FIVE TAKEAWAYS FROM THE GAME
(Series tied 2-2)
Another slow start for the Warriors.
Everyone on the Thang Long Warriors not named Jaywuan Hill started the game off cold, with the team trailing by as many as 18 in the first quarter. By the end of the period, Hill had 14 of the team’s 17 points. As a whole, the Warriors shot 5-of-20 (25%) from the field and 1-of-6 (16%) from deep.
Warriors local guard Trung To Quang came off the bench to score 23 of his team’s 25 total bench points in 34 minutes. On the Catfish side of things, the bench could only contribute two points in total in a combined 22 minutes of game action.
The Catfish fall flat in the fourth.
The Catfish held the Warriors to just 17 points in the first quarter, while scoring 30 of their own. Thang Long returned the favor in the fourth and final quarter when it mattered most, holding the Catfish to 17 points while they hung 42 on the board. After a hot first half for Sang Dinh, where he scored 10 points, going 4-of-5 (80%) from the field and draining both his 3-point attempts, the guard was only able to add two more points for the rest of the game, finishing with 12.
Three of a kind.
The scoring trio of Jaywuan Hill, Justin Young, and Trung To Quang combined for 86 of the Warriors’ 95 total points. Hill led the way from the start, single-handling keeping his team in the game during the first quarter. He finished with a double-double of 36 points (11-21, 52%) and 11 rebounds. Justin Young came alive in the final quarter, scoring 12 of his total 27 points in the fourth in his best performance of the year.
The Warriors’ refusal to go down.
Things looked pretty grim for the Warriors, being down 2-games to one going into game four in Can Tho. The team managed to take the series to a final game on their home-floor and though the decider didn’t start out pretty, they persevered as they so often do in crunch time, winning by double-digits to earn the 2017 VBA crown.