vampire Basketball Club (Record: 9-4)
Previous Week: 3
All teams saw action last week except for Mono Vampire Basketball Club.
Currently enjoying a three-game winning streak, they will be put to the test against the red hot San Miguel Alab Pilipinas on Wednesday, February 7.
- Saigon Heat (Record: 5-5)
Previous Week: 6
After going through three straight setbacks, the Saigon Heat got back on track in a big way by outlasting Hong Kong Eastern in overtime.
Akeem Scott placed his team on his back and produced a performance worthy of being named World Import Player of the Week, however shortly being edged out by an equally spectacular Renaldo Balkman. Scott scored 38 points, grabbed 8 rebounds, dished out 5 assists. In addition, he was terrific on the defensive end with 6 steals.
- CLS Knights Indonesia (Record: 3-8)
Previous Week: 8
For the first time this season, the CLS Knights Indonesia have won back-to-games. After suffering eight straight defeats, they are finally making their way out of the bottom.
Their recent additions of Shane Edwards and Keith Jensen have done wonders of them. In their last game against the Dragons, Edwards put up 27 points and 10 rebounds while Jensen had a solid debut of 18 points on 63 percent shooting.
- Singapore Slingers (Record: 7-7)
Previous Week: 5
The Singapore Slingers struggled mightily in their last game versus San Miguel Alab Pilipinas. Their offensive rhythm was nowhere to be found and on the defensive end, they had tons of lapses that led to golden opportunities for Alab.
Xavier Alexander had a team-high 32 points but he lacked support from the rest of his crew.
- Westports Malaysia Dragons (Record: 3-8)
Previous Week: 7
Currently holding a four-game losing streak, the Dragons continue to slide down the standings. Their recent downfall was against the CLS Knights where Marcus Marshall was sidelined with an injury.
Without the explosive scorer, Joshua Munzon tried to pick up the slack, firing away 29 points.
However, against the new-look Knights, the Dragons were outmached.
- Formosa Dreamers (Record: 1-12)
Previous Week: 9
Erron Maxey made his debut last week and he was good as advertised. The longtime professional did his best and produced 34 points and 13 rebounds. If he continues to put up monster numbers, the Dreamers might just end their losing streak.