Story by REDintern Shermaine Lou
SCGS celebrate Chloe Alphonso’s buzzer beater which gives them the win over Jurong. (Photo 1 © Les Tan/Red Sports)
Clementi Sports Hall, Monday, April 2, 2012 — Singapore Chinese Girls’ School (SCGS) grasped victory from the hands of Jurong Secondary with a final basket just before the buzzer to win 36-35 in their Round 1 game of the National B Division Girls’ Basketball Championship.
The win gives SCGS a 2-0 win-loss record and a place in the next round of the national championship after they won their opening game 42-8 against Woodgrove Secondary. For Jurong, this was their second loss and they are out of the running for Round 2.
SCGS had a small lead in the first quarter but Jurong came back strongly in the second to tie the game and lead by four points (18-14) at half time.
The third quarter was a very close one and both teams took turns to hold the lead before Jurong closed out the quarter four points ahead at 26-22.
SCGS came right back at Jurong with a 4-0 run to tie it up at 26-all and both teams were neck and neck all the way.
A foul gave SCGS a cgance to take a one-point lead at 31-30 but Jurong came back to lead 35-34 in the final minute.
Trying hard to maintain their lead, Jurong held on to the ball for as long as possible. However, a quick interception gave SCGS the opportunity and Chloe Alphonso (#5) made a basket with seconds to spare for the win.
Penielle Barcelo, the SCGS team captain, finished with a game-high 18 points.
“A lot of teamwork was involved. We didn’t play well, but played together,” said Penielle. She also attributed the day’s win to the team’s unity and strength.
“I was really happy for my teammates, as well as for my coach and teachers,” said Chloe, the scorer of the winning basket.
Scoring by Quarters
SCGS vs Jurong
1st Q: 10-8
2nd Q: 4-10 (14-18)
3rd Q: 8-8 (22-26)
4th Q: 14-9 (36-35)
Cheryl Quek (#4), Chloe Alphonso (#5), Alexandria Mok (#6), Annie Rowenna Tay (#7), Alexia Hsu (#8), Charlene Ng (#9), Nurul Emalina (#10), Penielle Barcelo (#11), Emer Hoong (#13), Tay Dao Rou (#15), Woon Wei Jing (#14)
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