WHIS, Houston -- This game didn't look good from the start. The Wasabis played with only 3 of their roster members, bringing in a sub to prevent a reschedule, and got blown out. It was already a tall task to defeat the Panthers, who have a ton of experience playing together, but with only 4 players, it was virtually impossible. Led by (G) Richard Basa (game-high 29 pts), SXP took a commanding 25-9 lead at the end of the 1st qtr.
Displaying his consistency from deep, Basa continued to let it rain all game. WAS (G) Tim Lebita (19 pts and 6 asts) and company, however, never quit. Despite the odds, they fought every possession until the final second ticked off. Teammate (G) Tomson Kan scored off of penetration while (C) Tony Jia did all he could in the post.
As fatigue set in, SXP took advantage in transition. Being up 1 man, 1 guard constantly leaked out for an easy lay-up. SXP (G) Felix Chik (10 pts and 10 rebs) and (C) Aaron Tsai (14 pts) scored easily as the 4-man zone broke after several swings.
This game was definitely no contest, but you can't fault the Wasabis for trying. They were able to punch the lead down to 12 at one point but were unable to build on that as SXP subbed in a fresh set of legs. Despite the injuries, SXP is still a very strong team and will definitely make a run at the chip. -- "The Jet"