Fancied Negri choose to be cautious ahead of Sukma


PETALING JAYA: Negri Sembilan are the hot favourites for the upcoming Malaysia Games (Sukma) after their club NS Matrix’s recent achievements but their skipper said it would be foolish to underestimate their opponents.

Matrix won the Piala Harapan Basketball Tournament in July after beating Malaysia University Basketball Team (MUBT) 72-69 in June.

Ahead of their Sukma assault, they demolished KL Aseel 72-20 to win the Malaysia D-League final at the Maba Stadium on Sunday.

Captain Tan Chi Sheng opined that all teams would have an equal chance of winning and has called on his boys to be cautious and stay focused.

“Among the teams that can trouble us are Kuala Lumpur and Perak,” he said.

“KL have tall players and their average height is 190cm while Perak’s game is quite similar to ours. They’re also fast and good at three-pointers.”

The 21-year-old Chi Sheng also reminded his charges not to be carried away by their recent feats as he noticed that there are still room for improvements.

“Competing in the D-League is part of our preparations for Sukma,” he said. “Our victory has boosted our confidence and also strengthened our chemistry and trust.

“We did well in communication and defence but we need to put more effort into improving game play executions and shootings.”

Winning the best assist award was the icing on the cake for Chi Sheng as it was his first individual prize in his four-year career.

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