Chung Ming Mok tied the game with two free throws and scored seven of his 16 points in overtime, helped T-REX to beat SOUTHORN Tigers in a 56-53 victory and improved to 3-2 after losing two games in a row.
The Tigers was hot in the first period, making five field goals on nine attempts. Benny Wong banked in a three, Wilson Chow hit an layup, Dennis Chan made a jumper off an in-bound pass and Ken Leung made another three to conclude a 10-3 run. Vincent Siu hit a free throw but Tigers lead 12-7 at the end of the period.
Chung Ming Mok hit two free throws in the second period and pulled within 11-12. Terence Chan hit two baskets to re-gain a five-point lead. After William Leung made a shot from deep for a 20-15 lead, the Tigers did not score again before the intermission. T-REX used a 7-0 run to finish the first half and took 2-point lead.
Wing Kit Tang hit a three-point shot to start the second half for a five-point lead. Wilson Chow hit two free throws and Dennis Chan scored two to cut the deficit to one again. Chung Ming drives to the hoop for two, Wing King Tang hit a trey and Chi Yip Wong added a free throw to put T-REX to a seven-point lead, the biggest difference in the game by either team.
The tigers in red was down at 29-34 entering the final period.
After William Leung swished a running jumper near baseline, Chirs Chan swished a high-arc three-pointer and T-REX led 37-31.
Ken Leung and Wilson Chow each hit from beyond the arc to tie the game at 37, but T-REX used another run and lead 44-38 after Kevin Hui made a free throw. William Leung, who has only 4 fouls in 12 games played for Tigers, had an unsportsmanlike foul.
Wilson Chow and William Leung made back-to-back three-point shot in the ensuing possessions to tie the game again at 44 before the teams went tight in the following brief span of time.
Terence Chan baked in a shot under the basket for a 46-44 lead, the first time for Tigers since the second period but Chung Ming Mok calmly made two foul shots and the game went to overtime.
Vincent Siu hit both free throws he had and put the team to a 51-46 advantage. After Terence Chan missed two foul shots, Benny Wong scored on a fast-break and was fouled, but failed to convert the three-point play.
Chi Wing Chow added two free throws and pulled the score within one at 50-51. Chung Min Mok ran coast to coast and put the lead back to 53-50 before Benny Wong was fouled. The Tigers guard swished the first but aired the second. After Wing Kit Tang put the team to a 55-51 lead, Chi Wing Chow was fouled again, but he missed both this time.
Kevin Hui sealed the win by hitting a final foul shot with only about 20 seconds left (56-51). Ray Chan missed a three-point shot, and shot an air ball after he grabbed his own miss. Terence Chan stole the ball from Kevin Hui in the ensuing, final possession and passed to Benny Wong, who swished a final jumper stepped on the three-point line to conclude the better final score at 53 to 56.
Wilson Chow set a new personal best 15 points and Benny Wong had 8 points. Dennis Chang, still leading the team with his 6.2 points a game, came off the bench, scored only one point and missed all his three field attempts. Another former SAMURAI Dennis Chan started in his place, scored four points and 5 boards.
Three players, Wilson Chow and Ken Leung from Tigers and Vincent Siu from T-REX, were fouled out. The teams combined for 50 free throw attempts.
SOUTHORN Tigers is locked at number five in FLIGHT Division. If Tigers can advance to the quarter-final they will face the number one seeded Photons, the team they are going to play in next game on May 4.
T-REX (3-2) can possibly be number two seeded if they win over Chung Sing with a D.S.F. loss to Trojans on May 18. All three teams are now 3-2. T-REX win the tie-breaker against Trojans by a 42-28 victory earlier this season, but lose to D.S.F. in a one-point loss.
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