Hong Kong Eastern responded once again to adversity, as they took care of business after suffering their second loss of the season last Sunday.
The defending champions Hong Kong Eastern got back on the winning track, dealing a 104-92 defeat to the Westports Malaysia Dragons. Hong Kong’s big three were stellar in leading the squad to a victory in Southorn Stadium, Wan Chai.
Imports Christian Standhardinger, Tyler Lamb and Marcus Elliott each finished with over 20 points. The three point shooting of Hong Kong Eastern was the big difference, as they shot 14/33 from beyond the arc.
Lamb paced the team in scoring with an efficient 28 points in 29 minutes of action. The Thai-American made 4/7 triples, and added 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals.
Hong Kong raced to a blitzing start in the first period, as a Lamb triple at the 1:27 mark gave Hong Kong a 22 point lead, 29-7. Heritage Import Josh Munzon would score six straight points to close out the quarter, as the Dragons trailed 29-13 at the end of the first period.
The Malaysia-based squad would get their act together in the second period, as AJ West and Marcus Marshall led their squad back into the game. A West dunk on an airballed triple from Josh Munzon got the Dragons to with six points at the half, 44-38.
The defending champions would showcase their prolific scoring in the third period, getting buckets from the perimeter and in the paint. 14 points from Lamb and 7 from Standhardinger in the quarter helped break open what was a tight game, as Hong Kong would open up a 75-58 advantage and lead by 17 points entering the final canto.
Hong Kong would cruise to the win in the 4th, as timely baskets from Standhardinger, Elliott and Adam Xu was enough to keep the Dragons at bay. With 5 seconds remaining, Munzon was whistled for his second unsportsmanlike foul, leading to his ejection from the game and the end to a frustrating evening for the visiting team.
Hong Kong on the other hand was all smiles, as they bounced back nicely from their loss last Sunday to the Saigon Heat. They kept their turnovers to a minimum, only coughing it up 15 ties compared to 27 against the Heat. Hong Kong also made an effort to move the ball around, as they finished with 29 assists.
Marcus Elliott registered another triple double, churning out 24 points, 11 rebounds and 15 assists. It is his 4th triple-double of the season, leading the entire league in such feat. Standhardinger finished with 26 points and 11 rebounds in the win.
Munzon paced the Dragons with a season-high 30 points on 11/25 shooting to go along with 10 rebounds and 7 assists. Kuek Tian Yuan followed with 17 points, 3 rebounds and 1 block. The Dragons also got back World Import Marcus Marshall who missed the team’s last game with an injury, but he had a quiet 5 points in 24 minutes.
The Dragons drop to 3-9 in the standings, currently stuck at 8th place. Hong Kong remains on top with a 10-2 card. Their next matchup will be one of the biggest matches of the season, as they tangle with the second seed Chong Son Kung Fu in their first match of the season.