(Catfish lead series 2-1)

  ‘Tis the season for giving.

Game three of the 2017 finals was a sloppy affair. Whether it was succumbing to pressure or just a lack of execution, both the Thang Long Warriors and Can Tho Catfish were plagued with giveaways like it was Christmas morning at the Gate’s residence. Tam Dinh and company should be giving thanks to the Warriors. 30 turnovers from the Catfish doesn’t look nearly as bad when placed next to the visitor’s 27.

  The Warriors did a lot of things right despite the result.

Although the top-seeded Warriors ultimately lost the game, they won in statistical categories that would have normally netted teams a victory. Thang Long were able to outpace the Catfish in rebounds (53-43), points from turnovers (27-19), second chance points (14-7), and bench points (18-2).

  Speaking of bench points.

Warriors local center, Nguyen Van Hung, had himself a terrific outing coming off the bench in his 37 minutes of action. He was essentially the sole reason why his team’s bench outscored their opponents by such a large margin. Of the Warriors’ 18, the “tank” finished with 14 on 7-for-13 (53%) shooting.

  Game three was a double-double party.

DeAngelo Hamilton received player of the game honors with another monster stat line of 26 points (10-23, 43%), 20 rebounds, 6 assists, one steal, and one block to lead all players. However, the Warriors had three players go for double-doubles. Led by Jaywuan Hill’s 26 points and 15 rebounds, Justin Young followed up with a 15-point, 12-rebound performance as Nguyen Van Hung was tugging at his shoulders with his own double-double of 14 points and 13 rebounds.

  Oxygen masks anyone?

Of the 200 possible minutes allotted for the entire Can Tho Catfish roster, their starters played 91% of them. DeAngelo Hamilton, Tam Dinh and Thanh Le Hieu went the distance while Sang Dinh nearly missed the mark at 39 minutes and 37 seconds. For the Warriors, duo Justin Young and Jaywuan Hill played the entire game, followed by 31 minutes from Trung To Quang and 27 from Ryan Le to round out the starters. Warriors head coach Lee Tao Dana didn’t wait long before bringing Nguyen Van Hung off the bench, as he was pretty much glued to the floor onward, finishing with 37.