Thursday, June 11, 2015

Malaysian girls clear tough hurdle in basketball

SINGAPORE: Two wins out of two and the gold’s in sight.

The Malaysian women’s basketball team, who have not won the gold medal since the 2007 Korat Games, took a giant step towards reclaiming it after defeating defending champions Thailand 65-56 in a crunch match at the OCBC Arena on Wednesday.

It was close as the Thais led 13-11 in the first quarter and 27-26 at halftime.

Twelve-time gold medallists Malaysia slowly found their groove after the break. A massive fourth quarter (23-14) saw Malaysia getting over the hump.

Captain Pang Hui Pin again led from the front, scoring 15 points while Yap Fook Yee and Eugene Ting chipped in with 14 points and 12 points.

Having beaten Indonesia 70-45 on Tuesday, Malaysia’s remaining matches in the six-team round-robin competition are against the Philippines, Vietnam and Singapore.

They meet the Philippines on Thursday.

“I’m happy with the win. We have a tough match against the Philippines now,” said national coach Yoong Sze Yuin.

“The Filipinos are strong and aggressive ... their style of play is just like their men’s. My girls must be strong defensively.”

The Star Online

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