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Dragons too much for Tropang Giga, twice-to-beat advantage in quarterfinals

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THE Hong Kong Bay Area Dragons mangled TNT Tropang Giga, 140-108, to secure a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals of the Philippine Basketball Association Commissioner’s Cup Wednesday at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City. 

The victory was the 10th in 12 games for the Dragons, who dealt the Tropang Giga their worse loss since absorbing a 108-72 beating from Alaska in the same conference in 2019.

With a 4-7 win-loss record, the Tropang Giga stared at possible elimination.

Dragons import Myles Blake Powell, only 6-foot-2, was his usual explosive self and with 37 points, six rebounds and six assists and his team in full control, there was no need for his services in the final period.

Hong Kong head coach Brian Goorjian said they are very much on track toward their goal in the league.

“We came here to grow and get better and our local kids are really improving,” said Goorjian, referring to Kobe Lam, Zhu Songwei and Qilong Zheng, who also posted big numbers. 

“I am very pleased with our young players,” he said. “I’m really thankful for the competition.”

Lam finished with 30 points, Songwei added 22 points and Zheng had 16 points for the Dragons, who led 34-24 after the first quarter and tore the Tropang Giga apart after the third quarter, 109-82.

Replacement import Matt Mobley debuted with 38 points but it wasn’t enough to save TNT.

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