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Danang Dragons lose opening match to newcomers

Joly Rudolphe of Danang Dragons during the season opening match against Thang Long Warriors yesterday in Ha Noi. The Dragons lose 65-96. – Photo
Viet Nam News

HA NOI — Defending champions Danang Dragons lost to freshmen Thanglong Warriors in the opening match of the Vietnam Basketball Association League in Ha Noi yesterday.

It was the second loss for the team in five days, as they were defeated 54-94 in their pre-season match event.

Yesterday, the Dragons were bested 65-96 in a match where the Warriors took the lead from the beginning until the end.

The loss could be attributed to the absence of key player Stefan Nguyen Tuan Tu, who suffered a knee injury last month, when competing in the 29th SEA Games in Malaysia. His teammate Joly Rudolphe also could not compete.

On the hosts’ side, Thanglong Warriors presented their strongest roster, including national team captain Nguyen Van Hung and To Quang Trung, who made their debut at the new club.

The second match of the league will see Cantho Catfish take on Hanoi Buffaloes tomorrow. — VNS


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