Seasonal win heated encounter
IN a game marred by ''inconsistent'' officiating which at times threatened to break out into a bench-clearing brawl, Seasonal held off rivals Suntex for a 83-75 triumph in the Hong Kong men's Division A1 at MacPherson Stadium last night.
Seasonal, proving once and for all white men can jump, shoot and even dunk, got off to a quick start on the back of eight first-half three-pointers - three by Paul Doerrfield - and took an early lead, a lead they would never relinquish.
With some big dunks by Dexter Boney at the end of fast breaks, Suntex started to chip away at the lead before the half, but after easy misses by Suntex, Seasonal centre David Willard took the ball to the other end, pulled up and drilled a three at the half-time buzzer. Seasonal 48, Suntex 34.
It was in the second half when things got ugly, with players taking hard fouls and not getting the calls.
After being down as much as 13 points, Suntex closed to 71-77 with just over four minutes remaining. It was then that both teams went cold, with neither scoring for several minutes.
But Seasonal pulled away, and with one minute left and the game effectively over with Suntex down 81-73, the referees were mostly spectators as players looked for ''body-checking'' rather than scoring opportunities.
Lynn Tryon, only playing in his second game for Seasonal, called the officiating ''inconsistent'', saying ''I just have to play harder and get used to it''.
In the night's second game, Regal stayed unbeaten in three games with a 80-75 triumph over Wing Lun.