Saigon Heat wins VBA 2020 after defeating Thang Long Warriors 73-54 in the fourth game of the final on December 8 evening.

The 3-1 victory in the end helped Saigon Heat become the first team to successfully defend the VBA title. Last year, the city team named Uncle Ha Cantho Catfish 3-2 in the final. Before that, Saigon Heat ranked third for three consecutive years at VBA.

Saigon Heat celebrates the second VBA championship in history.  Photo: SGH.

Saigon Heat celebrates the second VBA championship in history. Image: SGH.

The high form of thrower Vo Kim Ban and 2m01 high player Nguyen Huynh Phu Vinh help Heat overwhelm the game from the start. Coach Kevin Yurkus’ team is flexible in the combination under the basket, as well as impressive throwing performance to lead 23-10 after the first half.

Warriors played better in the second half, thanks to foreign soldiers Robert Crawford’s shots and Nguyen Phu Hoang’s ability to assist. The capital team shortened the gap to only two points when the match was half past. However, the reliance on Crawford makes the Warriors difficult when the 30-year-old is tied. While at the other end of the field, Heat played diverse thanks to two foreign soldiers Joshua Keyes and Chritian Juzang who took turns shining.

The duo each scored 13 points and had a total of 30 rebounds for the whole game. Although the throw performance is not as high as the previous game, Keyes still shows the level of the person who was elected nine times as the best player of the match in the 2020 season. public. Heat thus raised the gap to 14 points at the start of the fourth half, ahead of opponents twice beating them in the main season.

Foreign soldier Juzang (right) won the championship in his first VBA.  Photo: SGH.

Foreign soldier Juzang (right) won the championship in his first VBA. Image: SGH.

Heat is maintained for the remainder of the match, before winning 73-54. Vo Kim Ban was voted Best Player of Game 4 by contributing 31 points, surpassing his previous record of 20 points. He became the first and only domestic player to win this title at VBA 2020. Meanwhile, the MVP Finals title, for the best player in the final series, belongs to Foreign Keyes.

VBA 2020 encountered many difficulties in organizing because of the Covid-19 pandemic. The organizers have twice delayed the kick-off schedule from June to July, and then from July to October. It is expected that next season VBA will kick off early to spend time for the national team to focus on preparing for SEA. Games 31.

Vy Anh


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