Here’s our recap of Day 4 of the 2018 Malaysia Hoops Challenge.
SBL Select Team 98 Red Baron 80
The WA SBL Select Team would successfully clinch the Malaysia Hoops Challenge championship by defeating Red Baron 98-80.
The SBL Select Team would be quick to hit Red Baron, utilizing their sharp three point shooting and size advantage to build a 19 point lead early in the second quarter, led by 22 points from Matthew Adekponya.
As per Red Baron tournament trend, lead import, Sammy Monroe would begin his takeover late in the first half, as went on a tear, scoring 15 points in the second quarter to make it a six point game at the half with SBL Leading 51-45.
The third quarter would see the SBL Select Team shore up their defense on Sammy Monroe, rendering him scoreless in the third quarter. Having nullified Red Baron’s main offensive threat, SBL would go on their own offensive run, stretching the lead to 24 at the end of the third quarter
Red Baron would not be able to mount any significant comeback as the Australians cruised to the final score of 98-80 led by Matthew Adekponya who finished with 37 points for the night.
With the win, the SBL Select Team moves to a 4-0 record. With only one more game day remaining , Red Baron would the only team that can potentially match their record. With head to head advantage over Red Baron secure, the SBL Select Team will be assured of the top spot of the tournament.
Adroit Singapore 90 NS Matrix 84
Adroit Singapore would end NS Matrix’s hopes of winning the Malaysia Hoops Challenge defeating them 90-84.
Adroit would get the early advantage as the local big four quartet of Wong Wei Long, Toh Qing Huang, Leon Kwek and Wong Zhong Han combined to give them an early seven point lead.
Matrix would then turn to non other than Filipino import, Jeff Viernes who would go on an absolute tear, scoring 13 points including a buzzer beating teardrop to tie the game at the end of the first quarter.
Matrix would ride their momentum going into the second pushing the lead to as high as 12, thanks to the returning forward, Ivan Yeo with several baskets in the paint. In an unorthodox move, Adroit would then switch to an all local line up which would prove effective as they would be able to cut the lead to only four at the half.
Adroit would start the second half strong with Wong Zhong Han taking over the game scoring 11 straight points to regain the lead for Adroit. He would score 13 for the quarter as Adroit took a five point lead going into the fourth.
Adroit would be able to stretch the lead to double digits early in the fourth before Matrix began a fast and furious paced comeback led by Jeff Viernes, who scored 16 points in the fourth quarter. It would be Viernes who would regain the lead for Matrix with a deep three pointer with two minutes remaining.
An unlikely hero would then emerge for Adroit, as Poh Wei Hao, who has not been a a key focal point on offense for the tournament, would hit two huge three pointers to seal the 90-84 win for Adroit.
Adroit’s local line up continued to impress at the Malaysia Hoops Challenge as they combined to score 86 out of their team’s 90 points for the night.
KL Dragons 70 CLS Knights 54
In a battle of the teams with no wins thus far, it would be the KL Dragons who emerge victorious, defeating CLS Knights Indonesia 70-54.
CLS Knights would come out strong, shaking up the Dragons early starting with a 13-2 run including 3 three pointers to force an early Dragons timeout. The timeout would pay dividends as the Dragons would chip away slowly and shored up their defense, going on their own 17-5 run, snatching the one point 19-18 lead at the end of the first thanks to a shot clock beating three pointer by Sebastian Ang.
Another young Dragons local, Poh Chee Hoa would set the tone for the Dragons early in the second quarter scoring eight straight points on his own to put the game in Dragon’s control. CLS would only be able to score their first basket of the quarter with five minutes remaining through Arif Hidayat. The Dragons would be able to lead by as many as 19 in the second until late baskets by Arif Hidayat and Katon Baskoro cut the lead to 14 at the half.
The rest of the game would see a similar story as the Dragons were able to extend the lead to as high as 23. The Knights would suffer a further blow as center Firman Nugroho left the game in the third quarter due to injury. The Dragons would use good ball movement and kept the discipline on their defense to close out the game with the 16 point win.
Chris Eversley would lead the way with a 23 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists performance .There would be contributions all round as every Dragons player who played finished with points.
At the conclusion of Day 4 of the Malaysia Hoops Challenge, the standings would be:-
- WA SBL Select Team 4-0
- Red Baron 3-1
- Adroit Singapore 2-2
- NS Matrix 2-2
- KL Dragons 1-3
- CLS Knights 0-4