In the 5th match of HBC 2022, the Hidden Dragons club that Nguyen Thanh Dat joined, lost heavily to the Air Defense – Air Force (PK-KQ) basketball team with a score of 120-62. This is also the first match in the tournament with a team scoring over 100 points.
Nguyen Thanh Dat (right) in the shirt of Hidden Dragons Club competing in HBC 2022
After this sad result, Nguyen Thanh Dat – defender with Nha Trang Dolphins club who reached the final of VBA 2022, wrote a letter to his teammates. “PK-KQ is a professionally trained team, 12 athletes have competed in VBA, some members have also played for the national team at the SEA Games. And Hidden Dragons are brothers who have worked and have never practiced together, so it is normal to lose. Hidden Dragons scored over 60 points with such a strong team, so it should be viewed more positively,” Thanh Dat confided.
Besides, the thrower born in 1989 also did not forget to encourage the spirit of the comrades. “Do not be discouraged and sad. Stay strong, brothers. Lose to know what you need to improve. It’s nice to be able to play football. When people get old, what people remember is not the result but the eating together, iced tea after each match. Keep going up,” Dat “Doc” shared.
PK-KQ club (red shirt) has many quality throwers
“There are not many people willing to jump into this tough competition like you. Let’s continue to fight like this”, Dominique Grant messaged Thanh Dat. Foreign soldiers of Danang Dragons Club at VBA 2022 are also playing for Ba Dinh basketball club but are in a different group with Hidden Dragons. Veteran pitcher Nguyen Tien Duong, who has just won the VBA 2022 runner-up with the Hanoi Buffaloes and is participating in the PK-KQ squad, also responded to Thanh Dat’s letter: “I conclude the sentence: I will be old later. Sit down and have a glass of water together.”
HBC 2022 brings together 9 men’s and 4 women’s teams from the top basketball clubs in Hanoi. The tournament has the presence of many talented young pitchers, Vietnamese-born players, foreign soldiers who have played at VBA such as Tam Dinh, To Quang Trung, Huynh Thanh Tam, Dominique Grant, DeAngelo Hamilton, Nguyen Duong Quang Anh, To Ngoc Khanh…
Many famous players such as Dinh Tien Cong (left), To Ngoc Khanh (middle), Dominique Grant (right) participate in HBC 2022
At this basketball festival, Thanh Dat had the first time since 2016 with his two brothers, Nguyen Phu Hoang and Nguyen Thinh Hung, wearing the Hidden Dragons shirt. The amateur team established in 2005 is currently in Group A with PK-KQ teams, Hanoi basketball team, Scorpius Club and Dwarf Club. The HBC 2022 tournament started on September 21 at Thanh Tri Gymnasium and is expected to end on October 2.