STREET 71 Fighters: SiBoL Eastern Division Champion
The Yell “Yohoo! ” resonated throughout the gym while team St. 71 Fighters celebrated over a disgruntled STRUTS team 87-76 in the Championship game Sunday night at the Pasir Ris Secondary School Sports Hall.
“This Championship means a lot. We started off having a bad season but we finished it off right,”
Coach Doods said after the game.
St. 71 Fighters came into the game as underdogs according to some but a combined Fighters effort, including five players scoring in double digits, coupled with good defense stops, and propelled the Fighters very convincingly over a very talented STRUTS team.
Gocotano made his presence known early scoring 8 of the first 16 points to give his STRUTS team an early advantage 14-4 in the first five minutes.
But then an 11-0 run by Fighters made them back in the game at 15-14. STRUT’S Gocotano responded with a jumper then three pointers to put them back on top at 19-16 at the end of the 1st Quarter..
That would be the last time STRUTS had more than 3 points lead.
On the ensuing play Alex had a three-point play and then three pointers to give the Fighters back the lead. STRUTS #24 hit a jumper before halftime to give him 12 points going into intermission.
The score at half time was still close 39-37.
At the beginning of the second half the STRUTS’s star - Nunez came out aggressive scoring three pointers immediately after the inbound. But it was the Fighters’ Pee Jay that would eventually shine.
The Fighters started to heat up and found their rhythm. They went on an offensive scoring barrage including a series of runs outscoring STRUTS 26 to 18 in the first 10 minutes of the second half.
Things went from bad to worse at the five minute mark when Palitic was fouled out.
“Palitic is a great defender. But whether he is in there or not you still have to play the game.”
Pee Jay said after the game.
With the exit of Palitic, Fighter’s Pee Jay took over. From mid-range jumpers to driving the lane, he was unstoppable.
STRUTS never got any offense attack going, missing on multiple attempts and not getting back on defense resulting in easy buckets for the Figthers.
“Lack of defense and lack of offense… lack of everything,”
Pee Jay finished the game with 28 points and was named MVP. Alex was named the All-Defensive player.
“We played together. We played defense and took care of the ball,” Pee Jay said. “We did what we needed to.”
Palitic finished with 8 points respectively..
On behalf of Singapinoy, we would like to say thank you to all the teams for another successful season. Take Care and God Bless.