Saigon drops upset ax on Standhardinger and Hong Kong

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jan 09, 2018 10:38 PM
Saigon drops upset ax on Standhardinger and Hong Kong
Saigon puts the first blemish on the record of defending champion Hong Kong

Michael Williams and Moses Morgan were shooting the lights out on Wednesday at the Southorn Stadium.

So much so that they left Hong Kong and its home crowd in the dark about what was happening.

Williams took charge when it mattered most, Morgan scattered seven long-range missiles, and Saigon shocked once-undefeated Eastern, 121-115, in a well-fought overtime game.

Williams totaled 39 points, eight coming in the last minute of the extra period, on top of nine rebounds, seven assists, and two steals as Vietnam dealt the defending champions their first taste of defeat in the 2017-2018 Asean Basketball League.

Morgan contributed 27 points of his own to go along with 11 rebounds, two blocks, and two steals.

It was the Heat’s third win in five games – and without a doubt, their biggest.

Much of it was thanks to the long ball as they made good on a league-record 18 threes.

With their shooting on-point from the get-go, the upstart visitors surprised just about everybody by being in control for most of the matchup.

Of course, Hong Kong kept coming behind Filipino-German Christian Standhardinger who sparked the 10-0 charge that erased a seven-point deficit and erected a 106-103 lead for them with 39 ticks to go

Williams’ triple tied the tally and forced an extra period and there, he only continued to take charge.

With the two teams tied at 113-all with 1:26 remaining, the American dropped a booming triple that proved to be the go-ahead basket.

And as the Saigon defense finally standing strong from there, Williams added a long two and another trey to put down Eastern once and for all.

The defending champions suffered their first setback in eight games in the season despite a 34-point, 12-rebound, 10-assist triple-double from Marcus Elliott as well as Standhardinger’s 37 markers and 19 boards.


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