Wednesday, April 04, 2007

The PHT North Zone Championship 2007

The Cagers have won the 5th consecutive PHT Northern Zone Championship in SMS Pokok Sena with style. The Cagers have showed that they are heads and shoulders above the rest in basketball game in the Northern Zone. The games were played with a 7 minutes non stop every quarter (a total of 28 minutes per game), despite that the Cagers managed to score an average of 56 points per game while limiting the opponent to under 14 points per game. Other schools struggled to score more than 30 points per game, with most of the game scores around 15 – 25 points per game.
The Cagers left Kuala Kangsar at 6:00 am with 22 players (12 players, 1 statistician plus 9 junior players) accompanied by Cikgu Nor Suhaimee and led by Cikgu Roslan PK KoKu plus the Debaters. They arrived safely in SMS Pokok Sena at 11:00 am. After unloading and settling down in the respective dorms, the Cagers get ready for their first game again SMS Tun Syed Sheh Shahabuddin of Penang.

31 March 2007 at 2:00 pm;
MCKK vs. SMS Tun Syed Sheh Shahabuddin of Penang:

The Cagers started well by hitting their shots, while holding the opponent to one basket. They led 16 – 2 after the 1st quarter. Mr. Liew took out the 1st five and put in the 2nd five to start the 2nd quarter. The 2nd team did well to increase the lead to 26 – 4 at the half. Mr. Liew continued rotating the second team in the 3rd quarter and the Cagers continued their excellent play by stretching the lead to 43 – 8 after the 3rd quarter. The rotation continued in the 4th quarter, all the Cagers have the opportunity to play in the game. The Cagers won the game 55 – 14.

31 March 2007 at 8:00 am;
MCKK vs. SBPI Gopeng

Mr. Liew started the game with a new combination by resting two players from the 1st five. The Cagers continued the good shooting by leading 15 – 0 after the 1st quarter. Mr. Liew continued rotating the Cagers, giving every Cagers the chance to play. The Cagers led 25 – 2 at the half. SBPI Gopeng scored 6 quick points to begin the third quarter and the supporters became rowdy and started to jeer the Cagers. Mr. Liew quickly sent in the 1st five and managed to stop SBPI Gopeng from scoring any more points. The Cagers led 34 – 8 after the third quarter. The 1st five continued playing most of the 4th quarter. When the SBPI supporters began to mellow down, Mr. Liew took out the 1st five and sent in the 2nd team to finish the game. The Cagers won 47 – 11.

31 March 2007 at 2:00 pm;
MCKK vs. SMS Teluk Intan

The 1st team started the game and set the tempo by making their shots. The 2nd team continued the hot shooting with an excellent defense. The Cagers led 28 – 4 at the half. Mr. Liew continued rotating the Cagers and they continued their hot shooting by leading 44 – 8 after the 3rd quarter. The Cagers made 5 3-pointers in the 4th quarter to finish the game a total of 8 3-pointers. The Cagers won 69 – 10 for the biggest winning margin in the tournament.

1 April 2007 at 8:00 am;
MCKK vs. SBPI Kubang Pasu

This is the lowest scoring game for the Cagers. The Cagers led 37 – 0 till late in the 4th quarter. They didn’t play their normal game by allowing SBPI to attack (under instruction from Mr. Liew!) SBPI KP just couldn’t score and the Cagers barely did any defense. SBPI KP manage to score a 3-pointer from the many ‘hail mary’ tried in the game. The Cagers won 39 – 3.

1 April 2007 at 2:00 pm;
MCKK vs SMS TS Putra, Kangar

SMSTSP was using the full-court press tactics in their previous games and they tried the same tactics against the Cagers. The Cagers were well exposed to this full court pressure tactics when they were playing in the Penang Open last year. The Cagers easily overcame the full court which resulted in easy baskets for them. The Cagers led 22 – 7 after the 1st quarter. The Cagers showed SMSTSP how to execute a proper full court pressure by using the tactics on them. SMSTSP couldn’t break the full court pressure and remain scoreless in the 2nd quarter. The Cagers led 41 – 7 at the half. Mr. Liew replaced the 1st team with the 2nd team and continued pressing them all the way. Final score; The Cagers won 63 - 19

1 April 2007 at 6:00 pm;
Semi-Final MCKK-SMS Pokok Sena:

The Cagers started sluggishly against the host. They seemed to be in slumber, not fully awake from their rest after the afternoon game. They missed their shot while defended loosely. SMS PS took the lead in the first quarter 6 – 5 to the delight of their supporters, which covered three quarter of the court. The opponent’s supporters’ excitement must have awaken the Cagers in the 2nd quarter. They started to hit their shots while defended tenaciously. SMSPS only managed to score 1 point in the quarter while the Cagers had 17 points to lead 22 – 7 at the half. The Cagers continued their excellent shooting while only allowing SMSPS 2 points after the half. The game was played under heavy rain in the second half and it affected SMSPS more than it did the Cagers. The Cagers won 50 – 9. The Cagers hit 8 3-pointers in the game despite playing in the heavy rain.

1 April 2007 at 6:00 pm;

STAR squeaked by to the final by winning their games by a very small margin (they won their games with 1, 2, 3 and 10 points margin in the preliminary rounds). STAR also managed to beat SMSTSSS 41 – 35 in overtime in the semifinal. The Cagers stamped their superiority in the first quarter by scoring 25 points and allowing STAR to score 8. The 2nd team continued the excellent overall game by leading STAR 42 – 14 at the half. The 2nd continued playing well through out the game. The Cagers won 70 – 28. The Cagers hit 7 3-pointers in the game.