Kings shock Heat at home

SAIGON HEAT

SAIGON HEAT

By Harry Hodge
On paper, the game was over before it started. On the court, it was another matter.
After a month on the road, the Saigon Heat (5-7) had an ideal opponent in the 1-11 Pilipinas MX3 Kings in their first 2016 game in Ho Chi Minh City. But it was the visiting squad from the Philippines that came away with an 88-68 victory in convincing fashion.
The Saigon squad kept things close in the first half, but the Kings mounted a run to bring the score to 42-30 at the half. Offensive miscues and untimely turnovers plagued the Heat in second half, with the Kings pulling away in the fourth as Saigon committed foul after foul to try to chip away at the lead.
Kings star Arizona Reid had a monster game with 29 points and 15 rebounds, 21 of those points in the first half. Filipino guard Nico Elorde notched another 20 points, mostly from free throws in the closing minutes. Heat forward Lenny Daniel had a doubel-double with 24 points and 12 rebounds, while fellow American Will Creekmore had 22 points and 15 boards.
“We gotta go back to the drawing board,” conceded te Heat’s Moses Morgan following the loss. “We didn’t play hard enough.
“They made shots and we couldn’t get the stops.”
The Heat will return to District 7 in just under two weeks to take on the defending champions, Bangkok Hi-Tech City, on Jan. 29 at Canadian International School.

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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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