IVP Basketball 2020: SUSS narrowly escaped with a win over POL-ITE Champion ITE.

SUSS narrowly escaped with a win despite a buzzer-beating shot by ITE.

"However, after discussions between the officials, they decided it to be a 2 point shot instead."

Both teams had a cold start after missing their first shot of the game. After a missed 3-point attempt by SUSS, #30 Amirul of ITE secured the rebound a went from coast to coast for the easy lay-up and scored the first basket of the night. After several attempts by SUSS, they finally scored a point after long range effort by #12 Long King. Both teams were exchanging baskets throughout the quarter and were tied 16 apiece with about a minute and a half left. SUSS’s captain #11 Wei Liang put them ahead after a fastbreak. With 10 seconds left of the clock, he got his own rebound after a missed floater and scored and easy put back to end the quarter. #11 Wei Liang scored half of his team’s points and 4 of them came in the last minute of the quarter. (20-16)

 

#30 Amirul who was subbed out early in the first quarter, came back in the second stronger as he scored 6 consecutive points for ITE to tie the game at 22 points each. He drew two fouls early on and scored all 4 free throws. #25 of SUSS broke the deadlock and put SUSS ahead after a reverse lay up assisted by his captain #11 Wei Liang. SUSS tightened up their defense and gave ITE a hard time to score a basket. ITE only managed another 4 points after #30 Amirul’s 6 points early on in the quarter. #11 Wei Liang pulled the lead to double digits after scoring a contested 3-point shot. (26-36)

 

SUSS continued their run at the start of the second half after a backdoor cut by #23 Wei Xiang. Back to back baskets by SUSS’s #5 gave them the biggest lead of the game. SUSS were up 15 points and ITE were struggling to cut the deficit. A much-needed timeout was called by ITE to regroup and change up some tactics. Right off the timeout, #30 Amirul scored back to back and-1 baskets to cut down the deficit. Unfortunately, it was not enough to stop SUSS who always had an answer. SUSS went into the final quarter of the game with a comfortable 12 point lead. (40-52)

 

The fourth quarter started very slowly for both sides as both teams had trouble putting the ball in the basket. After 3 minutes, ITE’s #5 Ong Wei Xian ended the dry spell after hitting a shot off the spin move. He went on to score a 3-point shot to cut the lead to single digits. This sparked a 7-0 run by ITE and forced SUSS to call a timeout. The timeout proved to be a successful one as SUSS went on to a 6 point lead.

 

With 11 seconds on the clock, ITE’s #3 Jonathan made a 3-point bank shot to cut the deficit to 3 points. #11 Wei Liang went to the free throw line after an intentional foul by ITE to stop regulation time. Unfortunately, he missed both free throws and ITE gained possession of the ball. They had the chance to tie the game in the final seconds. #3 Jonathan was fouled at the three-point line before he could attempt a shot. They regained possession after a steal in their own half and found #30 Amirul, who was wide open in corner. He scored a what seemed like a 3-point shot. However, after discussions between the officials, they decided it to be a 2 point shot instead.
 

 

SUSS managed to get away with a win after a nerve-wrecking final minute.

Final Score 62-63.

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