ABL: McKinney beats out fellow Filipinos Standhardinger, Brickman for Asean Heritage MVP
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Apr 25, 2018 07:38 PM
Three players with Filipino blood disputed the award for Asean Heritage MVP
STA. ROSA, LAGUNA - Three Filipinos were vying for the recognition as top Heritage Import in the 2017-2018 Asean Basketball League.
In the end, it’s Filipino-American Mikh Mckinney taking home the trophy presented right before Game 2 of the Finals on Wednesday at the Sta. Rosa Multi-Purpose Complex, besting Filipino-German Christian Standhardinger and Fil-Am Jason Brickman.
With per game counts of 22.2 points, 5.8 assists, 5.6 rebounds, and 2.2 steals, Mckinney was a key cog for China’s Chong Son, a first-year team that claimed the top-seed in the playoffs.
He and Anthony Tucker combined to form an awesome twosome that propelled upstart Kung Fu to the very top of the standings.
Mckinney’s year-long brilliance was more than enough to hold off Standhardinger’s blazing hot start for Hong Kong and Brickman’s steady steering of Mono of Thailand.
Chong Son also has even more reason to celebrate as Tucker won World MVP while Charles Dube-brais won Coach of the Year.
Tucker’s stuffed stat line of 22.7 points, 8.3 rebounds, 7.8 assists, and 1.6 steals made him the undisputed top non-Southeast Asian player.
Dube-brais, meanwhile, guided a rookie squad into contention.