Just two days after their second regular season meeting, Hong Kong Eastern and Wolf Warriors go head-to-head once more this Tuesday at the Southorn Stadium.
Last December 1, Hong Kong snapped its three-game losing streak with an 88-76 win over the still-winless Wolf Warriors. It was the second win by Hong Kong over the team from China.
Eric Fergusson registered 29 points, nine rebounds, and five assists. Local standout Lee Ki added firepower with his 18-point production, including four 3-pointers.
Hong Kong got off to a rampant start as they led 16-1 in the opening moments. But the Wolf Warriors were determined to finally get their first win and came charging back. They kept the game competitive and were only down by six points at the half.
Eastern showed determination themselves, eager to snap its three-game slide, as they took over in the last two quarters. They established a lead as high as 22 points midway through the final frame.
Lee Ki provided Hong Kong much-needed firepower with World Import Marcu Elliott struggling from the field. Elliott scored only 10 points on 4-of-15 shooting. He remained aggressive as he collected 13 rebounds, and nine assists nearly ending up with a triple-double. Elliott will surely try to put more points on the scoreboard when the two teams meet again.
The Wolf Warriors debuted new World Imports Mike Bell and Eric Tisby, who replaced Mario Wuysang and Deshawn Mitchell. Tisby put up 22 points while Bell had a double-double of 13 points and 11 rebounds.
Chen Cai meanwhile has been a solid contributor for the Wolf Warriors despite their losing record. The 6-foo-9 center is averaging 17.3 points and 8.0 rebounds, a constant source of scoring and rebounding for a team still trying to find its rhythm in its debut season.
Will the Wolf Warriors bounce back and finally nab their first win of the season or will Hong Kong earn two straight wins?