As they say, records are meant to be broken.
Filipino cager Leo Avenido’s years-long reign as the ASEAN Basketball League’s all-time leading scorer saw its end this 2018, as Chong Son Kung Fu Basketball Club’s World Import Justin Howard has taken over the throne.
A five-year ABL vet who has seen action for Saigon Heat, Indonesia Warriors, Singapore Slingers, and SportsRev Thailand Slammers in the past, Howard broke the record on Saturday when Kung Fu faced CLS Knights Indonesia.
Coming into the match with 1,622 career points to his name, the American’s breakaway two-handed dunk approaching the midway mark of the second frame was the shot that exceeded Avenido’s 1,627 points.
The 6-foot-11 Howard finished the game with 19 points along with 19 rebounds, and now has 1,641 career points. It was a double celebration for him, as Chong Son reigned victorious, 86-83, for an immaculate 4-0 win-loss card.
Avenido had long been the regional pro league’s all-time leader, as he had started his ABL campaign in 2009, the league’s inaugural run. The six-foot-two guard, then around 31 years old, debuted with the Brunei Barracudas.
After his run with the now-defunct Barracudas, Avenido then became a fixture in the league, having had stints with Saigon, the Singapore Slingers, the Bangkok Cobras, and Philippine contingent San Miguel Beermen.
It was with the Beermen where Avenido found glory in the ABL. He became the league’s Most Valuable Player in 2012, and in 2013, he helped steer SMB en route to the championship at the expense of the Indonesia Warriors.
Due to his significant contributions to the ABL, Avenido, now nearing 40 years of age, was honored by the league as the first-ever recipient of the ABL Lifetime Achievement Award last October 2017, a month prior to this season’s opener.
Christian Standhardinger goes perfect from stripe in Hong Kong’s rout of Formosa
After going a horrid 5-for-17 from the stripe during their first loss of the season last January 9, Christian Standhardinger made sure to make good on his free throws to power the Hong Kong Eastern Basketball Club to a dominant 99-79 rout of the Formosa Dreamers, Thursday evening in Southorn Stadium.
The 6-foot-8 Filipino-German, who tallied 37 points and 19 rebounds in the overtime loss to Saigon, went a perfect 9-for-9 from the foul line. He finished with 25 points and 10 rebounds.
The contest itself was not close, as the defending champions were able to impose their will on the bottom-ranked squad, leading by as much as 23 points, 93-70, after two free throws by Standhardinger with 2:58 remaining.
If Standhardinger was having a good day with his free throws, the entire Formosa squad could not say the same, going 13-of-27 from the line.
Tyler Lamb had 25 markers as well for Hong Kong, while Marcus Elliott grabbed a triple-double with 19 points, 11 rebounds, and 11 assists.
Lenny Daniel paced Formosa with 25 points and 11 rebounds. World Import Ronnie Aguilar had 14 points and 16 rebounds but went just 5-for-14 from the field.
With the win, Hong Kong goes to 8-1, while the Dreamers fell to 1-8.
Joshua Munzon, Westsports snap Saigon’s streak in highly emotional contest
Entering Wednesday night’s game, Mikey Williams and the Saigon Heat were on a high, having slain the winning streaks of Hong Kong Eastern and Nanhai Kung Fu. However, Joshua Munzon and the Westsports Malaysia Dragons had other things in mind, keeping the Heat winless at the MABA Stadium, 91-87.
In his fourth game since returning to the Dragons, Munzon filled up the stat sheet, tallying 18 points, 10 rebounds, six assists, two steals, and two blocks.
Besides putting up the numbers, the athletic swingman from California helped limit reigning Heritage Player of the Week Williams to his worst game so far in the ABL. Averaging 27.33 points, 6.67 assists, and 6.0 rebounds prior to this game, Williams went field goal-less against the Dragons, missing all 11 of his attempts. The Filipino-American floor general was able to dish out eight assists and grab five caroms.
Westsports led by as much as 11 points in the final frame, 82-71, after Munzon found Marcus Marshall for a triple with 4:59 remaining. Behind World Imports Akeem Scott and Maxie Esho, the Heat stormed right back but were answered by a long bomb by Munzon to keep them at bay.
Marshall and Scott figured in a shootout to close out the game but in the end, the hosts were still able to etch out their second straight victory.
Marshall finished the game with 25 points, nine assists and six rebounds for the Dragons, while Scott’s 44-point game went for naught.
After the emotionally charged contest though, few unkind words were exchanged by the officials of both squads that almost resulted into a brawl. Fortunately, things did not escalate beyond that.
In the video, Munzon was also seen shoving a Saigon player to try and pacify the situation. The league is currently investigating the post-game incident.
With the win, Westsports Malaysia raised their record to 3-4 while dropping Saigon to 4-3.
Blistering Mikey Williams takes home Heritage Import of the Week honor
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.
Urbiztondo, on the other hand, had norms of 14.5 points on a hot 9-for-17 clip from downtown.
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.
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