|Saigon Heat’s Trần Đăng Khoa (middle) is blocked by the Warriors. – Photo VBA|Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — Saigon Heat lost to defending champions Thang Long Warriors 62-73 in the Việt Nam Basketball Association (VBA) League on August 5.
The game was held at the CIS Arena in HCM City.
The two sides played aggressively in the first quarter. Tavarion Nix scored seven points to help the Heat take the lead. However, with three-point shots each, Ngô Tuấn Trung and Bùi Thái Hà narrowed the gap for the Warriors.
Hồng Gia Lân’s outstanding performance in the closing minutes helped push the hosts’ lead to 21-15. Lân scored nine points with three three-point shots.
In the next quarter, the visiting side fought back strongly to level the distance to 31-31. However, Trần Đăng Khoa and Võ Kim Bản shone in time, making the Heat’s fans jump for joy as they maintained their lead of 40-34.
Coach Predrag Lukic of the Warriors changed his tactics in the third period to beat the defence of the Heat and they succeeded in leapfrogging them 56-51.
In the last quarter, the Heat wasn’t able to regain the upper hand and suffered a loss at full time of 62-73.
Following this defeat, the Heat drop to third place with a total of eight wins and five losses. While the Warriors moved up one place to second position with eight wins and four losses.
The Warriors will next face Da Nang Dragons on August 7 in Hà Nội, while the Heat will meet top team Cantho Catfish on August 12 in HCM City. — VNS