Ganuelas-Rosser opts out of SMB s PBA bubble campaign

Matt Ganuelas-Rosser won’t be joining San Miguel Beer in its title retention drive in the PBA’s bubble restart in Clark......»»

Category: sportsSource: philstar philstarSep 28th, 2020

Alab Pilipinas ignites in ABL 10 after Wyatt takeover

Khalif Wyatt was not letting San Miguel Alab Pilipinas commence its campaign in the 2018-2019 Asean Basketball League with back-to-back losses. The American reinforcement came through when it mattered most, Wednesday in Foshan, China and carried the Filipinos from a 10-point deficit in the last five minutes of regulation all the way to claiming a 114-110 come-from-behind overtime victory versus home team Wolf Warriors. Wyatt scored 17 of his 24 points in the final frame and overtime on top of seven assists and six rebounds while Jason Brickman delivered the goods with 14 markers, 12 dimes, and seven boards as the Philippines got going following a season-opening loss. That didn’t look like it was going to be the case in the last five minutes of regulation as they found themselves trailing, 75-85, before Jordan Heading energized them into forcing overtime. In the extra period, Alab was yet again chasing down a three-point deficit, 100-103, before Wyatt’s triples bookended a 10-2 run that put them ahead, 110-105, with under two minutes left. Douglas Herring and Steven Thomas pulled the home team within two, 110-112, before Brandon Ganuelas-Rosser and Brickman completed the comeback once and for all with a chasedown block and a high looper, respectively. BOX SCORES SAN MIGUEL ALAB PILIPINAS 114 - Heading 27, Wyatt 24, King 18, Brickman 14, Gray 12, Vigil 7, Forbes 5, Rosser 5, Domingo 2. WOLF WARRIORS 110 - Boyd 38, Cai 22, Herring 19, Thomas 19, Shentu 10, King 2, Yan 0, Liu 0. QUARTER SCORES: 30-20, 53-45, 65-74, 96-96, 114-110. —— Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 27th, 2019

Ravena preaches against complacency as TnT goes unbeaten in PBA bubble

TnT Tropang Giga head coach Bong Ravena is keeping his squad humble and hungry amid a 5-0 start to their Philippine Cup campaign in the PBA bubble in Clark City, Pamapanga......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 23rd, 2020

Casio plays hero as Alaska breaks bubble curse

Jvee Casio was excellent in crucial moments. (PBA Images) Alaska bounced back from two losses to open the bubble campaign by grinding out an 87-81 victory over Magnolia Saturday night in the PBA Philippine Cup at the Angeles University Foundation Sports and Cultural Center. Jvee Casio produced some of the keys in the final minutes as the Aces defeated one of the PBA’s top contenders to barge into the win column after falling short against the TNT Tropang Giga and Meralco Bolts. Casio finished with 17 points, including a three-pointer that put Alaska ahead 79-75 with 2:40 remaining in the fourth. He also blocked a rainbow attempt by Jackson Corpuz while the Aces were protecting an 85-81 lead. Jeron Teng scored eight of his team-high 19 points in the fourth quarter, helping the Aces take the lead for good while Mike DiGregorio and Abu Tratter added 10 points apiece. The Aces won in the first game since announcing that forward Kevin Racal will miss the rest of the conference due to an ACL injury he suffered in their 100-95 loss to the Tropang Giga last Oct. 11. That game certainly was still in the mind of coach Jeffrey Cariaso, who told his team to carry a mentality as if the Aces had a 1-1 record. “When you approach that game than being 0-2, I think their mindset’s different,” he said. “We came to this game facing a well-coached and very tough Magnolia team. They have superstars that we really have to worry about and to be able to step up and be better defensively is my biggest take on this game.” Alaska bucked a 39-28 second quarter deficit to inch its way back into the game, cooling Magnolia’s offense after making 63-percent of its shots in the first quarter. Mark Barroca was one of the few bright spots for the Hotshots with 16 points, three rebounds, five assists and two steals. Rookie big man Aris Dionisio scored 10 points in 17 minutes. But Magnolia saw Paul Lee being held to a 4-of-16 shooting despite 14 points, thus falling to a 1-2 record this conference. The scores: ALASKA 87 — Teng 19, Casio 17, Tratter 10, DiGregorio 10, Manuel 9, Herndon 7, Galliguez 6, Ebona 5, Brondial 4, Ayaay 0, Marcelino 0, Publico 0. MAGNOLIA 81 — Barroca 16, Lee 14, Banchero 13, Jalalon 11, Dionisio 10, Sangalang 8, De la Rosa 7, Corpuz 2, Reavis 0, Melton 0, Abundo 0. Quarters: 21-29, 43-45, 62-64, 87-81......»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 18th, 2020

Chris Ross banners Black Lives Matter campaign in PBA with headband

The San Miguel Beermen cager used his platform in their first game in the PBA bubble against Rain or Shine by wearing a Black Lives Matter headband......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 14th, 2020

Beyond the bubble

The NBA is ending its season soon with the Finals between the LA Lakers and Miami starting Thursday morning (Manila time) while the PBA is reopening its 45th campaign in Clark on Oct. 11......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 29th, 2020

Gilas may resume campaign in bubble-type Asia qualifiers

    By JONAS TERRADO   Gilas Pilipinas could see itself play under a bubble concept for its 2021 FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers campaign. World governing body FIBA on Friday announced that all continental qualifiers including for the Asia Cup should be played in a bubble-type setup for the Nov. 2020 and Feb. 2021 windows. […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsSep 18th, 2020

New normal

For National Basketball Association fans, news that practically all players want to return to the court as soon as possible can’t but be deemed positive. Even with the Board of Governors expected to unanimously fall behind Commissioner Adam Silver in his plan to restart the 2019–20 campaign with a mishmash schedule that incorporates a truncated transition to the playoffs, genuine safety concerns still exist at a level that presents not insignificant risks to purveyors of the league’s principal product. Having them compete in a bubble and limiting their physical contact with extraneous quarters present a whole new set of complications......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJun 4th, 2020

PBA: Terrence Romeo s SMB move earns him the Mr. Quality Minutes award

In his first season with San Miguel, Terrence Romeo has completely reinvented himself, resulting in his best year in terms of total accomplishments. Coming off the bench for the Beermen, Romeo ended up winning his two championships, including his first Finals MVP award in the Commissioner's Cup. Terrence's final award from last season is the Mr. Quality Minutes trophy, basically the PBA's equivalent for the 6th man of the Year award. Last season, Romeo played 48 games for San Miguel and averaged 12.0 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 3.7 assists in 23.7 minutes per outing. He started only for two games, the same as teammates Ronald Tubid, Matt Ganuelas-Rosser, and less than Kelly Nabong. Romeo will be awarded by the PBA Press Corps. The awards night was originally scheduled last March 16 before the COVID-19 outbreak and the ensuing enhanced community quarantine forced a postponement. Previous Mr. Quality Minutes from recent seasons include Vic Manuel, Jio Jalalon, and Jericho Cruz. Jayson Castro, PJ Simon, Ronald Tubid, and Rodney Santos are the only two-time winners since the award's inception in 1993.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8 .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 7th, 2020

Still Brownlee-less Alab turns down Heat for bounce back win in ABL 10

STA. ROSA, LAGUNA - Still missing its third reinforcement, San Miguel Alab Pilipinas leaned on total team effort to get back on track in the 2019-2020 Asean Basketball League. Lo Domingo led four Filipinos in double-digits as they proved they can take Saigon’s Heat, 99-79, Sunday at Sta. Rosa Multi-Purpose Complex here. After a close first five minutes, Domingo energized the Philippines into taking control of the contest. And behind a 31-point second quarter, they would cruise to a much-needed mighty rebound that raises their record to 10-6. In the end, Doningo had 18 points, six rebounds, two blocks, two steals, and two assists to his name. The team captain was flanked by Sam Deguara and Nick King, still Alab’s only two reinforcements, with the former finishing with 23 points and eight rebounds and the latter ending with 20 markers and 15 boards of his own. The team’s third World Import, Justin Brownlee, missed his second straight game due to still undisclosed reasons. BOX SCORES SAN MIGUEL ALAB PILIPINAS 99 - Deguara 23, King 20, Domingo 18, Brickman 10, Vigil 8, Ganuelas-Rosser 8, Heading 7, Rangel 5. SAIGON HEAT 79 - Thompson 36, Tran 18, White 13, Taylor 7, Q. Nguyen 3, Dierker 2, Young 0, Dinh 0, Waale 0, T. Nguyen 0. QUARTER SCORES: 25-17, 56-36, 75-56, 99-79. —— Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 23rd, 2020

PBA: Alaska closes pocket tourney on high note

Vic Manuel muscled his way for the game-sealing lay-up in Alaska’s 81-79 victory over woeful San Miguel Beer in the Phoenix Super Basketball pocket tournament at the Upper Deck in Pasig City on Friday. The Aces forward found the bottom of the net with 17 seconds left to give Alaska an 81-78 cushion before hanging on to end the pre-season competition on a high note with two wins in three games. Robbie Herndon led Alaska with 19 points and eight rebounds, Rodney Brondial scored 14 markers and pulled down 11 boards while Manuel and Jvee Casio finished with 12 points each. The Beermen got a chance to salvage the game but Alex Cabagnot, who split his charities in the last 11 seconds, bricked his three-point attempt at the buzzer.    Cabagnot posted 22 points for winless SMB, which played without the services of injured June Mar Fajardo (shin) and Marcio Lassiter (nose).   Box scores: Alaska (81) –– Herndon 19, Brondial 14, Manuel 12, Casio 12, Ebona 10, Ayaay 8, Ahanmisi 2, Teng 2, Andrada 2, Racal 0, Galliguez 0, DiGregorio 0. San Miguel Beer (79) — Cabagnot 22, Tautuaa 12, Romeo 10, Ross 8, Zamar 8, Gamalinda 7, Ganuelas-Rosser 6, Santos 4, Pessumal 0, Alolino 0, Mamaril 0, Comboy 0, De Guzman 0. Quarter scores: 10-15, 33-37, 62-48, 81-79......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 21st, 2020

ABL 10: Alab looking ahead to Brownlee return after losing to KL anew

San Miguel Alab Pilipinas went down once more to Kuala Lumpur as the connection of Jason Brickman and Sam Deguara went offline in an 80-92 loss, Wednesday at MABA Stadium. This latest loss is the Filipinos' third in the last six games and sends them to 9-6 in the standings. Brickman just had four points and nine assists in this one while Deguara was cut down to size and only wound up with four markers and eight rebounds. Nick King topped the scoring column with 28 points, but all but 11 of those came in the final frame when the game was all but decided already. Even as their roller-coaster ride continues, however, the Philippines remains upbeat especially as Justin Brownlee will finally join the team on Sunday up against Saigon. BOX SCORES KUALA LUMPUR DRAGONS 92 -- Artino 29, Davis 26, Bell 11, Lepichev 11, Ting 7, Chin 4, Tem 3, Loh 1, Wong 0, Tan 0. SAN MIGUEL ALAB PILIPINAS 80 -- King 28, Heading 26, Domingo 6, Caracut 5, Brickman 4, Deguara 4, Vigil 3, Gray 2, Ganuelas-Rosser 2, Rangel 0. QUARTER SCORES: 23-12, 46-32, 77-55, 92-80......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 19th, 2020

ABL 10: Alab Pilipinas bounces back big-time at expense of Saigon

San Miguel Alab Pilipinas is on the up and up anew in the 2019-2020 Asean Basketball League after defending home court versus visiting Saigon, 82-75, Sunday at Sta. Rosa Multi-Purpose Complex in Laguna. Nick King waxed hot for 26 points on top of 12 rebounds, five assists, and four steals while Sam Deguara and Miah Gray wound up with 15 and 13 markers, respectively, in the Filipinos' mighty rebound back into the win column. Setting it all up was Jason Brickman who only contributed five points, but also collected 14 assists and six rebounds. The Philippines scored no less than 21 points in the first three quarters and enjoyed a lead as big as 23. They would never trail and would never be threatened en route to a share of second in the standings. BOX SCORES SAN MIGUEL ALAB PILIPINAS 82 - King 26, Deguara 15, Gray 13, Heading 9, Domingo 6, Brickman 5, Ganuelas-Rosser 4, Williams 2, Vigil 2, Caracut 0, Aban 0, Rangel 0. SAIGON HEAT 75 - Thompson 32, Taylor 15, White 10, Tran 7, Young 5, Dierker 2, Nguyen 2, Dinh 2. QUARTER SCORES: 25-15, 50-31, 71-54, 82-75......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 9th, 2020

Alab Pilipinas lights up brand new winning streak in ABL 10

San Miguel Alab Pilipinas has gotten going for a brand new winning streak in the 2019-2020 Asean Basketball League after coming out on top of Singapore, 86-77, in overtime, Sunday at Sta. Rosa Multi-Purpose Complex in Laguna. Nick King topped the scoring column with 20 points and was flanked by Filipino-Americans Jason Brickman, Miah Gray, and Lo Domingo in their back-to-back wins that raises their record to 8-4. It was Brickman who actually came through when it mattered most, firing five of his 16 points in the extra period to shoot the Philippines over the very game visitors. The primetime playmaker had five assists, four rebounds, and two steals as well while Gray contributed 10 markers, four dimes, three boards, three steals, and two blocks. BOX SCORES SAN MIGUEL ALAB PILIPINAS 86 - King 20, Brickman 16, Gray 10, Domingo 9, Deguara 8, Ganuelas-Rosser 7, Caracut 6, Williams 5, Heading 3, Vigil 2. SINGAPORE SLINGERS 77 - Elliott 18, Kwek 17, Goh 12, Alexander 11, McClain 11, Ng 6, J. Lim 0, K. Lim 0, Oh 0. QUARTER SCORES: 25-19, 42-31, 54-55, 71-71, 86-77 (OT).....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 3rd, 2020

ABL 10: Brickman fronts Alab’s furious fightback vs Mono

Jason Brickman proved to be a nightmare for his former team and a dream for his new one in the 2019-2020 Asean Basketball League. Brickman keyed San Miguel Alab Pilipinas' rumbling rally from 16 points down for what eventually ended as a come-from-behind 100-92 victory versus Mono Vampire in overtime, Thursday inside Stadium 29 in Thailand. The Philippines was on its way to a second straight setback, but its primetime playmaker had other plans. By his lonesome, Brickman rallied Alab in the final frame. He was joined by Sam Deguara and Nick King in the extra period as they registered a bounce back win that hikes their record to 7-4. BOX SCORES SAN MIGUEL ALAB PILIPINAS 100 - Brickman 32, King 26, Deguara 18, Gray 8, Vigil 6, Williams 3, Heading 2, Ganuelas-Rosser 0, Caracut 0. MONO VAMPIRE 92 - Singletary 25, Knowles 24, Lamb 20, Morgan 11, Morrison 9, Lish 3, Boonserm 0, Chanthachon 0, Saengtong 0, Ananti 0. QUARTER SCORES: 17-26, 38-40, 55-70, 85-85, 100-92......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 30th, 2020

ABL: Wolf Warriors open new year by extinguishing Alab Pilipinas

San Miguel Alab Pilipinas did not have the same sort of fire they had last year and opened the new year with a sorry loss, 93-98, at the hands of Macau, Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre. Misfiring all game long and making errors down the stretch, the Filipinos saw their four-game winning streak come to a close and their standing drop to 4-2. Nick King was the lone Philippine player who was effective and efficient as he topped the scoring column with 33 points on top of 12 rebounds and four assists. Khalif Wyatt and Jason Brickman both struggled, however, with the former finishing with 15 points in 3-of-12 shooting and the latter ending with seven markers in 3-of-8 shooting. Maltese Sam Deguara didn't get going as well and wound up with just seven points all while having to play through foul trouble. Still, they went all-out and even willed their way to a 91-90 lead inside the last three minutes. It was at that point, however, that their shot went missing in action as the visitors rang off eight unanswered points for a 98-91 edge with 57.4 ticks to go on the clock. King made good on an inside basket for Alab not long after, but by then, it was too late and the Wolf Warriors were celebrating an upset win. The Macau team counted six players in double-digits led by Douglas Herring and Julian Boyd who had 21 points apiece. The Filipinos have no time to waste to get back on track as up next for them are the Fubon Braves on Tuesday still at the same venue. BOX SCORES MACAU WOLF WARRIORS 98 -- Herring 21, Biyd 21, Cai 15, Ewing 13, Hu 11, Thomas 10, Tang 7, Shentu 0. SAN MIGUEL ALAB PILIPINAS 93 -- King 33, Wyatt 15, Domingo 11, Gray 10, Ganuelas-Rosser 9, Brickman 7, Deguara 4, Vigil 4, Heading 0. QUARTER SCORES: 25-19, 47-47, 80-76, 98-93. —— Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 5th, 2020

ABL: Alab Pilipinas ends 2019 on four-game win run

As the calendar comes to a close, San Miguel Alab Pilipinas is the top team in the 2018-2019 Asean Basketball League. The Filipinos stretched their streak to four in a row after edging out very game home team Formosa Dreamers, 100-99, Sunday at Changhua Stadium in Taiwan. This win run comes after the Philippines dropped its season-opener. Now with Sam Deguara taking care of the inside, Nick King and Khalif Wyatt taking charge from the wings, and Jason Brickman taking his time setting everybody up, however, Alab has nudged ahead of Mono Vampire for first-place in the standings. The three world imports came through anew in this one with Deguara pounding in 20 points and nine rebounds while King and Wyatt poured in 19 and 17 markers, respectively. Brickman starred for the locals with another double-double of 12 points and 12 assists. Following their latest win, the Filipinos now get a two-week break before their next assignment up against the Wolf Warriors on January 5. BOX SCORES SAN MIGUEL ALAB PILIPINAS 100 - Deguara 20, King 19, Wyatt 17, Brickman 12, Domingo 10, Vigil 9, Heading 7, Ganuelas-Rosser 6, Grey 0 FORMOSA DREAMERS 99 - Tolbert 25, Tucker 22, Yang 14, Chang 13, Tien 10, Wu 9, Young 6, Chen 0 QUARTER SCORES: 23-30, 51-59, 79-77, 100-99 --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 22nd, 2019

Alab Pilipinas gives Mono Vampire its first taste of defeat in ABL 10

Jason Brickman's reunion with Sam Deguara worked wonders inside the Filoil Flying V Centre, Tuesday as San Miguel Alab Pilipinas exacted revenge on erstwhile league-leading Mono Vampire, 96-73. Brickman stuffed the stat sheet with eight points, 10 assists, and eight rebounds while Deguara towered over the competition with a 20-marker, 10-board double-double in the Filipinos' third consecutive victory following a loss to open the 2019-2020 Asean Basketball League. The Filipino-American playmaker and the Maltese giant proved to be thorns on the side of their former team which suffered its first setback following three wins in a row to start the season. Still, the Vampire were well within striking distance, just down four, 54-58, in the third before Brickman propelled the Philippines to what turned out to be a pivotal 9-2 push as well as a 67-56 lead late in the quarter. The home team would only mount a lead as big as 28 as it levelled its season series with Thailand's team at 1-all. American reinforcement Nick King also added 24 points, five rebounds, three assists, and three steals for red-hot Alab. For Mono, Tyler Lamb and Mike Singletary fronted the effort with 22 and 17 points, respectively. BOX SCORES SAN MIGUEL ALAB PILIPINAS 96 - King 24, Deguara 20, Wyatt 13, Ganuelas-Rosser 11, Brickman 8, Gray 6, Heading 5, Domingo 5, Vigil 4, Rangel 0, Caracut 0 MONO VAMPIRE 73 - Lamb 22, Singletary 17, Morgan 9, Knowles 9, Ananti 6, Watkins 4, Lish 2, Chanthachon 2, Phuangla 2, Saengtong 0, Boonserm 0, Towaroj 0 QUARTER SCORES: 20-18, 38-35, 68-58, 96-73 --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 17th, 2019

New-look Alab Pilipinas stumbles out of the gate in ABL s new season

Looks like San Miguel Alab Pilipinas will take time to get together and get going. Out of sync for majority of the matchup, the Filipinos bowed to Thailand’s Mono Vampire, 76-111, in the latter’s home court Stadium 29 in Nonthaburi, Sunday. Playing its first official game sans stalwart Ray Parks Jr. as well as resident reinforcement Renaldo Balkman, the Philippines was blown out of the water right from tip off and found itself in a 19-point hole, 12-31. Alab would never recover and was at the receiving end of a 35-point beatdown to commence its quest to reclaim the crown. Nick King paced them with 21 points and seven rebounds while Louie Vigil and Jordan Heading also added 13 and 12 markers, respectively. Jason Brickman, finally playing as a local, was scoreless and only had four assists and two rebounds. BOX SCORES MONO VAMPIRE 111 - Singletary 19, Morgan 16, Lish 13, Lamb 13, Watkins 13, Chanthachon 10, Knowles 8, Ananti 8, Towaroj 5, Boonserm 4, Saengtong 2, Phuangla 0. SAN MIGUEL ALAB PILIPINAS 76 - King 21, Vigil 13, Heading 12, Domingo 10, Gray 9, Wyatt 6, Forbes 4, Ganuelas-Rosser 1, Brickman 0, Rangel 0. QUARTER SCORES: 31-12; 54-31; 80-52; 111-76......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 17th, 2019

ABL Season 10 Preview

With the 10th Season of the ABL officially underway, we’ve been witnesses to one of the more colorful and exciting off seasons in the past few years. This is a testament to the ever-growing level of competition the league has seen year in and year out, as teams are doing their best to make sure that they enter the season with as competitive a lineup as they can muster. After another banner season which saw the CLS Knights defeat perennial contender the Singapore Slingers, everything is up for grabs. Established teams have entered into rebuilding mode, former champions have gone the direction of youth, regular contenders have added more depth both among their imports and locals, while this year’s expansion club boasts of one of the more impressive lineups we’ve seen from an expansion club in recent memory. All of this just makes for an even more exciting tenth season as the ABL continues to rise to greatness. Here is a quick rundown of what to expect from each of the teams: San Miguel Alab Pilipinas  (Regular season record: 18-8, 2nd, lost to HK Eastern in the quarterfinals) Former ABL Champs San Miguel Alab Pilipinas will be fielding a virtually new squad this 2019-2020 season, with Lawrence Domingo and Brandon Rosser as the only holdovers from Coach Jimmy Alapag’s 2018-2019 campaign. Gone are 3-time local MVP Bobby Ray Parks, Jr, former Defensive Player of the Year Renaldo Balkman and PJ Ramos. Instead, Alab will be relying on Fil-American guards Jason Brickman and Jeremiah Gray to lead their cast of locals. Brickman is no stranger to winning, after having led the Westports Malaysia Dragons to an ABL championship in 2016, and Mono Vampire to a Finals appearance two seasons ago. He remains one of the league’s best passers and has a knack for making winning plays. Jeremiah Gray meanwhile, is arguably Alab’s most touted local addition, and the 6’4” scorer could be one of the most exciting locals to watch out for this season. Since joining the ABL three seasons ago, Alab has finished the regular season no lower than 3rd place, but after last season’s early post season exit against the Hong Kong Eastern, Coach Jimmy Alapag and the rest of the squad are looking to bring the franchise back to the ABL Finals. Formosa Dreamers (Regular season record: 19-7, First, lost to Mono Vampire in the quarterfinals) The Formosa Dreamers shocked the ABL last season when, after finishing with a dismal 1-19 record in their inaugural season, the Dreamers finished at the top of the heap after the regular season with a 19-7 record. It was short-lived however, as the team from Taiwan bowed out in the first round of the post-season to the 8th seeded Mono Vampire of Thailand.  None of the three imports (Will Artino, Malcolm Miller and Tevin Glass) who steered them to a first-place elimination round record will be back this season, and neither will Coach Dean Murray. Instead, the Dreamers will be tapping former Saigon Heat Head Coach Kyle Julius, who steered the Heat to the franchise’s first winning season and playoff victory, to call the shots from the sidelines. They’ve also added two explosive imports in Jerran Young and Marcus Keene. Young, the 6’6” wingman who averaged 19ppg, 7.1rpg, and 2.3 spg to help bring the Slingers back to the ABL Finals last season. Keene meanwhile, suited up for two games for Mono Vampire last season and averaged 32.5ppg before being cut. Look for these two imports to power the Dreamers fast paced offense together with Taiwanese National Team mainstay Jet Chang, and reliable locals Kenny Chien, Lee Hsueh-Lin, and Wu Sung-Wei.   Hong Kong Eastern (Regular Season record: 13-13, 7th, defeated Alab Pilipinas in the quarterfinals, lost to Singapore Slingers in the Semifinals) 2017 ABL Champion Hong Kong Eastern has reset their program, parting ways with 2017 Coach of the Year Edu Torres, as well as former world import MVP, Marcus Elliot. They’ve opted to go with younger imports in Trey Kell (23 years old) and TJ Price (26 years old), while retaining last season’s replacement to Sam Deguara, Michael Holyfield. They’ve also tapped former NBA G-League coach Jordan Brady as Torres’ replacement.  Trey Kell is a talented scorer, standing 6’4”, and averaged 21.6ppg, 7.9rpg, and 4.8apg at the Canadian National Basketball League where he was named Finals MVP. TJ Price meanwhile is another scoring guard who averaged 16.7ppg, 3.3rpg, and 3.2apg in the Hungarian League A Division. Talented as their imports may be however, the success of Eastern’s rebuild will still largely depend on the contributions from the locals.     Kuala Lumpur Dragons (Regular Season record: 8-18, 9th, did not advance to the post season) Key Players: Will Artino, Amir Bell, Cade Davis Now known as the Kuala Lumpur Dragons, the 2016 ABL Champs have long road ahead to retain their past glory. Having not made it to the last three postseasons, Head Coach Jamie Pearlman will be relying heavily on former Creighton Bluejay and Formosa Dreamers center, Will Artino. Artino averaged a double-double in his first season in the ABL, and led the Dreamers to first place at the end of last year’s regular season. He will be partnered up with a solid shooter in Cade Davis, and Amir Bell, a 6’4” guard from Princeton, who averaged 10.4ppg, 4.2rpg, and 3.9apg for Agrigento in the Italian League 2nd Division. It will be interesting to see how this new mix of imports will blend with their locals, especially in a tough bracket that includes San Miguel Alab Pilipinas, Mono Vampire, Singapore Slingers, and the Saigon Heat.   Macau Black Bears (Regular Season Record:14-12, 6th, lost to the Singapore Slingers in the quarterfinals) Key Players: Mikh McKinney, Kenny Manigault, Brandon Edwards, Lai Ka Tong, Jenning Leung When Anthony Tucker went down to injury last season, so did Macau’s hopes of really contending for the ABL crown. Granted, Mikh McKinney was the league’s best scorer and Ryan Watkins, the best rebounder, but without their former World Import MVP and best playmaker, the Black Bears simply could not advance.  This season, gone are Tucker and Watkins. McKinney will have the explosive and athletic Kenny Manigault as his backcourt mate. Manigault averaged 17.1ppg and 5.3rpg playing in Finland. Their third import is 6’6” Brandon Edwards, who will be tasked to mix it up inside with the best big men of the league. It will be tough for this guard-laden Macau squad, and they will rely mostly on a small-ball style, utilizing McKinney’s and Manigault’s athleticism to relentlessly attack defenses and create opportunities for themselves and the rest of their teammates.   Mono Vampire Basketball Club (Regular Season Record: 11-15, 8th, defeated Formosa Dreamers in the quarterfinals, lost to CLS Knights Indonesia in the Semifinals) Key Players: Mike Singletary, Ryan Watkins, Tyler Lamb, Freddie Lish, Moses Morgan Mono Vampire proved that they were dead serious on making it back to the Finals this upcoming ABL Season. Last year, after bucking a slow start, Mono Vampire added Romeo Travis, Malcolm White, and Freddie Lish midseason, and still ended up becoming the hottest team to close the regular season. They also surprised everyone by eliminating the top seeded Formosa Dreamers despite being the 8th seeded team in the post-season.  This year they brought back their solid core of Tyler Lamb, Mike Singletary, Freddie Lish, and Moses Morgan; while also adding the one of last year’s most efficient imports and rebounding leader Ryan Watkins from the Macau Black Bears. 6’1” Preston Knowles, the former Louisville Cardinal, will be manning the point guard spot, as former world import MVP Anthony Tucker, will miss the season due to another foot injury. Regardless of Tucker’s absence however, Mono Vampire looks to possess one of the league’s deepest rosters.    Saigon Heat (Regular Season record: 14-12, 5th, lost to CLS Knights Indonesia in the quarterfinals) Key Players: Chris Charles, Gary Forbes, Sam Thompson, Sang Dinh, Chris Dierker, Tam Dinh Coming from their most successful season thus far where they won their first ever playoff game, the Saigon Heat are poised to make waves this coming ABL season. Their local core of Khoa Tran, Sang Dinh and Chris Dierker, has been further bolstered by VBA MVP and Sang’s older brother, Tam Dinh (24.5ppg, 54.8% FG%), who will look to carry his scoring ways in the ABL. The Heat have also chosen to add length and experience, signing ABL All-time 10 Honoree Chris Charles, NBA veteran Gary Forbes, and former Ohio State Buckeye, Sam Thompson. However, the Heat will no longer be with head coach Kyle Julius -- architect of their playoff runs the past 2 seasons – as he is now with the Formosa Dreamers. In his place, the team has tapped 2-time Vietnam Basketball Association (VBA) Coach of the Year Kevin Yurkus, to lead the squad.    Singapore Slingers (Regular Season record: 16-10, 3rd, defeated the Macau Black Bears in the quarterfinals, defeated HK Eastern in the Semifinals, lost to the CLS Knights Indonesia in the Finals) Key Players: Xavier Alexander, Marcus Elliot, Anthony McClain, Delvin Goh, Leon Kwek Arguably the most talked about offseason transfer belonged to the Singapore Slingers with their signing of former World Import MVP Marcus Elliot. Elliot played the last 3 seasons with Hong Kong Eastern where he averaged 23ppg, 7.6rpg, and 6.5apg. He also ranks 3rd in the ABL’s all-time scoring list, and has the second most career triple-doubles next the Slingers’ Xavier Alexander, last season’s Import MVP. With Elliot and Alexander, Singapore would now possess the league’s most potent backcourt, although there will surely be a period of adjustment, as both players are used to having the ball in their hands for most of the game. Further bolstering Coach Neo Beng Siang’s lineup is the addition of 7-foot big man Anthony McClain, a walking double-double, who most recently normed 17.8ppg and 13.6rpg in Taiwan’s Super Basketball League. Providing local support as well are Delvin Goh, who has continuously improved every season, and the returning Leon Kwek, who’s scoring and heads up play was sorely missed last season when he had to sit out due to National Service commitments.   Macau Wolf Warriors  Regular Season record: 2-24, 10th, did not advance to the post season) Key Players: Steven Thomas, Julian Boyd, Douglas Herring, Cai Chen After a dismal inaugural season, record-wise, the Wolf Warriors are looking to follow in the footsteps of the Formosa Dreamers, who rebounded from their 1-19 debut season to top the elimination round of season 2018-2019. They’ve brought in former ABL Champion Coach Todd Purves to mastermind the team’s rebuild, as well as ABL import legend and All-time Ten Honoree Steven Thomas, and ABL Champion Douglas Herring, who led the CLS Knights to their first ever ABL Championship last season. Rounding out their import lineup is Julian Boyd, a prolific scorer who averaged 22.5ppg and 9.9rpg, in his most recent stint in Iceland’s domestic professional league. Cai Chen, their top local last season, will try to prove that his 19.7ppg and 7.4rpg was no fluke, as he will try to lead their cast of locals to a better finish this time around.  Taipei Fubon Braves (new) Key Players: OJ Mayo, Charles Garcia, Joseph Lin, Lin Chih-Chieh, Tseng Wen-Ting One of the most interesting and exciting expansion teams the ABL has seen in a long while, the Taipei Fubon Braves not only bring with them a winning tradition, but a star-studded lineup. Champions of the local Taiwan Super Basketball League, the Braves will be parading arguably the best ex-NBA player to play in the league in OJ Mayo, former NBA D-League player and double-double machine, Charles Garcia, as well as 7’4” behemoth Sim Bhullar, and Taiwanese National Team veterans Lin Chih-Chieh and Tseng Wen-Ting. Another notable name on their lineup is Joseph Lin, younger brother of former NBA star Jeremy Lin.  Coach Roger Hsu’s team will be coming into the ABL with a lot of hype surrounding them; but with their chemistry and championship pedigree, he hopes the transition from their domestic league to the higher level of competition in the ABL will be a smooth one......»»

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Durant opts out of Warriors deal for NBA free agency

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