Behind a stellar scoring performance from Cai Chen, the Wolf Warriors (4-7, 7th place) ended their losing skid in impressive fashion, by playing unselfish basketball and simply frustrating the defense of Hong Kong Eastern.
A determined Wolf Warriors squad came into their match against the visiting Hong Kong team with the goal of snapping their losing skid. They accomplished this with a well-rounded offensive effort, highlighted by attacking the paint relentlessly. As a result they emerged with the impressive 108-102 win, holding off the late surge of Hong Kong Eastern.
One of the most talented locals in the ABL, Cai Chen reminded everyone that he will always be an MVP contender because of his ultra efficient play. His 27 points in 23 minutes was definitely evidence of that.
With Bell and Scott Ewing running the show, Boyd has had a chance to show his versatility for the Wolf Warriors. He flirted with a triple double of 24 points, 16 rebounds and 8 assists, and was almost unguardable against Hong Kong.
The Heat (1-4, 9th place) on the other hand are still searching for answers, as their misery was extended even further in a loss to the Macau Black Bears. Though the talent on the floor is undeniable, it just hasn’t translated to wins, which has to be frustrating for the team.
The Heat have had all kinds of problems this season, and offense has definitely been one of the biggest. They shot 35% from the field against the Black Bears, and only made six triples en route to the 95-83 loss. How can they juice their offense further?
It hasn’t stood out, but Sam Thompson has been just that- silently productive. His numbers against the Black Bears of 16 points, 4 rebounds and 2 steals are highly needed by the struggling Heat squad, but can he get them to a higher level?
With the Heat needing any kind of spark, the brothers Thanh Sang Dinh and Thanh Tam Dinh were able to provide this. The two combined to score 10 and 16 points respectively, and were determined to show that they can help turnaround the Heat’s season.