Challengers Beat Buzzer, Chung Sing
Chun Lam hit a three-point shot right before the game end.
Challengers won its first game this season in the last seconds after Chun Lam hit from deep and beat Chung Sing 32-30. Down by one with just more than ten seconds, Lok Ming Sin had the ball. He scored on an layup and took a 30-29 lead with just about four seconds left. Challengers took the only narrow chance and hit the basket that matter most after a time-out and this win game them an advantage in the playoff race against Chung Sing and Wild Beasts.
With three ties and four lead changes in the first half, the game was just tight until Yu Yin Hon scored two and put Challengers up by 11-6 early in the secnod period, which was the biggest lead by the team. Elvin Tam made two foul shots before one by Sin and then hit another basket to tie it at 11-all. Yu Yin Hon hit two and gave Challengers a 13-11 lead at halftime.
Sin made two points and took back the lead at 14-13. Despite leading for the whole 3rd period, Chung Sing could never get futher than a 3-point lead. Tung Heung and Elvin exchanged two baskets and Chung Sing still lead 20-19. Tung was called for a technical foul later, Elvin made one free throw for a 21-19 lead entering the final period.
After Dennis Chang hit an open jumper near the free throw line for a 25-23 lead, Challengers made a 6-1 run to take a 29-26 lead. Stephen Tsang scored six of the teams’ first 10 points in the period.
Averaged 14.5 points entering the game, Sin was only 2-for-10 with five points until he cut the lead to one at 28-29. After another Challengers miss, Sin made an layup with only a few seconds left and Challengers called a time-out before they could beat the buzzer.
Chung Sing starting centre Chi Ho Yu did not play. Aftre efforts of 12, 17 and 21 points, Lok Ming Sin’s three game streak of scoring at least 10 points snapped. He is leading the league by 13.4 points per game. Dennis Chang had 7 points, 8 boards, two assists and two steals for Chung Sing, who lost three in a row and dropped to 1-4 now.
Yu Yin Hon fouled out with seven points and five boards. He fouled out the second time in three games and averaged 4.3 fouls in four games this season.
Challengers would secure a playoff berth should they win over Wild Beasts in the team’s last game on May 17.
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