Texas All Stars 96 Hong Kong Eastern 71
Hong Kong Eastern would be made to pay for a dismal first quarter, losing 71-96 to the Texas All Stars, a team made out of NBA G League and newly graduated NCAA players. The loss would end their hopes of qualifying for the 2018 Seri Mutiara Cup Semi Finals.
It would be a nightmarish first quarter for Eastern as Texas raced to a 17-2 streak led by Josh Newkirk’s eight points. Eastern would shoot cold in the first and and the score was 28-9 in favor of Texas at the end of the first quarter.
The second quarter would see a much improved performance as the Samuel Deguara and Marcus Elliot combo would begin to sync and work well in tandem in offense to cut the lead to only seven at the half.
Eastern would be able to keep the game within striking distance until Deguara fouled out of the game with two fouls early in the fourth quarter. Without Deguara manning the paint, Eastern would have no answer for the taller athletic Texas All Stars players.
Led by Tyrell Tate and Newkirk who both scored 25 points for the game, the Texas All Stars would outscore Eastern 28-14 in the fourth quarter, finishing with the resounding 96-71 victory to secure their ticket into the semi finals.
Eastern will go on to meet the host team Malaysia Matrix on Saturday (6/10) for the 5th/6th placing game.
Macau Black Bears 100 KCC Egis 88
Macau Black Bears picked up their first win at the 2018 Seri Mutiara Cup, defeating KBL team, KCC Egis 100-88 despite coming face to face with the only Korean player in NBA history, Ha Seung Jin, who made his first appearance at the 2018 Seri Mutiara Cup.
With KCC already securing the top position in Group A, the Koreans would opt to limit the minutes of their import players, Brandon Brown and Marquis Teague, both of them playing only 20 and 12 minutes respectively.
With ABL in mind, Macau would keep the focus on building team chemistry in mind, putting on their best lineup for most of the game, leading by up to 20 at one point. Macau would never really be threatened for the game with KCC spreading the minutes evenly to their bench players, allowing Macau to cruise to the 100-88 win.
A highlight performance for Macau would be local player Lao Chonpong scoring 11 points, including 3 three pointers. Ryan Watkins would have his second 20-20 game in a row, scoring 27 points and grabbing 25 rebounds.
KCC Egis will go onto to face the Texas All Stars in the semi finals while Macau Black Bears play Fubon Braves (Taiwan) at the 7th/8th Placing Game on Saturday.
In the other games for the day, host team Malaysia Matrix would suffer a late breakdown, losing 84-91 to the young BC Partizan team from Serbia. Despite being down by 10 with 4:35 remaining after a Wong Yi Hou three pointer, Partizan would close out the game on a 17-0 run including three crucial three pointers by Eric Davis Jr and Uros Trifunovic to secure a semi finals game against the Illawarra Hawks.
The Illawarra Hawks would also keep their unbeaten record, defeating Fubon Braves 85-83, coming back from a 25 point deficit for the big victory going into the semi finals.