Sunday October 14, 2012
KL Bina Puri continue their winning ways in MNBL
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s KL Bina Puri continued their superb form with a crushing 65-46 victory over the Singapore national team in the women section of the Malaysian National Basketball League (MNBL) at the Maba Stadium yesterday.
On Friday, the KL-based team powered by several national players had beaten title rivals Segamat BA 79-77 in overtime.
Last night, they faced a confident Singapore side which was buoyed by Friday’s 60-57 win over the KL Ruby.
But the Malaysians proved to be the better side against the defensive minded Singaporeans.
The first quarter was a dull affair as the Singaporeans utilised a tight defence on Bina Puri and the City girls only led 8-6 at one stage.
But they turned on the style as the match progressed and had a 27-13 lead by the end of first quarter.
The Singaporean girls mounted a fightback in the third quarter but by then Bina Puri were always in control and led 44-31 going into the final quarter.
They continued their attacking style and trooped off comfortable winners in the end.
Eugene Ting topscored for Bina Puri with 15 points while Nur Izzati Yaakob and Yap Fook Yee chipped in with 13 points each. Lim Jia Min responded for the Singaporeans with 12 points.
“Its a good win. The team are still adjusting and despite two victories,
“I still believe there is a lot of room yet for improvements,” said Bina Puri assistant coach, Low Chee Mei.
“The players were a little more conservative in the opening quarter. Communication was also a problem and we did not adapt so well to the Singaporean’s tight defence.
“But a wins a win and we aim to qualify for the final,” added Chee Mei.
Singapore’s coach Gregory Gurr said his team could have played a lot better.
“The girls did well on the first day and I expected them to play a lot better today.
“Its not the result that I wanted and I am not sure how the team will bounce back for their next match.
“The bigger problem was that my team was a little gun-shy (in attack)and there were not enough penetration in the match,” added Gurr.
The Singaporeans will face Segamat today while Bina Puri will be up against KL Ruby.