Hong Kong Eastern will host the visiting Saigon Heat in the Southorn Stadium in Wan Chai, Hong Kong, as they look to bounce back from a tough loss against San Miguel Alab Pilipinas in ABL action.
They face the Saigon Heat, a team which saw its four-game winning streak snapped at the hands of the Singapore Slingers. Though they were able to rally back from a big first half deficit, the Slingers executed better down the stretch to pick up the victory.
It’s difficult to return from a game after starting the match on the losing end of a 25-2 run, but that’s what the Heat had to overcome. They faced a 21-point deficit at the half, but were able to dramatically rally back to seize the lead in the third period. But they ran out of gas in the fourth quarter, and had to watch the Slingers celebrate the win on their homecourt, 87-80.
Trevon Hughes led a second half rally for the Heat, yet unfortunately for the squad it fell short in the end. Despite the loss, Hughes put up great numbers with 24 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Still, Saigon showed that they are a team to be reckoned with, especially when their shots are falling like it did in the second half.
Similarly to the Heat, Hong Kong Eastern is determined to respond to adversity. In a matchup of teams with giants in the middle, it was PJ Ramos and San Miguel Alab Pilipinas that were able to overcome Sam Deguara and Hong Kong Eastern, 88-76. Hong Kong will need to do a better job of sharing the ball and creating opportunities, as seen in the disparity in assists, 30-17 in favor of Alab Pilipinas.
The former World MVP Marcus Elliott is coming from a solid performance against San Miguel Alab Pilipinas, though it wasn’t enough to prevent the loss against the Philippine-based squad. He finished with 21 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists. Elliott’s always looked to impact the team, and he might need to do more to change the fortunes of his squad.