Story and photos by Low Zheng Yu/Red Sports
NYP Sports Hall, Thursday, June 29, 2018 — Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP) defeated Anglo-Chinese School Oldham (ACSO) 51-43 in the National Youth Sports Institute (NYSI) Basketball League.
This win gives NYP a 2-1 win-loss record while ACSO fall to a 0-3 win-loss record.
ACSO captain, Tan Ee Leng (#11), commented, “Definitely, there are a lot of things we can learn from this game. It may not be our best game but I think every game is always an opportunity for us to find out what we can work on for the next game and also for us to work together as a team regardless of what happens on the court. Due to injuries, some players being unwell and other commitments which may have affected our performance today, regardless, we will work harder for the next game.”
ACSO got off to a good start. Megha Joshi (ACSO #4) got a steal and went coast to coast to get the first basket of the game. However, NYP stepped up their defensive efforts and went on a run. NYP quickly increased their lead causing ACSO to panic as they committed turnovers after turnovers. NYP were able to capitalize on these turnovers and converted them into points as they led 18-9 after the first quarter.
Going into the second quarter, ACSO increased their defensive efforts and were able to get stops. They converted those into transition baskets and with a three-point shot by Neo Yingqi (ACSO #2), ACSO were able to cut the NYP lead down to two.
Unfazed, Poh Lee Chin (NYP #14) was able to score two baskets in a row before the buzzer to lead ACSO 28-20 at the half. She also had a game-high 15 points.
In the fourth quarter, ACSO made a push. Their defensive efforts allowed them to get several stops which they converted into points. This allowed them to cut the NYP lead down to seven.
The NYP coach called for a timeout in an attempt to break the momentum of ACSO and it worked to perfection. After the timeout, NYP were able to regain composure as Lynette Khoo (NYP #13) knocked down the next three shots to secure the NYP victory.
Lynette Khoo (NYP #13) said, “Our coach called a timeout to stop their momentum and when we went in we were able to up our defense. In a way, while he scolded us during the timeout, it served as a wake-up call as to how we were playing down the stretch and it kind of jolt us from our bad plays to secure our win.”
Scoring by Quarter
NYP vs ACSO
1st Q: 18-09
2nd Q: 10-11 (28-20)
3rd Q: 15-14 (43-34)
4th Q: 08-09 (51-43)
Poh Lee Chin (#14) – 15 pts
Clarice Tan Yi Lin (#35) – 11 pts
Lynette Khoo Kai Shin (#13) – 11 pts
Eunice Lim (#9) – 8 pts
Ang Chyi Yen (#6) – 8 pts
Briana Lee Bao Yu (#3), Sharon Chua Jia Ying (#4), Koh Kai Jing Valerie (#5), Leona Ng Li Shan (#6), Louisa Tham Qiao Lin (#7), Gladys Ng Yang Yee (#10), Eshlyne Yap Shu Ting (#11), Tan Min Tricia (#12), Lynette Khoo Kai Shin (#13), Poh Lee Chin (#14), Koh Kai Ling Vera (#15), Daisy Anne Mabutas Masangque (#16), Evelyn Lim Wan Yu (#30), Clarice Tan Yi Lin (#35), Natrasha Binte Muhammad Zaky (#83)
Neo YingQi (#2), Gerilyn Wah (#3), Megha Joshi (#4), Hazel Lim (#5), Ang Chyi Yen (#6), Sharlene Tjakrawinata (#8), Eunice Lim (#9), Ang Kah Hui (#10), Tan Ee Leng (#11), Zara Chin (#12), Chen YingYing (#13), Shanice Chia (#14), Dora Yeo (#15), Yvonne See (#24)
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