Aewon Cup reaches last four


Aewon Cup reaches last four

Aewon Cup reaches last four

WHO will contest Saturday`s 2013 Aewon Cup final?

The competition has reached the last four and basketball fans are in for a treat at the Brunei Basketball Association court in Batu Bersurat tonight.

The first matchup with be an all-Filipino encounter which pits Titans against SGTB at 7.15pm and the second game will see pre-tournament favourites Mochi-Each A Cup (MEAC) Realpower go head-to-head against Wan Sing at 8.45pm.

It has been a bumpy ride for MEAC having lost two out of their six matches so far.

Their latest setback was a 76-74 defeat at the hands of the Titans on Tuesday night which has left the team’s captain still scratching his head – though he hopes they will bounce back strongly tonight.

“Maybe it was a wrong defensive plan and most probably we were out of steam,” said Benjamin Lim yesterday.

“We didn’t fight them for four quarters. We slacked in the first quarter and made critical mistakes in the fourth.

“They made most of their shots and we didn’t.

“We just have to play our usual game (against Wan Sing) and we can’t just focus on (Geve) Leones as they have got other weapons that can make us pay.

“I think that whoever controls the boards can control the game, and we will be ready for four quarters this time,” continued Lim.

MEAC will be banking on Esmond Tan to lead the charge as well as Lim to light up the scoreboard from beyond the arc.

They have plenty of firepower with the Miri duo of Lai Teck Bou - who has yet to see action in the tournament - and Voon Yiew Ting to produce the goods.

As for Wan Sing, Leones is no stranger in the local basketball scene with his ability to put up big numbers.

He has plenty of help from the likes of big men Glen Boongaling and Erwin Velez, as well as scorer Roldan Binas in the lineup.

They can also get things done from the outside with veteran three-point shooters Noel Grafil and Bernie Toledo around.

Rey Macaspac knows what to watch out for and hopes that his players are ready to step up for the encounter.

“We all know that Mochi are filled with good players and it will be an exciting game,” said Wan Sing’s coach.

“I’ve been watching the players for a long time now and Esmond is one of my favourite local players

“After the win last night, I have told my players to focus on defence.

“We will need to counter our opponents’ fast-breaks and it is important that we control the tempo of the game.

“Our opponents are a younger team but we are an experienced side.

“I believe it will be a good game for both and I hope both sides will play safe,” continued Macaspac.

In the earlier matchup, Marjomar Aying will spearhead the Titans at the offensive end as he has shown he has the ability to create for his teammates as well as score.

They are a balanced side with scorer Danilo Felicilda, rim protector Elvin Requintin and rebounder Apollo Bibat on the roster.

Vincent Superio will be the one to look out for on the other side as he carries the load on offence for SGTB, who have shown they can take it to the post through Armando Malabanan and Ronald Arabia.

SGTB are also capable of getting things done from the outside through Lowey Jee Palma and Cesar Asaldo.
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