Thursday, October 16, 2008
3:32 pm edt
asianballers.net 2008 National Champions!
And your 2008
National Champions are the Dreamleague All-Stars! The 2008 championship tournament was very
competitive and showcased a lot of big names in asian basketball. Names like John Lane, Nic Echevestre, Xiro, and Fruity Brooks.
It would be tough to pick any team to win this tournament because of all the solid teams that had size, height, and great
Dreamleague was a little under the radar because they haven't done much in the east coast region,
but they brought a lot of height and a lot of Mr. Nic Echevestre (Tournament MVP). Nic showed
why he is one of the top scoring talents in the country. With his clutch shooting, he brought a championship to the Dreamleague
organization. Everyone who watched the playoff game with TLC vs Dreamleague will remember his take it to the bank, 3-point
prayer, off the glass shot, with 4 seconds to tie the game and send it into overtime. TLC and their fans were stunned. The
went from looking at a title to going home in a blink. That shot propelled Dreamleague to the championship. So congratulation
to Dreamleague for a job well done! Your are the Champions of 2008!
There were some suprises and dissapointments in
this tournament with Toronto 25 not making the final four. They struggled all tournament to get things going. And also,
Team United fell apart against the tough NY Cruisers, who finished as the runners up to the championship.
Tony Hu and Eddie Wang help lead the Cruisers all tournament long. F/C #20 Tony Hu
was a handful down in the paint and SG - #23 Eddie Wang dropped bombs from the outside.
John Lane and the NY Maximum Output felt the power of Tony also in the final four game verses the Cruisers. But
it was a close game all the way with a lot of physicality. As a matter fact this tournament was very physical from beginning
to end. The officials were inconsistent in calling fouls and let players pound on each other for most of the tournament.
So the NY Maximum Output fell short once again. John looked a little hobbled with injuries so he wasn't his usual self.
Because he was limping seemed to be in pain most of the games.
The suprise team of the tournament was the NY Top Guns. With their physical big men inside and their good shooting from the perimeter, they made
to the final four. They actually had the lead late in the game against Dreamleague, but some crucial mistakes and leaving
Nic wide open cost them a trip to the championship game. But this team looks to be on the rise, so watch out for them! Good
TLC who finished as runners up last year looked revamped with the
additions of Leo(2007 Championship MVP) and Dustin Coloso on their frontline. A long lanky team with young guards and experienced
inside players. But Dreamleague stopped their dreams with one shot from Nic Echevestre. But this team was very talented
and could have easily been the champs! If this same team comes next year, they should definetly be considered one of the favorites.
The most dissapointing performance of the tournament was the play of Xiro. He played
with Yellow Fever and Bo Noung & Atif Sajid out of Atlanta. They were eliminated by TLC who just did everything right
from the tip. Xiro couldn't buy a basket in this game against TLC. After the game a lot of people were criticizing him,
saying, "He's Number 1? He's not that good!". You will always have a bulls eye on you when you are ranked
as the number 1 player in the country. So when you play bad, there will be always a lot of trash talk. But every player has
a bad game. And he's not making any excuses. Remember its a team game, the Yellow Fever were at a disadvantage with no
real big man in the paint. Their tallest player was 6 foot even. At a championship tournament with players 6'4 to 6'9
on the blocks, you will not survive without a some kind of a big man. Yellow Fever needs to recruit some height if they want
to compete for a championship! But it didn't help that Xiro didn't deliver his usual magic either.
overall, the championship was an upgrade from last season. We want to thank Larry Chow and the NY Maximum Output for being
a great host. Next year's tournament location will be announced very soon. We will be coming to the Midwest hopefully.
Thanks to all the teams, players, and spectators for making this championship a success. Remember there is always next year!
Final Four Teams
NY Maximum Output vs NY Crusiers
Dreamleague All-Stars vs NY Top Guns
All Championship Tournament Team
G - John Lane (Maximum
G - Eddie Wang (NY Cruisers)
F - MVP Nic Echeverstre
F - Fruity
C - Tony Hu (NY Cruisers)
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Let the Hype Begin!
2:29 am edt
The 2008 Asianballers.net National Championships
New York City
at Baruch College
We are less than 12 days away from the crowning this year's National Champion! Who will bring their
game, and who will survive against some of the top teams in the country? So you ask, who's the favorite? What teams
do you need to look out for? The favorites going into this championship are the NY Maximum Output.
With John Lane and a few players of the Chosen Few, joining forces with their
already loaded roster, they should be a lock to get to the championship game. And also Toronto
25 for Life should see them in championship game. But there are two teams that will make a whole lot
of noise. Team United is very talented and if they play up to their potential,
they should be a contender. And the NY Cruisers, who is competitive against
any team in the country, will most definetly will be a tough matchup.
But the suprise of the tournament
is that Xiro Navalauth (currently #1 player in the country) will be playing
for a team in championship tournament. What team is he playing for? Good question? You have to wait and see. Everybody wants
a chance to beat or play against Xiro because he's is ranked #1. They want to see if he's that good. There are a lot
of players who think they are better than him, and now he can show what he can do on a bigger stage. Can just adding
a player like Xiro get a team a championship? Yes, if that team has any talent they should definetlly be improved. It
will be interesting to see where Xiro's team will finish. So check back after the tournament. We will have full coverage
for you. See you in New York!
Final Four Picks
NY Maximum Output - NY
Team United - VA
Toronto 25 for Life - Canada
NY Cruisers - NY
Our Pick to win the Championship