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SAFSA (left) passing through Adroit's defence as they go on to win the ICBC NBL 2018. Photo by Freddy Chew/SportSG news

SAFSA crowned ICBC NBL Champions of 2018

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Everyone at the Singapore Basketball Centre was at the edge of their seats on Sunday, 7 October. The Champion title for the annual ICBC National Basketball League 2018 was up for grabs and the atmosphere was tense.

 
Jump-starting the day was the 3rd and 4th place match between SBPHK Hornets and Siglap Basketball Club. The Hornets secured 3rd place after Richard Neo’s 2-point jump shot gave them the lead. Having gotten the lead a mere minute within the buzzer was testament to the Hornet’s persistence who have been trailing behind Siglap up until that point. The match ended with a score of 68 – 66 in the Hornet’s favour.

 
The exhilarating finals between SAFSA and Adroit ended with a score of 97 – 95 in SAFSA’s favour. Han Xingyuan sealed SAFSA’s fate by scoring two free throws, crowning them this year’s NBL champions. Having swept the whole season clean with zero losses to show for it, the team certainly had an impressive run. Their last title as champions was nearly a decade ago in 2009.

 
Here are some of the highlights:.

  

ICBC National Basketball League 2018 - HBPHK Hornets (yellow) vs Siglap (white) during match for 3rd/4th positions at Singapore Basketball Centre on 7 Oct 2018. Final score:  SBPHK 68, Siglap 66. Photo by Leong A C/SportSGICBC National Basketball League 2018 - HBPHK Hornets (yellow) vs Siglap (white) during match for 3rd/4th positions at Singapore Basketball Centre on 7 Oct 2018. Final score:  SBPHK 68, Siglap 66. Photo by Leong A C/SportSG 

ICBC National Basketball League 2018 - HBPHK Hornets (yellow) vs Siglap (white) during match for 3rd/4th positions at Singapore Basketball Centre on 7 Oct 2018. Final score:  SBPHK 68, Siglap 66. Photo by Leong A C/SportSGICBC National Basketball League 2018 - HBPHK Hornets (yellow) vs Siglap (white) during match for 3rd/4th positions at Singapore Basketball Centre on 7 Oct 2018. Final score:  SBPHK 68, Siglap 66. Photo by Leong A C/SportSG 

The HBPHK Hornets after their match against Siglap at the ICBC NBL 2018 finals on 7 October which placed them at 3rd place with a score of 68 - 66. Photo by Freddy Chew/SportSGThe HBPHK Hornets after their match against Siglap at the ICBC NBL 2018 finals on 7 October which placed them at 3rd place with a score of 68 - 66. Photo by Freddy Chew/SportSG  

SAFSA (white) and Adroit (red) take it to the court to settle who would emerge number 1 at the ICBC NBL 2018 finals held at the Singapore Basketball Centre on 7 October. SAFSA emerged as champions with a score of 97 - 95. Photo by Freddy Chew/SportSGSAFSA (white) and Adroit (red) take it to the court to settle who would emerge number 1 at the ICBC NBL 2018 finals held at the Singapore Basketball Centre on 7 October. SAFSA emerged as champions with a score of 97 - 95. Photo by Freddy Chew/SportSG

ICBC National Basketball League 2018 - SAFSA (white) vs Adroit (red) during championship match at Singapore Basketball Centre on 7 Oct 2018. Final score: SAFSA 97, Adroit 95. Photo by Leong A C/SportSGICBC National Basketball League 2018 - SAFSA (white) vs Adroit (red) during championship match at Singapore Basketball Centre on 7 Oct 2018. Final score: SAFSA 97, Adroit 95. Photo by Leong A C/SportSG 

Adroit (red) showing some screen time at the ICBC NBL 2018 finals on 7 October at the Singapore Basketball Centre. Photo by Freddy Chew/SportSGAdroit (red) showing some screen time at the ICBC NBL 2018 finals on 7 October at the Singapore Basketball Centre. Photo by Freddy Chew/SportSG 

SAFSA celebrates as the reigning champions of the ICBC NBL 2018 on 7 October at the Singapore Basketball Centre. Photo by Andy Pascua/SportSGSAFSA celebrates as the reigning champions of the ICBC NBL 2018 on 7 October at the Singapore Basketball Centre. Photo by Andy Pascua/SportSG

 

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