In another day of SEA Games 2017 basketball, players from the ABL were busy in action.
Stefan Nguyen and the Vietnam National Team got their first win in SEA Games 2017 with a barnburner against Cambodia.
Vietnam led by as much as 15 points in the fourth quarter, but allowed a furious three-point shooting rally to let Cambodia back into the game. With only 2 minutes left, Vietnam’s lead had been cut down to only 2 after another gutsy three pointer.
Stefan Nguyen took charge and rained a drizzle of crossovers and hesitation moves to get open enough to drop a pass to his team mate. The basket put Vietnam up for good, ending up in a 95-90 win. Stefan Nguyen finished with 9 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists. Nguyen Van Hung recovered from a foul-riddled first game, getting a 19-point 11-rebound double-double vs. Cambodia.
Singapore then made easy work of Laos who were playing their first game.
A trio of Singapore Slingers were able to score in double digits in the 103-51 blowout. Leon Kwek led the team with 18 points, Delvin Goh had 14 points, and Larry Liew added 12 to the score sheet.
Host Nation Malaysia would then face Thailand in the big match of the day. Fans continued to pour in to support their team and the rowdy cheers turned into an additional defensive support for the home team.
Malaysia started out strong, leading by as much as 9 points, for almost the entire first half. Thailand were able to come up with an 11-point run nearing the end of the half and went away with the game from there.
Ting Chun Hong of the Westports Malaysia Dragons has continued to look impressive, scoring 14 points and grabbing 10 rebounds along the way.
However, the story of the night was ABL’s Heritage Import MVP Tyler Lamb who erupted for a tournament-high 37 points including big shot after big shot to drown out Malaysia’s wave of comeback attempts.
The results of these games puts Thailand on top of Group A, while Singapore holds on to the top spot in Group B.