Yishun Town beat Cedar Girls’ in overtime

BASKETBALL

Yuying-adidas Invitational League 2007
Yishun Town Secondary vs Cedar Girls’ Secondary
Monday, 10 December 07 at CCAB

Story and picture by Red Sports reader Teo Siang Yang.

Yishun Town beat Cedar Girls’ 56-54 in a tightly-contested game that went into overtime yesterday in the Yuying Invitational League.

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#8 of Cedar Girls’ goes for an easy lay-up. © Teo Siang Yang


When the girls from Yishun Town stepped onto the court, they knew that they were in for a tough game. Cedar Girls', this year's Championship contender, were not an opponent not to be brushed off lightly.

From the first whistle, the girls from Cedar displayed their prowess. They executed their defense and offense accurately and looked invincible. Yishun Town gave resistance but still trailed by two points after the first quarter.

The turning point came in the 2nd quarter when Yishun Town went on a scoring spree, led by number 5 and number 8. They gave their team 10 points and ended the 1st half with the lead. Cedar did not take it lying down. They came back to take the 3rd quarter but still trailing by four points. With renewed energy, they stormed back and tied the score with two minutes left to play and took the lead on their next play. Yishun Town then composed themselves and tied the game with seconds to play. They fumbled on their last play and did not manage to find a shot, sending the game into the first overtime of the league.

Both teams gave end-to-end action but it was Yishun Town which finally prevailed to win their third win with a score of 56 to 54.

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A Jurong West player (in orange) looks on as a Mayflower player chases down the ball. © Teo Siang Yang

In another girls' match, it was Mayflower Secondary against Jurong West Secondary. With plenty of experience and flair, Jurong West broke Mayflower down with a score of 55 to 17. The last girls' match saw Dunearn Secondary putting their skills to the test against the might of Unity Secondary. Unity led the game all the way to win 63-11.

The only boys' match today was the one between hosts Yuying Secondary and Jurong West Secondary. The westerners took the lead early in the game, which caused some confusion to the Yuying players. But with some adjustments, they came back to take the 1st quarter. It was smooth sailing for Yuying in the 2nd quarter when they outscored Jurong West by 12 points. The second half was comeback time for Jurong West and their work ethic was superb. However, Yuying managed to stave off the resistance and finally won the game with a score of 51 to 36.

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A Yuying player finds his way blocked by a Jurong West opponent. © Teo Siang Yang
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