The biggest jump this past week is from the Mono Vampire Basketball Club. They were in the sixth spot in Week 8 of our rankings but have now jumped into the third position after notching two impressive road wins.
The Heat were brought down back to earth. After taking down two undefeated teams, they lost two straight in this past week.
Elsewhere, Hong Kong got back on track while the Knights and the Dreamers continue to search for answers.
Here’s a recap of what happened during Week 9 of the ABL:
- Hong Kong Eastern Basketball Team (Record: 8-1)
Previous Week: 1
The defending champions avenged their first loss of the season with a convincing 99-79 win over the Formosa Dreamers last January 18. Tyler Lamb bounced back from his quiet 11-point performance the previous outing by scoring 25 points, 7 rebounds, 3, assists, and 4 steals.
“We just have to work every day and try to get better. We just have to focus on ourselves and we’ll be fine,” Lamb said about his team.
With an 8-1 record, Hong Kong continues to pace the rest of the league.
- Chong Son Kung Fu Basketball Club (Record: 4-1)
Previous Week: 2
Chong Son Kung Fu have two games slated in Week 9. They take on the formidable Westports Malaysia Dragons on Thursday followed by a clash against the Formosa Dreamers.
They still haven’t played after their loss to the Saigon Heat, so you can be sure that their raring to get back to the hardwood.
- Mono Vampire Basketball Club (Record: 8-4)
Previous Week: 6
Mono came up with two huge wins the past week. They managed to squeak out a 91-88 road victory against the Slingers thanks to 26 points apiece from Mike Singletary and Sam Deguara. They also cooled down the Saigon Heat, 97-83, also on the road.
Sam Deguara continues to be the big difference for Mono. His towering presence on both ends on the floor has helped Mono continue their winning ways.
- Singapore Slingers (Record: 6-6)
Previous Week: 4
The Slingers have had an up and down so season far. Their one win and one loss last week sums up how they’ve been inconsistent.
They have one road game ahead of them this week when they visit Malaysia as part of the Causeway Rivalry. After that, they’ll have a six-game home stand. Hopefully, that will give them momentum as they hope to enter the postseason.
- Westports Malaysia Dragons (Record: 3-5)
Previous Week: 7
The Dragons started out the week in stunning fashion when they took down the Saigon Heat. The Heat of course have been playing great up to that point, beating the top two teams in the league.
The Dragons shot the lights out against them and played tremendous defense for the 91-87 victory. Unfortunately, they would run out steam in their matchup against the Slingers, losing 94-85.
The Dragons have two games this week where they hope to regain their footing.
- Tanduay Alab Pilipinas (Record: 5-4)
Previous Week: 5
World Import Justin Brownlee has been an offensive juggernaut for the Philippines. He notched his ABL career-high in a game against the CLS Knights, scoring 36 points on an efficient 15-for-24 shooting. He even matched the total output from the Knights in the first quarter with 18 points.
If Brownlee can keep producing huge numbers, Alab will be extremely tough to beat.
- Saigon Heat (Record: 4-4)
Previous Week: 3
The Saigon Heat fell crashing back to earth this past week. After taking down league-leaders the previous week, they were humbled by two losses from the Westports Malaysia Dragons and Mono Vampire Basketball Club.
Cold shooting and bad shot selection have crippled the Heat in their last two outings. Michael Williams and David Arnold have been shooting poorly and need to pick up their game soon.
- CLS Knights Indonesia (Record: 1-7)
Previous Week: 7
The Knights put up a good fight against Tanduay Alab even though they ended with their seventh straight loss.
Justin Brownlee threw one haymaker after another in the first quarter but Mario Wuysang, Sandy Kurniawan, and the rest of the Knights stood their ground. They bounced back in the second and third quarters before fizzling out in the last quarter.
After a long stand at home, the Knights will be back on the road this week to face the formidable Hong Kong Eastern.
- Formosa Dreamers (Record: 1-8)
Previous Week: 9
The Formosa Dreamers went up against the defending champions Hong Kong Eastern last week. They lost 99-79 as Tyler Lamb went off with 25 points. Lenny Daniel did all he could with another double-double effort of 19 points and 11 boards.
The Dreamers have a busy week ahead of them with three games on schedule. They face Mono on the road on Wednesday and then have a two-game home stand versus Chong Son Kung Fu and CLS Knights. Hopefully, they can improve their standing after this week.