2013 ASEAN Basketball League Roundup: February 13-15, 2013

Indonesia remained the hottest team in the 2013 ABL after beating the Slingers and the Slammers in succession this past week to stay atop the standings with 6 wins against only 2 losses.

Four Warriors broke through double-digit scoring as Indonesia defeated Singapore this past Wednesday before the Warriors slammed the Slammers just yesterday. Jerick Cañada and John Smith scored 11 each while Chris Daniels and Mario Wuysang registered 10 apiece as the Indons won their fifth straight game at the expense of the Slingers, who were paced by Rashad Jones-Jennings’s 19 markers.

In yesterday’s lone game, Indonesia was led by Daniels’s 22 points and 14 rebounds as the Warriors upended the Chang Thailand Slammers, 90-74. Steven Thomas added 15 points and 11 boards, while Wuysang, Smith, and Cañada combined for 43 markers.

John Smith continues his improved play for Indonesia.

In the second game this past week, the Beermen caught up with Saigon at second place after winning their third game in five tries. Fil-American Chris Banchero topped the scoring with 26 points, while Gabe Freeman added 20 points and 13 rebounds. Michael Earl, Jonathan Fernandez, and Christian Charles paced the Slammers with 16, 13, and 12 points respectively. The Thais remained at the bottom of the standings with only 2 wins in seven games.

Game Recaps:
Indonesia Warriors did not give up their lead during the entire game against the JobStreet.com Singapore Slingers as they extended their winning streak to five-games after a 61-48 win at Senayan Indoor Stadium, Indonesia.

John Smith continued his solid performance with 11 points before he was forced to leave the game with a cramp. Jerick Canada also contributed 11 points. Chris Daniels recorded his seventh double-double of the season as he scored 10 points and 12 rebounds while Mario Wuysang added 10 points for the Warriors who are still on top of the standings table with a record of 5 wins and 2 losses.

The Warriors did something different for this game as they played the game not at their regular home court, Mahaka Square and wore throwback Satria Muda jerseys. "I was very happy to get the win. It was great coming to a different venue and to share this experience with some new fans," says Warriors' head coach Todd Purves.

Purves was very happy about the Warriors' perimeter defense. "I was very happy with our perimeter pressure defensively. We were able to ge them out of their offense a little bit with that pressure and turn some of the stops into offense."

Back to back threes from Mario Wuysang gave the Warriors their biggest lead in the game, 36-16, with 2:19 left before halftime. The Slingers trimmed the Warriors lead to 36-23 at halftime on back to back baskets from Rashad Jones-Jennings and a three-point shot from Kyle Jeffers.

The Slingers were able to gain some momentum early in the fourth quarter and shaved the Warriors lead to 9 points on a field goal from Desmond Oh and Jones-Jennings. Feeding off the energy from the home fans, Warriors scored  a quick 7 points to push the lead back to 55-39 with 6:01 left in the game.
With this loss, however, the Slingers are still on the fourth spot with a record of 2 wins and 3 losses. Jones-Jennings scored a season-high 19 points and grabbed 14 rebounds while Jeffers only managed 9. Jun Cabatu also added 9 points for the Slingers who were playing without one of their stars Wong Wei Long.

Jerick Cañada adds depth to the Indon backcourt.

Jun-Jun Cabatu tries to turn the corner for Singapore.

It was an incredible game tonight as the Chang Thailand Slammers hosted the San Miguel Beermen. The Beermen trailed for most of the first half but a strong third quarter built up an 11 point lead before they continued on to win 77 to 73.

Chris Banchero had a strong performance for the Beermen as he finished the game’s top scorer with 26 points. Gabe Freeman continues his fine playing by finishing with a double-double of 20 points and 13 rebounds.

The Slammers started off strong and built up a six point lead within the first three minutes of the game. They successfully maintained a lead for most of the first half although the Beermen ensured that they still kept within striking distance. At the halftime buzzer, the Slammers were only able to defend a three point lead at 39 to 36 before heading into the locker rooms for the break.

Avenido’s basket at the 7:22 minute mark after the break put the Beermen up 39 to 40. This also sparked a twelve point run that resulted in a 50 to 39 scoreline to the Beermen’s favor at the mid-way point of the third quarter.

The Slammers did well to fight back however and an important steal by Baguion which was converted by Dawsom put the Slammers back within a single point. A Lertlaaokul three then put the Slammers within a single point at 49 to 50 with less than three minutes remaining until the final period. The Beermen were not to be denied however and dunks from Taulava and Freeman capped off a strong quarter which saw them with the 56 to 52 lead going into the fourth.

The Beermen defended their lead in the final period, putting in as much as nine points between the two teams. The Slammers kept fighting and it looked as though the game could be going into overtime as a Michael Earl three put them back to a one possesion game at 73 to 76 with less than 20 seconds remaining. Banchero was then sent to the line and made one of two free throws to ensure that four points separated the teams. Charles was sent to the line and at that point the Slammers had made 14 out of 16 from the line. Unfortunately Charles missed both his shots and the Beermen had the 77 to 73 win at the final buzzer.

Michael Earl led the scoring for the Slammers with 16 points, followed by Jonathan Fernandez with 13. Chris Charles had a double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds and also recorded 9 blocks in this game.

The Chang Thailand Slammers host the Indonesia Warriors at the Bangkok University Gym for the 1900hrs local, 2000hrs HKT tip-off this Friday the 15th of February 2013 for this week’s ABL Friday Basketball game.

Chris Banchero led the way for SMB.

Gabe Freeman punctuates his strong play with this slam!

Kannawat Lertlaaokul tries to drive past Paolo Hubalde.

The Indonesia Warriors extend their winning streak to six games tonight after a 90 to 74 win over the Chang Thailand Slammers.

The Slammers put up a tough fight but were unable to contain the Warriors, who put up a superb team effort as five of the traveling squad recorded points in the double digits. Chris Daniels recorded his eighth straight double-double for the Warriors after he scored 22 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in this game. Mario Wuysang contributed 16 points, Steve Thomas grabbed 15, Jerick Canada had 14 and John Smith had 13.

Both teams started off cold in the opening minutes until Christien Charles opened up the scoring with a free throw followed up with a hook shot to give the Slammers an early 3 to 1 lead three and a half minutes into the game. Christian Sitepu answered immediately with a three pointer to put the Warriors back up 4 to 3, a lead which the Warriors did not give up for the rest of the game.

The Slammers tried to keep the game close and Wutipong Dawsom scored 7 points in the first quarter to keep them within striking distance. The Warriors were shooting very well however and earned the 24 to 16 lead going into the second.

Thomas opened up scoring in the second quarter to put the Warriors lead into the double digits at 26 to 16. Determined to keep the game within their sights, the Slammers managed a run to pull back within four points after Dawsom made a lay-up and Charles made a shot over Thomas at the 7:29 mark. The Warriors played a very convincing first half, finishing 47% from the field and 80% from the line as they headed into the halftime break on top 44 to 35.

The Warriors continued to assert their dominance as they immediately went to work in the second half and opened up the gap to 11 points between the two teams on a lay-up from Thomas.

Despite the double digit lead the Slammers never gave up and continued to push back. Baguion made an important steal mid-way through the quarter and drove down the coast to close up the Warriors lead. Tongsri then made a three to close down the Warriors to within just 5 points.

Every time the Slammers got close, the Warriors had an answer and this time a 3 point shot from Sitepu and a pair of free throws from Canada ensured that the Warriors would maintain a 65-56 lead heading into the final quarter.

With the clock quickly winding down, the Warriors were unstoppable as they could feel a six game win streak within their grasp. In the final minute, three straight three pointers by Canada, Smith and Wuysang gave the Warriors the 90 to 74 win.

Despite the loss, the Slammers centre Christien Charles led all-scoring in tonight’s game as he recorded 27 points and 12 rebounds. The Slammers young local Wutipong Dawsom played an impressive game tonight and finished with 23 points.

Steven Thomas puts one in from close range.

Wuttipong Dasom is one of very few bright
spots for Thailand so far.

Source: Game recaps were compressed and compiled from AseanBasketballLeague.com.

Images: All images are from AseanBasketballLeague.com. 
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