Saturday October 27, 2012
Sarawak Fire Horse too hot for Crouching Tigers to handle
KUALA LUMPUR: Defending champions Sarawak Fire Horse turned on the heat to crush the Crouching Tigers 101-83 in the Malaysian National Basketball League (MNBL) men’s event at the Maba Stadium yesterday.
The Fire Horse, powered by the deadly combination of Anthony Johnson and Devon Sullivan, were too hot for the Tigers – the national Under-18 squad – to handle.
Johnson, who only joined the team yesterday morning after flying in from Mexico, and Sullivan combined for a total of 55 points – 31 and 24 respectively.
Their side were in complete control and two other Fire Horse players also got into double digits, with Ma Chee Kheun and Bik Ing scoring 13 points and 12 points respectively.
Decorey Jones replied with 18 points for the Tigers while Korean-American import Kevin Van Hook had 15.
“It’s a good win because the hardest thing in basketball is trying to defend a championship,” said Fire Horse head coach Nomar Isla.
“After last year, the other teams have improved too and they will use us to gauge their level ... so we had to start strong too.
“But all credit to Tigers as they matched us for much of the first three quarters.
“As for Johnson, there was no risk putting him in straight away because I knew he could play at any time and anywhere.”
Today, Fire Horse will face the Penang Stallions while the Westports Malaysia Dragons will take on Farmcochem.
The women’s semi-finals will also be held today at the same venue.
Favourites Segamat BA will take on Singapore while KL Ruby face KL Bina Puri.