For the third time this season, Hong Kong Eastern have gotten a win at the expense of the Wolf Warriors. Marcus Elliott erupted for 36 points, pushing Hong Kong to a 95-88 victory Tuesday night at the Southorn Stadium in Wan Chai.
Hong Kong nabbed its third win of the season, all against the team from China, improving to a 3-3 record.
The two teams faced off just days after their second meeting last Saturday. Hong Kong pulled away in the final frame and overcame a poor shooting night from Elliott to get the 88-76 win. On Tuesday, it was a much closer encounter between the two squads. Fortunately for Hong Kong, Elliott bounced back and delivered when it mattered most.
The home team held a one-point lead, 87-86 lead with a minute and a half remaining after Eric Tisby knocked down a pair of free throws. Unlike their previous four games, the Wolf Warriors were finally in a position to register their first win of the season. They made a crucial defensive stop on the next play but unfortunately couldn’t convert on the other end as Tisby missed his shot at the basket. Elliott got the rebound and hit a gutsy pull up 3-pointer to give Hong Kong a 90-86 lead with 33 seconds left.
Mike Bell immediately countered with a layup to cut the deficit to two points but that turned out to be their last basket. They missed their last three attempts as Hong Kong went 5-of-6 from the line, four coming from Eric Ferguson, to ice the game.
Elliott returned with a vengeance from his 4-of-15 field goal shooting in the previous game to go 12-of-22 from the floor en route to his 36-point performance. He also grabbed 10 boards and dished out four assists. Ferguson also had a huge game with 35 points and 12 rebounds.
Eastern committed 18 turnovers and still got the win thanks to their 43 percent shooting clip while holding their opponent down to just 37 percent. They also capitalized their shots at the charity stripe, knocking down 22-of-26 free throws.
Chen Cai led the Wolf Warriors with 28 points and was on fire from rainbow country with six made triples. Tisby and Bell combined for 21 points in the loss. The Wolf Warriors are still winless after five games.