Hong Kong comes back strong to level Finals at 1-1

Hong Kong comes back strong to level Finals at 1-1
OUR TURN. Marcus Elliott's scorching second quarter helped Hong Kong withstand his third quarter ejection.

Game 2 wasn’t going to be like Game 1 of the 2016-2017 Asean Basketball League Finals.

Josh Boone, Marcus Elliott, and, in the endgame, the Hong Kong locals made sure of that on Tuesday at the Southorn Stadium.

Elliott poured in 26 points before getting ejected while Boone stood strong against Justin Howard as the Eastern Long Lions scored a 92-84 triumph over Singapore that evens the best-of-five championship round at one win apiece.

After only scoring 11 points for all of Game 2, Boone came alive in the first period by pounding in eight markers to let Hong Kong avoid another slow start.

Elliott then took over in the second quarter where he fired 16 points of his total to steer the home team to a 10-point halftime advantage.

The matchup turned testy in the third as Elliott was called for consecutive technical fouls for continuous complaining. Wong Wei Long and Leon Kwek then made good on four free throws to pull the Slingers to as close as only one point down.

Boone and Tyler Lamb had the quick counter for the Long Lions, however, and their back-to-back baskets re-established a 70-65 lead entering the final frame.

Singapore would not be able to come any closer as Boone and Lamb steadied the ship and Lee Ki stepped up in the absence of Elliott.

Boone wound up with a 23-point, 16-rebound double-double and Lamb added 13 markers of his own to help Hong Kong earn back momentum just in time for the series to shift to the Slingers’ OCBC Arena.

While their American reinforcements took care of the offense, it was the Long Lions’ team effort that slowed down Howard who powered through a 45-point, 28-rebound double-double in Game 1.

With Boone and Shing Yee Fong able to hold down the fort this time around, Howard only had 19 points and 12 rebounds. Xavier Alexander top-scored for Singapore with 27 points.

The pivotal Game 3 will be played on Friday.

BOX SCORES

HONG KONG 92 – Elliott 26, Boone 23, Lamb 13, Lee 13, Chan 7, Fong 6, Guinchard 4, Lau 3, Tang 0, Wu 0

SINGAPORE 84 – Alexander 27, Howard 19, Wong 11, Urbiztondo 9, Kwek 8, Ng 3, Oh 3, Goh 2, Folkoff 2, Liew 0

QUARTER SCORES: 25-24, 50-40, 70-65, 92-84

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