A visit down to OCBC arena for a day of basketball!
Many of us know basketball from our admiration of the NBA where you stand witness to impossible moves, shots, dunks. Basketball at the SEA Games however is somewhat different. While you get the same level of tenacity and the intensity, let’s face it, when you play for the pride of your country, it is a different ball game altogether.
Having been a basketball fan for many years, the only action I got was from the HDB block’s basketball court, from TV sports highlights and my NBA2K games. So strutting into the arena to catch all that action courtside was a brand new experience for me. The facility itself, the OCBC Arena had plenty of room to offer with 2 halls hosting different games. Fortunately we were zipping to hall 1 and as I entered, we were greeted to a surprisingly good time. From the atmosphere, to the crowd, the brightly lit court, the spacious seat arrangements and the half time, time-out entertainment.
Even the featured match, Singapore vs Vietnam (Women) match had a quality introduction to each of the players, lights streamed down, flames fired up from both ends of the courts. I knew this was quite a game to experience live. The matches of course did not disappoint.
Notably, catching the match between the Indonesian and Malaysian ladies which started out as a close match. Malaysia capitalizing on the 2nd and the 3rd quarters with Pang Hui Min sinking in 19 points with a 67% field goal percentage and top scorer of the game. We got a chance to catch up with her and asked her some questions.
POPCulture Online: What was the half time team talk all about? There was no worry catching Indonesia considering that your team was down the first quarter.
Pang Hui Min: Team Malaysia normally will take some time to warm up to the game. We tend to perform better in the 2nd half of the game.
POPCulture Online: What does Team Malaysia hope to achieve going forward?
Pang Hui Min: Our target this year is 2nd place considering we usually get 3rd place in the previous games. We hope that we can do better than the last year.
Onto the featured match. The Singapore women’s team faced up against Vietnam. Right from the get go, the crowd showed up in full support cheering every scored bucket. Truly there was no place like home. The ladies of red did not disappoint as they played a fast and truly effective game. Sarah Tan, Singapore’s number 8 showed up and was sensational with a whopping 32 points and was deadly from 3 point territory as she sank 10 3 pointers to give Singapore the victory comfortably over Vietnam. We hope that Team Singapore can continue this streak to bring home the gold for both the men and women.
There were a total of 6 games played at basketball yesterday and for the full stats and results, you can check out the SEA Games 2015 official website here.
For more photos from court side, do check out our photo gallery.
The PCO team will continue to be there to experience and cover the various sports at the SEA Games 2015. Do continue to follow us as we bring more of the SEA Games 2015 right here on POPCulture Online.
Photos by Kenneth Wong
By Kenneth Choong
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