The 2022 VBA season, sponsored by NovaWorld, was filled with last-minute comebacks and spectacular showmanship.
In their seventh match of the 2022 VBA group stage, the Saigon Heat found itself under serious pressure from the Hanoi Buffaloes when the latter took a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter.
With a home-court advantage and 1,500 fans in attendance, the Buffaloes appeared to have victory locked in until the Saigon Heat flipped the switch and started pushing for a comeback.
|A 2022 VBA game between the Saigon Heat (in white) and the Thang Long Warriors. Photo: VBA|
Over the course of the fourth quarter, the Heat’s heavy defense allowed only four points from the Buffaloes.
Meanwhile, the Heat put up 27 points in 12 minutes, allowing it to take a 64-77 victory against the home team.
Kings of the fourth quarter
At the 2022 VBA, the Saigon Heat was dubbed the ‘king of the fourth quarter’ thanks to serious comebacks in the final minutes of play in seven out of its 12 games.
Against the Thang Long Warriors, the Saigon Heat went tit-for-tat with the opponent and, with just two minutes left of play, was down 58-56.
|The Cantho Catfish’s Hamilton tries to break through three Ho Chi Minh City Wings players. Photo: VBA|
Though Thang Long seemed poised to maintain the narrow lead, the Saigon Heat forced three turnovers in the last minutes of play, allowing it to put up six points and bring home a victory.
The final score was a Saigon Heat victory of 70-61 on the Thang Long Warriors’ home court.
After a series of stunning performances during the first part of the 2022 VBA season, the Ho Chi Minh City Wings seemed poised to cruise into the semifinals.
The Cantho Catfish, however, put up a surprising performance in Game 31 of the season.
|The Cantho Catfish’s Dinh Thanh Sang (in green) sinks a basket. Photo: VBA|
Though the Catfish was ranked at the bottom of the league, the team managed to score 30 points in the fourth quarter of the game – 17 more than the Wings and enough to push it into an 88-82 victory.
The Cantho Catfish made another surprising comeback during its last game of the season against the Saigon Heat.
Though the Heat led by as many as 22 points during the course of the game, the Catfish managed to make a spectacular comeback, thanks in part to the 33 points sunk by Dinh Thanh Sang which helped the team pull out a 70-65 win.
Needing a win to remain in the race to the semifinals, the Thang Long Warriors was determined to pull off a victory against the poorly-ranked Danang Dragons at its home court in Tay Ho District.
|The Danang Dragons’ Edward Horton (left) wins the ‘NovaWorld Player of the Game 27’ title. Photo: VBA|
During the first half of the game, the Thang Long Warriors trounced the visitor, ending the half with a 42-31 lead.
However, the Danang Dragons brought its A-game during the second half, with Edward Horton and Michael Soy leading the team to a 72-65 win.
The defeat dashed the Warriors’ hope of reaching the semifinals.