Malaysia's Ting Chiau Teng (No 69) tussling for the ball. Photo credit: Edwin Koh/SINGSOC
Malaysia fought hard to clinch victory against defending champion Thailand during the preliminary rounds of the women’s basketball competition.
Thailand took control of the boards for the first two quarters before Malaysia powered up to close the third quarter with a tie at 42. Led by the high scoring prowess of Malaysia’s Hui Pin Pang, the Malaysians were able to extend their lead to nine points at 59-50 less than two minutes in the fourth quarter. The Malaysians never looked back after that, securing a 65-56 win against the Thais.
With this win, Malaysia proves to be a strong contender for the championship title, topping the group standings with two consecutive wins. They have previously defeated Indonesia and will face the Philippines tomorrow.
The victory is sweet revenge for the Malaysians, who were beaten by Thailand in the last 2013 SEA Games in a closely contested match as well. Malaysia finished third behind Thailand and the Philippines.
Team Malaysia jumped for joy after they defeated Thailand. Photo credit: Gavin Lee/SINGSOC
Other results from today’s matches include Philippines beating Vietnam 100-55 and Indonesia winning against Singapore 70-67. In the men’s side, Cambodia won against Myanmar 103-54 and Philippines beat Indonesia 81-52. Host Singapore triumphed over Vietnam 78-43 in the final match of the day.
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