Saturday 3rd March 2012, 6pm local time tip off, Thai Japanese Association Gym,Bangkok, Thailand.
It was an intense game at the Thai Japanese Association Gym as the Bangkok Cobras and Chang Thailand Slammers replayed the derby which the Cobras won back in January. This time around the Slammers were able to get their revenge and won the game 86 to 76.
Cobras did not get a lot of contributions from both of their imports Travis George and Gentry Lewis. George contributed 4 points and 1 rebound in 13 minutes before getting fouled out. Lewis’ production was also limited, with 11 points in 20 minutes of play before he also fouled out of the game.
Cobras had a slow start. They were sloppy in the first quarter, turning the ball over 9 times and making just 3 field goals in the first 10 minutes. On the other side, Slammers’ two imports, Chaz Briggs and Demetrius Proby, were aggressive early and combined for 15 points. As a result, the Slammers were up 22-11 going into the second quarter.
The Cobras did make a comeback when they cut the Slammers’ lead to 55-52 after Chanachon Klahan made a shot with 3:39 left in the third quarter. But Slammers responded with an 11-3 run to close out the third quarter which ended 66-55.
The Cobras were not able to get stops in the final quarter to give them a chance to cut the Slammers’ lead further. Instead, the Slammers had their biggest lead in this game with 1:40 left in the game after Slammers’ newest recruit John Paul Alcaraz hit a free throw to stretch the lead to 85-68. At the final buzzer the scoreboard read Slammers 86, Cobras 76.
Chaz Briggs led all scoring with 20 points and Demeterius Proby added 15 points in his debut. From the Cobras, Jai Reyes had 17 points and Marvin Cruz finished with 15 points.
This is Slammers first win after hiring new coach Felton Sealy. They are still in transition after making a couple of changes in their squad, recently bringing in four new players Proby, Alcaraz, Earn Saguindel and Raymond Aguilar.
The Slammers will next travel to the Philippines on the 10th of March to visit the San Miguel Beermen at the Ynares Sports Arena while the Cobras host the Jobstreet.com Singapore Slingers on Sunday the 11th of March at Chulalongkorn University.
Slammers: Chaz Briggs – 20pts, Demetrius Proby – 15pts, John Paul Alcaraz – 12pts, Darongpan Apiromvilaichai – 10pts, Mana Jantuma – 9pts, Raymond Aguilar – 8pts, Supachai Sangthong – 6pts, Earn Saguindel – 3pts, Terrayut Tintai – 2pts, Sopon Pinitpatcharalert – 1pt
Cobras: Jai Reyes – 17pts, Marvin Cruz – 15pts, Chanchon Klahan – 12pts, Gentry Lewis – 11pts, Kaedum Chaiwat – 6pts, Ratdech Kruatiwa – 5pts, George Trans – 4pts, Danai Kongkum – 4pts, Darunpong Apriomvilaichai – 2pts