KUALA LUMPUR (September 16): Sarawak men’s basketball team got off to a good start in their Sukma campaign yesterday when they edged Pahang 87-54 in a Group A match at MABA Stadium.
The team coached by Yong Kian Ann quickly took a 6-1 lead, but Pahang chased and led 8-6 at one point.
However, Bong Zhi Long and Xavier Jong Yu Kai led the team to score 10-0 to regain the lead 25-11 at the end of the first quarter.
The start of the second quarter saw a stalemate in the first four minutes where both teams scored zero until Tiong Ing Kun finally sank a three-pointer.
However, a lapse in Sarawak’s defense saw their opponents gain five points and the second quarter ended with Sarawak leading Pahang 50-16.
After the break, Sarawak changed strategy and tactics to extend their lead to 67-33 late in the third quarter before wrapping up their maiden win with a 33-point difference.
Yong was pleased with the team’s performance, saying they played well according to instructions.
“Our team had set a goal in this Sukma and the players gave their all in the game and played well because we are well prepared for the challenge,” he said.
Sarawak will next play Penang today, while the women’s team will open their campaign against Melaka in Group A.