Game 41: Heat Keep Streak Going After Defeating Dragons 70-69

Sunday 11th March 2012, Tip off 3pm local time, Tan Binh Stadium, Vietnam

Tiras Wade had a chance to stun the Tan Binh Stadium but his running shot at the buzzer fell short and the sold out Tan Binh Stadium was rocking as Saigon Heat beat Westports Malaysia Dragons 70-69 to record their third straight win.

Jonathan Jones had a monster game for Saigon Heat with 19 points and 22 rebounds while Jahmar Thrope finished with 18 points. Teammates John Smith and Noy Javier also contributed 14 points each.

The Dragons were down 50-53 going into the final quarter until Wade took matters into his own hands, scoring 14 points in the quarter. Thorpe, who was guarding Wade, did not put his hands up as Wade buried a three-point shot to make it 69-66 for the Dragons with 42 seconds left, prompting Coach Rabedeaux to call a timeout for the home team.

After the timeout, John Smith hit a shot to cut the Heat’s deficit to just one point. The Dragons ran into trouble when Wade turned the ball over and Guganeswaran Batumalai fouled Jahmar Thorpe. With only 5.6 seconds left on the clock, Thorpe calmly hit two clutch free throws to put the Heat up for good.

“I did not think about anything when I took those free throws. I practice it everyday, I know I can make those shots.” said Thorpe about his game winning free throws.

Wade, who finished with 28 points, did not get a lot of help from his teammates in this game. Brian Williams sprained his ankle late in the first quarter after landing awkwardly when grabbing an offensive rebound but was able to return to the game. Williams finished with 12 points and 13 rebounds. No other players from Dragons were able to reach double digits.

Heat will try to extend their three-game winning streak on Wednesday the 14th of March when they host the AirAsia Philippine Patriots at Tan Binh Stadium. Dragons will travel to Thailand on Wednesday to play against Bangkok Cobras at Chulalongkorn University.

Heat: Jonathan Jones – 19pts, Jahmar Thorpe – 18pts, John Smith – 14pts, Noy Javier – 14pts, Robert Sanz – 4pts, Minh Trieu – 1pt 

Dragons: Tiras Wade – 28pts, Brian Williams – 12pts, Patrick Cabahug – 9pts, Nic Belasco – 4pts, Loh Shee Fai – 4pts, John Ng – 3pts, Seelan Kuppusamy – 3pts, Guga Batumalai – 2pts, Lau Bik Ing – 2pts, Chris Pacana – 2pts

  Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
Heat 20 15 18 17
Dragons 10 24 16 19