Wei Hong’s win­ning shot at death nails Viet­nam

New Straits Times - - Sport -

CHOO Wei Hong drained the win­ning bas­ket in over­time as Malaysia de­feated Viet­nam 86-85 to im­prove the na­tional team's chances of a top-four fin­ish at the South­east Asian Bas­ket­ball Cham­pi­onship in Manila yes­ter­day.

Ting Chun Hong also came up big for a sec­ond game in a row with 28 points, a day af­ter scor­ing 18 in a win over Sin­ga­pore, be­fore pro­duc­ing a last-sec­ond block on Le Ngoc Tu's three-point at­tempt to win the game.

Malaysia im­proved to 2-3 with the win and a vic­tory over bot­tom-side Myan­mar to­mor­row will seal fourth place in the sev­en­team tournament.

In the first meet­ing be­tween the two coun­tries since the 2005 Seaba Cham­pi­onship in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Viet­nam were dead­locked at 76-76 at the end of the reg­u­la­tion pe­riod af­ter Heng Yee Tong's three-pointer failed to drop.

Malaysia had ral­lied from a 6660 deficit with four min­utes re­main­ing to tie the game and force the over­time pe­riod.

In the last 30 se­conds of the game, Yee Tong made one of three free-throws to put Malaysia ahead 84-83 be­fore Ngoc Tu's pair of con­verted free shots pushed Viet­nam ahead.

Then came Wei Hong's win­ning shot with seven se­conds to go as he took his tally to 20 points on eight of 13 shoot­ing while Chun Hong made five of 10 at­tempts from the three-point line.

Yee Tong had 12 points while Mak Lok Seng and Chan Kek Thai each had seven points while grab­bing 10 and 11 re­bounds re­spec­tively as Teo Kok Hou dished out 11 as­sists.

Trieu Han Minh led Viet­nam with 20 points while Nguyen Van Hung had 16 points and 12 re­bounds.

Ear­lier, Sin­ga­pore picked up their first win of the tournament in four matches by beat­ing Myan­mar 85-32. Devin­der Singh

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