Elliott’s near triple-double lets Hong Kong steal Game 3 from Singapore
TAKE THE LEAD. Marcus Elliott yet again proved to be the difference for Hong Kong against Singapore.
Filipino-American Josh Urbiztondo buried his first and only basket inside the last two minutes to grant Singapore its biggest lead on Friday inside its homecourt, OCBC Arena.
Right in the next play, however, Marcus Elliott swished a trey of his own to start what proved to be the pivotal push that placed visiting Hong Kong one win away from the title in the 2016-2017 Asean Basketball league.
Scoring five of his team’s last 11 points, the American reinforcement fronted the Eastern Long Lions’ rally that eventually ended as a 76-72 victory versus the Slingers.
Elliott wound up with an almost triple-double with 21 points, nine assists, and nine rebounds.
No basket was bigger than his quick counter for Urbiztondo’s triple that propelled Hong Kong to what is now a 2-1 lead in the race-to-three championship series.
The contest was close all throughout and the visitors only had a five-point lead early in the final frame. It was at that point, however, that Singapore scored nine unanswered – capped off by Urbiztondo’s first and only basket – to swing the advantage in their favor, 69-65.
Still, the Long Lions had the answer in the form of their lead guard who connived with Shing Yee Fong to complete their comeback.
Fong finished with eight markers to his name while Josh Boone added 18 points and five rebounds.
With the win, Elliott and company also took back homecourt advantage in the Finals. They try for the championship on Sunday still at the OCBC Arena.
For the Slingers, it was Justin Howard who showed the way with a 31-point, 17-rebound double-double. His turnover with 40 ticks to go proved costly, however.
HONG KONG 76 – Elliott 21, Boone 18, Chan 12, Lamb 8, Fong 8, Guinchard 7, Lee 2, Tang 0, Lau 0
SINGAPORE 72 – Howard 31, Alexander 23, Kwek 7, Wong 3, Urbiztondo 3, Goh 3, Oh 2, Ng 0, Liew 0
QUARTER SCORES: 12-17, 39-40, 57-56, 76-72
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