Tribhuvan Army Club overcame exceptionally good outside shooting from Team Budhanilakantha Municipality to bag their fourth win of the Kwik’s Basketball League (KBL) 2018 season.
Although, Army Club does have the squad to be feared, they couldn’t quite execute that neat passing game we saw in the opening fixture against BMK. And as Budhanilakantha hit treys after treys they couldn’t close down shooting spaces as well as either. However, they still had enough to maintain a narrow lead.
The visitors, Budhanilakantha, couldn’t quite do much on the inside but their outside shooting was up their today scoring 6 treys in the first quarter alone. They finished first quarter with 21 points, just 3 points behind the hosts.
However, without much success on the inside they couldn’t put much pressure on their opponent. They fell behind quite a bit in the second quarter after they only managed 13 points while the Army Club were steady with their scoring.
But then, they made up for their second quarter slump with the best performance yet. Run of 14 points or so in the first few minutes of the third quarter and Budhanilakantha were back in business….going on to score 28 points in that period. This time, they improved on their inside shots as well as hitting 6 more treys.
Unfortunately, Budhanilakantha’s luck with 3 pointers in the final quarter went down just as it did in the second quarter. And at the same time Army Club started playing their free flowing basketball to extend the gap and take the win 89-76.
All in all, Budhanilakantha managed score 15 treys out of 30 attempts but the lack of good inside play let them down.
Army Club guard, Rabin Khatri received the Player of the Game prize for his efforts. (View box score)
Budhanilakantha head coach, Upendra Rawat said after the match, “Away from home, it was a good game. We played better than before. Although the ring here is different, our shooters had a great day.”
“But our defense is not set well yet”, he added.
Meanwhile, Army Club head coach Yaman Gurung said, “We didn’t have good conversion today. And we had one new player (Rinzin Thapa Magar) today, he is yet to gel in the team.”