PRG Eagles defeated King Pinas Asia 95-81, pulling away towards the end in a closely fought game
The PRG Eagles faced King Pinas Asia with both teams looking for the victory to secure a higher final standing in the preliminary round of the Malaysia Pro League 2017. The Eagles chose to rest their American import, Patrick Sanders and locals Ong Wei Yong, Choo Wei Hong and Yim Shen Hao today. Pinas saw the return of their three original Malaysian backup players, Kot Soon Peng, Raphal Yap and Tommy Wong; giving them eight players to use for today.
The Eagles started with an all local line up and Ryan Liaw started the scoring for the Eagles with a running layup. From then on it was all Pinas in the first quarter going on a 12-0 run with an EJ Feihl three pointer forcing the Eagles to call a timeout at the 5:37 mark.
They immediately brought in American big, Anthony McClain who immediately made his presence felt with eight points in the paint. This did not faze Pinas as they kept their composure and led by the hot shooting of former CSB Blazers guard, RJ Argamino, they kept the 10 point lead to end of the quarter leading 25-15.
A Ma Chee Kheun jumper at the beginning of the second quarter sparked a 16-3 run for the Eagles capped off by a thunderous dunk by McClain. Peter De Ocampo kept it close for Pinas with two quick baskets before Ryan Liaw took over for the Eagles scoring seven straight points. A subsequent tip in from the young Thea Zhong Sin gave the Eagles their biggest lead of the half at 11. Argamino would proceed to go a scoring run of his own capped off with a buzzer beater lay up to cut the deficit to seven. The score at the half would be the Eagles leading 46-39.
Ryan Liaw kept his fine form going with four points at the beginning of the third pushing the lead to 12 which would be the Eagle’s largest lead of the quarter which the Eagles kept for most of the quarter forcing a time out by Pinas at the 4:08 mark. This would prove effective as Pinas came out centering their game around Peter De Ocampo whose eight points kept Pinas at the game with the third ending in a score of 68-60 in favor of the Eagles.
The fatigue of Pinas finally caught up in the fourth quarter and the lack of rotation caused their downfall with Eagles constantly subbing in fresh players to wear down the tired Pinas. A layup by the young Kelvin Law gave the Eagles the biggest lead of the quarter at 21 at the 2:26 mark. Argamino tried to lead Pinas to a comeback with seven points but it was too late as the Eagles closed out the game with a 95-81 victory.
With the victory, the Eagles secure fourth position in the preliminary rounds with 2 wins and 3 losses while Pinas finished bottom without a single victory.
Player of the Game
Anthony McClain proved the game changer for Eagles , coming off the bench early in the first to change the tide for the Eagles providing a much needed inside defense against the 7 ft 1 Feihl He finished with 23 points, 18 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 blocks.
Eagles 91: McClain 23, Liaw 18, Ma 15, Law 8, Hung 6, Yiek 6, Yek 5, Tong 4, Chin 2, Wong 2
Pinas 85: Argamino 36, De Ocampo 26, Pacquaio 6, Yap 5, Cudal 5, Feihl 3