MPL D League Week 7 Day 3 Recap- Have you ever seen 11 points in 40 seconds to save the game?
Red Baron 70 Farmco Knight 66 (Overtime)
Red Baron secures their playoffs qualification in dramatic fashion, defeating Farmco Knight 70-66 in an epic comeback, scoring 11 points in 49 seconds to push the game into overtime
With both teams needing to win to secure their playoffs qualification, it would be a close chippy affair for most of the game with plenty at stake. Farmco would head into the fourth quarter holding only a four point lead
The fourth quarter would see Farmco build the the lead to as high as 14 as Red Baron’s shooting touch deserted them while Farmco found theirs, led by the hot shooting of Choo Wei Hong , who contributed with two three pointers and a layup. Farmco would find themselves leading by 11 with 40 seconds remaining after Choo sinked two free throws
The epic comeback would begin as Red Baron would hurry the ball up the court with Fong Yean Yee making a jumper with 29 seconds remaining to cut the lead to nine forcing a Farmco timeout. Off the timeout, Farmco would get the ball to Choo, who found himself open, therefore opting to take a three point attempt which he missed. Keng Eng Hong would get ball and made a tough three pointer making it a six point game with 14 seconds remaining
Red Baron would intentionally foul Low Ken Yen (Farmco) where he would only make one free throw to make it a seven point game. Keng would then go ahead to make another three pointer off the backboard for Red Baron ; cutting the deficit to four with nine seconds remaining. Off the inbound, Farmco would get the ball to Low Ken Yen whose pass was intercepted by non other than Keng who made the layup under the basket to make it a two point game with eight seconds remaining. The following inbound would see Farmco pass the ball to Choo Wei Hong who was quickly double teamed resulting in him throwing a pass which was intercepted by Fong Yean Yee who drove all the way to the basket to make the layup and get fouled by Choo at the same time, tying the game with the opportunity to win it. Fong would not be able to make the free throw, sending the game into overtime
Overtime would be a close affair as well with both teams with the game tied with a minute remaining. It would be Fong again to be the difference maker, blowing by his defender to make a layup to give Red Baron the lead with 44 seconds remaining. Wong Chin Yong would have the opportunity to tie the game but would only make one free throw out of two after being fouled at the following possession. Another intentional foul by Farmco would see Ng Chen Toong make one more free throw to make it a three point game. Once again, it would be Fong saving the day for Red Baron, blocking the three point attempt by Wong Chin Yong to seal playoffs qualification for Red Baron.
Keng Eng Hong earns Asean Sport’s choice for Player Of The Game with eight crucial points in the comeback stretch to save the game for Red Baron. He would finish with 20 points and 5 rebounds.
With the win, Red Baron would finish the regular season with a 5-5 record, which will be good enough to secure at least sixth position.
The finish of the game would be marred by controversy as Farmco Knight officials claimed that the game clock did not run for five seconds when play resumed after their timeout called with 24 seconds remaining, thus affecting the outcome of the game. As of press time, the team has lodged an official complaint with the league commissioner and are awaiting the outcome of the review
Melaka 96ers 78 Verve Club 66
Melaka 96ers book their tickets into the playoffs with a comeback 78-66 victory against Verve Club.
Melaka would be missing the services of their two leading scorers, Tan Wei Jie and Wee Joon Lock, who were representing their university in an international basketball tournament.
Verve, who were playing with nothing to lose, would keep the game close for the first quarter, led by the hot shooting Soo Eng Heng, whose three pointer at the end of the quarter gave Verve the three point lead.
Soo would not slow down in the second quarter, scoring another eight points as Melaka struggled to contain him. Verve would increase the lead to seven going into the half off a basket by Lee Kok Hou.
Melaka would switch their defensive strategy in the second half, double teaming the hot shooting Soo, making it difficult to get the ball to him. It would affect Verve as Melaka started the second half on a blazing 16-2 run, led by 17 year old Goh Yu Neng, making his MPL D League debut. Goh would score 10 points in the third quarter to lead the Melaka comeback including two three pointers. Melaka would take a 10 point lead going into the fourth quarter through an And1 basket by Chee Li Wei.
Verve would not relent and chipped away the lead in the fourth. Back to back three pointers by Wee Chuan Chin would cut the lead to two with four minutes remaining. Melaka’s youngsters would go on to prove that they can carry the team as much as their senior teammates, scoring three successive three pointers through Wee Yong Gan and Lee Hon Ming to put the game beyond Verve’s reach for good.
Melaka’s Player Of The Game would be 21 year old Wee Yong Gan who finished with 32 points on 52% shooting, including five three pointers
With the win, Melaka’s record moves on to 4-4. With their earlier season victory against Farmco Knight, Melaka would have the head to head advantage over Farmco, ensuring their playoffs qualification.
New Ampang Youth Club (NAYC) 65 KL Dragons 53
The NAYC defeats the KL Dragons 65-53 to prevent the Dragons from securing the second seed to get them automatic qualification into the playoff semi finals . It would be an impressive victory for NAYC, leading the game from start to finish and giving them a strong opportunity at securing the second seed spot for themselves
The first quarter would be a nightmare for the Dragons as they failed to score a single field goal and committed eight turnovers. They would be able to score two points off free throws made by Poh Chee Hoa. NAYC would take advantage of their cold shooting to take an 11-2 lead at the end of the first quarter
The Dragons would finally score their first field goal early in the second quarter through a three pointer by Chin Cheng Wah. The Dragons would edged closer throughout the quarter but NAYC would still remain firm in their defense, forcing the Dragons to take many tough challenged shots in the paint. A Vincent Choong three pointer would increase the lead to nine for NAYC late in the second before the Dragons would respond with a buzzer beater three pointer made by Chiang Wei Er to make it a six point game at halftime
The Dragons offense would continue to look stagnant in the third quarter in the face of NAYC’s defense. Vincent Choong and Syahrul Ridzuan would lead NAYC’s charge to extend the lead to 11 at the end of the third quarter
It would be Ho Yeow Loong’s turn to takeover the game for NAYC early in the fourth as a three pointer and fast break layup pushed the lead to 16 with eight minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. The Dragons would not go without a fight, going on a 15-2 run to cut the lead to three. The highlight of this sequence would three consecutive plays from Poh Chee Hoa which brought the Dragons three points on every occasion.
Coming out of the NAYC timeout, Dragons would get the ball back but would miss four three point attempts as they attempted to tie the game early. As the game got chippier, the Dragons would fall into foul trouble allowing NAYC to extend the lead through free throws. The Dragons were not able to respond as their cold shooting form came back to haunt them at the end of the game as they failed to make a field goal for the rest of the game, giving NAYC the 12 point victory
NAYC’s best player of the game would be Vincent Choong, whose hot shooting form was crucial in quenching the Dragon’s comeback attempts. He would finish with 22 points (57% FG) and 5 rebounds
NAYC now move into second place, having head to head advantage over the Dragons and PRG Warriors
As of 1st of July 2018, the MPL D League standings are as below:-
- NS Matrix 8-1 *
- NAYC 6-3*
- KL Dragons 6-3*
- PRG Warriors 6-3*
- Red Baron – 5-5*
- Melaka 96ers -4-4*
- Farmco Knight 3-6
- Seven Star 2-7
- Verve Club 1-9
*Playoffs Qualification Secured
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