The former king fell dramatically at VBA 2022







Danang Dragons, Cantho Catfish… The two former kings of Vietnamese basketball are in turn “diving” in the last positions on the rankings this season. A rather surprising fact to fans and experts before VBA 2022 kicks off.


The Vietnam Professional Basketball League (VBA) this season has passed nearly half of the group stage. The defending champion Saigon Heat still shows the prestige of the “king” by leading the rankings. However, other top candidates such as Thanglong Warriors, Cantho Catfish or Danang Dragons are in a difficult situation.


Danang Dragons (orange shirt) has lost 6 matches since the beginning of the season

All three teams above have won the highest position of national basketball. But now, their position has been seriously degraded, especially in the case of Cantho Catfish and Danang Dragons. With only 1 victory after 7 matches played, crisis and fading are the specific descriptions of the two teams above at the moment.

One of the big limitations of “Dragon of the Han River” is said to be because of foreign troops. The unconvincing performance of striker Kenneth Mitchell Simms caused coach Phan Thanh Canh’s army to lose all of the first 6 matches of the season. On that basis, “Dragons” was forced to soon terminate the contract with this player and add another foreign player, Dominique Grant, before the match against Cantho Catfish on July 17.

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Foreign soldier Kenneth Mitchell (No. 15) is a big disappointment

The above change was immediately effective, when the representative of the Central region obtained the first victory of this season. It was a 75-71 victory over the team from the West.

Explaining the poor performance from the beginning of the season, coach Canh said: “I don’t want to blame anyone and take all the responsibility on myself after the team’s disappointing performance from the beginning of the season. We really do. there is too little time to prepare before this year’s VBA kicks off.”

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Coach Phan Thanh Canh accepts responsibility for the failures of “Dragons”

Talking more about the cause of the decline of the “Dragons”, the 35-year-old military leader said that his team had difficulty in recruiting domestic players. Most of the good names are concentrated in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi. Therefore, they often choose to join the teams in the two locations above to be close to their families, rather than move to another location.

As for Cantho Catfish, the 2018 VBA champion also had a hard time because of the problem of foreign soldiers, but that was because they were too dependent on striker De Angelo Hamilton. According to statistics, this player has averaged 26.7 points per game since the beginning of the season, nearly twice as high as the second best scorer at “Catfish” Bueno Amaury.

However, Hamilton’s excellence could not revive an unstable team. That has been proven after the past 7 matches of the team nicknamed “Basa Fish”. Whenever the 17th center is blocked, Cantho Catfish has difficulty in attacking options, which leads to failure.

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Cantho Catfish is too dependent on De Angelo Hamilton (blue shirt)

The former king needs to find a partner to share the burden for De Angelo Hamilton, but they still do not have an effective solution at the moment. Dinh Thanh Sang is the expected name, but the player born in 1994 has not brought a convincing appearance as well as built the trust of “Catfish” fans.

Obviously, this overseas Vietnamese player has not been able to create as great an impact as his brother Dinh Thanh Tam at the riverside team. Since parting with “Tam Dinh”, Cantho Catfish’s position of scoring defender has not yet had a worthy replacement. That is probably also one of the reasons why “Basa Fish” has fallen so low at this time.

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Dinh Thanh Sang (blue shirt) has not left a bold mark at VBA 2022

With the way ahead of VBA 2022, the opportunity to turn around for Danang Dragons and Cantho Catfish is still there. However, overcoming the limitations and creating a psychological push to revive will be a difficult task for both teams in the near future.

Source: https://nld.com.vn/the-thao/cuu-vuong-sa-sut-the-tham-tai-vba-2022-20220719181508662.htm

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