2013 ASEAN Basketball League Roundup: March 27-31, 2013

The Indonesia Warriors remained a game ahead of the Beermen for top spot in the standings, while the Dragons solidified their hold on third and the Slingers shot past the Slammers for fourth place after a scintillating week of ABL basketball.

Last Wednesday, the Warriors defeated the Chang Thailand Slammers thanks to 20 points from veteran playmaker Mario Wuysang. Wuysang, the resident main point guard for Indonesia’s national team, shot 6-of-8 from rainbow country as he focused more on shooting than distributing. It was John Smith who became chief facilitator for Indonesia as the Fil-Am scattered 9 assists. ASEAN import Jerick Cañada scored 19 markers while Chris Daniels finished with 16 points and 13 rebounds to backstop Wuysang and Smith. The Slammers were led by the 30-point explosion of import Chris Charles.

Chris Charles led Chang Thailand's losing
effort against the Warriors.

A couple of days later, the Westports Malaysia Dragons beat the Saigon Heat at home. Gavin Edwards and Moala Tautaa were practically unstoppable, combining for 42 points and 13 rebounds as Malaysia won its eight game to stay a few games behind the top two teams. Justin Melton also accounted for himself well, scoring 10 points and dishing out 7 dimes for the home team. The visitors were led, not surprisingly, by imports David Palmer and Dior Lowhorn, both of whom combined for 55 points and 32 rebounds.

Things wouldn’t get better for Saigon over the weekend as they visited the Singapore Indoor Stadium only to badly lose to the Slingers. Local player Wei Long Wong had a career game for Singapore, scoring 29 points on the strength of 5 triples and shooting 10-of-11 from the stripe. The vastly-improved guard also added 6 boards for good measure. Rashad Jones-Jennings and Rashaad Singleton paired up for 51 points and 26 rebounds as the Slingers handed Saigon its ninth defeat of the season. The Heat got consistent offense from only three guys – Lowhorn, Palmer, and Jai Reyes. That trio scored all but 6 of the visitors’ output.

Game Recaps:
Mario Wuysang and Jerick Canada took turns getting hot from the field. Wuysang made 6 three-pointers in the first half while Canada made 5 in the second half to power the Warriors past the Chang Thailand Slammers 83-72.

Wuysang led the Warriors with 20 points while Canada finished with 19 points. Chris Daniels recorded his 11th double-double of the season with 16 points and 13 rebounds. With this win, the Warriors are back at the top of the ABL standings table with 10 wins and 3 losses.

The Slammers started the game slowly which allowed the Warriors to have an early 11-2 lead on a Chris Daniels’ shot. But Chris Charles and Wutipong Dasom sparked a Slammers 10-0 run which gave the Slammers a 12-11 lead with 2:40 left. Wuysang then hit back to back threes to end the first quarter to give the Warriors a 23-16 lead.

The Warriors started to control the game late in the second quarter. An 11-0 run which was capped off by a basket from Canada and a basket off an offensive rebound by Steven Thomas, giving the Warriors a 40-25 lead with 1:47 left before halftime.

Down in the double digits in the third quarter, Baguion and Charles tried to rally their team back to the game by sparking a 9-0 run. Baguion scored 5 points and Charles scored 4 points during that stretch to cut the Warriors’ lead to 43-38 with 5:40 left in the third quarter.

Canada caught fire in the fourth quarter and the Slammers seems to always to leave him open in the corner. Canada made four three-pointers in the final quarter. His back to back three pointers with 2:28 left gave the Warriors their biggest lead of the game, 80-63.
Even though the Slammers suffered their 9th loss of the season, the Slammers are still holding on to the fourth position. Charles led all scoring with 30 points and 10 rebounds followed by Froilan Baguion with 11 points. Slammers’ rising star Dasom had a hard time shooting the ball as he finished with only 4 points on 2 of 12 shooting.

Mario Wuysang shot really well as
Indonesia kept its hold at the top.

Moala Tautuaa got hot at the right time for the Westports Malaysia Dragons. Saigon Heat were creeping up on the Dragons midway through the final quarter before Tautuaa scored 11 straight points to help the Dragons grab a 75-64 win over the Heat at MABA Stadium, Malaysia.

Tautuaa finished the game with 21 points while Gavin Edwards recorded a double-double with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Justin Melton chipped in with 10 points and 7 assists for the Dragons who are now have a record of 8 wins and 6 losses.

The Heat could not find the basket in the first quarter, missing their first 11 shots. While the Heat having trouble scoring, the Dragons did not have the same problem. The first quarter was highlighted by Melton throwing an off-the-glass pass to Marcus Hubbard for a jam which got all the fans at MABA Stadium on their feet. Led by 8 points from Edwards and 6 points from Hubbard, the Dragons led 19-7 after the first quarter.

In his first game back, Dior Lowhorn was on top of his game. Lowhorn missed two games at the ABL Hoops Fest Saigon 2013 due to a viral infection. Lowhorn scored a last second shot before halftime to make sure that his team is still in striking distance. Heat were down 35-21 to the Dragons at halftime.

Coming out of the locker, Lowhorn was determine to help his team cut their deficit. Lowhorn scored 7 straight points to cut the Dragons' lead to 37-28 with 7:36 left in the third quarter. The Heat continue their rally at the end of third quarter. A three-point play from David Palmer and a lay-up from Al Vergara shaved the Dragons lead to 52-47 heading into the final quarter.

Vergara started the fourth quarter with a one-dribble pull up to get the Heat within 5 points. However, with 7 minutes left in the game, Tautuaa started to take over the game with his aggressivenes. He started his own 11-2 run with a three-point play against Chris Sumalinog. After receiving 11 straight points from Tautuaa, the Dragons stretched their lead 68-54 with 5:18 left.

Down 14 points in the last 5 minutes, the Heat were not able to get crucial stops to get back in the game. Other than Lownhorn and Palmer, no other Heat players were able to score more than 4 points. Lowhorn finished with 35 points and 15 rebounds while Palmer had 20 points and 17 rebounds. The Heat are now 3-9 and are still in a tight race with Chang Thailand Slammers and JobStreet.com Singapore Slingers for the last playoffs spot.

Moala Tautaa exploded for 21 points versus the Heat.

The Saigon Heat have always had problems stopping Rashad Jones-Jennings this season and things were not much different this afternoon. Jennings scored a season-high 37 points to help the JobStreet.com Singapore Slingers snap a six-game losing streak after their 91-77 win over the Heat at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

"I let the game come to me. I was focused on taking my time on the post," explained Jennings after the game. With this win, the Slingers reclaim the fourth spot on the ABL standings table with a record of 5 wins and 9 losses. "From here and on, every game is a playoffs game for us. We are trying to build from this win."

Wong Wei Long also had a career day as he scored 29 points which included 5 three-pointers. Rashaad Singleton chipped in with 14 points and 14 rebounds for the Slingers.

After struggling to find their offense this month, the Slingers started the game by making their first seven shots. The Slingers took an early 15-3 lead after Phillip Morrison made a nice spin move and lay-up plus the foul. Jennings was unstoppable in the first quarter where he scored 13 points to help the Slingers grab a 27-15 lead after the first quarter.

The Slingers continued to build upon their lead in the second quarter. A lay-up from Singleton and a three-point shot from Wei Long gave the Slingers a 43-23 lead midway through the second quarter.

Wei Long and Singleton continued to attack the Heat in the third quarter. The Heat were unable to find any answers to stop these two players as they combined  for 19 points in the quarter. The Slingers grabbed their biggest lead in the game , 73-47, on a Jennings' free throw with 3:28 left in the third quarter.

Down 23 points to start the fourth quarter, the Heat showed their heart and continued to fight. Behind Dior Lowhorn and David Palmer, the Heat slowly made a rally to catch the Slingers. A rainbow lay-up from Palmer and another lay-up by Lowhorn cut their deficit to 10 points with 3:29 left. Then, Jai Reyes made two free throws to get the Heat within 8 points. But Wei Long denied the Heat's comeback with a cold-blooded three-point shot with 2:26 left.

Dior Lowhorn had another strong game for the Heat as he finished with 34 point while David Palmer added 22 points and 18 rebounds. Jai Reyes contributed 15 points for the Heat who are 3-9.

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

Images: Images are from AseanBasketballLeague.com.
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