Danang Dragons began to show their weaknesses in Game 13 against Thang Long Warriors at the VBA Premier Bubble Games - Brought to you by NovaWorld Phan Thiet.
Following a string of remarkable victories over the Vietnamese national basketball team and Cantho Catfish, the Dragons were unable to carry their success into their game against Thang Long Warriors
Coach Phan Thanh Canh's tactics lack diversity as the Dragons have spent the season getting the ball into the hands of foreign player Akeem Scott.
However, this required effective coordination between Scott and his teammates.
The Warriors’ strategy of isolating key supporting players, primarily Chris Carter, was a serious handicap for Scott’s attacks.
Their Coach Predrag Lukic was so effective at shutting down Carter that they forced three personal fouls from him during the first half.
|Phuoc Thinh of Danang Dragons is injured in Game 13. Photo: VBA|
Scott was effectively shut down by a strong Warriors defense throughout the fourth quarter and the Dragons were unable to pull away.
He was pulled off the court with ten seconds left in the quarter after he injured himself in a collision with Truong Hoang Trung.
Scott was the second Dragons player taken off the court during the game. Earlier, Mai Phuoc Thinh was out following an encounter with the Warriors’ Bryan Coleman.
With three out of Da Nang’s five stars being under 1.8 meters tall, the Warriors were able to use height to their advantage and keep the Dragons from pulling ahead.
Despite all odds, Danang Dragons were still able to even out the score with Thang Long Warriors at the end of the fourth quarter, forcing the game to enter overtime.
The Da Nang-based team failed to seize two opportunities to finish their opponents as they were unable to pass the ball to Scott.