Easyway book place in You-C1000 Basketball Cup final

Fadhil Yunus

Easyway confirmed their place in the You-C1000 Basketball Cup final after easing to a 91-73 win over Fateh Sdn Bhd in the last-four at the Brunei Basketball Association Court in Batu Bersurat last night.

Easyway team captain Ben Sim inspired his team with 24 points to his name while Jake Chong collected 18 points.

The pre-tournament favourites will look to win a second successive title in this basketball season following up their success in the 5.11 National Basketball League last May.

Fateh played catch-up from the onset and a moment of promise saw Fullado skip past Easyway point specialist Jake Chong but Ben Sim sunk a three-pointer to put his team eight points ahead.

The Easyway captain was on top form as his team, who are on a 13-game unbeaten streak in 2021, raced to a double-digit lead.

Easyway player Choo Yung Jian dribbles the ball past Fateh Sdn Bhd players. PHOTO: FADHIL YUNUS

Choo Yung Jian was also similarly influential in Easyway’s resurgence as he stole the ball off a Fateh player mid-court before finding himself in an area to pull off a two-pointer shot, despite the efforts of his opponent of stopping him.

Fateh Sdn Bhd had to contend with the attacking threat of Zainul Hussin and Decorey A Jones who were taking turns to grab another two-pointer but it was the unsuspecting number nine who guided his team into a 14-point lead.

With Fateh looking to minimise the deficit as the game looked to be pulling away from them, Ben Sim appeared to break their little spell with a three-pointer.

With an Easyway player destined to score as he jumped on air with the ball, Fateh Sdn Bhd defensive capabilities were on display as Dela Cruz pulled off an impressive block to deny a clear shot much to the excitement of the fans.

However, Decorey picked up the ball and prompted contact off an opponent, before earning his side free throws to establish more distance.

With the end of the second quarter in sight, a rare incident occurred as a Fateh player bizarrely scored a two-pointer on the opposition’s end before the clock ran out, gifting the multiple You-C1000 Basketball Cup winners two free points.

Easyway will play TK Tea House in the final on July 24 after the latter defeated Yi’s Nation 83-70 in a later tip-off.

The ongoing competition, which started off with 20 male teams, is organised by the Brunei Basketball Association (BBA).