CityU get a taste of victory
City University (CityU) this year again dominated HKPSCAA (Hong Kong Post-Secondary College Athletic Association) Basketball Competition.
The men's team wrapped up a three-peat with a 78-65 victory over the Institute of Vocational Education (IVE), while the women's team stopped former champions Hong Kong University to make a comeback with a 49-41 victory in the finals held at Baptist University's Wai Hang Sports Centre last Saturday.
In the men's final clash, both teams played until the last four minutes when IVE guard Law Yiu-wai and Yu Cheuk-kin were fouled out, and CityU successfully stopped IVE guard and national team player Heung Chun-keung to score.
CityU men's team coach Poon Wing-keung had earlier predicted the team's road to a third successive title would not be easy, as both teams were equally matched.
'It was a really tough, exhausting game,' Poon said.
But thanks to the players' confidence and concentration, CityU pulled through in the last few minutes, Poon said.
'Our players collaborated better than IVE and we had a very strong mind to win the game.
'And in the last quarter, the opponents were physically burnt out, but we still remained strong. And we started to lead the game.'
Poon said forward Ian Lai Yiu-yan, who scored 25 points - 10 in the second quarter - did a great job stabilising the team mentally when they fell behind in the second quarter.
CityU women's team were thrilled to win the championship for the second consecutive year. Although the champions had a seven points deficit in the first quarter, they took back the lead with a 14-2 run in the second.
In the last quarter, the girls were leading by just 44-41, when the last-minute three-pointer from guard Tang Chi-ting ensured victory.
The captain and centre Li Tsui-fan said the team were well-prepared for the final, following a series of training camps and extra practise sessions. 'We also gathered up three hours before the match to get prepared mentally,' she said.
The team is now aiming for a three-peat next year.
Although the team will lose Tsui-fan and five other players, including another captain Wong Choi-ki, guard Sun yi-shan and Wu Wai-ying, centre Candy Wong Sau-man, this year, Tsui-fun said this would not affect the team.
'Our new players are very good, and several potential players who have not been picked in the team this year have been following us in training. I think they will catch up very quickly in the coming year,' shesaid.
In the third place matches, the Chinese University of Hong Kong women's team beat Chu Hai College (CHC) 58-47, while the CHC men beat Polytechnic University 63-56.