MA YING showed their contender form again with a full team to beat Wyverns 32-25 on Sunday. They are now ranked 2nd in the division, however, only until Photons or H.F.C. show up in their next game.
With all three former T-REX Mok Chung Ming, Jonathan Poon, Vincent Siu showed up in the same game only for a second time this season, MA YING looked like the contender again when they beat the defending champion in this year’s début.
Wyverns got a four-point lead at the start of the game, when Kenny Wan (#8) scored the game’s first two baskets. Tony Lau (MAY #10)’s basket was followed by Chung Ming Mok’s three-pointer and MA YING took the lead for good.
Centre Kenneth Ng tied the game for Wyverns at 6-all before Mok hit another three-point shot and Jonathan hit a free throw that put MA YING up by five.
Wyverns can keep MA YING from scoring from the field early in the second period, but they could do it only by fouls. Joanthan scored the team’s first four points in the period by making all four tries at the line. Kenny cut the lead to one again for Wyverns but the other former T-REX Vincent answered with his own basket.
MA YING led 18-16 at half-time.
Already complaining on elbows and shoves, both teams were heated and their defence tightened up in the second half as expected. Each team scored only four points and Wyverns was still down by two thru three periods.
Centre Danny Ho ( MAY#9) split a pair of free throw as the first points in the final stanza before Kenny cut the lead to one again and Wyverns was only down 22-23 early in the period. But Otto Chan (MAY #2) ‘s two free throws concluded a 6-0 run which gave the first runner-up last season a seven-point cushion down the stretch.
Otto missed all his five field goals in the game but managed five points from free throws. The forward grabbed a team-high eight rebounds.
Unless H.F.C. or Photons both forfeit their next game, MA YING is not likely to rank higher than 4th since the team lose tie-breaker to both.
Wyverns was short-handed, only started the game with five dressed players and ended with seven.
MA YING did not record any blocked shots while Wyverns had four. Another disparity came from the line, where Wyverns made three of their four tries, all by Steven Chan (#82), while MA YING was 14-for-26.
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