FIVE TAKEAWAYS FROM THE GAME
(Series tied 2-2)
Jaywuan Hill had a big game.
Facing elimination in a deciding finals game for a second year in a row, Jaywuan Hill came up big once again, only this time, he was on the winning side. By the end of the first quarter, the MVP-candidate already had a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Those 2 minutes of rest he got during this game as opposed to the full 40 from game three must have been of some help as he finished with 32 points (15-44, 34%), 21 rebounds, one assist, one steal, and one block.
Another 30 turnover game for the Catfish.
The third-seeded Catfish turned in another consecutive ugly game, turning the ball over 32 times. Their 30 turnovers in game three didn’t come back to haunt them as the Warriors committed 27 turnovers to nearly match them. In game four, the Warriors managed 12 less giveaways, en-route to 28 points off turnovers to the Catfish’s 15.
Total shots made and attempts.
It wasn’t that the Thang Long Warriors (40%) shot the ball particularly better than the Catfish (39%), as both teams were nearly even. It was the huge gap in shot attempts between both teams that really hurt Can Tho. While the Catfish took 64 total shot attempts, the visiting Warriors took 20 more at 84. This led to a huge difference in second-chance points as the visitors outscored the hosts, 26-5, in that department.
DeAngelo Hamilton can’t do it all by himself.
The big man had another strong outing in game four, finishing with 28 points (9-20, 45%), including going 2-of-4 from three, while also adding in 14 rebounds, one assist, two steals, and four blocks. The Dinh brothers, who combined with Hamilton, led the team throughout the season, went cold in game four. Tam Dinh would finish with 11 points (5-15, 33%), failing to convert from beyond the arc, as he went 0-of-5 in 39 minutes. Sang was also quiet, only managing to score a total of two points (1-5, 20%).
The first double-digit margin of victory in the 2017 finals.
The first three games were closely fought contests, as the margins of victory were in the single digits with games one and three going to the Catfish by way of 5-point and 3-point victories, while game two went to the Warriors in a 5-point win. Thang Long’s 15-point margin of victory in game four was the largest so far, eclipsing the first three games combined.