It was a jam-packed third week for the ASEAN Basketball League as it showcased its first-ever weekday triple-header. Anthony Tucker of Kung Fu fired away his second straight triple-double. Not to be outdone, Slingers’ Xavier Alexander did the same feat in a win on the road. Meanwhile, Christian Stanhardinger of Hong Kong proved to be clutch in his endgame heroics against the CLS Knights.
Let’s see what happened in Week 3:
- Chong Son Kung Fu Basketball Club (Record: 3-0)
Previous Week: 1
Kung Fu remains on top of the standings following its 96-81 victory over the Westports Malaysia Dragons. Anthony Tucker has yet to cool down as he notched his second straight triple double with 22 points, 10 rebounds, and 12 assists. Justin Howard meanwhile put up a masterful performance of 31 points and 16 rebounds.
It was the first game for the China team, but all it took was a halftime break to gather their bearings. Powered by Tucker and Howard, Kung Fu is the hottest team in the league right now.
- Hong Kong Eastern Basketball Team (Record: 2-0)
Previous Week: 3
Right on the heels of Kung Fu are the Hong Kong Eastern. The defending champions survived a grueling battle against the CLS Knights Indonesia last Friday with Christian Stanhardinger coming up huge in the endgame. Trailing late in the fourth period, the Fil-German World Import would provide clutch baskets for his team. He also sank three free throws to tie the game and force overtime. He finished with 19 points.
Hong Kong guns for their third win when they take on the Mono Vampire Basketball Club on December 8. And on Sunday, December 10, they will be tested anew with last year’s runners-up Singapore Slingers.
- Singapore Slingers (Record: 2-1)
Previous Week: 4
The Singapore Slingers are coming of a gutsy win on the road over Alab Pilipinas, 97-83. Xavier Alexander was the man of the match with a triple-double game of 27 points, 11 rebounds, and 12 assists.
Last year’s runners-up will be tested in the upcoming week when they take on the Mono Vampire Basketball Club and defending champions Hong Kong Eastern Basketball Team.
- Mono Vampire Basketball Club (Record: 2-1)
Previous Week: 6
The Thailand team notched two impressive wins last week. They first handled their business at home, taking care of the visiting CLS Knights Indonesia, 98-85. Paul Zamar led the team with 22 points on 10-of-13 shooting.
In their next game, they went on the road and shot the lights out against the Westports Malaysia Dragons. They won, 107-90, avenging their double overtime loss against the Dragons in their first game.
The Vampires hope to carry their momentum this week when they host the Slingers and Hong Kong Eastern.
- CLS Knights Indonesia (Record: 1-3)
Previous Week: 5
The CLS Knights lost back-to-back games last week but they played valiantly against the Hong Kong Eastern Basketball Team, pushing the defending champs to their limit. They had a rousing start however failed to capitalize in the end as Hong Kong came away with a win.
Brian Williams set an ABL record with 32 rebounds in the loss. He also provided 14 points, 6 assists, 6 blocks, and 2 steals.
- Westports Malaysia Dragons (Record: 1-2)
Previous Week: 2
It was a tough week for the Dragons. They suffered two straight losses at home, one against Kung Fu and the other versus Mono Vampire. To make matters worse, import Marcus Marshall failed to suit up in their game against the Vampires due to an injury. Fortunately, the Dragons won’t have a game until next year. Hopefully, that will provide enough time for Marshall to recover.
- Tanduay Alab Pilipinas (Record: 0-2)
Previous Week: 7
Tanduay Alab Pilipinas have unfortunately to secure a win in their first two home games. A semifinalist last season, they had to go through two powerhouses – Hong Kong and Singapore.
The Philippine team will have to gather their bearings quickly as they have to face the defending champs once again on December 13.
- Formosa Dreamers (Record: 0-2)
Previous Week: 8
The Dreamers will be back on the road this week when they take on the Saigon Heat in Vietnam. With Dreamers import Lenny Daniel returning to his former team, there will surely be a ton of emotions on both sides.
The Saigon Heat have yet to make their season debut, which is scheduled on December 9. As a result, they are still unranked in our ABL Power Rankings.