Asean Para Games: Singapore finish 6th in wheelchair basketball, thank fans for support

Singapore captain Choo Poh Choon (pictured) delivered a double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds.
Singapore captain Choo Poh Choon (pictured) delivered a double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds. PHOTO: ST SPORTS DESK / TWITTER

SINGAPORE - Hosts Singapore ended their 5-on-5 wheelchair basketball campaign at the Asean Para Games on Wednesday morning with a 26-41 loss to Laos. The team finished sixth.

They took an early 4-2 lead at the end of the first quarter before Laos found their momentum.

Singapore captain Choo Poh Choon delivered a double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds, while Laotian player Paphatsalang Khammany scored a game-high 27 points.

"Our strategy coming in was to enjoy ourselves because probably for the first two games, most of us feel pressured. Since there's nothing to lose, we decided to let our hair down," said Choo.

"I think our team's performance was good. We saw Laos' match against Malaysia, and the Laos team play a very good game. They are very fast. If you look at our scoreline, we scored the most today so I think it's a good fight."

Choo also thanked the crowd for their support. There were about 200 fans at the Singapore Indoor Stadium for the early morning game.

He said: "It's a Wednesday morning, and I saw many of our friends come down. They took leave from work, so we really appreciate their support. Although it's not a victory, we want to dedicate this performance to our supporters."

In the bronze-medal play-off, the Philippines trumped Myanmar 62-38.

In the final, Thailand claimed the second gold of the competition by beating Malaysia 62-36.

The Thais had claimed the 3-on-3 gold earlier.

syeh@sph.com.sg