October 30, 2014
Chem holds on to win 30-25 against shorthanded ECE. Braginan Vakeesan headlines Chem with his game high 18 points.
Chem Basketball built a huge 10-0 lead in the opening minutes of the game thanks to its defensive intensity and relentless transition opportunities. Chem doubled ECE everytime it went to the post and its star guards, Tenzin Sherab and Braginan Vakeesan, lit up the basket. Vakeesan in particular caught fire in this game as he seemingly got open on every possession and made ECE pay for it. At one point in the first half, he shot four straight open jumpers, capped by an and-1 basket that took the life out of ECE. It also did not help them that they only had 5 dressed players for the game. The half ended with Chem up big, 18-9. Vakeesan by himself outscored ECE 12-9 in the first half.
The start of the second half saw more of the same as Chem extended its lead all the way to 22-11. Vakeesan opened Chem’s scoring once again, as he scored 6 points in the first five minutes of the half. But ECE finally had enough.
ECE captain Netan Yakop called a timeout to rally his troops. They came out with renewed energy and trimmed the deficit all the way down to 6 with 4 minutes remaining. However, Chem put its starters back and held on for the win after ECE started playing the free throw game.
Chem co-captain Cullen Adam was asked after the game on what this victory means: “ECE went to the finals last year so it felt good beating a contender. But we also know that they didn’t have most of their players so we should temper our enthusiasm. We also gave up a huge lead so we need to have more focus next game.”
Chem is now at 5-0 while ECE dropped its first game.
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