Linggo, Marso 4, 2018

ABL All Stars Game: Pilipinas All Star vs. ASEAN All Star

Too bad San Miguel Alab Pilipinas lost to Westsport Malaysia Dragons halting Alab's hot 8 game winning streakJoshua Munzon the Fil-Am import of the Dragons split his late game charity shots but still enough to win the game for the home team.  Interestingly this is I think the 3rd time Alab has lost via the efforts of the opposing team's Fil-Am players.  First is the Christian Standhardinger lead Hongkong Eastern season opener game in MOA early this year, there is the game with Singapore Slingers where AJ Mandani lead his team.  And now this game where Alab fell victims to the hands of another Fil-Am Joshua Munzon.

This brings me the thought of what if the ABL puts up a Philippine vs. ASEAN kind of an All Star Game.  Similar to NBA's Rising Star Challenge which showcases the top rookies and sophomores from USA and the rest of the world.  That would be fun I am sure.  With the numbers of half-Pinoy half foreign players in ABL now we can form an all star team for sure, and in fact I have formed my own fantasy Philippine ABL All Stars.

THE STARTERS
This starting unit is going to be very explosive and efficient without our losing some swags.  With the current league leader in assist Jason Brickman (9.65 assist/game) manning the point with Joshua Munson and Bobby Ray Parks Jr. on the wing it will be problem for the opponents for sure.  Either Munzon or Parks Jr. wont hesitate to take their shots as they will have the able Lawrence Domingo and Christian Standhardinger protecting the front court.  We have already seen Bobby Ray and Christian played together in their Gilas stint so chemistry is not an issue either.  This lineup does not lack on shooting too with Munzon playing.  And of course the hassle and defense that Christian and Lawrence provide, this is definitely a dream team on their own rights.


THE RESERVES

If you're thinking that our would be ABL Philippines All Star's first 5 is all that've got, think again.  We have enough Fil-foreign players to compliment our starters.  Off the lists only Caelan Tiongson is the one that has not played in any local league here in our country.  But he's done enough to capture the attention of Coach Tim Cone as he commented that he thinks Tiongson can make an impact in the PBA.  While the rest are our usual local basketball mainstays either during their college days or even in their pro career. 
It will be a lot of fun if this happens.  This will be a great tribute to the Philippines and another proof that we are ASEAN's basketball kings.  What do you think guys?  If this happens who do you think must coach the team, is Jimmy Alapag a shoo in?  Feel free to build your own ASEAN All Stars team too that will go against our home boys.

***Photos are from ABL website.


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