Story by Thamim/Red Sports. Photos by REDintern Adeline Lee.

Tan Xueyi (HCI #10) driving past her defender. (Photo 1 © REDintern Adeline Lee)

Tan Xueyi (HCI #10) driving past her defender. (Photo 1 © REDintern Adeline Lee)

Singapore Basketball Centre, Monday, April 11, 2016 — Hwa Chong Institution (HCI) beat Innova Junior College (IJC) 61-14 in the National A Division Basketball Championship.

Sheryl Ng (HCI #4) scored a game high of 12 points while Sonia Lee (IJC #11) led her team with 6.

The win improved HCI to a 2-0 win-loss record while IJC fall to 1-1.

HCI set up a full court defense to intercept IJC passes and score on their fast breaks. HCI made many 3-point attempts but they did not all drop although they dominated the rebounds.

By the end of the first quarter, HCI led 18-1.

IJC found some scoring through free throws in the second quarter but struggled to score otherwise.

HCI continued with their full court defense and with accurate passing and shooting, they remained firmly in the lead (35-6) at half-time.

IJC switched to a zone defense in a bid to stop HCI from driving in. HCI switched tactics, resorting to shots from near the 3-point line that fell for them.

The HCI zone defense and superior rebounding kept IJC scoreless in the third quarter. HCI poured in 15 more points to lead 49-6 heading into the fourth quarter.

In the fourth quarter, the HCI defence became slightly porous, allowing IJC to take advantage and score eight points, their highest output of any quarter. However, HCI still scored at will to wrap up the 61-14 win.

HCI next play Tampines Junior College while IJC will face Temasek Junior College.

Scoring by Quarter
1st Q: 18-1
2nd Q: 16-5 (35-6)
3rd Q: 15-0 (49-6)
4th Q: 12-8 (61-14)

Top Scorers
Sheryl Ng (#4) – 12 points
Natasha Ng (#13) – 10 points

Sonia Lee (#11) – 6 points
Yang Peishi (#66) – 4 points

HCI Roster
Sheryl Ng Xue Qi (#4), Boon Jiahwee (#5), Chloe YingYun Yan (#6), Jacqueline Yang (#7), Oor YuWen (#8), Soon Wei Wen (#9), Tan Xueyi (#10), Dalini Raj (#11), Lim Boon Yee (#12), Natasha Ng Zi Qi (#13), Tan Liwen (#14), Chloe Tan Xinyi (#15)

IJC Roster
Jemima Wong (#4), Sheryl Tan (#6), Demi Ng (#7), Nur Aqilah Iqromah Bte M N (#8), Sonia Lee (#11), Nguyen Ngoc Khanh Linh (#13), Tammy Ang (#22), Samantha See (#33), Nurul Shafinaz Bte Mohamed N (#44), Yang Peishi (#66), Yap Ning Calista (#77), Toh Pei Qin (#99)

National A Division Basketball Championship – fixtures and results

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