Mochi are the champs

VOON Yiew Ting powered Mochi-Each A Cup (MEAC) Realpower to the 2013 Aewon Cup title after a 93-65 demolition of Titans in last night’s final.

Voon was unstoppable at the offensive end, putting on a Most Valuable Player performance to finish with a game-high of 37 points in the lopsided match at the Brunei Basketball Association court in Batu Bersurat.

Esmond Tan provided 20 points while Benjamin Lim added 13 in the triumph.

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Titans are a team known for huge comebacks in the competition, but this time, they simply ran out of steam after trailing 64-50 entering the final period.

Defence was key in the matchup and MEAC delivered by holding Marjomar Aying to only nine points and Elvin Requintin to three.

Danilo Felicilda notched a team-high for Titans with 23 points while Sherwin Padlan was the only other cager to get into double figures with 11 points.

Titans scored the first basket of the match but MEAC quickly jumped ahead with a 12-0 run.

MEAC were not giving Aying any open looks and stuck to him on defence after every made basket.

Felicilda was inserted into the game midway through the opening period and he sparked his side to a 15-2 run to close the stanza for a 17-14 lead heading into the second quarter.

MEAC suffered a scare when Tan got a shot to his eye while fighting for a rebound with just over three minutes left in the opener before returning midway through the second frame.

Baskets were hard to come by for the Titans as they were having difficulties breakthrough the 1-2-2 defence set up by their opponents.

It remained closely contested until the break with MEAC taking a 32-28 lead at halftime.

They could have extended their advantage but struggled from the charity stripe with several missed attempts.

MEAC were doing well passing the ball and Voon did most of the damage on offence by attacking the hoop aggressively.

Titans were also caught napping on several occasions as MEAC would score easily off fast breaks on the inbounds and faced a 64-50 deficit going into the final quarter.

MEAC would use the clock on each possession and their opponents threw in the towel with just over three minutes left to go with the lead ballooned to 83-60 at that point.

MEAC simply unloaded their bench with Voon the only starter left on the floor, and while showboating, he dunked for his team’s last points to complete the rout.

Sharks/Hankook emerged champions of the veterans category after holding on for a 97-85 win over DHJ in the final played earlier.

Present as the guest of honour to award the winners was Mariam Ulat, the Acting Director of the Department of Youth and Sports.

The Brunei Times



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