Lim Rui Jia Alanna (#10) of Qian Xi Basketball Club attempts to keep possession of the ball from Home United Basketball Club players in the finals of the Women's National Basketball Championship. (Photo: SSC)
Home United Basketball Club won the 2012 Women’s National Basketball Championship (WNBC) after defeating Qian Xi Basketball Club 76-58. It was Home United’s fourth championship in the last decade.
This year final was the fifth consecutive meeting between long-time rivals Home United and Qian Xi, with Home United out to avenge last year final defeat to Qian Xi.
Singapore’s highest-level annual women’s basketball tournament saw 14 teams taking part, only to be outplayed by Home United and Qian Xi, who marched into the finals unbeaten.
The game got off to a slow start, understandably, as both teams did not want to make any mistake. Home United edged the tight first half encounter to lead by three points, 35-32, heading into the third quarter.
The third quarter saw both teams taking the initiative to try and get ahead, resulting the play to constantly move from one half to the other, with lots of scoring chances present for either teams.
However, it was Home United who managed to make the most of their attacking opportunities, and making those valuable free throws count. They ended the third quarter leading 52-42.
Qian Xi tried to mount a comeback but it was fruitless as Home United continued to exert their dominance on the game, serving up a lesson in basketball to end the match victorious by a large margin of 76-58.
Home United head coach Tan Yee Nee was happy with the victory but maintained that the process was much more important.
“I’m happy because the team played well but victory don’t really matter to us as we have experienced lots of victories and defeat. It’s more of the process,” she said.
In the earlier match, Siglap Basketball Club secured third place in the championship after beating Singapore Min Chong Sports Club 76-63.
Mdm Halimah Yacob, Minister of State for Community Development, Youth & Sports, graced the final held at Singapore Basketball Centre.
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