19 May 2013 - 20:00 HKT / 19:00 Local
[box score]
Saigon Heat
89 78
Westports Malaysia Dragons
17 May 2013 - 20:00 HKT / 20:00 Local
[box score]
Westports Malaysia Dragons
104 107
San Miguel Beermen
15 May 2013 - 20:00 HKT / 19:00 Local
[box score]
Sports Rev Thailand Slammers
71 63
Saigon Heat
14 May 2013 - 20:00 HKT / 20:00 Local
[box score]
JobStreet.com Singapore Slingers
53 63
Indonesia Warriors
12 May 2013 - 15:00 HKT / 15:00 Local
[box score]
Westports Malaysia Dragons
93 84
Saigon Heat
11 May 2013 - 16:00 HKT / 16:00 Local
[box score]
San Miguel Beermen
76 69
Sports Rev Thailand Slammers
10 May 2013 - 20:00 HKT / 19:00 Local
[box score]
Indonesia Warriors
64 39
JobStreet.com Singapore Slingers
8 May 2013 - 16:00 HKT / 16:00 Local
[box score]
San Miguel Beermen
78 61
Sports Rev Thailand Slammers
8 May 2013 - 20:00 HKT / 19:00 Local
[box score]
Indonesia Warriors
82 68
Saigon Heat
5 May 2013 - 16:00 HKT / 16:00 Local
[box score]
JobStreet.com Singapore Slingers
72 82
Westports Malaysia Dragons
3 May 2013 - 17:00 HKT / 17:00 Local
[box score]
San Miguel Beermen
70 66
Indonesia Warriors
2 May 2013 - 20:30 HKT / 19:30 Local
[box score]
Saigon Heat
62 63
JobStreet.com Singapore Slingers
28 Apr 2013 - 15:00 HKT / 15:00 Local
[box score]
JobStreet.com Singapore Slingers
49 73
Sports Rev Thailand Slammers
27 Apr 2013 - 16:00 HKT / 16:00 Local
[box score]
San Miguel Beermen
71 69
Saigon Heat
26 Apr 2013 - 20:00 HKT / 19:00 Local
[box score]
Indonesia Warriors
85 86
Westports Malaysia Dragons
24 Apr 2013 - 20:00 HKT / 19:00 Local
[box score]
Sports Rev Thailand Slammers
70 78
San Miguel Beermen
24 Apr 2013 - 20:30 HKT / 19:30 Local
[box score]
Saigon Heat
63 77
Indonesia Warriors
21 Apr 2013 - 20:00 HKT / 19:00 Local
[box score]
Sports Rev Thailand Slammers
56 62
JobStreet.com Singapore Slingers
19 Apr 2013 - 17:00 HKT / 17:00 Local
[box score]
San Miguel Beermen
80 62
Westports Malaysia Dragons
17 Apr 2013 - 20:30 HKT / 19:30 Local
[box score]
Saigon Heat
49 101
San Miguel Beermen
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)