Hi-Tech Bangkok City picked up an easy road victory in the ASEAN Basketball League, as they walloped the newly christened Pilipinas MX3 Kings, 86-64.
Inside the San Juan Gym in the Philippines, the Thai squad overwhelmed the Kings, hardly breaking a sweat after the end of the first quarter. Pilipinas MX3 was able to keep in step with Hi-Tech after one quarter, only trailing by four points, 19-23. However the 2nd quarter was when Hi-Tech flexed their muscles. They uncorked a 14-1 run led by Tyler Lamb and Chris Charles, with the Kings helpless to respond. At halftime, Hi-Tech had a commanding 16 point lead, leading 49-33.
It only got worse in the 3rd quarter for the Kings. Hi-Tech opened with a 12-3 run removing all hope for a potential comeback by the Kings. With Jeremy King and Willie Miller unable to provide support for AZ Reid, the Kings were unable to stop the barrage of points by Hi-Tech.
In the end, the Kings were left looking for answers. However for Hi-Tech, they continued their winning ways in the ABL. Chris Charles turned in a vintage performance, with 24 points, 19 rebounds and three blocks. He was supported by Lamb, who notched 15 points and 10 rebounds. Though Hi-Tech didn’t shoot particularly well from the field (41% for field goals and 16% from three), Pilipinas MX3 let them off the hook with an even worse performance. The Kings shot 29% from the field. They were also dominated in the shaded area, giving up 56 points inside and only scoring 26 of their own. Hi-Tech also got a lot of easy baskets, as they had 21 fastbreak points compared to nine from the Kings.
Hi-Tech Bangkok City will look to stay undefeated in the ABL, as they take on the Saigon Heat in the Hi-Tech Gym in Thailand on November19. The Pilipinas MX3 Kings will look to bounce back as they take on the surging Singapore Slingers back in the San Juan Gym on November 20.