2019 MPL D League Day 8 Recap (13/4/19)
Game Day 8 of the MPL Development League (D-League) sees the Speed Hunters pick up their third straight win while Titijaya returned to action and a win after a two-week break.
Titijaya 72 Kuching Lord Tiger 67
Lord Tiger, in their three matches during Week Three, have shown that they have the ability to challenge all comers.
Titijaya on the other hand have not played since Week One where they registered a win and a loss.
Thus it was the Sarawakians who were looking to exploit some match rustiness in their opponents as they stormed to an early 9-2 lead.
Titijaya however reeled them in but both teams were tied 32-all at the break.
The Ampang-based team however made good of their experience after the break and started to break away for a 56-43 lead.
Lord Tiger gave a big effort in a final flurry but it was too little too late as Titijaya did enough to claim the win.
Syahrul Ridzuan Rosli was again the all-action man for Titijaya as he finished with 21 points and 13 rebounds but also gave out 11 turnovers for a wrong end of a triple-double.
Veterans Kwan Jo Ee and Ho Yeow Loong also pulled their weight to finish with 15 and 12 points respectively.
For Lord Tiger. Maegen Mahadevan finished with 15 points despite flirting with foul trouble while Andy Jong put up 14 points.
Player of the Game: Syahrul Ridzuan Rosli (21 points, 13 rebounds, 3 blocks)
LOL factor: Syahrul completing his ‘triple-double’ by also handing out 11 turnovers.
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Speed Hunters 67 VAG 60
The early defeats of the season now seems like a thing of the past for Speed Hunters as they have slowly but surely picked up form.
The youthful Speed Hunters, under the guidance of veteran coach Goh Cheng Huat are picking up steam having won their third match in a row.
But this win didn’t come easy at all as they were made to labour several tough situations against a gutsy VAG side.
It didn’t look that way at the start as Speed Hunters were quick off the blocks and raced into a 22-9 lead.
They however, went to sleep after the first period and opened an opportunity for VAG to chase them back.
And chase they did as VAG got more aggressive behind the ball as the game could well be forgiven for a wrestling match.
Speed Hunters however handled themselves well under pressure and played the big points when it mattered.
A big three-point dagger by Chong Koon Wei put the game beyond doubt before Gan Zhi Ying completed the win despite converting only three of his last six attempts from the free throw line.
Zhi Ying would finish with 13 points and 9 rebounds while Koon Wei’s clutch showing had him on 10 points, 4 boards and 3 steals.
For VAG, Lee Kok Loon and Seow Young Lii both finished with 12 points while Yong Jian Teck dropped 11 markers.
The win sees Speed Hunters improve to 3-2 for the season while VAG’s struggles continues as they are 0-4.
Player of the Game: Chong Koon Wei (10 points, 4 rebounds, 3 steals, 2 assists)
Foul factor: Anyone keeping track of the foul count?
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