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Saigon Heat advances to VBA finals for third consecutive time

Saigon Heat advances to VBA finals for third consecutive time

Wednesday, August 31, 2022, 07:41 GMT+7
Saigon Heat advances to VBA finals for third consecutive time
A Saigon Heat player (in white) competes with a Ho Chi Minh City Wings player in the semifinal match at the VBA 2022. Photo: VBA

Saigon Heat advanced to the finals of the Vietnam Professional Basketball League (VBA) for the third time in a row after defeating Ho Chi Minh City Wings.

Saigon Heat scored a 103-93 victory over Ho Chi Minh City Wings in their second semifinal match.

As Saigon Heat previously won against Ho Chi Minh City Wings in the first semifinal match, it became the first team to advance to the finals of the VBA 2022 according to the best-of-three format.

This is also the third consecutive time that the team has earned a ticket to the final round of the tournament.

Saigon Heat won the championship title in the previous two editions.

Khoa Tran, Vo Kim Ban, and Nguyen Huynh Phu Vinh of Saigon Heat. Photo: VBA

Khoa Tran, Vo Kim Ban, and Nguyen Huynh Phu Vinh of Saigon Heat. Photo: VBA

Experts stated that the team deserves a spot in this year’s finals as the players showed their best performance and spirit in both semifinal matches.

Saigon Heat also has many players with excellent skills, namely Vo Kim Ban, Nguyen Huynh Phu Vinh, Tim Waale, Khoa Tran, and Du Minh An.

Even though the team dominated the match most of the time, coach Matt Van Pelt still pushed his protégés to continue pressuring their opponents to prevent them from turning the tables.

The semifinal play-offs were much different than the group stage, Pelt stated, adding that his team could not let their guard down as Ho Chi Minh City Wings was fighting back fiercely.

Coach Matt Van Pelt of Saigon Heat. Photo: VBA

Coach Matt Van Pelt of Saigon Heat. Photo: VBA

Following the victory, Saigon Heat is one step closer to winning its third consecutive championship title at the VBA.

The team will battle with either Hanoi Buffaloes or Nha Trang Dolphins in the final round under the best-of-five format.

All members did the best they could, said Saigon Heat player Alonzo Stafford, who was named MVP of the match.

“I would like to thank the fans who have always been supporting us,” Stafford added.

Saigon Heat player Alonzo Stafford talks to a reporter after the match. Photo: VBA

Saigon Heat player Alonzo Stafford talks to a reporter after the match. Photo: VBA

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Duy Khang - Tan Phuc / Tuoi Tre News

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