There have been a total of 22 games already played in season 8, 24 percent of the total elimination games, as we bid farewell to 2017. Hong Kong Eastern had a perfect end to 2017 with a 7–0 start and together with Chongson Kung Fu, are the only undefeated teams remaining.

Mono Vampire was also impressive, winning four of their seven games to rank third in the standings. As for the other teams, the holiday break was used to upgrade and revamp their respective rosters with the league resuming on January 3rd. Expect a more exciting ABL as we welcome 2018.

 


1. Hong Kong Eastern (7-0) | No Movement

PHOTO CREDIT: ASEAN BASKETBALL LEAGUE
Statistical CategoriesPer Game AveragesLeague Rank
Points Scored96.13
Points Allowed88.75
Rebounds45.05
Assists20.63

  Previous Rank: 1

Hong Kong was undefeated in season 8’s 2017 games with 7 straight wins, five coming on the road. Based off statistics, the defending champions are among the top five on offense, defense, rebounding, and assists.

With the game against the Formosa Dreamers as the only exception, all of their wins have been close, with an average win margin of less than five points in six games, including an overtime victory against the CLS Knights and games that came down to the wire against Alab Pilipinas and the Singapore Slingers. So far, it has been their championship experience and clutch plays that have led them with an unblemished record.

 

 


2. Chongson Kung Fu (3-0) | No Movement

PHOTO CREDIT: ASEAN BASKETBALL LEAGUE
Statistical CategoriesPer Game AveragesLeague Rank
Points Scored88.35
Points Allowed66.31
Rebounds48.71
Assists20.72 (Tied)

  Previous Rank: 2

Chongson Kung Fu’s perfect start in their three games could be attributed to team defense and execution. The team is leading the league in defense and rebounding, and is also second  in assists on average. Justin Howard is the second best rebounder among all players while Anthony Tucker tops the assists category together with Mono’s Jason Brickman.

 

 


3. Mono Vampire (4-3) |  1

PHOTO CREDIT: ASEAN BASKETBALL LEAGUE
Statistical CategoriesPer Game AveragesLeague Rank
Points Scored103.11
Points Allowed99.38
Rebounds43.66
Assists20.72 (Tied)

  Previous Rank: 4

Mono Vampire’s offense in its first seven games has been impressive, spearheaded by Jason Brickman’s league leading nine assists per game, where the Thailand-based club ranks in as the highest scoring team while being second in assists. On the downside, the team is second to last in defense and only sixth in rebounds per game. The team has already acquired 7’6’’ behemoth Samuel Deguara in lieu of Reggie Johnson. Will Deguara’s presence be able to improve the team’s weakness especially on defense and in rebounding?

 

 


4. Singapore Slingers (3-4) | 1

PHOTO CREDIT: ASEAN BASKETBALL LEAGUE
Statistical CategoriesPer Game AveragesLeague Rank
Points Scored78.08
Points Allowed79.42
Rebounds46.34
Assists18.94

  Previous Rank: 3

Inconsistency is probably the best word to summarize the Slingers’ first seven games, with only their defense (ranked second) as one of the few bright spots for the team. The Slingers are second to last in scoring and fourth in rebounding and assists.

Ryan Wright was already given the pink slip and replacing him is ABL champion Christien Charles. The former World Import MVP should be a good addition to a team that was badly missing the production of Justin Howard from previous seasons.

 

 


5. Saigon Heat (1-2) |  No Movement

PHOTO CREDIT: ASEAN BASKETBALL LEAGUE
Statistical CategoriesPer Game AveragesLeague Rank
Points Scored96.32
Points Allowed96.77
Rebounds40.78
Assists16.77

  Previous Rank: 5

It was a roller coaster first three games from Coach Kyle Julius’ team. The Heat’s scoring ranked second at the end of the year, however, its defense (ranked seventh), rebounding (ranked eighth), and assists (ranked seventh) need to improve. Saigon has reportedly parted ways with Travele Jones and his replacement has yet to be announced. The team is allegedly expecting new players to suit up in the days to come.

 

 


6. Westports Malaysia Dragons (1-2) | No Movement

PHOTO CREDIT: ASEAN BASKETBALL LEAGUE
Statistical CategoriesPer Game AveragesLeague Rank
Points Scored95.74
Points Allowed105.09
Rebounds37.39
Assists14.38

  Previous Rank: 6

The Dragons’ defense, rebounding, and assists (ranked eighth) per game all sit at the bottom of the league rankings after their first three games. Averaging 95.7 points per game thus far, the team is the fourth best scoring team on average. We can expect a different Dragons team in 2018 as the team did a major roster upgrade during the holiday break, bringing back Joshua Munzon and signing a new world import in AJ West.

 

 


7. Tanduay Alab Pilipinas (1-3) |  No Movement

PHOTO CREDIT: ASEAN BASKETBALL LEAGUE
Statistical CategoriesPer Game AveragesLeague Rank
Points Scored86.56
Points Allowed87.24
Rebounds47.22
Assists18.25

  Previous Rank: 7

Having to face off against the defending champions twice and last year’s runner-up once in its first three games did not give good results for the team coached by Jimmy Alapag. After four games, the team is second in the league in rebounding and falls in the middle of the rankings on offense (sixth), defense (fourth), and assists (fifth). The team recently made a bold move in changing their world imports, signing the pair of Justin Brownlee and Renaldo Balkman who bring some renewed hope for the team’s ABL campaign.

 

 


8. CLS Knights Indonesia (1-4) |  No Movement

PHOTO CREDIT: ASEAN BASKETBALL LEAGUE
Statistical CategoriesPer Game AveragesLeague Rank
Points Scored78.87
Points Allowed82.83
Rebounds46.83
Assists18.06

  Previous Rank: 8

After winning their home opener, the CLS Knights have dropped four straight games in their maiden ABL campaign. After five games in 2017, the team ranks third on defense and in rebounding, sixth in assists and just seventh in points per game. The long holiday break should have given new imports Decorey Jones and Rudy Lingganay enough time to familiarize themselves with the team’s system and their new teammates.

 

 


9. Formosa Dreamers (1-4) |  No Movement

PHOTO CREDIT: ASEAN BASKETBALL LEAGUE
Statistical CategoriesPer Game AveragesLeague Rank
Points Scored74.09
Points Allowed90.66
Rebounds43.67
Assists13.49

  Previous Rank: 9

The Formosa Dreamers only managed to win a single game in 2017, with their four losses having an average deficit of 22 points per game. The team ranks last in scoring and assists, sixth in defense, and seventh in rebounding. The Dreamers signed Reggie Okosa during the holiday to replaced Jaleel Cousins as their new world import to team up with Lenny Daniels in the team’s frontcourt.

 

 

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