By Les Tan/Red Sports
Zhou Zhen Qiang (Yishun #13, white) scored a game-high 21 points, including two 3-pointers. The Yishun attack was centred around him. (Photo 1 © Les Tan/Red Sports)
Singapore Basketball Centre, Monday, March 1, 2010 – Yishun Secondary beat defending national champions Presbyterian High 74-58 to win a place in the final of the North Zone B Division Basketball Championship.
Both teams played the game at a frantic pace and were evenly matched in the first quarter with Presbyterian High holding a slight one-point (19-18) advantage at the end of the first.
Presbyterian High captain Ng Jun Jie was called for his third personal foul early in the second quarter and that changed the complexion of the game. Presbyterian High trailed 30-36 at the half and the Yishun offense, centred around Zhou Zhen Qiang (#13), soon pulled ahead in a 20-12 third quarter.
Yishun, who led by as many as 20 points at one point, were never threatened in the fourth and wrapped up the game 74-58.
Presbyterian High had made life difficult for themselves in the second round when they lost to Ahmad Ibrahim Secondary by two points but did enough to win their remaining group games to make it into the semi-finals.
“Our defense was a problem and we couldn’t make baskets,” said Presbyterian High captain Ng Jun Jie.
For Yishun, they now go up against North Vista in the North Zone championship final, the only team that beat them in the second round. Yishun were thrashed 79-47 by North Vista.
“Our biggest challenge against North Vista is Larry Liew, their main scorer,” said Yishun captain Tay Wen Cheng.
The final between Yishun and North Vista will be played at the Singapore Basketball Centre on Monday, March 8th, 2010, at 3pm.
Quarter by Quarter Scores
Yishun vs Prsebyterian High
1st Q: 18-19
2nd Q: 18-11
3rd Q: 20-12
4th Q: 18-16
Zhou Zhen Qiang (#13) – 21 points (2 x 3-pointers)
Qamarul (#6) – 11 points (1 x 3-pointer)
Sean Wong (#4) – 13 points (3 x 3-pointers)
Nicholas Chee (#14) – 10 points
Qamarul (Yishun #6, white) waits for the right moment to jump against Presbyterian High. He scored 11 points, including one 3-pointer. (Photo 2 © Les Tan/Red Sports)
Toh Qing Huang (Yishun #14) flies high to lay up for two. Yishun took a 36-30 lead into the half-time break and pulled further ahead in the third quarter. (Photo 3 © Les Tan/Red Sports)
Sean Wong (Presbyterian High #4) lays up for two. He scored a team-high 13 points, including three 3-pointers. (Photo 4 © Les Tan/Red Sports)
Presbyterian High captain Ng Jun Jie (#11, in black) was called for his third personal foul early in the second quarter, relegating him to the bench. (Photo 5 © Les Tan/Red Sports)
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