Sunday, February 26, 2012

Brunei Fitness Zone holds Bukit Ladang Cup

Bukit Ladang Championship tips off

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AK Fauzi Salleh
Sunday, February 26, 2012

TWO blowout games featured in the first night of the Bukit Ladang Basketball Championship 2012 last night at the Fitness Zone Basketball court in Kiulap.

Aewon crushed Loco 97-49 in the first match while Roosters, comprising players on the national team, ended the night with a 89-59 thrashing of Dagger.

Shim Jan Ting led Aewon's scoring charge with 14 points, aided by the duo of Willie Jong and Loo Zhi Hung who scored 13 points each.

Mohd Rezan Nakila scored a game high 16 points for Loco in the loss.

The first quarter saw Aewon jump out to a quick start.

They were moving the ball well and connected on their passes.

It was quality offence as they ran their plays to score easy baskets.

Two points on a break by Jong gave his team a three-point 11-8 lead with only four minutes left to play in the quarter.

Mohd Rezan would respond with a three pointer to make it 11-11 but Aewon would go on a run in the final minute to end the period strongly, increasing their lead to 17-11.

Aewon employed suffocating defence in the second quarter, holding Loco to just three points in the stanza.

More impressive was the fact that they managed to prevent their opponents from scoring with four of their starters resting on the bench.

Loco's ball handlers were constantly under pressure and their turnovers proved costly with the scoreboard reading 42-15, in favour of Aewon, by the end of the first half.

It was pretty much the same affair in the third quarter.

Shim did most of the damage, utilising his height to dominate the boards, extending Aewon's to 70-33 heading into final period.

The fourth quarter saw Mohd Rezan step up his game in an attempt to bring his team back to life but to no avail.

Aewon continued to dominate on both ends of the floor to cruise to the convincing victory.

Aewon captain Yong Kui Seng was happy with his team's performance but is looking to improve on their weaknesses for the next game.

"At first we started a bit slow, we kept switching players to see how we play as a team in the game, in the second quarter we raised our game and by the third, we knew that we had the win," he said.

"We will look to improve on our defence and our set play for our next game," he added.

Meanwhile Ben Sim recorded a double-double to help his team make quick work of Dagger.

The national team captain recorded a game-high 27 points and pulled down 10 rebounds while Choo Yung Jian blitzed his defender to add 21 points of his own in the rout.

Lim Liang Wei also scored into double figures for the victors with 15 points.

*credit*The Brunei Times

Bukit Ladang Cup-
Bandar Seri Begawan - The Brunei Basketball Association will be organising the Bukit Ladang Cup for men's open basketball championship starting Feb 25.

The championship is only open to local and foreign Chinese residents who are working in the country. The aim of the competition is to unearth more local Chinese talents in the game of basketball.

Each team will have to pay $300 for registration fee and the deadline for registration is Feb 20 at 5pm.

Registration forms can be obtained at the Batu Bersurat basketball court. Beside medals and trophies, Fitness Zone has sponsored three months free subscription for 12 players in the championship team while for second place team they will get two months free subscription. Third place team will get one month free subscription.

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