Before the tournament fades too far into the haze that is the history of basketball in Indonesia I thought a quick recap of the performance of the imports would be worthwhile and may be of interest to a small number of people. While this may sound like an easy task, the only way to find this info is sifting through the articles in the Jawa Pos newspaper (in Indonesian).
Anthony Johnson – Johnson led the tournament in scoring while leading his team to a 3-2 record and 3rd place finish. He averaged 32.6 points over the five games and also grabbed over 10 boards a game (no rebound stats were reported for one game). While I’m sure he was happy to pick up the Top Scorer award, it is certain he was less happy to pick up dengue fever. Unfortunately, Johnson had to spend the week after the tournament in the hospital battling a high fever.
Chris Commons – Led his team to the championship with a 4-1 record. He averaged 26.4 points and 8 boards. He did so despite battling his own illness during the tournament. According to the Jawa Pos, Commons was dealing with a bout of diarrhea that also forced him to visit the hospital.
Kyle Cuffe – No illness for Cuffe by all reports. Cuffe played extremely well. In the three games we have stats for he averaged 34.7 points per contest and 15.3 boards. It looks like he did not play in the final contest as Muba’s 4th place finish was set.
Marcus Morrison – Very little was said about Morrison over the five days of the tournament. This is either because he was playing on the weakest team, or he was playing on the Malaysian squad so the Indonesian media didn’t pay attention. The one mention he did receive was for getting ejected at the end of the first half against the Australian squad for an altercation (the Aussie was also ejected). Morrison is playing right now in the Philippines on the KL Westport Dragons squad.