Story by Chan Hua Zheng/Red Sports. Photos by Lee Jian Wei/Red Sports.

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Ming Hanqing (#7) of Catholic High shoots the ball against Briston Tan (#10) of Edgefield Secondary. Catholic High went on to beat Edgefield Secondary 71–31. (Photo 1 © Lee Jian Wei/Red Sports)

Singapore Basketball Centre, Monday, February 12, 2018 — Catholic High (CH) caught fire from beyond the arc, pouring in 12 three-point field goals as they cruised to a 71–31 victory over Edgefield Secondary (ES).

With this victory, Catholic High now have a 3–1 win-loss record while Edgefield fell to 0–4 in the second round of the North Zone B Division Basketball Championship.

Jarette Huang (#9) spearheaded Catholic High’s offense with a game-high 16 points while Ming Hanqing (#7) and Wong Rui Jie (#4) chipped in 15 points and 11 points respectively. The trio also combined to make 10 of Catholic High’s 12 three-point field goals.

Tan Zhi Kai (#9) led the way for Edgefield with a team-high of nine points, while Ong Jun Min (#11) and Zachary Ng (#5) chipped in six points and five points respectively.

The opening quarter started with Catholic High dominating both ends of the floor, as they made four of their five three-point field goal attempts and unleashed a suffocating full court press to fuel a 24–0 run.

Edgefield eventually broke their scoring drought after a Catholic High turnover led to Zeaus Teo (#7) scoring on a fast break layup with 46 seconds left. The quarter ended 24–2 in Catholic High’s favour.

Edgefield’s woes continued in the second period. They struggled to hit their stride on offence, forcing up difficult low-percentage shots, while committing turnovers that led to easy fast break points for Catholic High. At halftime, Edgefield trailed 4–38.

Despite facing a 34-point deficit, the second half saw a resilient effort from Edgefield as they found their groove on offence, relentlessly attacking the basket for points in the paint.

However, their defence struggled to contain Catholic High’s hot-shooting Jarette Huang (#9), who dropped 11 points in the third period. At the end of the third period, Edgefield trailed Catholic High 16–55.

A competitive final period saw Edgefield going toe to toe with Catholic High, as they were only outscored 15–16. However, it was not enough to make up for their struggles in the first half and the final buzzer sounded with Catholic High securing a convincing 71–31 victory.

Edgefield will match up against Chung Cheng High (Yishun) on February 14 at 1.10 pm, while Catholic High will face against Presbyterian High on the same day at 2.20 pm. Both matches will be held at the Singapore Basketball Centre.

Catholic High vs Edgefield
1st Quarter: 24–2
2nd Quarter: 14–2 (38–4)
3rd Quarter: 17–12 (55–16)
4th Quarter: 16–15 (71–31)

Top Scorers
Catholic High
Jarette Huang (#9) — 16 points
Ming Hanqing (#7) — 15 points
Wong Rui Jie (#4) — 11 points

Tan Zhi Kai (#9) — 9 points
Ong Jun Min (#11) — 6 points
Zachary Ng Teng Qing (#5) — 5 points

Catholic High Roster
Wong Rui Jie (#4), Dylan Tan (#5), Jon Tan (#6), Ming Hanqing (#7), Lim Jing Jie (#8), Jarette Huang (#9), Abel Ho (#10), Ko Siu Chun (#11), Joshua Seah (#12), Dionysius Heng (#13), Twu Pin An (#14), Liang Kahei (#15)

Edgefield Roster
Lock Sherng Jie (#4), Zachary Ng Teng Qing (#5), Javen Tey Kang Xuan (#6), Zeaus Teo Tian Hao (#7), Koh Zi Le (#8), Tan Zhi Kai (#9), Briston Tan Jun Hao (#10), Ong Jun Min (#11), Tan Yan An (#12), George Soo Jia Hui (#13), Hewett Li Tuo Tzi (#14), Colin Loh Shao Xian (#15)

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