ABL: Heat hand Warriors second loss

An officiating mistake hurt the Indonesia Warriors and helped the Saigon Heat come out with a 77-72 win at Tan Binh Stadium.

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It was another dramatic finish to a Heat and Warriors game in the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) on Saturday night.

The Heat's Dior Lowhorn, who scored 19 of his 26 points in the second quarter, also managed to grab 12 rebounds in the game. Teammate Phillip Morrison was next on the Heat scoresheet with 15 points followed by Jai Reyes, who finished with 14 points and 9 assists.

The Heat were able to hold the Warriors to just two points in the last 3 minutes of the second quarter. Reyes hit a pair of free throws and a three-pointer late in the second quarter to give the Heat a 37-29 lead at halftime.

Lowhorn came out of the locker room firing as he scored a quick 8 points which stretched the Heat lead to 44-29 early in the third quarter. Warriors' Mario Wuysang was not to be denied in the third quarter however. The ABL veteran point guard scored 16 points in the third quarter to keep his team in the game as the Warriors came within 9 points going into the final quarter.

A pair of baskets from Richard Smith and a lay-up from Christian Ronaldo Sitepu trimmed the Heat's lead further to 66-62 with 7:42 left in the final period. The Warriors then made another late surge to get to 72-73 on a lay-up from Steven Thomas off an assist from Jerick Canada. The Warriors had a couple of chances to take the lead but Wuysang missed a three and Canada turned the ball over.

With 14.6 seconds left, Karl Dehesa calmly hit two free throws for a 75-72 lead. Then, Canada was fouled bringing the ball up the floor by Reyes. The officials incorrectly placed the throw-in spot in the frontcourt after the backcourt foul was called with 0:12 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter.

John Smith inbounded the ball to Canada who was standing on the backcourt. The referee called a backcourt violation on the Warriors - the throw-in spot should have been in the backcourt, where a backcourt violation would not occur.

Morrison then iced the game with a lay-up before the buzzer to give Heat their second win of the season.

Wuysang led the Warriors with 23 points, Smith had 15 points on his first return to Saigon and Chris Daniels finished with 11 points and 11 rebounds for the Warriors who will play again on Tuesday night against the Westports Malaysia Dragons at Mahaka Square in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Quarter scoring: Q1(15-18) Q2(22-11) Q3(27-26) Q4(13-17)

Full-Time: Heat 77-72 Warriors

Saigon Heat: Lowhorn - 26, Morrison - 15, Reyes - 14, Palmer - 12, Dehesa - 5, Tieu - 5.

Indonesia Warriors: Wuysang - 23, Smith - 15, Daniels - 11, Smith - 9, Thomas - 7, Sitepu - 6, Canada - 1.

ABL: Fixtures, Standings and Results.

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