KUALA LUMPUR: Malacca Chinwoo checked into the final of the National Basketball League (NBL) Champions Cup after thumping defending champions Selangor SM Land 97-59 at the Maba Stadium here last night.
High-riding Chinwoo, who are undefeated in the tournament with five wins, led 49-22 at half-time.
The match, however, was marred when a free-for-all nearly broke out late in the match when the lanky John Ng Yeo Seng shoved SM Land’s pint-sized Lau Er Kheng to the floor, causing the latter to bleed from the nose.
The incident, which happened with Chinwoo leading 93-51 and with less than four minutes left on the clock, forced the match to be stopped before resuming after a 15-minute break.
Chinwoo will play Perak Farmcochem in today’s final.
The Perak side downed Segamat Rimba Timor 81-63 in another semi-final.
SM Land’s Filipino coach Paul Daniel Advincula was happy with his players’ commitment despite the big defeat.
“To be fair to Chinwoo, they were obviously the better team and deserved to win,” said the 44-year-old Advincula.
American imports Johnny McClenton (24 points) and Michael LeBlanc (30 points) top scored for Chinwoo and SM Land respectively.
Tickets for today’s final, scheduled to begin at 7.30pm, are priced at RM15.