Aravin Sarma (Thomson-Toa Payoh #5) goes for a layup. (Photo 1 © Lai Jun Wei/Red Sports)
Peirce Secondary, Sunday, April 22, 2012 — Thomson-Toa Payoh CSC beat Bishan North 72-48 to secure their second win in a row in the Community Games basketball tournament.
They now have a perfect 2-0 win-loss record in Group B and will next play Toa Payoh West CSC (2-0) to decide who will top their group and move on to the Bishan-Toa Payoh Cluster final.
Thomson-Toa Payoh beat Toa Payoh Central 56-51 in their opening game.
Lim Ju Kai (#7) of Thomson-Toa Payoh led all scorers with 24 points, including five 3-pointers. His teammate, Tan Han Long (#11), joined him in double digits with 15.
Carlo Panabe (#1) had a team-high 19 points for Bishan North.
It was a close game in the first half, with little separating them at the end of each quarter. Ju Kai drained two 3-pointers in the first quarter for six of his Thomson-Toa Payoh’s 16 points, while Bishan North relied on Carlo Panabe for half of their 14 first-quarter points.
In the second quarter, Berfont Thum (#6) of Bishan North stepped in to drop seven of his team’s 14 points as they outscored their opponents 14-13 to trail by only one (28-29) at half time.
However, Bishan North could not keep up with Thomson-Toa Payoh in the third quarter. Jun Kai scored 10 of his team’s 23 points in that quarter as Thomson-Toa Payoh took a 10-point, 52-42 lead into the fourth.
Bishan North’s shooting fizzled out in the fourth as they were outscored 20-6 by a dominant Thomson-Toa Payoh team that wrapped up a 72-48 win at the final buzzer.
“We play every Friday at Thompson CC, opposite Long House,” said Wang Hong Wei, 28, the team manager for Thomson-Toa Payoh. “Some of us have played together in secondary school. I’ve known some of them since I was 12 years old.”
There are are a total of seven basketball teams playing in the Bishan-Toa Payoh Cluster. The top two teams in the Cluster will go on to play in the Singapore National Games scheduled for September 1st to 9th.
Community Games official website: www.pacsc.org.sg
Scoring by Quarters
Thomson-Toa Payoh vs Bishan North
1st Q: 16-14
2nd Q: 13-14 (29-28)
3rd Q: 23-14 (52-42)
4th Q: 20-6
Final Score: 72-48
Thomson-Toa Payoh CSC
Lim Ju Kai (#7) — 24 pts (5 x 3-pts)
Tan Han Long (#11) — 15 pts
Wang Hong Wei (#4) — 9 pts (2 x 3-pts)
Tan Young Teck (#8) — 9 pts
Aravin Sarma (#5) — 6 pts
Toh Zhen Hui (#10) — 4 pts
Teo Kai Lun (#9) — 4 pts
Lim Wen Yong (#14) — 1 pt
Carlo Panabe (#1) — 19 pts (1 x 3-pts)
Berfont Thum (#6) — 13 pts (1 x 3-pts)
Leon Low (#12) — 6 pts (2 x 3-pts)
Tan Jia Liang (#9) — 4 pts
Michael Norilio (#15) — 2 pts
Martin Tan (#3) — 2 pts
Gan Weicai (#10) — 2 pts
Bishan North Lineup
Carlo Panabe (#1), Martin Tan (#3), Berfont Thum (#6), Lim Ju Kai (#7), Ernest Tan (#8), Tan Jia Liang (#9), Toh Zhen Hui (#10), Gan Weicai (#11), Leon Low (#12), Michael Norilio (#15)
Thomson-Toa Payoh CSC Lineup
Wang Hong Wei (#4), Aravin Sarma (#5), Chia Wee Teck (#6), Wang Seng Quan (#7), Tan Young Teck (#8), Teo Kai Lun (#9), Tan Rong Po (#10), Tan Han Long (#11), Shendon Giam (#12), Lim Wen Yong (#14), Lee Guang Yu (#15)
Carlo Panabe (Bishan North #1) goes for a shot. He was the team’s top scorer with 19 points. (Photo 2 © Lai Jun Wei/Red Sports)
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