Only five Brave warriors turned up for this encounter but put on a real fight against a bunch of experienced Pirates with their insides presence and greater number of players.
Braves surprised Pirates in the 1st qtr by playing quick and simple offensive basketball to gain a 23 – 17 lead. Defensively, the effective defence limited the damage caused by the sizable Pirates big men. Pirates came back in the 2nd qtr mainly concentrating on the interior domination on offense while Braves counter attacked with fast breaks and outside shots. The 3rd qtr was when the lack in numbers of Braves players started to take a big effect. The five played for the first half without any subs, Braves gave away most of their fouls in the 3rd quarter. Pirates played smart basketball by feeding the ball inside then kicking it out to score 3s extending their lead. Although the defence was weakened, Braves kept the offense going consistently by continuously drawing fouls and converted them into baskets. Last quarter, Braves decided to switch to man defence due to the outside shots hit by Pirates in the and this kept the game competitive. Tireless Jay TAYLOR hassled the ball on defense, creating a number of fast break opportunities. Pirates and Braves exchanged baskets throughout the last quarter. Braves point guard Brandon ZHU caused a lot of problems to the Pirates by penetrating the paint to draw the defence then delivering the killer pass as well as shooting down 28pts himself (12 last quarter pts from Brandon alone to showed Pirates that a BRAVE NEVER GIVES UP!!! Olly SHU had a good game scoring 6 pts with strong move on the inside. Our BIG man Leo IKIN (although not looking that big stood next to the Pirate big men) repeatedly attacked the basket in the paint scoring and drawing the fouls, 83% from the line.
Considering only 5 undersized but valiant Braves contested this fixture, there were a lot of positives to take home in this game. Braves fought as a unit in this game! No one should ever underestimate the Braves!!!!