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.
Ray Parks, Josh Urbiztondo torch Mono, lead Alab to bounce back win
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.
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.
Mikey Williams outduels Mikh McKinney as Saigon ends another streak
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.
Jason Brickman helps hold off Joshua Munzon’s late surge to extend Mono streak
Behind the steady hands of Jason Brickman, the Mono Vampire was able to escape a late-game flurry by Joshua Munzon and the Westsports Malaysia Dragons to take a 115-111 home triumph, Friday evening in Studio 29.
Brickman, who is averaging 12.25 points and a league-high 9.88 assists, finished the game with 11 points and 13 assists. He proved pivotal in the final frame that helped buck Westsports.
Filipino export Paul Zamar was able to score five straight points capped by a breakaway lay-up with 6:10 remaining to give Mono the lead for good, 103-101.
Mono was able to extend its lead to seven with 1:33 left before Munzon came alive. The 22-year-old swingman was able to score off free throws, before knocking down a long triple to turn the game into a one-game possession with 43 ticks remaining.
After a stop, Munzon had a chance to go for the lead, but his attempt from downtown missed. Free throws by Brickman sealed Mono’s third straight victory.
In his second game back, Munzon finished with 32 points, seven rebounds, six assists, and four steals.
Zamar sparked Mono by scoring 10 of his 24 points in the opening frame. The 31-year-old guard grabbed seven boards as well.
With the win, the Thai club team raised its slate to 6-3. Westsports dropped to 1-4.
Brickman, Zamar, and the rest of Mono Vampire will host Alab Pilipinas on Sunday, January 14.
Mono Vampire signs former San Miguel import Mike Singletary
Mono Vampire Basketball Club is not yet done in loading up its’ lineup in the ASEAN Basketball League as they have brought back a familiar face in Mike Singletary, the league’s official website announced Friday morning.
The 29-year-old will be replacing Patrick Sanders as the Thai ball club’s World Import. The sweet-shooting Sanders was averaging 17.6 points on 39.6 percent from beyond the arc, 9.4 rebounds, and 3.5 assists prior to the change.
Chemistry won’t be a case for Singletary anymore, as he had already played for Mono Vampire back in 2017 both in the Thailand league and in the FIBA Asia Champions Cup last September, where he normed 24.6 points and 9.7 boards.
Moreover, Singletary is no stranger to Philippine basketball, having had stints in the Philippine Basketball Association twice — first with the now-defunct Barako Bull Energy in 2013 and second with San Miguel Beermen in 2016.
The Texas Tech alumnus had also represented the Philippines in the 2016 William Jones Cup where he, along with Mono teammate Jason Brickman, helped steer Mighty Sports-Philippines to the title.
Singletary is expected to make his debut for Mono Vampire against the Westports Malaysia Dragons on Friday, January 12, at Stadium 29 in Bangkok.
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