Story by REDintern Lim De Jun. Photos by Clara Yuan/Red Sports


Lim Fang Cie (TP #23) controls the ball against ITE. Lim led his team to secure a spot in the final with a game-high 30 points. (Photo 1 © Clara Yuan/Red Sports)

Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Friday, January 22, 2016 — Temasek Polytechnic (TP) secured their spot in the final after defeating Institute of Technical Education (ITE) 78-72 in the semi-finals of the Institute-Varsity-Polytechnic (IVP) Basketball Championship.

Shiek Ridwan (ITE #23) contributed a team-high of 16 points which included two 3-pointers but it was Lim Fang Cie (TP #23) who stood out with a game-high of 26 points, including four 3-pointers.

TP led 44-32 at half time.

Fang Cie (TP #23) started the scoring with a deep 2-pointer as TP showed how good they were on their fast breaks after taking advantage of ITE turnovers.

ITE did not have many big players who could play in the paint but their inside players made up for it. Despite being overwhelmed by powerhouse TP, ITE were able to calm their nervousness and started to play smarter. However, they were still not able to chip away at the TP lead.

ITE did not take their chances well as they missed many attempts, and they also had a hard time getting rebounds as TP had bigger players.

Trailing by 12 points (32-44) at the start of the third quarter, Benjamin Lim (ITE #7) performed a good move to score. Poh Wei Jun (ITE #11) also dropped a 3-pointer as ITE’s defense got tighter. However, ITE were still outscored 17-16 in the quarter and they trailed by 13 points (48-61) heading into the fourth quarter.

In the final quarter, Poh Wei Jun (ITE #11) shot two consecutive 3-pointer shots to bring ITE to within seven points of TP.

Despite eventually outscoring TP 24-17 in the quarter, ITE hopes faded after a step back 3-pointer by Lim Fang Cie (TP #23) put the game beyond doubt for TP to win 78-72.

Vice-captain Myron Lim (TP #3) said, “Even though we didn’t start well, we played relatively okay. We could’ve improved more on our ball movement on court as well as our defense.

“The opponent played really well today and that they were all good shooters.

“As for the finals, we are going to do our best,” added Myron.

Scoring By Quarter
1st Q:14-23
2nd Q:18-21 (32-44)
3rd Q:16-17 (48-61)
4th Q:24-17 (72-78)

Top Scorers
Ridwan (#26) – 15 points (with 2 x 3-pointers)
Poh Wei Jun(#11) – 14 points (with 4 x 3-pointers)
Thng Yong An (#5) – 13 points (with 1 x 3-pointers)

Lim Fang Cie (#23) – 26 points (with 4 x 3-pointers)
Koh Jia Rong (#16) – 15 points

ITE Roster
Sim Jun (#3), Thng Yong An (#5), Benjamin Lim (#7), Nicholas Leong (#8), Herman Chan (#9), Sum Kah Soon (#10), Poh Wei Jun (#11), Teo Jie Ming (#12), Lim Kian Shen (#13), Foo Jun Lim (#17), Fabian Low (#18), Shiek Ridwan (#23).

TP Roster
Chua Wei How (#1), Siew Siang Chong (#2), Myron Lim (#3), Thng Jun Rong (#4), Alister Tay Jun Yan (#5), Alan Seow Ying Zhong (#6), Daven Khaw (#10), Lim Rui Jie (#15), Koh Jia Rong (#16), Teo Zhen Kai, (#17), Tay Zhi Kang, Jonas (#19), Muhammad Naqib (#20), Catapia John Nicholas Taas (#21), Lim Fang Cie (#23), Toh Jing Jie (#32).

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