Seapower fight back to beat Vegas

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 15 July, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 15 July, 1998, 12:00am

Seapower came back from a 12-point deficit to beat Las Vegas Invitations 118-112 in a hard-fought Henderson Cup game at Southorn Stadium last night.

It was the second straight victory for Seapower, who finished second in last year's tournament.

Seapower defeated the Los Angeles Invitations 95-85 in the opening game on Sunday.

Seapower took a 56-51 lead into the interval after a close first half.

But Las Vegas, who received a last-minute invitation to replace the Egyptian national team, caught up soon after the restart - thanks to local side Fukien's small, young Chinese player Chung Ming-tat, who scored three successive three-pointers and a close-range jumper.

Las Vegas established a 83-71 lead after 10 minutes of the second half, but Seapower stayed in the game with jumpshots and free throws from Michael Cumberland, who plays for Hong Kong league champions Regal, and American Ja Ja Richards.

However, Las Vegas failed to hold on to their lead after a series of bad passes and missed chances gave Seapower the opportunity to fight back. Seapower recovered to lead 93-92 with less than seven minutes remaining in the game.

Seapower's American import Mike Jones led all scorers with 33 points, which included six three-pointers.

In the night's other game, defending champions Winling beat Los Angeles Invitations 105-81.