Wolves emerged inaugural winners of the Brunei Youth Cup 2020 after edging Setia Warriors 84-83 in overtime during the title decider at the Brunei Basketball Association Court in Batu Bersurat last night.
In a blockbuster special filled of endless drama, a timeout was called five seconds before the end of the fourth quarter with Wolves leading 72-70.
With seconds remaining on the clock, Setia Warriors won possession of the ball and Jonathan Lim freed some space to knock down two pointers to move the game into overtime.
Wolves captain Jake Chong had one of his best games after he accumulated a game high 36 points.
The team is exactly what Chong wanted to build as he plans to showcase the abilities of tall players in the game.
“Basically I was planning to build this type of team from the start. We wanted a tall team and this is the line-up I had in my head,” said Chong in a post-match interview with the Sunday Bulletin.
“We played hard, we played defence, offence and everything. We played and did our best.”
The team captain credited their opponents for putting them to the test and providing stern fierce competition.
“I have to salute the opponent. I had to play my best to overcome everything and score,” he said.
“They pushed us over the limit. Actually, there were a few plays where I was struggling and today I couldn’t shoot really well that’s why I kept on driving in.”
Arguably the star of the final, Chong also heaped praise on his teammates after helping him to perform amid strong challenge from Setia Warriors.
“I am very proud of my teammates. They helped me drive in easier. Because of them, I got hyped and kept on scoring,” the team captain said.
Meanwhile, TSK clinched third place after they concluded their final round robin match with a 128-65 victory over Kurapak.