|Malaysia outpoints rival Singapore in a low-scoring basketball affair to record first win the 2017 SEABA Championship while leaving foe winless. Photo courtesy of FIBA.com|
By Julian Reyes
MANILA--It wasn't a pretty game, but Malaysia, sure, is happy to get the win.
Malaysia showed more composure when it mattered most to fend off a late Singapore's rally in the only close match of the day in the 2017 SEABA Championship, getting its first win in four games, 45-41, at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City.
Both teams shot below 30 percent from the field but the Malaysians took the upper hand thanks to a 39-32 lead they built with more than four minutes left in the game.
Singapore remained winless after its first three games.
Malaysia's Chun Hong Ting led all scorers with 18 points, along with seven rebounds and three blocks, while Singapore's Delvin Goh had 14 points and 12 boards as no other player from both sides cracked the double-digit mark
The Singaporeans threatened to within 43-41 after Leon Kwek hit a shot with 25 seconds left but Malaysia held off, hitting two of their last four free throws to preserve the victory.
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