Saigon Heat pocketed their fifth win of the season by beating the Pilipinas MX3 Kings 103-88 at the Malolos Convention Centre in the Philippines on January 6.
|Cap: Saigon Heat improved their ranking with a fifth win at the Asean basketball league. — Photo saigonheat.com
It was their third victory in a row. Earlier, they twice defeated Thai champions Mono Vampire.
William Creekmore and Lenny Daniel emerged as the Heat's top performers, as the two imports had remarkable double-double performances.
Daniel led his team with 33 points and 11 rebounds, while Creekmore had 26 rebounds to go along with his 24 points.
In the third straight game for the Heat, Creekmore aggressively attacked the basket. His 20-20 outing against the Kings was his third straight double-double.
Creekmore returned to play for the Heat after their newcomer Paul Williams had an accident and could not fly to Manila.
Commenting on his team's performance, Heat Head Coach Anthony Garbelotto said on aseanbasketballleague.com, "We had a frontline of Will, Lenny and Moses (Morgan). That's tough. And David Arnold rebounds and Stefan (Nguyen) rebounds. We're going to be up there with rebounding because we're a large team."
The Heat have now improved to 5-5 and they currently have a three-game winning streak. They will face Westports Malaysia Dragons on January 9 at the MABA Stadium in Malaysia.