A full-packed five games were played last week with Alab Pilipinas winning two games to extend their winning streak run to three. The Chongson Kung Fu also won on the road and extended their own winning streak to four games while remaining undefeated. Mono Vampire and the Saigon Heat also won their opening assignment of the New Year to maintain their current ranking.
1. Hong Kong Eastern (7-0) | No Movement
Previous Rank: 1
Even with the inactivity last week, Eastern still sits atop our ranking with their perfect record. The team of coach Edu Torres is scheduled to play their next three games at home for the whole month of January starting this Tuesday against the visiting Saigon Heat.
2. Chongson Kung Fu (4-0) | No Movement
Previous Rank: 2
Chongson Kung Fu opened their 2018 campaign on a positive note by dealing the CLS Knights its fifth straight defeat, winning 86 – 83 last Saturday. Anthony Tucker had a near triple-double performance of 22 points, 10 rebounds, and eight assists to lead the team. Justin Howard became the all-time leading scorer in the ABL during the course of the game as he finished with 19 points and 13 rebounds.
3. Mono Vampire (5-3) | No Movement
Previous Rank: 3
Mono traveled to Taiwan last Sunday and opened their 2018 campaign with a 104 – 84 demolition against the Formosa Dreamers. Newly acquired world import Sam Deguara was impressive in his debut, tallying 22 points and eight rebounds. Chitchai Ananti contributed 21 points, four rebounds, and three assists while Jason Brickman had eight points and 16 assists.
4. Alab Pilipinas (3-3) | 3
Previous Rank: 7
By winning two games last week, Tanduay Alab Pilipinas move up three notches from our power ranking. Just last Wednesday, they scored an impressive 90 – 79 victory over Westports Malaysia Dragons and followed it up last Sunday with an overtime victory against the Singapore Slingers, winning 80 – 89 as they paraded their new pair of world imports.
Justin Brownlee spearheaded Alab’s attacked against the Dragons as he tallied 29 points, seven boards, and eight assists while it Renaldo Balkman shined against the Slingers, scattering 26 points, eight rebounds, and four steals in leading Alab to an impressive overtime road victory.
5. Saigon Heat (2-2) | No Movement
Previous Rank: 5
The Saigon Heat paraded their own pair of new imports in their opening game of the year, as they dealt the Formosa Dreamers a 99 – 85 defeat last Saturday. New world import Maxie Esho debuted for 27 points and 14 rebounds while Filipino-American Michael Williams, the new heritage import, contributed 19 points, six boards, and four assists. Moses Morgan added 27 points and 12 rebounds while doing an outstanding job in defending former teammate Lenny Daniel.
6. Singapore Slingers (3-5) | 2
Previous Rank: 4
The Slingers dropped their second consecutive game as they suffered a heartbreaking overtime loss to Alab Pilipinas 89 – 80 at home last Sunday. Chris Charles debuted as the new world import for the Slingers and tallied 22 points and 11 rebounds, but it was not enough to carry the team to victory. Xavier Alexander had an off night as he could only score 10 points in the game. Ng Han Bin contributed 15 points while AJ Mandani had 13 points in a losing cause.
7. Westports Malaysia Dragons (1-3) | 1
Previous Rank: 6
Westports Malaysia Dragons suffered a third consecutive defeat at the hands of Alab Pilipinas 90-79 last Wednesday. The team welcomed new world import AJ West and the come-backing Joshua Munzon in the game where the team suffered another late collapse after keeping it close the entire contest. Munzon scored 21 points and added nine rebounds to lead the Dragons, while AJ West contributed 16 points and 22 rebounds, 15 coming from the offensive glass which is a new ABL record for most offensive rebounds in a game.
8. CLS Knights Indonesia (1-5) | No Movement
Previous Rank: 8
The CLS Knights suffered another painful defeat in front of their home fans as they lost another close game 86 – 83 against the visiting Chongson Kung Fu. Leading by as many as nine points in the fourth quarter, the Knights could not hold on to the lead and suffered their fifth straight defeat. Mario Wuysang finished with 19 points, seven rebounds, and five assists to lead the Knights while Freddie Lish notched 18 points, four rebounds, and five assists.
9. Formosa Dreamers (1-6) | No Movement
Previous Rank: 9
The Dreamers suffered another consecutive defeat in their second back-to-back game at home and extended their losing streak to four games. They lost to the Saigon Heat last Saturday 99 – 85 and absorbed another blowout loss to a much bigger Mono Vampire Basketball Club 104 – 84.