The Hi-Tech Basketball Club is locked in to get over the hump and win the Thailand Basketball League (TBL), winning all four of their games to open the season.
The only remaining team without any loses, Hi-Tech took home impressive victories against the new-look TGE and long time rivals Mono Vampire Basketball Club.
“It’s nice that we are undefeated so far, but we are a long way off to where I want the team to be. I am still working on substitution patterns and I think defensively, we still have a lot of work to do,” said head coach Chris Daleo. “We really have to sharpen up over the next couple of weeks. Much work to do.”
Hi-Tech was one of the teams that actively seek for roster changes prior the season started to mix things up. A few of their rotation players were moved to their affiliate team TGE, but they added a few reliable players in return.
To start, they have added Anasawee Klaewnarong and national team point guard Nattakarn Muangboon. They also signed ASEAN Basketball League veterans Justin Howard and Thai-American Tyler Lamb for the season, expecting them to add veteran presence and offensive firepower to the already promising team.
“I love Armz (Muangboon) as my point guard. We just have to get him acclimated to what we do defensively. His spirit and attitude are great, so he will be a nice piece to our team,” shared the American head coach.
During his debut for his new team, Muangboon had a solid 7-point and 6-assist performance, adding three steals in 31 minutes playing time. His presence will give the team another deadly backcourt combination with the high-scoring Avery Scharer, after Jeff Viernes returned to the Philippines after the Thailand Basketball Super League (TBSL) season.
Former ABL Heritage import MVP Tyler Lamb is averaging about 15 points, five boards and three dimes per game, which isn’t that bad, but could be expected to do more as the primary scoring option for Hi-Tech.
Daleo is patient with his new scoring weapon, and knows that he will eventually find his groove and shooting touch once he is familiar with the system.
“Tyler Lamb is so talented as a player, but he is still learning how we do things,” shared Daleo. “His attitude has been great so he will fit to a comfort level.”
However, despite a perfect 4-0 result on the league standings, Daleo revealed that the team has made a roster change early into the season, “We made a change to our import. I can’t announce it yet, but he should be here on Friday.”
Although it wasn’t revealed who will get the boot, we can speculate base on usage and statistics.
Avery Scharer- 29.5 MPG, 11.7 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 7.7 APG
Justin Howard – 17.4 MPG, 14.7 PPG, 9.7 RPG, 1 APG
Arnold Louis – 18 MPG, 12.7 PPG, 7.3 RPG, 2.3 APG
After all, the team believe these are the necessary changes that can bring them the championship, but it still starts from daily training and preparation, no shortcuts.
“The goal is to win every game. But that takes work, and it’s not easy.”