Malaysia see off late Sin­ga­pore on­slaught

New Straits Times - - Sport -

MALAYSIA with­stood a late fight­back by Sin­ga­pore for a 45-41 win to end a run of three con­sec­u­tive de­feats at the South­east Asian Bas­ket­ball Cham­pi­onship in Manila yes­ter­day.

Field­ing a side full of novices, coach Goh Cheng Huat's side fi­nally reg­is­tered their first vic­tory on the back of Ting Chun Hong's 18 points.

Af­ter go­ing down to Thai­land, In­done­sia and Philip­pines, the vic­tory will come as a much needed boost for the na­tional team, who face Viet­nam to­day and Myanmar on Thurs­day with a chance to move up the stand­ings in the seven-team tour­na­ment.

Chun Hong made seven of 16 shots and grabbed seven re­bounds while Liaw Chee Huei's seven points was the next high­est score for Malaysia in the lows­cor­ing af­fair.

Delvin Goh paced Sin­ga­pore with 14 points and 12 re­bounds while Wong Wei Long pulled 10 re­bounds to go with five points.

Malaysia led 15-13 af­ter the first quar­ter and 26-20 at half-time be­fore go­ing into the fi­nal pe­riod with a 35-30 ad­van­tage.

Just as Malaysia seemed headed for vic­tory, Sin­ga­pore's Leon Kwek nar­rowed the deficit to 4341 with 25 sec­onds re­main­ing be­fore Chan Kek Thai sank a free throw for 44-41.

Ng Han­bin missed a game-ty­ing three-point shot for Sin­ga­pore and with time ex­pir­ing, Sin­ga­pore had to foul and Chee Huei hit one of two free throws to seal the win.

Malaysia im­proved to 1-3 af­ter snap­ping a three-match los­ing run against Sin­ga­pore since the 2015 Fiba Asia Cham­pi­onship while in an ear­lier game, Thai­land routed Myanmar 102-35 for their third win in four matches. Devin­der Singh

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