MPL D-League: Game Day 5 Recap
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Game Day 5 saw the Speed Hunters get off the mark for their first win while the D-League saw the introduction of the Kuching Lord Tiger who were unfortunate to run into a red hot Red Baron Youth on the day.
Speed Hunters 75 VAG 70
After two earlier defeats, Goh Cheng Huat’s boys appeared to have taken those lessons well and were much more efficient in both offence and defence.
In addition, they were finally playing to what their name suggests – hunting down opponents with a lot of speed.
With Yeong Hi Yih proving to be a defensive lynchpin, the Speed Hunters went ahead 23-18 and then 41-31 at halftime.
They appeared to have done enough in the third period after leading by as much as 23 points only for VAG to chase them down in the fourth period.
Fortunately, VAG just didn’t have the extra edge and even lost big man Seow Young Lii to foul trouble, thus sealing their own fate as Speed Hunters held on dangerously for the win.
The 19-year-old Hi Yih was the star for Speed Hunters as he finished with 12 points and an incredible 10 steals, settling a new D-League record for most steals in a match as well.
They also received big contributions from Chong Koon Wei and Tan Ee Wan who both scored 11 points apiece.
For VAG, Kok Loon led with 18 points while Young Lii had 15 before fouling out late in the fourth period.
Player of the Game: Yeong Hi Yih (12 points, 10 steals)
Winning factor: Hi Yih’s lighting quick movement on court.
Red Baron Youth 80 Kuching Lord Tiger 59
It was always going to be a difficult matchup for Lord Tiger coming into their first match of the season against Red Baron who has already played three, and won three.
There was some hype about Lord Tiger’s big man Maegen Mahadevan and he paired up well with Tan Wei Nkun to give the Sarawakian side some solid inside presence.
Unfortunately for them, the Red Baron that showed up was one that caught fire and were doing just about everything right.
With Keng Eng Hong proving lethal from range and Lee Jia Jun wrecking havoc with his penetrating drives, the Red Baron were never really behind in the game.
The biggest win factor however was a dominant performance of Wong Mun Hin who showed up big on the day to thwart the threat of Maegen and Wei Nkun.
He would eventually finish with 15 points and 7 boards while Eng Hong led the scoring for Red Baron with 23 points including five from deep.
For Lord Tiger, Lee Joon Kang was their best player on the night with 15 points.
Player of the Game: Wong Mun Hin (15 points, 7 rebounds)
Crowd gasp moment: Maegen’s perfect ball swatting block on Yap Zhi Wei.