Fukien celebrate double triumph
Fukien dominated the Senior Shield finals with both their men and women's teams being crowned knockout champions at MacPherson Stadium last night.
The Fukien men successfully defended their title by trouncing arch-rivals Winling 64-43, while the women were taken all the way by Bank of China before prevailing 57-55 in a thrilling encounter.
Fukien lost the A1 Division League title to Winling last season 3-2 in a five-game series.
'We had a slow start, but once we had controlled the pace midway into the game, we were able to dominate,' said Fukien marksman Yung Kam-wah, who managed only one three-pointer.
'The third quarter was crucial as we came back from behind to take the lead and we demolished them with a number of three-pointers in the early stages of the final quarter.'
Winling, who reached the final from the losers' pool, needed to score two straight wins over their opponents to claim the title. They led 15-8 after the first quarter. However, too many of their key players like point guard Poon Chi-ho and forward Fong Shing-yee failed to impress. Only expatriate Matthew Jung was able to maintain a high standard.
Fukien gradually fought their way back with solid defence and tied the scores at 22 before half-time.
After the third quarter, Fukien had carved out a 37-33 lead and, with Chung Ming-tat and Leung Kwok-shing, in tremendous form in the opening stages of the final quarter, picked up an additional 14 points, including four three-pointers as the challenge of their rivals wilted.