|De Angelo Hamilton of Cantho Catfish (left) tries to separate from Thang Long Warriors players during their VBA first final game yesterday in Hà Nội. The Catfish won 83-78. — VNS Photo Đoàn Tùng|
HÀ NỘI — Cantho Catfish defeated Thang Long Warriors 83-78 in the first game of the Việt Nam Basketball Association League’s final yesterday in Hà Nội.
The two sides made a balanced first quarter as they rotated to score points, ending with 20-19 for the visiting Catfish.
The Warriors, with great backing from home supporters, came back in the second quarter when their trio Justin Young, Jaywuan Hill and Tô Quang Trung did a good job, bombing the Catfish’s basket with many points. They won 41-37.
The hosts continued their performance in the third quarter, but the Catfish did better. They came from behind to lead 63-59 with brothers Tâm Đinh and Sang Đinh taking the stage.
The Catfish maintained their lead and ended the match at 83-78, ignoring how hard the Warriors tried to level the score.
The second game will be on November 26, as the Catfish will host the Warriors on their home ground at Cần Thơ Gymnasium. — VNS