| James Kon |
KOTA KINABALU (KK) yesterday made a clean sweep of the Borneo City Cup, winning the men, women and veteran categories.
KK overcame a valiant Brunei side in the men’s category to win 77-94 in the final match.
Brunei’s point guard Darren Chai impressed on the night, scoring 22 points, while Lim Liang Wei contributed 12 points.
KK’s Leong Kar Fatt registered 16 points, while Ang Hui Han went one better with 17.
Despite lacking the physical presence, it was a tight affair, with KK leading by 48-42 at the inverval.
After the breather, KK managed pulled away, creating a 13-point lead with the score at 45-58 in the middle of the third quarter, effectively dashing the team’s hope of catching up.
KK team coach Leong Tak San said, “Although we are short of players (only eight players were registered), the team did exceptionally well today. They did a good job to win.”
Pointing out that the winning formula was teamwork, he said, “The team play together almost every day, so they have good chemistry and teamwork.
“The same team will continue to train hard for next year’s Borneo City Cup to defend the title in our home court as the tournament will move to KK next year.”
Meanwhile, a disappointed National Coach Nomar said, “It was tough for us. We had a chance to grab the gold, we came very close.
“We were very aggressive in the first half but in the second, the team just didn’t play well. KK took advantage and defended well to shut us down.”
However, the team gained invaluable experience from the tournament, Nomar said.
“We will learn from this defeat and use the experience to improve and prepare for the BIMP EAGA Games in December.
“I am here to take up the challenge to better the team. We cannot stop or quit. We must work hard for the future of basketball in the country.”
Acting Brunei-Muara District Officer Mohd Sunadi bin Hj Buntar presented the prizes.