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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Saturday, December 3, 2005

Beijing tops Hawai'i, 114-101, in ABA debut

By Brian McInnis
Special to The Advertiser

LA'IE The Hawai'i Mega Force started off its inaugural American Basketball Association game strong, but was unable to finish the same way last night at the Cannon Activities Center on the campus of Brigham Young University-Hawai'i.

A group of about 50 turned out to watch undefeated Beijing Aoshen Olympian beat the Mega Force, 114-101.

Hawai'i jumped out to leads of 10-0 and 20-10 in the first quarter, sparked by Chris Moore's 12 points. But Beijing (5-0) rallied to trail 34-30 by the end of the quarter behind the shooting of Fred Vinson (27 points, 13 in first quarter).

The Aoshen Olympian, who currently sit atop the ABA's Spencer Haywood Division, led by as many as 25 in the second half by utilizing a size advantage in the post and maximizing fast-break opportunities. The Mega Force is in the Ron Boone Division.

"We got off to a pretty good first half ... but man, we just went cold in that third quarter," said Moore, who finished with 20 points. The Mega Force was outscored 27-16 in the period. "That's really what killed us."

"I think it was conditioning," said Hawai'i coach George Gilmore. "We got a little tired (in the second half) and it was a lack of concentration."

Former University of Hawai'i player Jason Carter had 20 points for Hawai'i.

The Mega Force, which was scheduled to open the season Nov. 26, nixed a handful of games before yesterday's loss while the organization wrapped up loose ends.

The teams will play again tonight at BYU-Hawai'i.