Story by Chan Hua Zheng/Red Sports. Photos by Dylan Chua/Red Sports.
Singapore Basketball Centre, Wednesday, May 9, 2018 — Anderson Junior College (AJC) secured themselves a semi-finals berth after a convincing 66–34 victory over Dunman High School (DHS) in their final 2nd round match of the National A Division Basketball Championship.
AJC finished with a 4–0 win-loss record to top Group P, while DHS are eliminated after finishing fourth in Group P with a 1–3 record.
AJC was led by #13 who scored 12 points while teammate #25 added 10 points. On the other hand, Tan Yan Zhou (DHS #12) led DHS with a valiant 13-point performance to lead all scorers.
The game started off with AJC holding a slight 7–4 edge over Dunman with 7:38 remaining, as both sides put up a competitive performance.
However, Dunman soon found themselves unable to keep up with AJC’s offence, as AJC went on a huge 15–5 run over the remainder of the quarter to grab a 22–9 lead.
Dunman stepped up their defence in the second quarter as they displayed energy on defence to disrupt AJC’s offence and contest shots attempted by the opposing offence. Their defensive efforts paid off as they managed to hold AJC to 11 points in the quarter.
However, Dunman were unable to find the same success on offence as they struggled to convert shots into points, putting up only 4 points throughout the period to enter the half-time break with a 13–33 deficit.
Dunman were able to dig themselves out of their offensive slump in the third quarter and the third quarter turned out to be a closely contested one.
Despite putting up a competitive third quarter, Dunman still found themselves outscored 13–9 by AJC as they headed into the final period down 22–46.
Dunman continued to play their hearts out despite facing a 24-point deficit with a quarter left to play, hustling hard on defence to secure defensive boards and contesting shots put up by AJC.
Their efforts yielded them an 8–2 run in the final period to cut the deficit to 30–50.
However, fatigue seemed to take its toll on the Dunman players, as they started to have lapses in protecting the defensive boards. On one occasion, they even allowed AJC to grab three straight offensive boards, forcing their coach to call a timeout with 3:22 to let the players take a breather and regroup themselves.
After the timeout, AJC would proceed to close out the game with a 6–0 run to secure a 66–33 victory and seal their spot in the semi-finals.
AJC will be facing Meridian JC in the semi-finals. The match will be held at Jurong East Sports Hall on May 15. Tip-off will be at 3.00 pm.
Scoring by Quarter
Anderson Junior College v Dunman High School
1st Q: 22–9
2nd Q: 11–4 (33–13)
3rd Q: 13–9 (46–22)
4th Q: 20–11 (66–33)
Anderson Junior College
Xavier Ng (#13) — 12 points
Ram Sunda Putra (#25) — 10 points
Dunman High School
Tan Yan Zhou (#12) — 13 points
Dunman High School Roster
Zhong Xinyu (#5), Kevin Zhu Chun Yin (#6), Zachary Glyndon Gan Zi Xiang (#7), Jordan Kwek Boon Choon (#8), Nicholas Soh Kai Sern (#9), Gregory Teo Tong Sian (#11), Tan Yan Zhou (#12), Joshaun Goh (#13), Goh Ting En Jonathan (#15)
Anderson Junior College Roster
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