BDBA edge Team 409 in league opener

Fadhil Yunus

Belait District Basketball Association (BDBA) edged Team 409 59-58 in a tense affair during the opening match of the 5.11 National Basketball League at the Brunei Basketball Association Court in Batu Bersurat last night.

Team 409 recovered from an eight-point deficit when the score was 29-21 deep into the second quarter and appeared to have gathered momentum after back-to-back three pointers.

However, BDBA responded with a three-pointer through Heng Fook Yuan in the crucial moment of the game to stay in touch with their opponents.

BDBA looked to have sealed the tie with seconds to spare after breaking into a counter but a player could not retrieve the ball, enabling Team 409 possession for an opportunity of a dramatic winner.

Team 409 came close to grab the win but their hopes were dashed after the ball was somehow kept out of the net. As the time ran out, BDBA started their campaign with a hard-fought victory by one point.

Heng Fook Yuan contributed 21 points while team captain Yeo Kee Wei registered 14 points.

Team 409 player Chan Yung Ken managed 16 points including three consecutive three pointers halfway through the fourth quarter.

BDBA player drives the ball against Team 409 player during the opening game of the 5.11 National Basketball League. PHOTO: FADHIL YUNUS