Goldengate earned their seventh win with the defeat of BMC South Siders at the ongoing Kwik’s Basketball League (KBL) 2018.
Goldengate veteran, Bipen Maharjan, once again showed the way as far as shooting is concerned, while Anish Shahi Thakuri and Manish Raj Rajopadhyaya dominated in the rebounds. Goldengate were equally good in converting their second chances when it came about. Most of all a great outside shooting, played a big part in Goldengate’s win….scoring 12 treys in total.
The hosts, Goldengate, opened up a small margin of 5 points in the first quarter and extended that to 10 by half-time break. They were on their way to extending the gap further but then visitors had their own moment of good outside shooting. Rabin Gautam and Bikash Rana were on target, scoring 5 treys between them, in the first few minutes of third quarter which closed the gap.
Siders went on to close the gap down to 4 points in the final quarter. However, Goldengate had enough to fight back Siders’ comeback efforts with relative ease. Two treys from Bikram Dongol and couple of lay-ups each from Bipen, Anish and Rajiv in the end secured the win for the hosts.
Final score: Goldengate 80 – 66 Siders (box score).
Anish Shahi Thakuri (14 points, 22 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals) went on to receive the Player of the Game prize for the second time in the league. Bipen Maharjan and Rajiv Joshi added 21 and 19 points respectively.
For the visitors, Rabin Gautam and Sonam Thendu shined in the absence of some their senior players. Rabin scored 20 points while Sonam managed 16 points.
Siders head coach, Ashish KC said after the match that he was happy with today’s performance.
“Our main players were absent today. Sanjay Byanjankar Sr has a back problem and Sanjay Jr has knee problem. And Minesh Shakya played through ankle injury”, he said adding, “Our youngsters stepped up and did well.”
Meanwhile, Goldengate head coach, Bipeen Kapali said, “Our start was good but their attacked improved later and gave us some pressure.”
Most of all “the uncentainty whether the game will take place or not (due to possible rain), got to our players affecting their performance a little.”
Regarding their top four finish, Kapali said, “We are pretty relaxed about it.”
The win takes Goldengate back up to second place, ahead of BMK who has 6 wins. However, BMK does have 3 games in hand over Goldengate who has already played 11 games.