Wild Beasts really needed just one win.
Good performance in three periods are not enough to win a game of four. Giving up 14 points before a first point in the final period, Wild Beasts lost five games in a row after a 27-37 loss to T-REX. They need a single victory over Challengers on May 17 to stay playing in the season in playoffs.
Kim Fung Chan hit a three-point sho for a 22-20 lead. However, Michael Wu answered another trey right before the end of the third period and took back the lead at 23-20.
And Wild Beasts never came close again.
Played for three close periods against the win-less Wild Beasts, T-REX responded with a 14-0 run in the final period to pull out a victory.
Michael Wu, who was late and took the floor only in the second period, led all scorers by 10 points.
Penny Chan scored the team’s first four points and Ivan Wong hit two as Wild Beasts was down 6-8 entering the second period. Ivan’s second basket of the game in the second period gave Wild Beasts a one-point lead and T-REX called time-out. Three more lead changes followed, when Wild Beasts led 15-14 before Chung Ming Mok tied the game at 15-all.
Both teams continued to play slow paced after haltime.
Mok hit another pair free throws for a 19-15 lead, the third time T-REX led by four at that point since the game begin. Only Jonathan De Castro and Watson Choi each scored to tie the game again at 19-all.
Wild Beasts had a scoring drought for more than five minutes into the final period, when T-REX capitalized for a double-digit lead.
Vincent Siu started at centre. Despite only a 2-point effort, he was efficient with nine rebounds, five steals, four assists and two blocked shots. Wing Kit Tang, who averaged 2.3 treys on .341 in 2008, made only his 4th in five games played this year. He was 1-for-7 from deep but managed 6 points by making three free throws after being fouled in the three-point area.
T-REX had a 17-for-23 free throw advantage, compared to only 4-for-8 by Wild Beasts. T-REX had 21 three-point attempt, made four.
Wild Beasts had not win since a 34-21 victory over G.T. Explorers, which gave them the final stance to playoffs last season. They face the same situation again this season when they meet Challengers next month.
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