24 Aug 2014 - 16:00 HKT / 15:00 Local
[box score]
Laskar Dreya South Sumatra
0 0
Singapore Slingers
23 Aug 2014 - 15:00 HKT / 15:00 Local
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Westports Malaysia Dragons
0 0
Saigon Heat
22 Aug 2014 - 20:00 HKT / 20:00 Local
[box score]
Singapore Slingers
0 0
Indonesia Warriors
17 Aug 2014 - 16:00 HKT / 16:00 Local
[box score]
Singapore Slingers
77 68
Westports Malaysia Dragons
16 Aug 2014 - 17:00 HKT / 16:00 Local
[box score]
Indonesia Warriors
61 72
Saigon Heat
15 Aug 2014 - 20:00 HKT / 20:00 Local
[box score]
Westports Malaysia Dragons
85 59
Singapore Slingers
14 Aug 2014 - 20:00 HKT / 19:00 Local
[box score]
HiTech Bangkok City
100 91
Laskar Dreya South Sumatra
10 Aug 2014 - 16:00 HKT / 16:00 Local
[box score]
Singapore Slingers
80 59
Indonesia Warriors
9 Aug 2014 - 19:00 HKT / 18:00 Local
[box score]
Saigon Heat
98 102
Westports Malaysia Dragons
8 Aug 2014 - 20:00 HKT / 19:00 Local
[box score]
Indonesia Warriors
100 63
Laskar Dreya South Sumatra
6 Aug 2014 - 20:00 HKT / 19:00 Local
[box score]
HiTech Bangkok City
75 59
Saigon Heat
6 Aug 2014 - 20:00 HKT / 19:00 Local
[box score]
Laskar Dreya South Sumatra
61 84
Singapore Slingers
3 Aug 2014 - 16:00 HKT / 16:00 Local
[box score]
Singapore Slingers
77 74
Saigon Heat
2 Aug 2014 - 15:00 HKT / 15:00 Local
[box score]
Westports Malaysia Dragons
84 66
Indonesia Warriors
1 Aug 2014 - 20:00 HKT / 19:00 Local
[box score]
Laskar Dreya South Sumatra
79 97
Saigon Heat
30 Jul 2014 - 20:00 HKT / 19:00 Local
[box score]
HiTech Bangkok City
59 51
Singapore Slingers
27 Jul 2014 - 16:00 HKT / 16:00 Local
[box score]
Singapore Slingers
57 65
Westports Malaysia Dragons
26 Jul 2014 - 18:00 HKT / 17:00 Local
[box score]
Saigon Heat
70 48
Laskar Dreya South Sumatra
23 Jul 2014 - 20:00 HKT / 19:00 Local
[box score]
HiTech Bangkok City
88 50
Indonesia Warriors
20 Jul 2014 - 16:00 HKT / 16:00 Local
[box score]
Singapore Slingers
62 46
Laskar Dreya South Sumatra
Man On Court
Monday, 4 February 2013

The Quiet One

Charles  Gavin

Is it possible to have a quiet game when you finish with 29 points and 27 rebounds? Because that appears to have happened to Chris Charles, who led the Chang Thailand Slammers to a 77-65 road win over the Westports Malaysia Dragons on Saturday in KL.

To repeat, Charles had 29 points and 27 rebounds. That’s an astonishing scoreline. The ABL is in its 4th season and its only happened once before – Nakiea Miller pulled off a 31-28 with the Dragons in 2010. A double-20 is rare at any level of basketball, even the NBA, where games are eight minutes longer.   

But it was the way Charles did it that made it more remarkable. There wasn’t a lot of power moves or thunderous dunks. Instead, the majority of Charles’ shots at MABA Stadium came off his offensive rebounding, with simple putbacks either off the glass or straight at the rim. Charles can also hit the mid-range jumper, and knocked down a bunch of those. In other words, nothing fancy, just fundamental basketball, with Charles cleaning up the misses of his teammates, and making the most of 2nd chance opportunities.

And consider that Charles wasn’t even on the Slammers roster to begin the season. He was only brought in because starting centre Justin Howard (who at this point has to be really really nervous) went down with an injury. Charles, in 3 games, is averaging 22 points and 18 rebounds, and is one of the best bigs in the league.

I watched the game on the ABL livestream and remember thinking “Charles is having a nice game” and nothing more. I didn’t keep an eye on the live boxscore so it was only with a few minutes left in the game, when I was scrolling through my texts when I saw “Charles has a shot at 30-30 game". WHATTT??? Sure enough, the Villanova man was sitting on 25 points and 25 rebounds with 3 minutes to play.   

Charles’ was also aided by the fact that no one on the Dragons could defend him. In fact, the Slammers posed two matchup problems for the Dragons. First, the center position for the Dragons is occupied by Edwards, who is really a power forward. He has trouble guarding a big man who posts up. Second, the Dragons play without a true point guard, and use natural shooting guards to bring the ball up. That allows a traditional ‘1’ like Froilan Baguion toroam freely and use dribble penetration to get shots for his teammates. Charles and Baguion wrecked havoc and are the chief reasons the Dragons dropped their third straight. 

The Charles-Baguion combination, along with growing confidence amongst the local Thai players, has the Slammers on the rise. We won’t see a 20-20 from Charles every night, but his mobility and length give Thailand a chance in every game.

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David Palmer  ASI

The San Miguel Beermen, unlike the Dragons, have the bodies to defend a big man. And that’s exactly what they did against the Saigon Heat on Friday night in Manila, getting Heat centre David Palmer in early foul trouble, forcing Coach Jason Rabedeaux to sit Palmer down in the first half. From there, Brian Williams, Gabe Freeman and Asi Taulava went to work in the lane, and the Heat were powerless. San Miguel won a laugher, with one statistic telling the tale. The Beermen outscored the Heat 44-18 in the paint. 

The problem for Saigon is their bench is thin, whereas you San Miguel arguably go nine deep on their roster. If one of Saigon’s starters gets in early foul trouble, it is an uphill battle for the Heat to stay competitive. San Miguel, by contrast, can weather that kind of storm.

This game represented payback for San Miguel, after they lost a tense game last weekend to the Heat in Saigon. That game could of gone either way, but at Ynares Sports Arena, there was no doubt who was the better team.   

 

The Week Ahead

Jobstreet.com Singapore Slingers vs Westports Malaysia Dragons, Tue Feb 5th

Despite it still being early in the season, this game has a whiff of desperation about it, for both clubs. The Slingers have dropped 2 straight and their offense has been lethargic and predictable. Coach Neo Beng Siang said as much after their listless loss to the Indonesia Warriors last Tuesday.  The Slingers are averaging just 58 points over their first three games. That can’t continue.

The Dragons have seasawed from winning 2 straight to start the season to dropping 3 in a row, including 2 games at home. Cedric Bozeman (11 pts, 5 of 18 from the floor in the loss to the Slammers) seems to have lost his stroke.  And what happened to that budding Malaysian talent?  The local players combined for just 12 points in the loss to Thailand. 

(8:00 PM HKT, Live on Super Sports Arena in Singapore and the ABL Livestream)

 

San Miguel Beermen vs Indonesia Warriors, Fri Feb 8th

Beermen Warriors

The Warriors have had this game circled on their calendar since they lost to San Miguel on the ABL’s opening night. Anyone who watched this game knows these two clubs aren’t exchanging love letters. The Beermen believe they are the best team in the league and intend to prove it by beating the league champs twice in a row. Point guard Chris Banchero is having a stellar season (13 ppg, 52% FG, 5.0 apg. 2.3 spg) and will again try to use his speed to up the tempo and get easy shots for Williams and Freeman. 

Indonesia will enter the game riding a 3-game winning streak, attributable to playing lockdown team defense. John Smith, who is pinch-hitting for the injured Stanley Pringle, has emerged as steady ballhandler and has proven deft in running the Warriors offense. 

(5:00 PM HKT, Live on Fox Sports Philippines and the ABL Livestream, delayed on Fox Sports Asia at 8:00 PM HKT) 

 

Chang Thailand Slammers vs San Miguel Beermen, Wed Feb 13th

A battle of the South East Asian lagers! The loser has to drink the winners' beer. Just kidding. A great test for the Slammers’ Chris Charles as he matches up with Brian Williams. Froilan Baguion was on the Beermen’s roster last season and would love to get one over on his former teammates.

(8:00 PM HKT via the ABL Livestream)