Segamat women’s team out to spoil holders Negri’s party


Can’t touch this: Segamat’s R. Kalaimathi goes for a shot during the match against Stallions at the Maba Stadium yesterday.

KUALA LUMPUR: It’s not over till it’s over!

That’s the spirit of the Segamat team as they are staying positive in their bid to wrestle the women’s 61st Maba/Matrix Agong Cup away from Negri Sembilan at the Maba Stadium here.

The odds are against the Johor side, as Negri boast a line-up filled with former and current national players, six of whom were in the squad that won the basketball gold medal at the 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games.

The six are Pang Hui Pin, Yap Fook Yee, Nur Izzati Yaakob, Eugene Ting, Saw Wei Yin and Magdalene Low.

For Segamat, only centre R. Kalaimathi is a member of the team that won the gold. She is supported by current national players Tan Pei Jie, Ng Yu Feng and Yong Sin Lu.

The two teams will clash in the last round-robin match today to determine which team will finish first and second in the seven-team standings.

With the two teams guaranteed to take the top-two spots, they will lock horns in the final tomorrow with their eyes set on the coveted title.

Segamat head coach Tu Chai Ling believes nothing is impossible.

“I hope my players can step up their game as it’s going to be two tough games, ” said Chai Ling.

“We will focus on keeping our defence tight and make sure we don’t allow them to score any easy points.

“They know they are the stronger team. We’ll make it difficult for them to score and hope to pile pressure on them.

“After tomorrow’s game, I will remind my players to warm down, get enough rest and prepare well for the final.”

Yesterday, Segamat extended their unbeaten run with their fifth win after beating Stallions 67-47.

Tan Pei Jie starred with 19 points and nine rebounds while Tan Yin Jie had 17 points and eight rebounds for Segamat.

Negri also made it five wins out of five matches when they comfortably defeated Kuala Lumpur 78-37 yesterday.

RESULTS

Women: NS Matrix bt Putrajaya 62-15; Segamat bt Stallions 67-47; Negri Sembilan bt Kuala Lumpur 78-37.

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