Tribhuvan Army Club extended their win run to eight games with the defeat of SDC Himalayan Hounds at Bhadrakali today.
Hounds held up well in defense to start with considering they didn’t have their head coach on the bench due to personal reasons. But then, things didn’t go so well in offense. Manish KC hit the back of his head on the concrete right on his first post attack after he stumbled with defenders feet and fell…..he was ok to continue but Hounds couldn’t quite get going in offense.
Hounds defense kept, Army Club point guard, Rabin Khatri out of danger areas but Sadhish took over the scoring for the hosts. Once Sadhish Pradhan broke in through the back door to get a basket and added a 3-pointer, things opened up a bit. Army Club dominated the first quarter scoring twice as much as the visitors thanks to 16 points, including 3 treys, from Sadhish Pradhan.
Army Club went on to extend their lead by further 10 points in the second quarter…once again Sadhish taking lead in scoring duties.
Things got worse for Hounds after the half-time break as Army boys went on to extend the gap to 31 points towards the end of the third quarter. However, Army Club point guard, Rabin Khatri’s dispute with the match officials did throw Army Club off course for short moment which allowed Hounds to close the gap a little.
Rabin’s continued argument with the officials did eventually got him a technical foul. He was already on 3 fouls and subbed for most part of the fourth quarter but with one of the strongest bench, Army didn’t suffer. In the end it was another comfortable victory for the KBL 2018 league leaders.
Final score: Army 83-58 Hounds (Box score)
Sadhish Pradhan went on to receive the Player of the Game prize for his contribution (33 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals). Binod Maharjan got the double double while Rabin Khatri scored 13 points for the hosts.
For the visitors, Saurav Shrestha got the double double (17 points and 10 rebounds), while Manish KC scored 20 points and Bijay Burja hit 10 points. Anish Diwakar, who was rather poor in taking shooting chances managed to get 12 rebounds.
After the game, Hounds team captain, Norbu Gurung, said that not having the coach by their side “does make a difference”.
When asked not having some of the players available through seasonal sickness and personal reasons had any impact, Gurung said, “I won’t make that excuse. We just couldn’t play well today.”
Regarding their chances of securing a place in the play-offs, Gurung said, “We have already played with top (current) three clubs home and away. And if we can get 3 wins from our remaining games we should be safe.”
Meanwhile, Army Club manager Dil Karki said that his players played better than he thought they would.
“We had good shooting both on the inside and outside”, he said. “And we had a good team spirit.”
When asked about Rabin’s dispute with officials, Karki said, “When referees repeatedly miss calls, these things happen.”
In the late fixture, Goldengate secured their 6th win of the KBL 2018 with the defeat of Xavier Int’l 75-59.
Goldengate is second in league after today’s results. They have one win more than BMK who sits in third. However, Goldengate has played 10 games while, BMK has played just 7.