Team JUMPSHOT Prevails 71-40 Against Stackers

Seeking to bounce back from the unfortunate loss to Singapore Min Chong Sports Club last week, Team JUMPSHOT approached its fourth game of the season against Stackers with renewed desire and intensity, and the return of point guard Samantha Ang as well as Samantha Tan at the high post certainly did not hurt their cause. Team JUMPSHOT was ready to set the Singapore Basketball Centre ablaze with their trademark team play as the starters moved towards midcourt for the tip-off. Alas, things did not go according to plan, and Team JUMPSHOT started the game poorly as they were unable to take advantage of their speed and size advantage against their opponents. Stackers took advantage of the girls’ sluggish start and pushed the game along at their own pace, as they managed to close out the first quarter at a score of 11-11. The second quarter featured much of the same lacklustre play, and Team JUMPSHOT’s man-to-man defense appeared to falter against Stackers, even as they managed to take a slender 10-point lead into the intermission. At the half, Team JUMPSHOT decided to seize the game by the collar, as they switched back to utilising two interior players instead of playing the purely guard-oriented offense that had been used in the first half. This tactical readjustment paid dividends for Team JUMPSHOT as they finally managed to dictate the pace of play. With the calm leadership of Fong Hai Xin, the team managed to slow down the game, quietly seizing a 42-26 lead through intelligent play and sharp passing as the third quarter ended. The final period went wonderfully for the squad as they executed their offense to plan, notching 29 points in just one quarter, while widening the gap to 31. Janice Tan broke out of her first-quarter slump as she hit three consecutive treys to break their opponents’ spirits. Taking home the 71-40 victory, Team JUMPSHOT’s record improved to 3-1 as they strengthened their drive for the playoffs. Although the game did not start well for the girls from JUMPSHOT, Coach Esther commended her players for their fighting spirit as well as the constant encouragement they provided for each other, both on and off the court. Without a doubt, this team spirit aided the team in breaking through in the second half, and the great play of Seet Hui Qin was a strong factor in the win as well, as her consistency throughout the match kept her team in the game even when her teammates were not doing as well. In addition, Coach Esther expressed her pleasure at the team’s ability to not only recover from the tough loss to Min Chong, but in fact improve upon their play, using the setback as a learning opportunity. The upcoming game against Home United Basketball Club will certainly be a tough one, but Team JUMPSHOT will be sure to put up an even tougher fight! (All Photos Courtesy of Darren Khoo, The Mini Photo)

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