Winling end Regal's reign
An Alginon Humilton three-pointer lifted Regal's Seapower Cup crown last night, handing Winling a 65-63 victory over the reigning champions at MacPherson Stadium.
Regal, who had won the Cup in the past two seasons, came close to holding on to their title and were leading by by one point with less than 35 seconds to play.
That was after American import Wayman Strickland's field goal had edged Regal in front, 63-62.
However, their Cup hat-trick dream was shattered when Humilton found the target with 10 seconds left on the clock to snatch the championship for Winling.
Close to a full house at the Mongkok venue witnessed a fast-paced game but one which was marred by poor shooting from both sides.
Regal were boosted by new import Eric Cardenas from Panama, in addition to Strickland and compatriot John Spencer, while Winling fielded with three foreigners - Humilton, Adonis Jordan and Peter Dlufenil - together with Brian Bachner.
Cardenas was the game's top-scorer with 27 points, while Jordan was second-best with 19.
Among the Chinese players, three-point expert Yung Kam-wah of Regal finished with 13, while Winling's Tang Siu-kui hit nine points.
Both sides were close in the first 17 minutes but Regal had established a 10-point lead, 37-27, by half-time.
Winling came out firing after the break, stunning Regal with 10 unanswered points to equalise within three minutes.
And, three minutes later, they were in front, 44-43.
Although Regal tied things up at 51-51 thanks to a free throw by Cardenas 11 minutes in to the second half, they found themselevs behind for most of the remaining action.
Regal management were unhappy with some of the decisions by the referee and twice came close to walking out in protest.
In the earlier game, Youth beat Eagles 96-71 in a First Division A League encounter.