Hong Kong Bay Space Dragons burn Blackwater to the bottom

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FIRE-breathing Hong Kong visitor crew Bay Space Dragons rapidly issued a robust warning of a mighty invasion drive arriving within the PBA.

Powered by Myles Powell’s 41-point sizzler, the debuting Dragons burned Blackwater to the bottom, 133-87, for a flying begin within the Commissioner’s Cup yesterday on the MOA Area.

The 6-foot-2 Mr. Powell, the squad’s import in its first 4 assignments, ran rings in opposition to the Bossing’s defenders and transformed half of his 28 makes an attempt to supply the large spark because the debutants ripped the sport aside proper within the first quarter, 36-19.

With Glen Yang (22), Zhu Songwei (13), Kobey Lam (13) and Hayden Blankley (11) becoming a member of Mr. Powell in a relentless assault, the Dragons went on to publish the all-time largest win margin of 46 by a visitor crew in PBA historical past.

Coach Brian Goorjian’s red-hot expenses, who’ve been based mostly within the nation since August, additionally handed the Bossing their worst franchise loss ever.

“We’re honored to be concerned on this nice league and we hope to be an amazing crew,” mentioned Mr. Goorjian, whose troops wish to be the primary visitor entry to go all the way in which to the PBA diadem since Northern Cement within the 1985 Bolstered Convention.

“I knew how nice this league is and the way nice the highest groups are. So we simply need to are available in and present the nation that we’re right here to assist basketball.

“We need to study, develop and current one thing to this public that’s entertaining. I hope we develop as a crew that will get good over the stretch and compete in opposition to the San Miguels and TNTs,” he added.

Mr. Powell, a former participant of the Sixers within the NBA, led Bay Space’s scorching 47-of-85 discipline aim capturing (55.3 p.c) highlighted by a 16-of-39 (41 p.c) three-point marksmanship.

“Everyone’s locked in. No matter coach requested us to, that’s what we did and it confirmed tonight,” mentioned Mr. Powell, the shortest among the many imports within the mid-season tourney with a top restrict of 6-foot-10. “We do the whole lot collectively. There’s no distinction between imports or Chinese language. We now have a great group of fellows who simply need to lock in and win and that makes the whole lot simpler.

Blackwater didn’t get a lot from Mr. Powell’s counterpart, Cameron Krutwig, who managed solely 11, making solely 5 of his 16 pictures, however grabbed 12 rebounds.

Rookie Ato Ular turned in a 13-14 double-double for the Bossing, who opted to provide commerce acquisition Troy Rosario a relaxation within the opener. Gab Banal, the opposite new arrival out of the blockbuster commerce involving Blackwater, TNT and NLEX, noticed motion for 17 minutes however went scoreless. — Olmin Leyba

The Scores:

Bay Space 133 — Powell 41, Yang 22, Zhu 13, Lam 13, Blankley 11, Liu 9, Zheng 7, Reid 5, Music 5, Liang 3, Ewing 3, Ju 1

Blackwater 87 — Ular 13, Krutwig 11, McCarthy 11, Amer 10, Ayonayon 10, Taha 8, Jackson 8, Go 5, Sena 3, Dyke 3, Suerte 3, Publico 2, Ebona 0, Banal 0

Quarterscores 36-19, 64-36, 97-76, 133-87

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