First of all, let us congratulate the Hall 10 Basketball Team for making it to the Semi-Finals! They must have put in a great deal of effort to reach this far. Good Job Hall 10!
Today, they had their battle against Hall 2, the Champion Team of last year’s IHG. It started off badly for Hall 10 as most of our shot attempts were missed and the defense was weak. On the other hand, Hall 2 was remarkably accurate in their shots. They scored three 3-pointers, whereas our attempts all failed to score. Seems like luck wasn’t on our side.
It was 9-0 when we immediately called for a Time-out to discuss strategies to counter the problem. However, they were too careless and committed a few fouls that gave the opponents many free throws. The score was then brought to a further gap of 0-18 and we still have not scored!
Just when the score was very discouraging, Tze Xiong broke the spell and scored our first shot. All of the supporters gave out a loud cheer for him. Well done Tze Xiong! But our defense remained weak and fouls were still committed. The 1st quarter ended with a discouraging score of 3-21.
But No! Our Hall Team will not give up so easily! From the 2nd Quarter onwards, we were beginning to catch up. Yong Li and Wei Qiang each scored a 3-point shot and we finally saw a glimpse of hope! This has definitely boosted our team morale.
During the 3rd Quarter, Hall 10 started their scoring streak! It started off with Yong Cai making a magnificent long pass to Yong Li who was running fast to the basket and he scored! It was beautiful! The 2 ‘brothers’ make perfect tag team attack. Bravo! Many of them including Tze Xiong and Wei Qiang also started scoring as well.
It then continued with a fast break from Yong Cai and his superb 3-pointer and following that was Yong Li who scored yet another 3-point shot. The Team brought the score back to a closer difference of 31-43 and ended the 3rd Quarter.
Just when the 5 of them on court were playing exceptionally well as a team and scoring fast to close up the gap during the last quarter, Yong Cai was fouled out due to a maximum of 5 fouls committed. It was totally RIDICULOUS as he definitely did not commit so many fouls.
Indeed, we were right! We found out later on that the table officials recorded a foul for him during the 1st Quarter. But he wasn’t even on the court during the 1st Quarter as he only started playing during the end of 2nd Quarter. This was a TERRIBLE MISTAKE made by either the table officials or the referees because it disrupted their winning streak.
However, the Team wasn’t swayed by their aim of winning, they continued to fight against Hall 2 with their best effort, together with the moral support given by our hall supporters. There was a point whereby the score was brought to a tie game with a score of 52-52.
It was a very close fight but the last quarter became a little messed up with some mistakes of committing technical fouls and also giving them many chances to intercept the ball.
In the end we lost to Hall 2 by a small margin. The score was 59-52.
Although we did not make it into the finals, but we have shown other halls that we are a strong team! You guys have shown us what is excellent sportsmanship! In all our hearts, you guys are the winner! Wonderful Job Hall 10!
The Hall 10 Basketball Manager would like to take this opportunity to thank all the teammates especially the Final Year students who have contributed greatly to the Team. All the best in your future after graduation!