Illawarra Hawks 87 Hong Kong Eastern 71
Hong Kong Eastern would be able to keep it close with NBL Australia team, the Illawara Hawks for most of the game until a late third quarter collapse, sending them to a 71-87 defeat to the Australian team.
Eastern would start the game without Samuel Deguara and Marcus Elliot and would struggle against the Hawks outside shooting in the first quarter. Deguara and Elliot would check in late in the first quarter but back to back threes by Daniel Grida and Tim Coenraad would ensure the Hawks take a six point 21-15 lead at the end of the first quarter.
The second quarter would be Eastern’s turn to finally hit back as their own three point shooting began to hit momentum. Veteran local Lee Ki would hit 3 three pointers in a row to keep the game close against the Hawks. A jumper by Deguara would ensure Eastern grab the two point 36-34 lead at the half.
The game would take a turn in favor of the Hawks as Deguara picked up two quick fouls midway through the third sending him to the bench. Taking advantage of his absence, the Hawks would go on a tear, through yet another three point barrage by Coenraad and Grida stretching the lead to as high as 16. The lead would only be three before Deguara checked out. A buzzer beating three pointer by Eastern new signing, Chan Yik Lun would cut the lead to 13 at the end of the third quarter.
Deguara would check back in at the start of the fourth, immediately making his presence felt with a vicious dunk and the foul. Unfortunately for him, the ensuing play would lead to his fourth foul on Hawk’s former NBA veteran, David Andersen. With Deguara’s hesitant post defense, the taller Hawks would have their way in the paint, cruising to an easy finish with a thunderous dunk by Nic Pozoglou hammering the nail in the coffin.
The final score would be 87-71 in favor of the Ilawara Hawks
The Hawks would be led by 33 year Tim Coenraad with 19 points.
Eastern would be paced by Deguara with 19 points and 16 rebounds in only 22 minutes of play.
According to Hong Kong Eastern head coach, Edu Torres, the team was still working on gelling and team chemistry as Marcus Elliot had just arrived in Hong Kong two days prior to the tournament. He was still happy with his team’s first half performance and will look to improve in the following days of the tournament.
Eastern next face Fubon Braves from SBL Taiwan.
NS Matrix 91 Macau Black Bears 84
The Macau Black Bears would not be able to overcome the host team NS Matrix, falling 84-91 in a game where they would struggle with foul trouble.
The early first quarter would be all Matrix as Matrix would pound the inside, going on a 6-0 run through huge dunks by Anthony Walker. Macau would remain calm in the face of Matrix’s size advantage and made their own run, grabbing the lead midway through the first, leading to Matrix putting in their all imports line up. Despite this, Matrix big Jaleel Roberts would soon be faced with foul trouble, allowing Macau to take a 22-18 at the end of the first off a buzzer beating three pointer by Mikh McKinney.
Matrix would come out the second quarter shooting hot with four straight three pointers through Peter Jok and Jeff Viernes swinging the tide in their favor. Matrix would go on to make six three pointers in the second quarter. With Mikh McKinney accumulating three fouls, including a technical foul, Matrix would take advantage to increase the lead to 54-41 at the half, ending with a pair of alley oop dunks by Anthony Walker.
Matrix would be able to maintain the lead until the reigning ABL World Import MVP, Anthony Tucker showed his mettle by taking over the game, scoring a couple of three pointers to cut the lead to seven at the end of the third quarter.
Unfortunately for Macau, McKinney would pick up his fifth foul with six minutes remaining in the fourth quarter leaving Macau with a further lack of offensive options. Despite missing McKinney, Macau would be able to cut the lead to as close as one late in the game of a three pointer by Ryan Watkins.
JJ Avila would be able to keep the gap to three for Matrix with baskets in the paint. Tucker would have the chance to tie the game but would miss the corner three pointer allowing Matrix to seal the game with free throws.
Macau would be led by Tucker and Watkins with 28 and 27 points respectively.
Macau will next face BC Partizan from Serbia in a must win game to keep their hopes for qualifying for the semi finals alive.
The other results for the day would see KBL Team KCC Egis defeat KK Partizan (Serbia) Youth Team 86-80 and the Texas All Stars coming away with the narrow 93-90 win over the Fubon Braves from SBL Taiwan.