EVERYTHING is going according to the script.
Easyway/CK Tang are through to the final of the Brunei Under-23 Basketball Tournament 2011 after thrashing Giap's Nephews 104-66 in the semi-finals on Tuesday night at the Kampung Baru basketball court in Seria.
Lim Liang Wei was the team's topscorer with 25 points and Suen Chuen Shew provided a big boost with 21 points.
Three other players hit double figures with Ching Wei Ming pouring in 15 points, Ting Heng Lee chipping in 14 and Han Ming Kwang adding another 10 points in the win, setting up a final date against Seria-based side NVP.
Despite the lopsided victory, the assistant coach of Easyway Wira Pori was not exactly satisfied.
"We started slow on offence and made sloppy passes. It's alarmingly becoming our trademark start to any of our games under the Easyway/CK Tang banner, and that's something the coaching staff have been trying hard to work on," said Wira yesterday.
"I can understand for those who are new to the team's system, but after several games it's inexcusable for these players to not to have the IQ to grasp it. Same goes to the senior members for not familiarising with the new members," he added.
"Seeing them play in the first quarter and a half makes me think we have five Rambos on the court, all trying to score without the set plays we gave them," he continued, adding that it was good adjustments in the second half that allowed them to step up.
"They came through with tough D and settled down in the second half. We're not taking anything for granted despite people gave us the odds-on favorites to win; I mean no one can predict who'll be the NBA champions every season anyway," he said.
Asked about the final, Wira replied: "I am confident, but I'm also not underestimating the opponents. If anything, it's up to the basketball gods to decide who shall prevail in the end. So we're not taking any chances whatsoever, and may the best team win."
The third place playoff between Kwong Hoe and Giap's Nephews will tip off at 7pm tonight followed by the final at 8.15pm.
The Brunei Times
Thursday, August 11, 2011
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