Forward Lau Chi-kin won the Most Valuable Player award as Hong Kong successfully defended the Super Kung Sheung Cup with an easy 100-61 victory over the Philippines at Queen Elizabeth Stadium yesterday. The South China player scored 24 points in the final, including six three-pointers. Li Kim-wong, Lo Yi-ting and Fong Shing-yee also netted double digits for the home team. Although Lau only featured briefly in the first group game against Singapore, he rose to the occasion, earning roars from the crowd with his accurate shooting and reliable defence. He also netted 23 points in the semi-final against India. 'This is the first MVP award of my career,' said the 29-year-old, who has been in the Hong Kong team for six years. 'I will treasure it because it recognises my effort in the tournament, but I am also happy to see my effort has helped the team capture the title, which is more important than personal honour. 'This is probably the best Hong Kong team I have been with and hopefully we can have more to offer when we host the East Asian Games next year.' Cheered by a 1,800 crowd, the home side led all the way against a team whom they also defeated in the group stage. 'We trailed the Philippines 2-14 in the first period of the group game, which made life a bit difficult for us for a while,' said Hong Kong coach Chu Yiu-ming. 'We learned our lesson and stayed focused from the start. Our defence never allowed them any chance and our attack also went very well.' Hong Kong built a 22-10 advantage in the first period and extended it to 48-28 in the second. The home team maintained a 20-point lead until the end of the third period as the Philippines seemed resigned to their fate. In the end, it was merely a matter of time before Hong Kong lifted the crown again.