Asean Basketball League Roundup: April 21-22, 2012

Stanley Pringle continued to impress for the Indonesia Warriors.
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The Indonesia Warriors scored 35 points in the final quarter on their way to beating the AirAsia Philippine Patriots. 

Anthony Johnson finished the game with 32 points and 9 rebounds, while Aldrech Ramos added 14 points and 8 rebounds, but no other Patriot managed to reach double digits while all five of the Warriors’ starters recorded double-digits this afternoon. 

The Warriors’ two new players, Evan Brock and Stanley Pringle, put in impressive performances for their second game. Brock led the Warriors with 23 points and 12 rebounds, while Pringle finished with 22 points. Steven Thomas also had a double-double for the Warriors with 18 points and 13 rebounds, while Allan Salangsang and Mario Wuysang added 13 points and 10 points respectively. 

Al Vergara was back on the Patriots lineup after missing last week’s game due to dengue fever, but he only managed 2 points and 5 assists in 20 minutes. 

This is the first time this season the Patriots have suffered consecutive losses. With this defeat, the Patriots moved to second position due to a tiebreaker with the San Miguel Beermen.  They will try to bounce back when they host the Saigon Heat at the Ynares Sports Arena on Wednesday April 25.

The Patriots also played today’s game with just one international import. As per an official statement from the team, their import, Chris Alexander, who debuted with the squad in their game against the San Miguel Beermen last week, left them in the lurch as he left the Philippines earlier this week without giving proper notice to the team. The AirAsia ABL will be investigating this matter as according to the rules and regulations of the league, the Patriots could be slapped with a fine as they have failed to play a game with two international imports on their squad. 

The Warriors are still holding on to third place in the standings. Their next game will be at home in the Mahaka Square on April 28 when they host Chang Thailand Slammers. 

INW 104 – Brock 23, Pringle 22, Thomas 18, Salangsang 13, Wuysang 10, Canada 10, Prihantono 8
APP 79 – Johson 32, Ramos 14, Laure 8, Raymundo 6, Wainwright 5, Fernandez 4, Adriano 4, Ybanez 2, Larong 2
QS: 25-20, 49-36, 69-64, 104-79

Evan Brock rides the airwaves for a dunk!
Anthony Johnson had a tough time carrying the Patriots as
his partner, Chris Alexander, flaked on the team.

It was a crucial game for both the Dragons and the Heat as both teams were still looking to clinch their playoff berths. In the end, however, Brian Williams’s return to the squad marked the end of the Dragons’ losing streak as they beat the Heat.

Williams made his much anticipated return into to the Dragons by finishing with 18 points and 16 rebounds in 26 minutes of play. Tiras Wade was the Dragons’ top scorer, however, finishing with 25 points and 11 rebounds. Patrick Cabahug also had a fantastic afternoon, recording 17 points and was 5-for-5 from beyond the arc. 

Saigon Heat’s Jonathan Jones, however, was the leading scorer for the game, finishing with 31 points and 17 rebounds. Teammate Jahmar Thorpe narrowly missed out on a double-double and recorded 20 points and 9 rebounds. John Smith finished 15 points despite missing all four of his three point attempts.

The Heat continued their shooting struggles in this game, managing less than 40% from the field. They will also need their bench players to step up in their next few crucial outings leading into the playoffs as, apart from Jones, Thorpe and Smith, the rest of the Heat squad only managed 9 points collectively.

The Dragons snapped their losing run and solidified their current position at fourth on the standings.

WMD 95 – Wade 25, Williams 18, Cabahug 17, Belasco 12, Batumalai 7, Loh 7, Pacana 6, Kuppusamy 3
SGH 75 – Jones 30, Thorpe 20, Smith 15, Nguyen 2, Trieu 2
QS: 25-14, 59-40, 75-55, 95-75

Brian Williams returned to action strong for the Dragons.
Tiras Wade and the Malaysians are still in the running
for a playoff berth.

The Beermen’s defense and great teamwork proved to be too much for the Chang Thailand Slammers to overcome as SMB finished the game with 29 assists to grab a big win at the Thai Japanese Association Gym.  With this win, the Beermen are now at the top of the standings with 14 wins and 4 losses. 

Nick Fazekas led all scoring with 22 points and 7 rebounds for the Beermen, who are now on a four-game winning streak. Chris Banchero added 15 points and 7 assists in his second game. Leo Avenido finished with 15 points and Duke Crews had 14. 

Darongpan Apiromvilaichai had a breakout performance by finishing with 18 points for the Slammers. Calvin Williams had his sixth double-double of the season with 20 points and 17 rebounds, but he also had 8 turnovers for the Thais, who are now holding on to a very slim chance of going to the playoffs.

Chris Garnett added 14 points for the Slammers, who will be facing a must-win game on Saturday when they face the hot streaking Indonesia Warriors at Britama Arena. 

SMB 103 – Fazekas 22, Banchero 15, Avenido 15, Crews 14, Fernandez 10, Yap 7, Gonzales 7, Ferriols 6, Baguion 4, Dimaunahan 2, Fajardo 1
CTS 76 – Williams 20, Apiromvilaichai 18, Garnett 14, Leynes 11, Lertmalaiporn 6, Angeles 5, Suttisin 2
QS: 26-26, 52-38, 79-56, 103-76

The Singapore Slingers came back after a three-week break to defeat the Bangkok Cobras, effectively strengthening their bid for a playoffs position as they now find themselves at solo fifth, only 2 points behind the Westports Malaysia Dragons. 

Kyle Jeffers topped the scoring with 25 points and 11 rebounds. Teammate Louis Graham also recorded a double-double with 21 points and 10 rebounds. 

Jai Reyes was the top point contributor for the Cobras with 21 points, followed by Gentry Lewis’s 15 and Marvin Cruz’s 14. It was not a good game for Cobras import Travis George, who only finished with 9 points although he managed to grab 10 rebounds. 

The Slingers found themselves in trouble in the final period and it did not help that Desmond Oh and Wong Wei Long both got their fifth fouls of the game early in the quarter. Capitalizing on the situation, the Cobras went on a stunning 13-point run with two minutes left on the clock to close the gap to just 6 points at 76 to 82. Unfortunately, they ran into some foul trouble at this point, enabling the Slingers to answer with their own 13-point run to close out the game. 

Both teams will continue their bid for a playoffs position on Wednesday when the Slingers get a tough away game as they travel to the Philippines to face the currently top ranked San Miguel Beermen. The Cobras will play hosts at the Chulalongkorn University to the Westports Malaysia Dragons later on the same day. 

SGS 95 – Jeffers 25, Graham 21, Dulay 19, Wong 18, Canta 6, Lim 4, Oh 2
BKC 78 – Reyes 21, Lewsi 15, Cruz 14, George 9, Wanna 8, Kruatiwa 6, Kongkum 5
QS: 35-20, 52-27, 72-48, 95-78

Gentry Lewis pulls up over Kyle Jeffers as the
Cobras drop an important game to the Slingers.
Kyle Jeffers slams home 2 of his game-high 25 points.

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