ANALYSIS: This may be a burgeoning grudge match as ASN captain (G) Wilson Lew is a former teammate and long-time friend of MNK captain (F) George Chan. Not to mention, Chan, Lew, ASN (G) Rommel Dolar along with MNK (F) Mike Chan and (G) Nick Mui won the WTA Asian Invt'l in April. For the most part, however, Lew's team is new to the scene. They've been led by 2K10 SUM RED league Outstanding Rookie (F) Brian Villy Womack. A fiery competitor and tireless defender Womack doesn't want to be a "specialist" and has displayed his scoring touch this season along with an ability to make big shots late in games.
For the Monkey Kings, it's been Mui all season long. The young guard has been carrying MNK but the result so far has been only a 1-3 record. Mui needs help and (F) Kevin Quach and Mike Chan have shown they are capable. -- Jeff Van Ghandi
(G) Tyquawn Goode 5-7, 160 lbs
(G) Nick Mui 5-11, 170 lbs Staten Island
Rookie Goode has top-end speed and is a very pesky defender, it remains to be seen what he can bring on offense. Everything MNK does runs through Mui, he can score, defend and pass.
(G) Andy Singleton 5-11, 185 lbs
(G) Mike Chan 6-1, 170 lbs
After a rough start, Singleton is now starting to show his ability as a shooter. Mike Chan has struggled with his shot but is a versatile scorer and underrated defender.
(F) Brian Womack 6-3, 190 lbs
(F) Kevin Quach 6-2, 180 lbs
Womack could very well end up the league's best defensive player. Quach has displayed a consistent touch from deep this season.
(F) Brian Nilsen 6-5, 225 lbs
(F) George Chan 6-2, 200 lbs
Nilsen is a big forward who is active on the floor but has yet to find a niche; he certainly has the size to be dominant. Chan is a hard-nosed bruiser who sets a great pick.
(C) Danny Manning 6-5, 260 lbs
(C) David Wiggins 6-8, 240 lbs
If you need someone to take up space in the paint, Manning is your man. Doesn't bring a lot on offense but Manning can defend bigs in the post. Wiggins is big but versatile, too.
BENCH (G) Wilson Lew (G) Rommel Dolar (F) Carlito Beach (F) Joel Capili
BENCH (G) James Li (F) Jin Kye (F) Kevin Coll (F) Joe Vine (G) Kwok Fung
While Lew recovers from an ankle injury, Dolar has been brought on to fill in. Both Beach and Capili bring solid all-around skills of the bench. Depending on who actually shows up for the Kings, the bench could fluctuate greatly. Fung has been consistent and a deep threat.
CHARLES BOK LEE
KENNY "THE JET" LI
STAN VAN GHANDI
JEFF VAN GHANDI
2K10 SUM Weekly Awards (Week 5)
Mike Kim (DBC) G | 5-11 | 165 lbs Week 5 Stats PPG: 19.0 RPG: 6.0 APG: 4.0
Kim isn't back in town for more than a couple of days and he's already back among the best of Fastbreak. That's how good this lightning quick guard is. An instant impact on any team, Kim gave DBC that extra gear that few other teams have.
If Kim is arguably the quickest guard in the OCC, Choi might be his counterpart in the ORC. Though still not fully recovered from a pre-season knee injury, Choi looks is returning to form as NYF takes a 4-0 record into the 2nd half of the season.
Runner-Up: Nick Mui (MNK) 24 pts, 7 rebs, 4 asts
The Sam Lo Award for Hustlers
Joe Kim (NYF) 11 rebs, 8 asts, 2 stls
Kim was quietly covering all bases in a win vs. BOI. Getting just 2 asts shy of the season's first triple-double is no small feat.
AOD (G) Jon Scheiman looks to get out of the ASN double team headed up by standout Ninjas (F) Brian Villy Womack.
AOD can't keep up with run & gun Ninjas
by "Scoop" Jack Sun
MLK HS, NYC -- Allow me to qualify that lead, ASN sure did gun but (G) Tyquawn Goode and (F) Brian Villy Womack, with a game-high 14 pts, did most of the running.
This was to be AOD (G) Jon Scheiman's last game before his workout with the (IBA) Israeli Basketball Association, in which he would have to miss at least 2 weeks. AOD captain (C) Len Kamdang certainly hoped it would be a big one, especially AOD leading scorer with (G) Usama Nausrudeen (26 ppg) out of the line-up.
N. Harrington (MON) G | 6-8 | 225 lbs Week 4 Stats PPG: 29.0 RPG: 14.0 APG: 5.0
Harrington was dominant from one end of the court to the other. Scoring pretty much at will, the 6-8 center is athletic, tenacious and can finish. Oh and he can shoot, too. What more can you ask for from a bonafide pro?
Runner-Up: Jin Hong (DBC) 19 pts, 8 rebs, 4 stls
Nacho Martin (NYF) C | 6-9 | 240 lbs Week 4 Stats PPG: 19.0 RPG: 16.0 SPG: 2.0
Martin was a force against AOD. After struggling at first against big AOD (C) Josh Ellison, Martin was able to turn it on in the second half and dominate. The Spanish pro delivered with a striking efficiency, helping lift the Fury to their 3rd straight W.
Runner-Up: Nic Echevestre (NYF) 18 pts, 6 rebs
The Sam Lo Award for Hustlers
Jin Hong (DBC) 8 rebs, 4 stls, 2 blks
DBC really needs Hong to step it up to get to MSG, and this week Hong answered the call. His ferocious play helped bring DBC their first victory.
Runner-Up: George Chan (MNK) 11 rebs, 1 ast
Defensive Player of the Week
B. Picone (DBC) 13 rebs, 5 blks
For the second week in a row, the reigning Defensive MVP shut down the opposing paint and made it near impossible for ASN's bigs to work.
Runner-Up: Brian Womack (ASN) 9 rebs, 4 stls
The High-5 Club Rich Baptiste (MON) 13-9-3-2-3 Nacho Martin (NYF) 19-16-1-2-1 Jin Hong (DBC) 19-8-1-4-2 Danny Manning (ASN) 3-2-1-3-1
Discorama Rookie of the Week Jin Hong (DBC) 8 rebs, 4 stls, 2 blks
Bouncing back from a sub-par outing vs. MON, Hong's new-found tenacity was just what DBC needed to pull this one out.
Runner-Up: Nacho Martin (NYF) 19 pts, 16 rebs
The "John Starks" Award Ty Goode (ASN) | 1-13 FGs (.077)
Goode didn't look rusty but it had to be something. The moves were there, the timing but not the finish, and eventually, it got pretty ugly.
Dishonorable Mention: Joe Vine (MNK) 2-12 FGs
The "Chris Dudley" Award
Danny Manning (ASN) | 1-4 (.250)
Not much to choose from since it's the BLUE league, but going 1-4 isn't pretty. It's called the charity stripe for a reason. Dishonorable Mention: Jin Hong (DBC) 1-3 FTs