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    Hong Kong Long Lions beat Slingers in double overtime to take ABL title on first try

    Apr 23, 2017
    HK Eastern Long Lions players celebrate at the end of a triumphant rookie season in the ABL.

    HONG Kong Eastern pulled off an epic 82-80 double overtime victory over Singapore on Sunday to clinch the Asean Basketball League (ABL) title in its maiden season at the OCBC Arena in Singapore.

    Marcus Elliott had 26 points and eight assists while Tyler Lamb added 21 points. The two Hong Kong imports also scoring the final five points of the title-clinching Game Four win.

    The Long Lions won the best-of-five series, 3-1, to complete a season to remember that saw the expansion squad dominate the regular season with a 16-4 win-loss record before sweeping Saigon in the best-of-three semifinals.

    Elliott scored three straight to overturn a 77-78 deficit before Lamb made it an 82-78 Long Lions lead with 2:29 left in double overtime.

    Leon Kwek made it a two-point game, but missed a potential game-tying shot in the final possession of Game Four.

    It was another disappointing end to the campaign of the Slingers, who suffered their second straight finals setback and remained without a title despite being one of only two remaining pioneers in the league.

    Fil-American Josh Urbiztondo had 16 points including a triple that tie the game at 68 with 1:38 left in regulation, paving the way for the first extra time.

    Xavier Alexander topscored for Singapore with 20 points, including a basket that sent the game into a second overtime, 74-74.

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