Not even a tough shooting night from their leading scorer could stop the Saigon Heat from picking up a huge win in the ASEAN Basketball League season.
In a game where prolific import Lenny Daniel was held to only 11 points and in foul trouble, the Heat still had enough to overcome the Westports Malaysia Dragons, winning 95-84 on the road.
Heritage Import Moses Morgan led the way for the Heat with 24 points on 3/6 from three point area. He also had seven rebounds and 3 steals.
A week after letting a win get away from its grasp, Alab Pilipinas took the ball and ran with it all the way back into the win column in the 2016-2017 Asean Basketball League.
Matched up against home team Singapore, the Filipinos made sure their fire burned from start to finish and eventually ended with a 64-62 overtime triumph over the Slingers on Sunday at the OCBC Arena.
Jeric Fortuna, whose foul on Wong Wei Long at the end of regulation caused an extension to the game, more than made up for his mistake with an assist to Sampson Carter in the pivotal possession of overtime.
“Sabatino (Chen) is one of my best friends, but he benched me because I wasn’t playing defense!” said Kaohsiung Truth forward Wesley Hsu while running back to the court during the halftime break. “So I gotta play defense to stay on the floor!”
It’s a good thing he did. With Hsu on the floor and red hot from tipoff, the Kaohsiung Truth put on one of the best shooting displays in the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) this season.
Behind the prolific shooting of Hsu and Cedric Oliver’s impressive triple-double performance, the Kaohsiung Truth snapped a two game losing skid as they routed the Westports Malaysia Dragons winning 97-79 inside the House of Champions in Gem-in Mall.
HONG KONG – Winners of three in a row, Alab Pilipinas was the hottest team in the 2016-2017 Asean Basketball League.
Not anymore, especially after the fireworks show the Long Lions put forth on Sunday at the Southorn Stadium.
Dropping a total of 12 triples, all but four coming in the first half, Hong Kong took away the fire and then proceeded to turn up the heat on the Filipinos for a convincing 93-80 victory.
Wherever the Singapore Slingers are hiding their proverbial switch, opposing teams have yet to find where it is.
The Slingers once again turned the switch on during crunch time as they overcame a sluggish start and stunned the Westports Malaysia Dragons, 78-77, in a double-overtime thriller Sunday, January 8 at the OCBC Arena in Singapore.
“I’m pretty happy (with the win) because it is no secret: we just believed. We, the coaches, just kept telling them be calm, be disciplined to get ourselves more positive and, of course, we needed to tell everybody to believe,” Slingers head coach Neo Beng Siang said.
For the third straight time, Alab Pilipinas reigned supreme over the Kaohsiung Truth.
On Sunday, Alab notched their third win of the season, beating the Truth, 86-77, at the Kaohsiung Municipal Senior High School in Taiwan. Parks had another solid performance as he finished with 28 points, 8 rebounds, and 6 assists.
Alab and Truth have already faced each other two previous times in the Philippines. In both occasions, Alab was victorious as they leaned on the scoring prowess of Parks. On Sunday, however, Parks had a pair of co-stars in new World imports Sampson Carter and James Hughes. Carter tallied 23 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists, and 2 steals while Hughes had 12 points and 9 boards.
After four heartbreaking losses, the Kaohsiung Truth can finally breathe a sigh of relief.
On Saturday, the Truth notched their very first win in franchise history as they defeated the Saigon Heat, 83-82, at the Kaohsiung Municipal Senior High School. Cedric Oliver led the team with 25 points and 13 rebounds.
“Man, it feels amazing,” said Truth head coach Sabatino Chen. “Just because we’re we started 0-4. A lot of change – new players, new coach. These guys have been working hard the past three weeks.”