By Lim Yong Teck/Red Sports
National University of Singapore, Friday, September 11, 2015 — While most Singaporeans are focused on election proceedings, National University of Singapore (NUS) kept their eyes on their second straight Singapore University Games (SUniG) men’s basketball championship title run, defeating fellow contenders Singapore Institute of Management (SIM) 89-62 in a prelude to the final.
“Our players have been very dedicated and they have been very focused on performing their responsibilities, so hopefully, our season will end on a good note,” said NUS captain Ng Hui Wen, who is nursing a right arm injury.
“We treat every game as equal and maintain our humility, and we’ll fight it out on court in every game until we fully retain our title.”
Jeremy Lee’s (#11) hot shooting helped NUS torch SIM for 33 points, but it was national cager Lim Shengyu (#12) who stood out from the pack with a triple-double of 13 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists, including four blocks.
Along with fellow Hwa Chong Institution and Bukit Panjang Government High alumnus Rolu Oyekanmi (#9), Lim (#12) helmed the NUS offence and exploited SIM’s defence, creating several opportunities for his team-mates.
Richard Neo (#7) was the only one who kept SIM going on offence, and finished as the only player in double-digit scoring.
While Neo (#7) and Jason Siow (#10) helped SIM bite back to keep the game within reach, the NUS starting unit continued their dominance over their counterparts and gradually extended the lead.
For SIM, turnovers were just half of their troubles. The presence of Lim (#12) and Thomas Chua (#21) in the paint turned away several of their attempts, adding to their shooting woes.
Unlike NUS, whose second unit was equally competent, SIM, who were missing the presence of floor general Zhou Zhen Jie (#3), were heavily dependent on Neo (#7), which ultimately led to their downfall.
“We have to be prepared for a tougher game next Thursday, as they are missing a few of their key players,” added NUS captain Ng.
“Both teams will definitely go all out in the final, so we will continue to work as hard and make sure our efforts in the past six months pay off.”
Both teams will meet again in the final, which will be played on Thursday, September 17, at 8.30 p.m.
Score by quarter
NUS vs SIM
1st quarter: 19-17
2nd quarter: 27-18 (46-35)
3rd quarter: 22-17 (68-52)
4th quarter: 21-10 (89-62)
Lee Weng Fatt Jeremy (#11) – 33 points (4 x 3-pointers)
Au Jin Kai (#4) – 15 points (1 x 3-pointer)
Lim Shengyu (#12) – 13 points
Lester Ng Jia Wei (#6) – 10 points (2 x 3-pointers)
Neo Li Zhe, Richard (#7) – 19 points (3 x 3-pointers)
Au Jin Kai (#4), Goh Kong Tat (#5), Lester Ng Jia Wei (#6), Zhou Kai (#7), Rolu Monilla Oyekanmi (#9), Chan Wai Hon (#10), Lee Weng Fatt Jeremy (#11), Lim Shengyu (#12), Chan Ming Rong Clement (#13), Hong Kah Qi (#18), Thomas Chua Peng Kuang (#21), Sim Xing Kai (#22), Terry Tan Soon Lee (#23), Chia Ue Way Samuel (#24), Ng Yao Zhong (#30)
Hernando Juni Four (#1), Darren Lee Da Lun (#2), Zhou Zhen Jie (#3), Nikolas Ojan (#5), Neo Li Zhe, Richard (#7), Jason Siow Wei Chong (#10), Bryan Gregory Kor Chong Yang (#11), Chua Joo Chuan (#13), Wong Kar Chuin Jason (#17), Ow Yu Jie (#21), Vimal S/O Mogun (#26), Peck Zhao Hua Nicholas (#32), Carlo Agus (#34), Brian Cai Jue Guang (#92)
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