JERICK Canada’s Hi-Tech Bangkok City eclipsed Fil-Tongan Moala Tautuaa and the Westports Malaysia Dragons, scoring a 73-67 win on Tuesday night to sweep the 2014 Asean Basketball League finals series at the Thai-Japanese Stadium.
Former Adamson Falcon Canada scored 18 points in the second game of the best-of-three series, hitting clutch shots to earn the Finals Most Valuable Player award. He scored 23 points in Bangkok’s 93-77 win in Game One.
Patrick Cabahug had a game-high 23 points in Game Two for the Thailand Slammers/Hi-Tech Bangkok City franchise, which became the only ABL team to win the crown twice. It won its first title in the 2010-2011 season, beating the Philippine Patriots in the finals.
After a see-saw battle and Attaporn Lertmalaiporn hitting a three to tie the game at 62, Canada scored on a lay-up and two free throws to put Hi-Tech ahead 66-62.
“This award is for all my teammates in Hi-Tech and also all my family in Cebu for always supporting,” said Canada. “We had a slow start in this game but we stayed together and focused to turn things around.”
Chris Charles contributed 15 points and 19 rebounds, while former PBA import Steven Thomas finished with 10 points and 11 rebounds for Hi-Tech in Game Two.
Hi-Tech came back after trailing 4-16 early in the game by responding with an 11-4 run to end the first quarter with a 20-15 lead.
The Dragons led 27-14 in the second quarter and 48-34 in the third but Canada helped Hi-Tech start a 16-2 run for a 50-50 tie to set up the thrilling finish.
Tautuaa finished with 12 points, wrapping up his career in the ABL. The Fil-Tongan is now set to see action for the Cagayan Valley Rising Suns in the PBA D-League.