The Saigon Heat, Vietnam's first professional basketball club, won their first road game in the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL), defeating the Singapore Slingers 72-67 on Wednesday.
After seven losses in a row, last week's home win over the reigning champion Chang Thailand Slammers lifted the spirits of the Heat players.
The Slingers, currently in fourth place in the ABL, defeated the Heat 60-55 in Ho Chi Minh City in the first round of league play on January 25.
But on Wednesday, the Slingers faced a very different Saigon Heat team, one with a new head coach eager to start a winning streak.
Brand new addition Jahmar Thorpe, who was added to Heat's roster earlier in the week, made an outstanding debut, leading all scorers with 24 points.
Center Jonathan Jones, guards John Smith, Noy Javier and Trieu Han Minh; and forward Phạm Thanh Tung all played well in the Heat's victory on the Slingers' home court in Singapore.
It was a fierce game. Javier received a cut to his eyelid and had to be taken to hospital after the match and Tung busted his lip so severely that he could not eat dinner.
Saigon Heat will return home to take on Malaysia Dragons at Ho Chi Minh City's Tan Binh Sports Center on Sunday at 3 p.m.
For information on how to obtain tickets, visit the team's website at www.saigonheat.com or call 091 2241 511.