|Cantho Catfish vs Saigon Heat in the first match of the Việt Nam Basketball Association (VBA) Preseason 2018. — Photo bongda.com.vn |Viet Nam News
CẦN THƠ — The Cantho Catfish defeated Saigon Heat, 108-75, in the first match of the Việt Nam Basketball Association (VBA) Preseason 2018.
The match was held May 31 at the Cần Thơ Gymnasium in the southern province of Cần Thơ. Despite the loss, the Heat’s young players, most of whom are not even 20 years old, proved their mettle against a veteran Catfish team.
Võ Huy Hoàn paced the inexperienced Saigon team with 11 points.
Although the Heat were challenged during the loss, its players are expected to be the foundation for the team in the near future.
According Saigon Heat CEO Connor Nguyễn, the team’s focus in this year’s VBA is to develop young players.
Meanwhile, the Catfish shone in the preseason opening game, drawing outstanding performances from rookie Nguyễn Phú Hoàng, who scored 29 points, DeAngelo Hamilton, who tallied 10 points, 10 rebounds, six assists, and three blocks, and captain Lê Hiếu Thành, who shot 24 points. — VNS