Saigon Times Nov. 2015: Heat make statement with win over Dragons



By Harry Hodge
The Heat and its star players are learning from their mistakes. And it showed Saturday night.
In a rematch from earlier this month against the Westports Malaysia Dragons, the Saigon Heat corrected some earlier miscues in what was an overtime loss a few weeks ago. This time, the Saigon side kept their stars out of foul trouble, defended and passed well and made their free throws, culminating in a 91-82 victory at Canadian International School in District 7.
Lenny Daniel led the Heat with a double-double of 22 points and 11 rebounds, while teammate Will Creekmore chipped in with his own double 14 points and 12 boards. Vietnamese sharpshooter Trieu Han Minh played the best game of his ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) career, getting the start and nailing a trio of three-pointers in piling úp 13 points while chasing down loose balls and putting in the grunt work for the win.
Filipino-Canadian Matt Wright proved to once again be a thorn in the side for the Heat as he pumped in 24 points for Malaysia, while Americans Calvin Godfrey and Reggie Johnson each contributed 12 points.
“(Minh) was huge, he makes good shots,” Daniel said as fans clamoured for autographes and selfies after the win. “We kept our composure and kept playing as a team.”
Coming to town next will be HiTech Bangkok City, the defending ABL champs. Tip-off is set for 5 p.m. on Dec. 5 at the Canadian International School.


About hodgedude

I'm a Canadian journalist and teacher, most recently living in Edmonton and Toronto, now located in Ho Chi Minh City. Graduate of Concordia University in Montreal. I've taught English in S. Korea, pulled rickshaws in Canada, taught at a Taiwanese language boot camp, edited newspapers in China and played a French-speaking Spanish colonel on Vietnamese TV. I also play Australian football. Pick up a copy of issue one of my independent comic, "Getting Lucky," at Happy Harbor Comics in Edmonton, the Comic Hunter in Moncton, New Brunswick, and the Spotted Cow Pub, 111 Bui Vien, District 1, Saigon.
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