Chiu and teammates watch the loss from courtside.
Enter the season with promising start, SAMURAI defeat GRIZZ before they lost to Photons, but a 20-point effort is certainly not enough to handle the improved G.T. Explorers, who don’t even won an SBL game in last ten.
Despite being his lone field goal, Kim Chau’s three-pointer gave G.T. Explorers a lead that they never throughout the game. Kit Cheung, fellow new Explorer this season, finished a three-point play to complete a 6-0 run in just the middle of the first period. Jack scored a running layup and Ka Ming Wan added one free throw but that’s all SAMURAI could score the rest in the period.
Jackie Lai made on trey and scored all his three points in the second period. Kelvin Ng tied the game with a free throw for 9-all. Thomas Lau scored all his five points in the period and his final two put Explorers up at 11-9 at halftime.
Jack open the second half scoring with two points and tie the game again, but this was the last time they could get that close. The blue team went on to score 12 straight points for a double-digit advantage, and things got even worse when both James Kwan and Chiu had four fouls in the period. William Wong played at centre briefly in the period.
G.T. Explorers had 4 turonvers, but they got also 5 steals in the third period, while SAMURAI did not miss too many shots, neither do they attempt many. Eric Leung’s trey was the only other goal before the final period begin. Things got even worse as they have to play without Chiu, who was fouled out in the same period.
Van Law hit his first field goal in the 4th period but missed the next four. He combined with the rest of the team to shoot 1-for-14. This was still enough to keep the undermanned SAMURAI from coming back.
Kelvin Ng scored two points and Ka Ming added four points, just enough to reach the 20-point mark but still became the lowest point total in team history. The previous low as a 21-27 playoff loss to Trojans in 2006.
SAMURAI played without starting forward-centre Eric Ngai. Jack started in place and scored four points. The team combined for more turnovers (22) than points (20). They were 2-for-18 from three-point range, while Explorers were 1-for-6.
G.T. Explorers’ last win came in a 24-21 victory against M.I.B., then they lost to Photons in the first playoff game and spend the next season win-less (0-6). M.I.B. won in their next game after this, when they upset SAMURAI 28-27.
All 25 points by G.T. Explorers came from starters. Kit Cheung scored 8 points and a team record 15 rebounds. He leads the league by 10.8 in four games.
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