Singapore Basketball Centre, Tuesday, May 8, 2012 — Dunman High School outlasted Raffles Institution 51-38 in a thrilling game to qualify for the semi-finals of the National A Division Boys’ Basketball Championship.

Dunman High’s centre Isaac Low (#7) played a starring role in his team’s win with 10 points. He was ably assisted by his teammates Bryan (#13) and Wesley (#9) with 17 points and 8 points respectively.

Raffles Institution endured a poor start to the game, finishing with 6 points in the first quarter and 11 points by the end of the first half. In contrast, Dunman High held an almost unassailable 28-11 lead going into the first half break on the back of a good shooting display, with forward Fraser Tiong (#5) scoring two 3-pointers in the second quarter.

Yet Raffles made a determined effort to close the gap in the final quarter with an energetic full court press on their opponents.

It was a case of “too little too late” though as Raffles’ 17-11 fourth quarter run was not enough to overcome their earlier deficit. It was to prove an off-day for last year’s finalists as they were also denied 2 points by a late goal-tending non-call against a team they had beaten easily in an earlier friendly match.

Dunman High’s reward in winning the game was to avoid favourites Hwa Chong Institution in the semi-final, who trumped Pioneer Junior College 94-25 in another game.

Instead, Raffles Institution will face Hwa Chong Institution in the first semi-final while Dunman High will play Anderson Junior College in the second. Both matches will take place simultaneously at Singapore Basketball Centre at 1.30pm on Friday, May 11.

Score by Quarter
Dunman High v Raffles Institution
1st Q: 11-6
2nd Q: 17-5 (28-11)
3rd Q: 12-10 (40-21)
4th Q: 11-17
Final score: 51-38

Top Scorers
Dunman High School
Bryan (#13) — 17 points
Isaac Low (#7) — 10 points
Wesley (#9) — 8 points

Raffles Institution
Antony Raharja (#9) — 12 points
Justin Chua (#7) — 6 points

Ed’s note: If you know the names of the players for both teams, please write them in the comments box below. Thanks.