Tyler Kepkay unstoppable as Winling snatch Senior Shield
Ex-Canadian national player contributes almost half of his team's points in 92-84 shut-out of Fukien at Queen Elizabeth Stadium
Winling won their first Senior Shield title in three seasons last night thanks to their new signing, Tyler Kepkay, who scored a staggering 42 points in the final at Queen Elizabeth Stadium.
The former Canadian national team player contributed almost half of the team’s points as they cruised to a 92-84 win over Fukien in front of 3,000 fans.
Winling, who lost to South China in the final in the last two seasons, scored better in each of the first three quarters before Fukien scored 27-16 in the final quarter – but it was too little too late for them.
“I may have defended a bit better but tonight the points are good, although I used to score 60-something when I was in high school,” said 26-year-old Kepkay. “Fukien are a hard opponent and it’s always tough against them.”
Kepkay, who played college basketball in Utah from 2005-2009 and was drafted to the NBA in 2009 but did not get picked, will now set his sights on the A1 Division.
“The league will be very competitive with the top sides – Winling, Fukien and South China – playing against each other,” he said. “There are still some on court communication problems between me and my teammates, but we are working through it and I hope every Winling player stay healthy and we’ll see what happens.”
Fukien captain Cheng Kam-hing, who was tied with Cheung Wai-hong as his team’s highest scorer, on 22 points, said they could hardly stop Kepkay. “We closed down all the other Winling players well, but Kepkay was just too good with his strong physical power and all-round individual skills,” said Cheng.
Winling assistant coach Choi Fong-yue said of Kepkay: “We are fortunate to have signed him as I don’t think any other player can stop him on a one-on-one situation.”