Basketball: Chris Charles clutches second ABL Import MVP award
- Updated: November 6, 2014
November 6, 2014: Hi-Tech Bangkok City’s big man Chris Charles has become the first player to win the AirAsia ASEAN Basketball League World Import MVP in successive years.
Charles, 33, won the 2014 award ahead of fellow nominees Justin Knox and Avery Scharer of Westports Malaysia Dragons, Dior Lowhorn of JobStreet.com Singapore Slingers’ and Saigon Heat’s Justin Williams.
“I want to thank the ABL, the fans and especially the coaches who voted for me to win this award. There are other great players that deserve this award as well, so to be acknowledged is a huge honour that I’m truly grateful for,” Charles said.
“This recognition wouldn’t be possible without my Hi-Tech Bangkok City teammates and coaches. They all stood by my side through tough periods throughout the season. I also want to thank our team owner Nipondh Chawalitmontien for giving me the opportunity to represent Thailand basketball with Hi- Tech.”
After recovering from an injury during the off-season, the seven-foot centre had a remarkable regular season, averaging team highs of 21.4 points, 14 rebounds and four blocks per game. One of his best games came on October 11 when he posted 19 points, 26 rebounds, five assists and five blocks in an 85-74 win over the Saigon Heat.
“I must also acknowledge my friends and family who have been my support system and helped me through the recovery process from an injury that this time last year prevented me from even playing the game,” Charles said. “This is an individual accolade but my ultimate goal is team oriented and has yet to be achieved and that is to win an ABL title with my Hi tech teammates.”
Having helped Hi-Tech to a 14-6 record during the regular season, Charles is now focused on the best-of-three finals series against the Westports Malaysia Dragons, which starts this Saturday at the MABA Stadium in Kuala Lumpur.
“This is a milestone moment but our focus is solely on a championship right now. I’m extremely excited about receiving this award for a second time. However, my mindset coming into this season was not to be the MVP again but to lead my team to a championship doing whatever I could to put us in a position to excel. I will do my best to accomplish that goal.”
Source: ASEAN Basketball League (www.aseanbasketballleague.com); Editing by SportAsia