Hwa Chong Institution (HCI) re-established their credentials as basketball heavyweights in the Schools National Basketball Championships by taking both the A Division girls' and boys' titles on Monday, repeating a feat that they have achieved in six of the last seven years.
The girls' team set the tone with a 63-42 final victory over opponents Raffles Institution (RI) at Jurong East Sports Hall, despite RI's Woon Wei Jing scoring 22 points. The game was fiercely contested until early in the third quarter, when scores were tied at 31-31. However HCI, who had six national youth players in their team, finished strongly to quash any hopes of an upset.
The Hwa Chong boys' team also defeated Anderson Junior College (AJC) 56-51, seeing off a late surge from their opponents. Trailing 41-54 in the fourth quarter, AJC scored eight straight points to bring the score to 49-54 before HCI held on for the win.
Hwa Chong teacher-in-charge Michael Wong paid credit to both opponents for the spirited challenge they presented. Wong said: "Kudos to Raffles Institution's girls, they played an awesome game and were very hard to crack. Anderson were also very strong this year, and we had to made the utmost preparations in order to win the game."