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Final berth in VBA 2023 semifinals a two-horse race

Final berth in VBA 2023 semifinals a two-horse race

Friday, December 08, 2023, 11:44 GMT+7
Final berth in VBA 2023 semifinals a two-horse race
Hopeful Ho Chi Minh City Wings (R) forge ahead. Photo: VBA

The final berth in the semifinals will come down to a face-off between the Nha Trang Dolphins and the Ho Chi Minh City Wings. 

The defending champions, Saigon Heat, clinched a thrilling 80-78 victory against city counterparts Ho Chi Minh City Wings in the 50th match of the 2023 VBA season, securing a spot in the semifinals with an 11-2 record.

The Saigon Heat’s triumph inadvertently propelled the Thang Long Warriors into the semifinals, with coach Chris Daleo expressing delight over the team’s nine victories this season, a major improvement against last year’s group-stage knockout.

VBA announces the Saigon Heat as one of the semifinalists. Photo: VBA

VBA announces the Saigon Heat as one of the semifinalists. Photo: VBA

With guaranteed spots for the Saigon Heat and Thang Long Warriors, the race for the last semifinal berth came down to a matchup between the fourth-ranked Nha Trang Dolphins and the fifth-ranked Ho Chi Minh City Wings.

The Nha Trang Dolphins maintain an 8-6 record for the current season with four matches yet to be played, while the Ho Chi Minh City Wings possess a 6-8 record and have three matches remaining in their schedule.

Thang Long Warriors’ coach Chris Daleo. Photo: VBA

Thang Long Warriors’ coach Chris Daleo. Photo: VBA

Despite posting a worse record, the Ho Chi Minh City Wings have a higher head-to-head score against the Nha Trang Dolphins.

The Nha Trang Dolphins and Ho Chi Minh City Wings are gearing up for a pivotal matchup that will determine which team reigns supreme.

With both teams vying for the top spot, this final encounter promises intense competition and thrilling basketball.

Kentrell Barkley (white jersey) helps the Saigon Heat win against the Ho Chi Minh City Wings. Photo: VBA

Kentrell Barkley (white jersey) helps the Saigon Heat win against the Ho Chi Minh City Wings. Photo: VBA

“The Ho Chi Minh City Wings have been in good form in the second half of the season,” commented Hong Gia Lan, an experienced defender for the Nha Trang Dolphins.

“The impending match presents a considerable challenge for our team.

“Nevertheless, we are actively engaged in preparations, implementing strategic changes to ensure readiness for this demanding encounter."

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Bao Anh - Tan Phuc / Tuoi Tre News

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