Hong Kong Eastern returned to the winning column with a 95-88 win over the Saigon Heat in the Southorn Stadium Wan Chai, Hong Kong.
The usual suspects delivered for Eastern in the big victory, however the story of the game was the season-best performance from local Chan Siu Wing. The Hong Kong veteran was stellar all game long, and led all scorers with a monster performance of 24 points on a booming 4/6 from beyond the arc.
Chan did majority of his damage in the first quarter, as he went off for a whopping 17 points in the first 10 minutes of action. He almost singlehandedly kept Hong Kong ahead of the Heat, who found their groove early on in the ballgame. However Chan’s hot shooting nudged Hong Kong ahead after the first period, 32-26.
Both teams traded the lead back and forth for the middle two quarters, with Hong Kong holding a slim lead entering the final period, 72-69. A layup by O’Darien Bassett followed by a swooping layup by Marcus Elliott plus a free throw at the 6:29 mark gave Hong Kong its biggest lead of the game at 11 points, 84-73.
Deguara would pile it on with another dunk after free throws from Tanh Sang Dinh, capping off a 9-2 run for Hong Kong. That proved to be enough of a buffer for the home team to withstand a final run by the Heat, as they made four points in succession inside the final two minutes of the game to trim the deficit to three points with 1:22 left.
But a basket in the paint from Deguara and two clutch free throws from Bassett would prove to be the dagger, as Hong Kong handed Saigon its second straight loss following a four game winning streak.
Ably supporting Chan were Deguara’s double-double of 23 points and 17 rebounds, alongside Bassett with 22 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists. Elliott also came close to a triple double with 15 points,10 rebounds and 8 assists.
The Heat were led by Kyle Barone’s 22 points and 11 rebounds. Murphy Burnatowski chipped in 19, while Hughes added 16 for the Heat in the losing effort.
Hong Kong climbs to fifth place in the standings with a 10-8 card, while the Heat drop to 10-6 and are now in third place behind San Miguel Alab Pilipinas and the Formosa Dreamers