The Hong Kong Eastern Long Lions were given a tough fight by the Saigon Heat on Saturday, December 10, but as they have learned in their conquest of the Singapore Slingers, no challenge was too much to overcome. 'That game (against Singapore) made us realize that you can overcome anything,' Long Lions head coach Torres Eduard said. 'So at halftime, we were down 8, I told them it is nothing.' The Long Lions woke up from a sluggish first half and rolled past the Heat with a sterling second half to tally an 84-74 win at the CIS Arena in Vietnam and remain perfect in the 2016-17 ASEAN Basketball League season. World Import Marcus Elliot stepped up in the absence of Heritage Import Lamb Tyler (196-G-91, college: Long Beach St.), pouring in 25 points - his fourth consecutive 20-point game of the young season - on 10-of-17 field goal shooting and adding 6 assists. Four others finished in double-digit scoring in a total team effort to carry the Long Lions to their fourth straight victory. Center Sullivan Patrick (206-F/C-88, college: SE Louisiana, agency: HMS) scored 14 points and 8 rebounds while Guinchard Steven (196-G-93, college: Emmanuel, GA) chipped in a double-double of 13 points and 10 boards. 'It was a complete team effort,' Torres said. Unlike in their first outing last week, Saigon was engaged from the opening tip. With the arrival of World Import Herbert Hill, who will be the team's temporary center while waiting for Christies Charles to recover, the Heat jumped out on a 13-6 lead. Hill received plenty of touches in the post, and quickly made impact. By the end of the first half, Hill already had 16 points and 7 rebounds while the Heat overall had 30 inside points and a 22-15 advantage in rebounding for a 46-38 halftime lead. 'Like in our game against Singapore, we had foul trouble in the beginning of the game Our defense wasn't that consistent,' Torres said. 'So in the second half I told them just to go harder in every aspect of the game. Our defense was impressive and we took the lead. That was crucial.' Hong Kong switched to a zone defense in the middle two quarters, clogging the paint and making it difficult for the Heat to operate. The Long Lions then shut down their opponent's offense in the third period, limiting them to only one field goal make in a span of seven minutes. In the process, the Long Lions went on a 21-4 blast and outscored the Heat, 26-14 in the third quarter which turned the game around. The Heat tried to keep it close in the fourth quarter, cutting the deficit down to just 74-68 but consecutive triples by Chan Sui Wing and Guinchard sealed the deal for Hong Kong. Hill's 29 points on 14-of-21 shooting, 10 rebounds, and 2 blocks led Saigon. Lenny Daniel (203-PF-87, college: CS Northridge) added 23 points, 13 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 blocks but the home side got no production from their bench. Turnovers again hampered the Heat, as they committed 17 miscues which were converted into 21 extra points by the Long Lions. The Long Lions' bench stepped up as well, scoring 18 points. The Heat will complete their three-game home stand against the Westports Malaysia Dragons on December 17 while the Long Lions will have 12 days to recover and talk things before resuming action at home against the Singapore Slingers on December 22. Courtesy of: aseanbasketballleague.com
Long Lions Stamp Class on Heat Anew, Enter ABL Finals - 15 days ago
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With hopes of extending their semifinal series against the Hong Kong Eastern Long Lions to a decider, the Saigon Heat gave it everything they could in Game 2 on Saturday, April 8, even after they had their life sucked out of them after a deflating Game 1 loss. But in the end, the Long Lions' talent outclassed the resilient Heat in Game 2, 86-79 at the CIS Arena in Ho Chi Minh City to sweep the series and march to the championship round of the 2016-17 ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) season.... [read more]
With hopes of extending their semifinal series against the Hong Kong Eastern Long Lions to a decider, the Saigon Heat gave it everything they could in Game 2 on Saturday, April 8, even after they had their life sucked out of them after a deflating Game 1 loss. But in the end, the Long Lions' talent outclassed the resilient Heat in Game 2, 86-79 at the CIS Arena in Ho Chi Minh City to sweep the series and march to the championship round of the 2016-17 ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) season. After trailing by as much as eight points, the Long Lions flipped the switch in the second half, riding on the efforts of Tyler Lamb (196-G-91, college: Long Beach St.) and Josh Boone (208-F/C-84, college: Connecticut). Lamb poured nine of his 26 points (50 FG%) as the Long Lions took control. Boone tallied 27 points, 8 rebounds, and 5 blocks, helping his team dominate the interior. Marcus Elliott, despite shooting only 5-of-19 from the field, still finished with 18 points, 7 boards, and 6 dimes. 'It's a super tough game. We flew in this morning. It was tough. Everything came from our defense. They outscored us at the halftime, but we came back with the right attitude and effort. Luckily, some shots fell and we took a lead that was enough,' Long Lions head coach Eduard Torres said. Saigon wisely let Hong Kong play to the Heat's pace early, being deliberate and playing solid defense to not let the visitors gain rhythm. Moses Morgan (198-SF-92, college: CS Fullerton) carried the fight from the start, being more locked in on offense as he drained long range shot after long range shot. The Heat then took advantage of the time Lamb and Elliott were seated on the bench in the second quarter, building as high as an eight-point lead at 36-28 after David Arnold (188-SG, college: Mont.St.-Billings) racked up back to back triples. The Long Lions were able to respond immediately; after sending the starters back on the floor, Hong Kong tied the game at 41 apiece. Later, they opened the third frame with an 8-0 run to take the lead. The top-seeded side tightened up defensively too, holding the Heat down to just a single field goal for a span of seven minutes. Not long after, the game began to slip away, with the Heat's indecisiveness and turnovers leading to more breaks for Hong Kong. 'We just locked in, gave ourselves a little pep talk and that's what all it took,' Elliott said. The Long Lions maintained a double-digit cushion in the final quarter until the Heat tried to pull off one last try to save their season. Down by nine, 81-72 with only 2:20 remaining, Arnold hit a three while Jordan Henriquez-Roberts (214-C-89, college: Kansas St., agency: Babcock Sports) scored inside to cut the gap down to just 81-78. The Heat had a golden opportunity to score as Henriquez deflected a pass in the next possession, but Arnold's pass to Lenny Daniel in the ensuing play went too high. Elliott made Saigon pay on the other end after that miscue, converting on a driving lay-up which pushed Hong Kong to safety. 'We just had to weather the storm. Every team is going to have spurts to take the momentum but you can't take on that mentally, just have to weather it,' Elliott said. Daniel wrapped up his season top-scoring for the Heat with 22 points (9-of-13 FG). He added 11 rebounds and 5 assists. Arnold himself played the game of his life in spite of a loss, contributing 22 points on 7-of-13 shooting and 50% shooting from deep. Morgan had 17 points of his own including five triples. For the third straight year, the Heat exit the playoffs unable to book a win. 'They showed the difference between a winning team and a team that's trying to win. They made all the right plays at the right time and we are still too young. There were times we could have pulled closer but we let it slip away from us,' Daniel said. The Long Lions will host the first two games of the best-of-five ABL Finals against the Singapore Slingers beginning on Saturday, April 15. Courtesy of: aseanbasketballleague.com
Patrick Sullivan (ex Hong Kong ELL) signs at Boncourt - 1 month ago
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BC Boncourt Red Team (LNA) landed 29-year old American power forward Patrick Sullivan (206-88, college: SE Louisiana, agency: HMS). He started the season at Hong Kong Eastern Long Lions in Hong Kong D1 league. In 11 games he averaged 14.3ppg, 8.6rpg, 1.3apg, 1.4spg and 1.1bpg this season. The last season Sullivan played at Gunma Crane Thunders (BJ League) in Japan where in 24 games he had 13.6ppg, 6.5rpg, 2.3apg and 1.5spg. He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summ... [read more]
BC Boncourt Red Team (LNA) landed 29-year old American power forward Patrick Sullivan (206-88, college: SE Louisiana, agency: HMS). He started the season at Hong Kong Eastern Long Lions in Hong Kong D1 league. In 11 games he averaged 14.3ppg, 8.6rpg, 1.3apg, 1.4spg and 1.1bpg this season. The last season Sullivan played at Gunma Crane Thunders (BJ League) in Japan where in 24 games he had 13.6ppg, 6.5rpg, 2.3apg and 1.5spg. He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2012. Among other achievements Sullivan's team made it to the D-League Semifinals in 2013. He received also Gatorade All-D-League Honorable Mention award back in 2011. And here thanks to pro basketball Sullivan experienced life on three different continents. He is familiar with European, Asian and of course North American leagues. Sullivan has played previously professionally in Israel (Hapoel Holon), Japan (Niigata Albirex) and D-League (Austin Spurs and Rio Grande Valley Vipers). He attended Southeastern Louisiana University until 2010 and it is his seventh season in pro basketball.
Make it Seven! Long Lions Continue Winning Streak at Dragons' Expense - 1 month ago
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The Hong Kong Eastern Long Lions continue to roll. On Friday, the Long Lions defeated the Westports Malaysia Dragons, 115-90, inside the House of Champions, Gem-In Mall, Cyberjaya, in Malaysia. The win marked Hong Kong's 7th straight victory and 12th overall. The 115 points scored by the Long Lions tied the ABL all-time scoring total. Incidentally, the last time a team scored that much was made by the Dragons a season ago. Everything was clicking for the Long Lions against the Dragons on... [read more]
The Hong Kong Eastern Long Lions continue to roll. On Friday, the Long Lions defeated the Westports Malaysia Dragons, 115-90, inside the House of Champions, Gem-In Mall, Cyberjaya, in Malaysia. The win marked Hong Kong's 7th straight victory and 12th overall. The 115 points scored by the Long Lions tied the ABL all-time scoring total. Incidentally, the last time a team scored that much was made by the Dragons a season ago. Everything was clicking for the Long Lions against the Dragons on Friday. Marcus Elliott (191-G-84, college: Louisiana Tech) and Josh Boone (208-F/C-84, college: Connecticut) combined for 50 points as they earned Co-Players of the Game honors, while Tyler Lamb was equally stellar with 24 points, 6 rebounds, and 6 assists. 'We prepared for the game really well,' Long Lions head coach Eduard Torres said proudly. A week earlier, the Dragons and Long Lions also met in Malaysia. In that game, the home team pushed the number one team to the limit before eventually losing in the end. It was a narrow win for Hong Kong. In fact, it was a little too close for comfort. The Long Lions knew that in a week's time they would face the Dragons once again and so they prepared rigorously for their second straight meeting. 'The whole week we've been preparing the game, thinking it must be a playoff game because they play really tough,' coach Torres went on. 'We gave our best tonight.' Hong Kong's dedication and preparation led to the 25-point win against the defending champions. 'We started to play earlier this game. The first half last game we weren't really ourselves,' observed Boone. 'This game we got out to a nine point lead at halftime and in the third quarter, we kept the pressure on them.' True enough, it was in the second half that the Long Lions flipped the switch. They scored 26 points in the third quarter and amped up their scoring even more in the last quarter when they erupted for 35 points. For Malaysia, Tian Yuan Kuek (201-C-91) was the top-scorer with 22 points, including 5-for-8 from downtown. Kuek was a solid contributor off the bench for the Dragons, but unfortunately, starters Joshua Munzon (191-G-95, college: CS Los Angeles) and Kiwi Gardner (170-PG-93, college: Providence) both had a quiet night offensively. Munzon only tallied 9 points while Gardner, despite having 18 points, only shot 33 percent from the floor. The Dragons are now 3-13 and are dead last in the team standings. On the other hand, the Long Lions remain on top with a 12-2 record. 'I don't think we have to think too much,' coach Torres said about his team's current winning streak. 'There's no time to celebrate. We just have to keep going. Tomorrow the sun will rise again and after Sunday (versus the Kaohsiung Truth), winning or losing, the sun will rise again.' Courtesy of: aseanbasketballleague.com
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