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Christian Standhardinger seeks improvements even after scoring 40

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Christian Standhardinger continues to show the ASEAN Basketball League why he is the top overall pick in the 2017 PBA Draft.

After impressive outings in the first two games of the season, the Filipino-German was unstoppable Friday evening, helping defending champions Hong Kong Eastern Basketball Team derail the streaking Mono Vampire Basketball Club, 112-105, at Stadium 29 in Bangkok, Thailand.

Without World Import Ryan Moss and three of his teammates fouling out, the 6-foot-7 big man was given the freedom to operate. And he did not waste this opportunity, going 15-for-21 from the field and 10-for-14 from the stripe to reach 40 points.

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Still, Standhardinger did not look at the positives of his outing, instead focusing on the errors he had made.

“Actually today was not a good day, I had three easy lay-ups that I missed so I had apologize to my teammates for it because I messed up their assists,” said the 2017 Southeast Asian Games gold medalist, who also had 17 rebounds, three assists, and a block in 40 minutes of game time.

“But everything else, the victory is the most important thing so I’m happy that everything worked out.”

His 40-point outing is the second highest scoring output by a Heritage Import. Matthew Wright holds the record after finishing with 41 points last February 7, 2016, leading the Kuala Lumpur Dragons to a win against Hi-Tech Bangkok City.

With the win, Hong Kong Eastern is knotted with Chong Son Kung Fu on top of the standings with identical 3-0 records.

“It’s a great league. I’m so happy that we’re competing at this high level,” added the incoming San Miguel Beermen rookie.

In three games, the 28-year-old is currently posting stellar numbers of 28.33 points, 12.67 rebounds, and 3.0 steals per game. Despite this, Standhardinger still feels he still has a lot of things to improve on.

“I have a lot to learn,” the Munich-born cager shared.

“I’ll never be done with improving and learning and I’m very excited of the journey and to hopefully get better every single day.”

And that is just a scary thought for both the ABL and the PBA.

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Blistering Mikey Williams takes home Heritage Import of the Week honor

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The resurgent Saigon Heat have been the thorn to topflight clubs teams Hong Kong Eastern Basketball Club and Nanhai Kung Fu, handing both squads their first losses in the eighth season of the ASEAN Basketball League. The Heat would not have done it without Filipino-American import Mikey Williams.

Williams, a 6-foot-2 guard out of Cal State Fullerton, dropped 39 points on 14-for-25 shooting to go along with seven rebounds and nine assists in Saigon’s 121-115 overtime win over Hong Kong.

The former NBA G-Leaguer followed it up with a sensational 24-point, five-rebound, and seven-assist outing in their 96-93 win over Kung Fu.

Overall, the 26-year-old guard averaged 31.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, 8.0 assists, and 1.0 steals to edge out fellow Filipino AJ Mandani of the Singapore Slingers for the weekly award.

For the Local Player of the Week, two Alab Pilipinas stalwarts were the runners-up for the crown.

Reigning local Most Valuable Player Bobby Ray Parks, Jr. and his floor general Josh Urbiztondo had stellar weeks that earned them honorable mentions.

Parks averaged 17.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 5.0 assists for the week that saw Alab lose to the Slingers at home last Wednesday before bouncing back on the road against the Mono Vampire last Sunday.

Urbiztondo, on the other hand, had norms of 14.5 points on a hot 9-for-17 clip from downtown.

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Ray Parks, Josh Urbiztondo torch Mono, lead Alab to bounce back win

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Coming off a frustrating home loss to the Singapore Slingers last Wednesday, skipper Bobby Ray Parks, Jr. and Tanduay Alab Pilipinas vented their ire with a huge statement win at the expense of the streaking Mono Vampire Basketball Club, 114-87, Sunday evening at Stadium 29 in Bangkok, Thailand.

The win lifted Alab’s slate to an even 4-4, a full game behind the fourth-running Saigon Heat. Moreover, Alab was able to snap Mono’s three game winning streak.

After scoring 16 points in their 80-90 loss to the Slingers, Parks, Jr. was able to follow it up with a sensational 19 point outing. The reigning Local Most Valuable Player added seven rebounds, six assists, and a block to his statline.

The second generation cager provided the spark in the opening frame, scoring 10 points in the opening frame to give the road team a strong start.

Josh Urbiztondo followed it up in the second frame, dropping nine points in the second quarter. He finished the game with 17 markers, spiked by five triples.

Alab never looked back, leading by as much as 33 points, 104-71, after a Justin Brownlee bucket with 6:58 left.

Brownlee flirted with a triple-double, tallying a game-high 29 points to go along with eight rebounds and nine assists. Fellow World Import Renaldo Balkman had an efficent outing with 14 points on 7-for-11 shooting, seven rebounds, and five assists in just 23 minutes of game time.

As a team, Alab knocked down 14 triples with the troika of Parks, Urbiztondo, and Brownlee combining for 11.

Filipino export Paul Zamar paced Mono with 20 points on 6-for-11 shooting. The same could not be said for Filipino-American Jason Brickman, as he played his worst outing so far, ending the game with just seven points and a personal-low of three assists.

Former Mighty Sports-Philippines player Mike Singletary had 24 points on 22 attempts and 11 rebounds.

Alab will visit Indonesia for the first time this season on Saturday, January 20, to take on the CLS Knights.

The Scores:

Tanduay Alab 114 — Brownlee 29, Parks 19, Urbiztondo 17, Balkman 14, Raymundo 10, Maierhofer 7, Javelona 6, Alabanza 4, Domingo 4, Celiz 2, Hontiveros 2, Sumalinog 0.

Mono 87 — Singletary 24, Zamar 20, Deguara 17, Brickman 7, Boonyai 5, Ananti 4, Chanthachon 3, Apiromvilaichai 2, Khukhandhin 2, Phuangla 2, Samerjai 1, Kruatiwa 0.

Quarterscores: 32-22, 54-37, 88-62, 114-87.

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Joshua Munzon picks up first win since returning to Westsports

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It took three games before Joshua Munzon picked up his first win in his second stint with the Westsports Malaysia Dragons

The Dragons snapped their four-game losing streak after hammering the struggling Formosa Dreamers, 84-74, Sunday afternoon at the MABA Stadium in Malaysia.

Munzon, who returned to Westsports Malaysia last January 3, finished with 17 points, six rebounds, and four assists. Moreover, the title-holder for most steals in a season was able to force five turnovers in the contest in 37 minutes of action.

The 22-year-old averaged 26.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, and 4.0 assists prior to this game.

As he struggled from the field in the final frame, the versatile Filipino-American forward did the little things to help Westsports pull away late.

A three-pointer Marcus Marshall with 7:19 left proved to be the go-ahead bucket for Westsports. The Dragons led by as much as 10 points, 69-59, in the contest.

Behind Lenny Williams and the debuting Ronnie Aguilar, Formosa was able to slice the lead to as low as three points, 75-71, with 1:07 remaining. Free throws by AJ West and Marshall in the end game however held off the Dreamers.

With the win, Westsports raised their slate to 2-4. Formosa dropped to 1-7.

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Mikey Williams outduels Mikh McKinney as Saigon ends another streak

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It looks like there’s a new powerhouse on the rise

Ever since they tapped Filipino-American Mikey Williams, the Saigon Heat ended two undefeated runs in the ASEAN Basketball League. After the Heat ended Hong Kong Eastern Basketball Club’s unbeaten run, they took down Chongson Kung Fu Basketball Club, 96-93, Saturday night at home in CIS Arena in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Their win over Kung Fu serves as a perfect follow-up to their impressive showing against another previously-unbeaten team in Hong Kong Eastern, 121-115, last Tuesday at the Southorn Stadium in Wanchai City.

The foreign reinforcements continue to deliver the goods for the now-4-2 Saigon.

Williams had 24 points, five boards, and seven dimes, while World Import Maxie Esho top-billed with 35 points and 12 rebounds.

The neophyte Chinese ball club had actually been on the cusp of maintaining their win-loss slate intact after World Import Anthony Tucker swished in a three-pointer to put his team up, 93-92, with just 21 seconds remaining.

But Saigon displayed more will and did not show any sign of crumbling. Moses Morgan hit a jumper with 18 ticks left, and Akeem Scott scored off a lay-up moments later to put the Heat up three with 14 seconds left to play.

Kung Fu tried to save their immaculate record, but Fil-Am cager Mikh McKinney’s shot missed and sealed the deal for Saigon.

Scott finished with 16 points for the storied Vietnamese ball club, who had another impressive offensive night, as they made 52 percent of their shots from the floor. David Viet Arnold supplied 11 markers and six caroms.

Fil-Am Caelan Tiongson led Chongson with 23 points on 58 percent shooting and seven rebounds in a losing effort. Tucker and Justin Howard finished with 22 points each and combined for 24 of the team’s 40 boards.

McKinney rounded up Kung Fu’s scoring leaders with 20 markers on 15 shots.

Chongson dropped to 4-1.

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