Sea Power coast to monster win
SEA Power stormed to an easy victory in the opening round of the men's Silver Shield with a 96-55 win over the all-Chinese team Police last night.
In the second leg of a double-header at MacPherson Stadium, Wing Lun, the newly promoted Division A1 team, gave warning of their potential despite losing 96-79 in a match that didn't reflect the scoreline.
With four expat players - Bill Courtney, Michael Bright, Scott Martzloff and Paul Olkowski - Sea Power had a clear height and strength advantage over the Police side.
Sea Power rushed to a 26-2 lead during the first 10 minutes with the job being shared by the expat players and local non-Chinese Michael Sheppard, Brian Scott and the Hong Kong National Team players Lam Chun-wai, Chu Yiu-ming.
As the gap between two sides widened, Sea Power's other Chinese players came on as substitutes.
There were three minutes when the team consisted of only Chinese - and this was when Police scored most of their points.
Although they are the only all-Chinese team in the seven-team Division A1 this season, officials have said they will not change their recruiting policy as it exposes Chinese players to a better standard of opposition.
Newcomers Wing Lun impressed the crowd although they were well beaten by Fukien.
Wing Lun's expat player, Tony Graves, had the crowd on their feet with deadly outside shooting, landing three three-pointers just after the game tipped off.
Wing Lun were behind Fukien by 21 points at half-time but rallied during the second half to close the gap to 70-78.
But their revival was short-lived as lack of fitness told in the concluding stages.
With Chan Kin-man, the best keyman in the national team on form, the experienced Fukien players easily regrouped to answer the challenge.