FIL-AMERICAN Joshua Munzon came up short in the race for two individual awards where he emerged a candidate after an impressive first season in the Asean Basketball League (ABL).
Munzon lost to Justin Howard of the Singapore Slingers in the Defensive Player of the Year balloting and to Thai-American Tyler Lamb of Hong Kong Eastern in the race for the Heritage Import MVP.
The individual awards were announced on Sunday before Game Four of the ABL finals in Singapore between the Slingers and the HK Long Lions.
Munzon was the lone non-World Import to be considered for the Defensive Player of the Year award and was the lone player with Filipino lineage in the Heritage MVP baloting.
The awards were determined through votes from coaches of the six teams in the league.
Munzon led the league in steals this season with an average of 3.2 per game in his stints with Saigon and Malaysia this season.
He also made a mark in different categories, finishing with 19.4 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 4.1 assists for the Heat and the Dragons.
Howard averaged 18.1 rebounds and 1.7 blocks during the eliminations. Also considered for the Defensive Player of the Year honor was Lenny Daniel of Saigon.
Lamb, who is being eyed to play for the Thailand national team in the Seaba Championship, finished with an average of 19 points, 6.2 rebounds, 3.6 assists, and 2.6 steals for the Long Lions.
Hong Kong Eastern coach Edu Torres was named Coach of the Year.