Regal picking up pieces as Invitational begins

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 06 May, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 06 May, 1998, 12:00am

Regal, who last week lost their crown at the Asian Basketball Confederation (ABC) Champions Cup, returned to their winning ways by crushing Fukien 103-79 in the first game in their defence of the Seapower Invitational Cup at MacPherson Stadium last night.

Regal - who are still awaiting the arrival of their newest American import, Michael Cumberland, who is expected to join his new team today - dominated the game, with local player Choy Fong-yue top-scoring with 27 points.

American John Spencer, who missed two crucial free-throws towards the end of Regal's final match against China's Hanwei in the ABC tournament in Kuala Lumpur, netted 22 points while Wayman Strickland, Regal's other American import, scored 17 points.

Regal led 44-38 at half-time.

In the night's other game, hosts Seapower received a rude awakening when they lost to Wideway, 84-63, in their opening match.

Despite leading 40-38 in the first half, Seapower were unable to stop Wideway, who dominated the boards and were far superior in the shooting department.

Seapower will now play in the losers' pool, where they have another chance of reaching the final.