CYBERJAYA: Title contenders Negri Sembilan (NS) and Melaka both turned on the heat to score their third straight wins in the men’s competition of the Agong Cup National Basketball Championships.
Defending champions Negri, bidding for their third straight crown, went on a rampage as they crushed a hapless Selangor 130-38 at the Gem In Mall here yesterday.
Negri were so dominant they only allowed Selangor five points in the first quarter as they took a 37-5 lead.
They then extended it to 65-12 at half-time and never took their foot off the gas before finishing with a 92-point win – the biggest of the competition so far.
American-born forward Perry Lim was Negri’s best player as he came off the bench for 22 points and 19 rebounds while Wong Yi Hou was not far behind with 20 points.
Six other Negri cagers – Ting Chun Hong (16 points), Ivan Yeo (15 points), Gan Hong Hoong and Kuek Tian Yuan (12 points), and Yew Yii Yan and Chang Zi Feung (10 points) also notched double figures.
Negri, who lead the six-team round-robin competition, meet 2012 winners Police today.
“Police are a tough team. They held Melaka to less than 10 points on Wednesday and they will be hard to play against,” said Negri head coach Brian Lester.
“But my players have been consistent and I believe we’re ready to go all the way to the final.”
Meanwhile Melaka, who won the title five times between 2009 and 2014, also stepped up a gear by powering to a 123-69 win over Sabah.
Choo Wei Hong came off the bench to score 22 points for Melaka while sharpshooter Loh Shee Fai showed his eye for the basket with 21 points.
Sabah’s best efforts came from Allen Legada, who had 24 points off the bench, while Leslie Chan finished with 16 points and 12 rebounds.
In the women’s competition, Kuala Lumpur picked up their second win after beating Sarawak 69-42 while Melaka also earned their second win by thumping Sabah 79-47.
Men: Sarawak bt Selangor 77-52, Negri Sembilan bt Selangor 130-38, Melaka bt Sabah 123-69.
Women: Selangor bt Sabah 104-33, Kuala Lumpur bt Sarawak 69-42, Melaka bt Sabah 79-47.