Seven Star 77 Farmco Knights 66
Seven Star overcame huge odds to record their first victory of the MPL D League 2018 season, defeating Farmco Knights 77-66 in overtime. The win would break their six game losing streak and send Farmco to their third straight defeat
Farmco were determined to get the victory after two close defeats the weekend before and exerted their dominance early on despite missing the services of key big man, Wong Chin Yong for the second game in a row. They would lead by 11 at the half and were looking to cruise to victory after Lee Kwong Fai hit a three pointer early in the third to give them their biggest lead of the game at 14 early in the third
Seven Star would be ignited by this going on a 12-0 run to cut the lead to only two, keeping Farmco scoreless for six minutes of the third quarter. Choo Wei Hong would hit back to back three pointers for Farmco to break the scoring drought but yet again, Seven Star’s resolve would not waver as they managed to tie the game with a buzzer beater basket by Wong Wen Jie at the end of the third.
Seven Star would sense the momentum shift going in their favor going into the fourth as captain Yim Shen Yi lead them to seven point lead midway through the fourth, forcing a Farmco time out. Farmco would go on their 9-0 run coming out of the timeout. It would be scrappy end to the fourth with both teams missing shots, fouling and splitting their free throws. The game would come to a final possession for Farmco after Yim Shen Yi succesfully converted two free throws to tie the game with 17 seconds remaining. Farmco would call a time out and look to young rising player, Low Ken Yen to win the game for Farmco. Unfortunately for them, his jumper attempt would not fall, sending the game to overtime
Overtime would continue to be a scrappy affair as both teams struggled with foul trouble. Farmco’s Teoh Yi Khang would briefly give them a one point lead with a free throw before Wong would once again hit a clutch three for Seven Star to give them the lead for good. Farmco’s frustrations and fatigue would begin to show with their inability to make baskets and sending Seven Star to the free throw line. A well taken fast break by Kwan Joe Ee would seal the game for Seven Star with 1:30 to go.
Farmco will be left frustrated again, and would rue the defeat today, only making 10 out of their 30 free throw attempts
The player of the game would be Yim Shen Yi with 18 points (7/12 FG) and 7 rebounds whose heroics ensured that Seven Star kept their playoffs hopes alive
Red Baron 80 Melaka 96ers 52
Red Baron pounded the Melaka 96ers to bounce back in impressive fashion after their lost against the KL Dragons the day before. The win would push Red Baron’s record back to 0.500 and kept the distance away from Melaka who were looking to leapfrog Red Baron in the standings with a victory today
Melaka, bolstered by the return of Tan Wei Jie and Chee Li Wei would start the game well off back to back three pointers by their young players, Wee Yong Gan and Lee Hong Min, leading them to a five point lead midway through the first quarter. Red Baron would turn to their young bigs, Wong Mun Hin and Yap Zhi Wei to assert their height advantage to get points in the paint, giving Red Baron a slight three point lead at the end of the first
Melaka would keep it close for the most of the second quarter until Red Baron pulled away towards the end of the half as Melaka struggled to cope with the height and size of Red Baron. An offensive putback by Wong and a free throw by 6 ft 5 Goh Yan Qing would give Red Baron the 13 point lead going into the half.
Melaka would be able to cut the lead to eight at the 7:43 mark of the third quarter off free throws by Wee. From that moment onwards, things would only go crashing down for Melaka for the rest of the game with no answer for Red Baron’s bigs and deep rotation. Melaka would be left with rushed and difficult shots to attempt as they finished the game on 25% shooting .Red Baron would punish Melaka for the rest of the game amassing 42 points in the paint and 39 bench points. An easy layup by Ng Cheng Toong would condemn Melaka to the 28 point defeat, the second largest margin of defeat so far in the MPL D League 2018 season
21 year old Wong Mun Hin would earn the best player honors with a double double performance of 13 points and 10 rebounds. The bulky forward would be a constant thorn for Melaka both on offense and defense all game.
New Ampang Youth Club 69 PRG Warriors 46
NAYC would avenge their previous weekend overtime lost to PRG Warriors, in brutal fashion, leading from start to finish in a huge victory over PRG. The win would snap PRG’s for game win streak and extend NAYC’s win streak to three
PRG, who were missing the services of key players, Tan Wen Gio and John Wong, would not be able to recover from a disappointing first quarter where they were only able to make one field goal.
NAYC kept their intensity level up the whole game, winning every quarter and taking a clear advantage of the absence of PRG’s top rebounder, John Wong. NAYC outrebounded PRG 61-42, grabbing 25 offensive rebounds in the process. A layup by Hoh Hon Fay off a full court football pass by Ho Yeow Loong would bring the lead to 27 points, the largest of the game killing off the game
The player of the game for NAYC would be leading scorer Syahrul Ridzuan Rosli, celebrating Hari Raya/Eidulfitri with 17 points (7/12 FG) and 6 rebounds
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