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ABL 2019: Post-Game Analysis – Saigon Heat VS KL DRAGONS

ABL10: ðŸ€Saigon Heat 68-80 KL Dragons ðŸ€

A great start to our 2020 as we picked up our second straight victory by defeating the Saigon Heat 80-68. 

The team travelled to Ho Chi Minh City without Kuala Lumpur born Simeon Lepichev who suffered an injury to his thumb. 

Amir Bell started us well with a three point play before the hosts hit us back with a 9-0 run sparked by the veteran Christien Charles.

Shaking off his early free throw woes, Will Artino got us back in the game with six straight points to tie up the game. Both teams traded leads late in the first quarter and just as it seemed Chin Cheng Wah had tied up the game for us to end the first, Justin Young made a desperation three pointer from half court to give the host team the 22-19 lead.

We struggled for the early part of the second quarter as we allowed the Saigon Heat to stretch the lead to as high as eight thanks to the inspired play of Sam Thompson.

Just when we needed a spark, our locals provided the jump start with back-to back three pointers from Chin Cheng Wah and Kuek Tian Yuan making it a one possession game. 

We kept battling and finally managed to tie the game going into the half time break thanks to a three point play from Cade Davis. 

A gritty start to the third quarter saw no points scored in the first two and a half minutes both ways before Cade Davis broke the deadlock with his first three pointer to finally regain us the lead. That would be the catalyst to a strong third quarter performance for Davis as he scored ten points to stretch our lead to as high as eight before a Gary Forbes three pointer cut the lead to only five going into the final quarter.

A Tam Dinh three pointer early in the fourth gave us a nervous start as the home crowd roared their team on with the lead going down to only two.

We were able to fend off Saigon Heat’s attempts at tying the game and Cade Davis once again took over the game with eight straight points to stretch our lead to eight.

With the Heat struggling to break our defense, Davis scored another layup to stretch the lead to ten, followed by a basket and a foul for the returning ‘Mei Mei’ Ting Chun Hong. ‘Mei Mei’ successfully completed the three point play to quench all hopes of a home team comeback.

We finished the game with the 80-68 win to end our four games losing streak in Ho Chi Minh City going back to the 2017/2018 season. 

Cade Davis was our best player with 27 points. Davis proved clutch for us down the stretch, scoring 20 of his points in the second half.

Will Artino picked up his fourth straight double-double with 18 points and 14 rebounds while Amir Bell contributed 12 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists.

It was also an impressive showing from our local players who combined for 23 points. Ting Chun Hong led the local scoring with 7 points. 

An efficient overall team performance on both ends of the floor, saw us score at a 44% field goal percentage while we held the Saigon Heat to only 37%.

Head Coach Jamie Pearlman said, “Obviously losing Simeon for this game, we were definitely concerned we were going to miss out on his size, rebounding and defensive presence. But, I’m really proud with our guys and the way they battled tonight. Mei Mei, Shee Fai and Kuek really came in and did a fantastic job on the defensive end. When we keep a team down to 68 points, we definitely give ourselves a great chance at winning.”

“Simeon is game by game at the moment. We’re monitoring his situation closely and we don’t want to rush him back too soon as it could lead to a prolonged injury.”

With the victory, we move up to a 3-1 record and will next face the 2016/2017 champions, Hong Kong Eastern at the Southorn Stadium in Wan Chai, Hong Kong on the 8th of January at 8.00 PM. 

With a new head coach in Jordan Brady, Hong Kong Eastern are facing a tough start to their ABL campaign, having lost their first three games. Despite their difficult start, Hong Kong Eastern boasts the services of the league’s current leading scorer in Trey Kell who is currently averaging 31.3 PPG.

Hong Kong Eastern also recently reinforced their team with the services of veteran forward Brandon Costner, who replaced TJ Price. With five members of their championship team still on their roster, Hong Kong Eastern will prove to be a formidable opponent for us. 

Since their entry into the league in the 2016/2017 season, we have yet to register a single win against the Hong Kongers, losing all eight of our previous encounters.  

Fans can catch the game live on ASEAN Basketball League’s YouTube and Facebook page as well as Astro Arena.

2020年我们有个很棒的开始,以68比80击败西贡热火获二两胜。

本土球员西蒙 (Simeon. Lepichev) å› æ‹‡æŒ‡å—伤所以未能与猛龙前往于胡志明市的客场赛。

阿米尔 (Amir Bell) å¼€å±€å¾—三分之后接着被东道主在老将克里斯迪恩·查尔斯 (Christien Charles) çš„带领下连得9分。

威尔 (Will Artino) å‰æœŸé™·å…¥ä½Žé¡çš„罚球命中率,但后来仍连得6分将比分拉平。首节末端,双方的比分持续拉锯,而当陈振华 (Chin Cheng Wah) åœ¨è¯»è¡¨é˜¶æ®µå°†æ¯”分拉平时,东道主的贾斯丁·杨从的中场三分球成功命中,以22比19分领先首节。

第二节前期因萨姆·汤姆森 (Sam Thompson) çš„精湛的演出使我们深处困境,带领西贡热火将分差拉剧到8分。

正当我们需要一些支援时,我们的本土老将郭添源和防守硬汉陈振华勇猛出手,一人一颗连续三分球将比分拉近至一分之差。

在顽强的抵抗下,最后多亏了凯德 (Cade Davis) çš„三分球,双方平分结束了上半场。

第三节的前两分半钟,我们双方进攻端上一度失灵,貌似彼此在不想得分这件事情上互不相让。但凯德看不过眼决定打破僵局,他投下了一记三分球也终获领先。随之而来的是凯德强悍的演出,共得10分让猛龙领先热火8分。但第三节末端加里·福布斯投进了三分球将分差缩小至5分。

谭·丁 (Tam Dinh) ç¬¬å››èŠ‚开局的一记三分球将分差拉近至两分,也因此炒热了主场气氛,搞得猛龙七上八下。

好在凯德手感仍十分火烫,连得8分将比分拉开,准备灭火。

在热火仍无法破猛龙的防守之下,凯德再送上一记上篮,直接将分差拉至十分。而这时回归猛龙的“美美”陈俊弘 (Ting Chun Hong) å†³å®šåœ¨çƒ­ç«çš„伤口上撒盐,送上一记2+1,直接扑火。

最终比赛以68比80收场,终结了我们17/18年赛季在热火主场的四连败。 

凯德全场得27分,猛龙中表现的最好。凯德总得分中的20分都于下半场所拿下,证明了自己可没闹着玩。

威尔也继这场比赛后连续四场比赛获双十的佳绩,共得18分14篮板,而另一方面阿米尔也贡献了12分,9篮板和5助攻。

本土球员们也同样表现不俗,共得23分,其中陈俊弘个人共得7分。 

猛龙的整体攻守两端的表现具效率,进攻端方面共缴出44%的总命中率,防守端则让热火仅交出37%的总命中率。

杰米总教练 (Coach Jamie Pearlman) æåˆ°ï¼šâ€œæ˜¾è€Œæ˜“见的,这场比赛少了西蒙的身高、篮板以及防守,我们无疑地会担心这点。  ä½†æˆ‘为着球员们今晚的表现的感到骄傲。美美,树辉和添源在防守端上的跳出来且表现地很棒。当我们能压制热火只让他们得68分时,我们绝对胜券在握”。

“西蒙的情况有待观察。我们正在监督他的情况,同时我们不想催促他归队,因为这只会导向另一次的伤势”。

随着这次胜利,猛龙的目前的战绩是3胜1负,而下一站客场将于一月八日晚上8点整在香港湾仔修顿体育馆对垒16/17的总冠军,香港东方。 

香港东方此赛季迎来了新总乔丹·布雷迪 (Jordan Brady),但开季首三场比赛都吃败仗。即便东方有着艰苦的季初,他们却拥有特里·凯尔 (Trey Kell)坐阵。他目前全联盟第一的得分王,场均香港得分共31.3分。.

香港东方最近也增加了新战力,迎来了老将前锋布兰登·科斯纳 (Brandon Costner),而他将顶替TJ æ™®æž—æ–¯ (TJ Prince)的位置。东方中仍有五位夺冠的球员,他们仍是个不容忽视的挑战。 

自从东方在16/17年的加入以来,猛龙共与东方交战八场,而八场尽全负。 

猛龙的粉丝们,你可以到ABL的YouTube和面子书或Astro Arena收看到时猛龙对勒香港东方的赛事直播。

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