By REDintern Joseph Lee
Rachel (Seng Kang #4) and her Yishun counterpart chase down the loose ball. Yishun tried to cut the lead with every possession they had but were denied by the formidable Seng Kang defense. (Photo 1 © Joseph Lee/Red Sports)
Singapore Basketball Centre, Monday, January 30, 2012 — Seng Kang Secondary beat Yishun Secondary 26-20 in an exciting North Zone B Division Girls’ Basketball Championship game that was decided only in the very last quarter.
Seng Kang went into this game with a perfect 2-0 record while Yishun had a 1-1 record.
The game opened up cautiously with both teams only taking safe shots, which left the first quarter ending at 5-5. But in the second quarter, Yishun broke Seng Kang’s tough defence line and gained a five-point, 11-16 lead at the end of the first half.
Seng Kang were not ready to give up the game so easily. They regrouped and came back strong after the half-time break. Seng Kang operated a very effective man-to-man full court press on Yishun, locking down their offence.
This gave Seng Kang the edge to strike and they took back the lead after a 7-0 quarter, putting them into a two-point, 18-16 lead.
Going into the fourth quarter, Seng Kang did not want to break their unbeaten streak. Yishun started the fourth quarter by draining two shots which put them two points into the lead. But Seng Kang came back with their effective man-to-man defense to pull away for a 26-20 win.
Anderson vs Woodgrove
Woodgrove won this clash 39-33.
Woodgrove started the game strongly, outscoring Anderson 10-2 in the first quarter and 9-4 in the second. It looked like another one sided affair with Woodgrove pulling away and winning the game.
But after the half-time break, Anderson suddenly came to life. They were shooting on all cylinders and draining all their shots. Woodgrove looked to be struggling but they still kept their composure by draining shots of their own to lead 29-14 at the end of the third quarter.
Woodgrove looked to be pulling away again in the first five minutes of the last quarter as they drained a few shots. Anderson then suddenly drained three back-to-back 3-pointers in the last two minutes to cut the lead to six at 33-39 but the rally was too late. Woodgrove kept their spirits up to hold onto the lead to grab the win.
Deyi vs Naval Base
Deyi won this one-sided game 38-19.
Naval Base outscored Deyi 8-5 in the third quarter but that could not reduce the 16-point deficit at half-time.
The Deyi #10 was one tough player to guard as she did not let the opponent strip the ball from her. The Deyi #10 instead drew fouls from many of the players.
The Deyi #12 also performed superbly. Her shooting was in top form as she drained her shots and dished out assists to other teammates. Deyi are formidable this year and look like contenders for this year’s zonal championship.
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Yi Jie (Seng Kang #5) looking for a pass in front of the tight Yishun defence. (Photo 2 © Joseph Lee/Red Sports)