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Basketball: Bangkok City down Malaysia Dragons in KL to lead ABL finals

Bangkok City’s Jerick Canada, driving past Avery Scharer, had his best game of the season. Photos: ABL.

Jerick Canada, driving past Avery Scharer, had his best game of the season for Bangkok City. Photos: ABL.

November 8, 2014: Hi-Tech Bangkok City crushed the Westports Malaysia Dragons 93-77 in Kuala Lumpur’s MABA Stadium on Saturday night, so need just one more win to secure the AirAsia ASEAN Basketball League title.

 

Game two of the best-of-three series will be held on Tuesday at the Thai-Japanese Stadium in Bangkok, with the hosts hoping home support will help them secure their second championship.

 

Bangkok’s Jerick Canada had his best game of the season, with a game-high 23 points and six assists, while Chris Charles had a double-double with 22 points and 12 rebounds.

 

Wutipong Dasom contributed 21 points and Steven Thomas added 11 points and 19 rebounds for Hi-Tech, who never trailed.

 

“Huge credits to all my teammates,” Charles said. “Everyone stepped up big time. The Dragons were very physical with us, but my teammates from top to bottom came in aggressive, played as a team and made extra passes. I’m very proud of my team.”

 

The Dragons' Kuek Tian Yuan comes up against Bangkok City's seven-foot-tall Chris Charles.

The Dragons’ Kuek Tian Yuan comes up against Bangkok City’s seven-foot-tall Chris Charles.

Hi-Tech’s stingy defence set the tone early after limiting the Dragons to only 28 per cent shooting in the first period. In contrast, the visitors had no problem scoring, with a 13-2 run building a 29-15 cushion at the end of first quarter. Veteran Piyapong Piroon drained a three-pointer and Kannawat Lertlaakul made a layup to cap the run.

 

With his team trailing, Moala Tautuaa tried to fire up the Dragons after driving past Charles and throwing down a big two-handed slam to trim the deficit to 37-30 with four minutes left in the second period. The Dragons trailed 44-36 at half-time.

 

However, Bangkok again dominated in the third period. Dasom opened the period with a one-handed slam on Ooi Ban Sin and that dunk sparked an 18-5 run that stretched the visitors’ lead to 62-41. Hi-Tech pushed their advantage a high of 26 when they led 75-49 on a three-pointer from Canada.

 

The Dragons tried to mount a comeback in the final quarter, cutting Hi-Tech’s lead to 12 points after Tautuaa drained a long jumper with two minutes left. But Cabahug answered and scored a tough turnaround jumper over Avery Scharer to seal Hi-Tech’s victory.

 

Justin Knox led the Dragons with 20 points and 11 rebounds, with support from Tautuaa with 19 points and Chris Eversley with 18, while Scharer added 13 points and 11 rebounds.

 

                        Q1 / Q2 / Q3 / Q4

Dragons         15 / 21 / 15 / 26

Hi-Tech           29 / 15 / 31 / 18

 

Westports Malaysia Dragons: Knox – 20, Tautuaa – 19, Eversley 18, Scharer – 13, Ban Sin – 3, Shee Fai – 2, Wong – 2.

Hi-Tech Bangkok City: Canada – 23, Charles – 22, Dasom – 21, Thomas – 11, Cabahug – 11, Piroon – 3, Lertlaaokul – 2.

 

Source: ASEAN Basketball League (www.aseanbasketballleague.com); Editing by SportAsia

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