Big Bens leading the charge

Esmond Tan (L) of Chevrolet Cruze grabs a rebound against Lian Fu Restaurant in their Aewon Cup 2011 match last night at the Brunei Basketball Association court in Batu Bersurat. Picture: BT/ Yee Chun Leong

Saturday, May 21, 2011

BEN SIM'S double-double of 38 points and 15 rebounds powered Le doux Patisserie/Sia N Tang Music to a 106-65 demolition of Brunei United Ballers (BUB) during their Aewon Cup 2011 match at the Brunei Basketball Association court in Batu Bersurat yesterday.

Le doux Patisserie/Sia N Tang Music, made up of national cagers, also had big contributions from Benjamin Lim with his double-double of 22 points and 13 rebounds, an effort which included nailing six treys in the win.

Cavan Kong added added 15 points and Choo Yung Jian directed much of the traffic with eight assists to go with his 12 points.

BUB, comprising of national scheme players, saw Hj Md Badri Hj Suhaili lead the way with 15 points while Lim Liang Wei and Hj Md Rahmat Hj Suhaili added 14 and 12 points respectively in the blowout loss.

The game was tight in the first quarter, despite Le doux Patisserie/Sia N Tang Music turning the ball over on multiple occassions, as they held onto a 22-17 lead heading into the second period.

Play time was over from that point onwards with Le doux Patisserie/Sia N Tang Music stepping up their man-to-man defence to limit their opponents to just six points in the 10-minute period for a 54-23 cushion at halftime.

"Playing against players who have gone through Coach K's (Kevin Reece) training scheme, we anticipated good stamina levels and were not disappointed with a competitive game," said Maxim Yap, the coach of Le doux Patisserie/Sia N Tang Music, during an interview with The Brunei Times, after the win.

"Man to man defence closed them down but we had a lot of turnovers in our first and most crucial quarter. We need to cut down on those," he added.

"We'll need more focus and keep up with the determination and we will have an excellent tournament," continued Yap.

In the second match, Chevrolet Cruze drove past Lian Restaurant 78-65 to remain unbeaten after their third straight victory.

Esmond Tan had a game-high of 34 points to pace Cruze and Goh Boon Tiong poured in 12 points in the triumph.

Lim Yee Cheng topscored for Lian Fu with 14 points while Jong How Kiat and Yap Sent Yee had 11 and 10 points respectively in the loss.

Despite the scoreline being close for much of the game, Cruze were firmly in control playing with a very laidback approach.

They dominated the paint with their size and were nailing their shots from beyond the arc. Their passing was also on point and it was only in the fourth quarter, when they adapted a man-to-man defence, did Cruze close out the match.

"We were just training on both our offence and defence because we're not as fast as other teams and we're not on par in terms of stamina," said Tan.

"We just tried to keep up with our opponents in the first half and we only concentrated on offence during the crucial period towards the end," he added.

The competition continues today with LeApple Bakery going up against Autoexperts at 7pm.

The second game pits BUB against Yun Lee Motor W/S at 8.30pm.

The Brunei Times