Singapore 80 Malaysia 51
Singapore defeat their Causeway rivals in convincing fashion 80-51 to secure at least third place in the standings of the SEABA Pre Qualifiers for the FIBA Asia Cup 2021. Singapore’s strategy of resting Delvin Goh the day before would pay dividends as the fatigued Malaysians looked a shade of the team that gave Indonesia and Thailand a close fight. To make things worse for Malaysia, starting center, Mak Lok Seng would not be able play the game due to injury
The first quarter would be a close affair but Malaysia would be hit with yet another blow as captain, Kuek Tian Yuan had to leave the court early in the first due to injury. Kuek would be able to return later in the game but not before Singapore would take advantage of this, pounding inside to grab a five point advantage at the end of the first, highlighted by a fast break dunk by Delvin Goh
Wong Yi Hou would get Malaysia going with a three pointer to start the second quarter, cutting the deficit to two.It would be close for the quarter until Singapore would go on a 9-2 run to end the second quarter led by the hot shooting of Leon Kwek , who contributed seven points on the run to give Singapore a ten point advantage at the half
The third quarter would start off in nightmarish fashion for Malaysia, allowing Singapore to start on a 12-2 run to stretch the lead to 20. Malaysia would shoot cold and have no answer for Singapore’s quick ball movements giving them numerous open jumpers made by the hot shooting Leon Kwek and Toh Qing Huang. Malaysia would regather and were able to cut the deficit to 13 at the end of third through free throws made by Wong Yi Hou and Ting Chun Hong
Singapore would not waver in the face a potential comeback and would quench all hopes of a Malaysia comeback with a 7-0 run at the start of the fourth capped of by a dunk by Leon Kwek who blew by his defender with ease. Brian Lester would withdraw his troops for Malaysia, to avoid risking any further injuries, sending in his bench line up who were not able to mount any form of comeback, allowing Singapore to finish the game in dominating fashion.
Singapore’s best player would be the hot shooting Leon Kwek who finished with 27 points off 50% shooting. Singapore will now focus their attention on defeating Indonesia in their final game
In a game where nothing seemed to go right for Malaysia, Ting Chun Hong would do his best to lead the team with 11 points and 9 rebounds. Malaysia would finish the game shooting a dismal 29% from the field. Malaysia will now need to beat Brunei next to ensure a ticket to the second round of pre qualifiers
Indonesia 75 Thailand 74
Indonesia edged Thailand 75-74 in the game touted to be the game to determine the number 1 spot. Indonesia would be thankful to come away with the victory after losing a 17 point lead.
The first quarter would look like Indonesia having the benefit of an easier game the day before as Thailand would not be able to cope with their hot shooting and struggled with their own, and looked sluggish on defense. Andakara Prastawa Dhyaksa would blow by his defender for the layup to give Indonesia the huge 17 point lead.
Things would be better for Thailand late in the second quarter as Tyler Lamb made his first three pointer of the game later with 3 minutes to go in second. This would be followed with a dunk by Teerawat Chantachon, bringing the crowd to their feet, cutting the lead to ten. Indonesia however would not be fazed and hanged onto an 11 point lead going into the half after a layup by Ponsianus Nyoman Indrawan
Indonesia would be able to maintain the lead until four minutes remained in the third quarter. Lamb would first lob a nice pass to Chantachon who made the basket. What followed would be Thailand’s bigs going to work in the paint forcing free throws as Indonesia’s bigs struggled to contain them. Thailand would be able to chip the lead to five before Tyler Lamb took over the final minute of the quarter with a bucket and two assists to Nakoran Jaisanuk for three pointers to give Thailand their first lead of the game at the end of the third
Both teams would trade leads throughout most of the fourth until Indonesia took advantage of Thailand’s foul troubles, stretching the lead to five with free throws . Thailand would then turn to Lamb again, going on his own 5-0 run capped off with the steal and fast break layup to tie the game. Turnovers by Indonesa’s Arki Wisnu and Valentino Wuwungan would give the Thailand the opportunity to the take the lead and it would be their big, Patiphan Klahan giving them a four point lead through a free throw and an And1 alley oop layup made through the lob from Lamb. Indonesia would take a timeout with 38 seconds remaining
Andakara Prastawa Dhyaksa would drive into the paint and find veteran guard, Xaverius Pristawo open for the corner three which made it a one point game with 29 seconds remaining, making it a two for one situation. Thailand would work a play off the timeout for Klahan to drive into the paint to score but he was unable to score pass the strong defense of Jamarr Johnson, and unfortunately for him stepped out of bounds with the ball, causing the crucial turnover. Indonesia would turn to Johnson who would run down the clock in isolation play marked by Tyler Lamb. Johnson would get the better of Lamb as he drove to the basket and got fouled by Lamb sending him to the free throw line with an opportunity to win the game. Johnson would calmly sink both free throws . With 4.6 seconds remaining with no timeouts left, Sorot Sunthonsiri would race the ball up the court but would be unable to get a shot off in time giving Indonesia the victory
Jamarr Johnson would be Indonesia’s best player with 23 points and 9 rebounds including a calm 13/16 free throw shooting which secured the win for Indonesia. Only an eight point loss to Singapore tomorrow would prevent Indonesia from gaining the top spot of the SEABA Pre Qualifiers
Despite overcoming his early shooting woes, Tyler Lamb’s 28 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals would not be enough for the day for Thailand. Thailand will look to close their campaign strong against Cambodia
Brunei 69 Cambodia 58
It would be an exciting affair between the two winless teams of the SEABA Pre Qualifiers as Brunei had the slight edge, pulling away at the end of the game to secure the 69-58 victory
There would be little to separate both teams for most of the first half with both teams constantly trading baskets. Brunei would hold a two point advantage going into the break
Brunei would attempt to close the game early in the third, stretching the lead to nine after a jumper by Md Zainul Ashyraf Hj Hussin early in the third. Cambodia would not let up, going on a 10-0 run to grab the lead after a basket made by American born Anthony Dominic Dar with three minutes to go in the third. Brunei would still be able to tie the game in the third through Benjamin Sim making it a tied game going into the fourth
Cambodia’s stamina would look to run out in the fourth as their young team were not able to keep up with Brunei who were fielding a few players with years of international basketball experience. Back to back three pointers by Benjamin Sim would make it an eight point game with four minutes remaining. Turnovers and several difficult missed shots would contribute to Cambodia’s further collapse as Brunei kept steady to win the game by 11
Ahmad Termizi Bin Haji Noorden would be Brunei’s best player with 21 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. Brunei now go on to face Malaysia in a game to determine the fourth qualifier to the second round of the pre qualifiers for FIBA Asia Cup 2021
Cambodiá’s young line up would put up a valiant effort but look set to end the campaign winless, with their final game coming up against the hosts Thailand. 19 year old guard Chorrath Tep would lead Cambodia with 17 points for the game.
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