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North Vista Secondary School B Division Basketball Boys team in delight after their hard-fought victory in the North Zone final against Presbyterian High School (Photo:SSC)
 
North Vista Secondary School emerged as the 2012 North Zone B Division Boys’ Basketball Champions, edging out defending champions Presbyterian High School 58-44 in an exciting North Zone Final yesterday at the Singapore Basketball Centre.

 

Last year’s runners-up, North Vista (NV) opened the game and led 10-6 at one point in the first quarter. NV’s #6, Kwan Jian Fu was on fire and his speed and tricky passes was too much for Presbyterian High (PH) to handle. NV established a six-point, 18-12 lead at the end of the first quarter.

 
NV continued their momentum with accurate shooting and drives to the basket to extend their lead in the second quarter. The extended lead, made PH nervous and it caused them turn the ball over many times, giving up ball possession far too easily. NV’s #13 also added pressure to PH after he rejected PH’s #7 lay-up effort in which boosted NV’s confidence.


Presbyterian High's Zhichao (in white, #7) was rejected from the back by North Vista's #13 when attempting an easy lay-up. (Photo:SSC)


This made the PH coach to call for a timeout to sort the team’s confidence and break NV’s scoring momentum. After the much needed timeout, PH who seemed unsettled came out all guns blazing. PH’s #5, Jang Wook turned on the heat with
good drives to the basket to tie the game at 22 points.

 
 
Presbyterian High's #5, Jang Wook (in white, #5) was unstoppable in the air with his amazing drives to the basket. He was crucial in turning the tide in the second quarter for PHS. (Photo:SSC)


PH’s #9, Benedict then stole an inbound pass for an easy lay-up to lead the game. With a minute remaining, NV’s #10 grabbed a crucial offensive rebound and sank a fade-away jumper to tie the game again.


With 30 seconds remaining, PH’s #6, Keith intercepted a pass and went for an easy finger-roll for two points plus, the lead. With that hustle play, PH ended the second quarter on a high note, leading 26-24.


In the third
quarter, both teams were neck and neck as they constantly exchanged the lead. The game looked to be a close one as both teams kept trading baskets. PH made their physical superiority count in the third quarter as they made it difficult for NV to penetrate into the paint and dominated on the rebounds. 

 

Presbyterian High players (in white) defended well and made it difficult for the North Vista team to score in the third quarter.(Photo:SSC)
 

With the game tied at 37 points and 22 seconds remaining, PH’s #9, Benedict stole possession, but was fouled on his way to the basket. He sank one out of two free throw attempts to close the third quarter with PH leading by a single point.


PH took a slim one-point, 38
-37 advantage into the fourth quarter, but NV were not going down without a fight. NV’s #7 & Captain, Myron Lim singlehandedly initiated a fight-back in the fourth quarter. He drove into traffic of three players and still managed to bury his circus shot. That incredible shot started the ‘mighty’ Myron show.



North Vista Captain, Myron Lim (in red,#7) stole the show in the fourth quarter as he solely established a lead for North Vista over Presbyterian High.(Photo:SSC)


Myron stole the limelight as he stormed through the PH’s defence with his strong drives and jump-shots which enabled NV to have a 14-0 run in 6 minutes of play.


The sudden surge and determination from NV proved too much for PH as NV closed the quarter
outscoring PH 21-6. The final score, 58-44, and North Vista is crowned as the new North Zone Champions.


It was a well-fought victory today. I told my boys to believe in themselves at all times, because before the game, I reminded them that the last quarter will determine the champions and am proud to say they did put up a good show to win,” said NV’s coach Yao Kwang Ong.


“I was really hungry for the win and my team fought harder towards the end. I believe that it was our determination and team work which got us the championship. Not forgetting I would like to thank my coaches, teammates and everyone from North Vista for this win,” said NV’s Captain Myron Lim.


In the Girls’ F
inal played earlier, Christ Church Secondary School defeated North Vista Secondary School 66-45 to clinch the coveted North Zone B Division Basketball Girls’ Championship.


Christ Church Secondary School B Division Basketball Girls posing with their medals and trophy after clinching the Girls North Zone Basketball title. (Photo:SSC)

“I am very happy and proud of my teammates after today’s victory. Despite having multiple injuries to the team, we managed to encourage each other and not let our spirits down during the game. I am very relieved to have won the North Zone title finally, as it is my last year in the school,” said Christ Church’s Captain #7 Rikki Mae.