School sports: SCGS upset favourites Jurong Secondary to win C Division basketball title

SCGS captain, Margaret Suriya (#12) takes a shot for her team.
SCGS captain, Margaret Suriya (#12) takes a shot for her team.PHOTO: WWW.SPORTYGRAPHY.COM
Presbyterian High's captain and centre, Kovan Toh (in white) dribbles past the ACS (Barker Road) defense.
Presbyterian High's captain and centre, Kovan Toh (in white) dribbles past the ACS (Barker Road) defense.PHOTO: WWW.SPORTYGRAPHY.COM
Point-guard Foo Yong Ming (in white), 14, told his team in the December holidays that he wanted to win the title and remain undefeated thoughout the season.
Point-guard Foo Yong Ming (in white), 14, told his team in the December holidays that he wanted to win the title and remain undefeated thoughout the season.PHOTO: WWW.SPORTYGRAPHY.COM

SINGAPORE - Singapore Chinese Girls' School (SCGS) upset defending champions and basketball powerhouses Jurong Secondary School to lift the Schools National C Division basketball title.

Margaret Suriya, captain of the SCGS team, told the Straits Times at Republic Polytechnic after the game on Thursday (Aug 25): "We knew we were the underdogs so we just didn't give up and kept our determination."

Despite trailing 0-7 at the start of the match, SCGS managed to overcome their initial nerves and pull ahead in the second quarter 15-11, much to the delight of their supporters.

In the final quarter of the game, it seemed as though they could not miss as they sank basket after basket and went on to win the title 64-44. It was their title since 2012.

In the boys' final, Presbyterian High School clinched their first ever C Division title, beating Anglo-Chinese School (Barker) 78-43.

The team completed their perfect season after remaining undefeated in both the North Zone and national competitions.

Head coach Loh Tong, 66, has been coaching the team for 10 years and was all smiles during and after the match.

He praised the boys' teamwork and said: "The boys played very well because they followed our instructions. They practise their set plays which are so important because basketball is a team sport.

"They were excellent today."