There was plenty of ABL stars in action in the first day of the Men’s Basketball Tournament in SEA Games 2017!
The tournament opener was between Indonesia and Vietnam which pit ABL legend, Mario Wuysang, against Saigon Heat guard, Stefan Nguyen. Wuysang and co. ended up victorious in this bout beating Vietnam 89-73. The ageless veteran scored 8 points, grabbed 5 rebounds, and tallied 5 assists in the win. Another former ABL standout, Arki Wisnu, led the team in scoring with 17 points despite playing only 15 minutes.
Stefan Nguyen replied with 5 points and 4 rebounds in 16 minutes of action. Saigon Heat big man, Nguyen Van Hung was limited with foul trouble for most of the game but still manage to put out 6 points and 4 rebounds in the loss.
The following game was between Singapore, who were led by 6 Singapore Slingers from last season, and Cambodia.
Delvin Goh led the charge with a monster 20-point 15-rebound game as Cambodia struggled to find big and agile enough bodies to match up with him. Former Singapore Slinger, Russel Low, also benefitted from his size advantage and churned out 23 points to lead his team. 2-time local MVP Wong Wei Long also came up huge in the 3rd quarter with 3 straight three pointers. The game was relatively close in the first half before Singapore broke away in the second half leading to a 95-64
The host nation, Malaysia, were then next to play against Myanmar and they pleased the home crowd with a 95-42 blowout.
Malaysia features 7 players from the Westports Malaysia Dragons of the ABL and 3 of them cranked out big scoring performances in the rout. The dynamic youth wing combo of Ting Chun Hong and Wong Yi Hou combined for 39 points, 8 steals, and 8 rebounds. Kuek Tian Yuan also had a solid day with 11 points, 6 rebounds, and 6 steals.
The day wrapped up with a monster matchup between tournament favorites, the Philippines, facing an upstart Thailand National Team.
The defending champions were able to fend off Thailand with an 81-74 win, but they went through gut-wrenching moments and had to deliver on clutch shots.
Alab Pilipinas’ Kiefer Ravena delivered a number of clutch moments in this game and finished with 11 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals. His Alab team mate, Bobby Ray Parks Jr., also had his moments en route to 14 points, 3 assists and 4 steals.
Parks Jr. matched up for most of the game against Heritage Import MVP of the Hong Kong Eastern Long Lions, Tyler Lamb. The Thai-American starred for his national team in his debut with 17 points on 50% three-point shooting and 6 rebounds. It was unfortunate for Thailand that Lamb fouled out with 5 minutes left in the game, leaving them without their go-to scorer to close the game.
It was an action-packed day in SEA Games basketball and there’s a lot more to come in the following days!