Goldengate suffered another set back at the Kwik’s Basketball League (KBL) 2018, losing to Bishal Milan Kendra (BMK).
Goldengate were once again without their key players. Anish Shahi made it this time but Bipendra Maharjan was still out. Add to that their highest scorer so far, Rajiv Joshi, couldn’t make it to the game today. While, Om Gurung is still out with injury.
For the hosts, Bikash Gurung, who was ruled out of the game in their previous game due to eye infection, was back in.
The home side clearly had the advantage. Nevertheless, the visitors had enough experienced players to get the job.
BMK took advantage of the weakened Goldengate lineup and opened up a 6 point lead in the first quarter. However, they couldn’t get far enough. BMK just about maintained their lead in the second quarter. Soon enough, Goldengate caught up with them and took the lead mid way through the third quarter.
Unfortunately, for Godengate fans, the lead didn’t stick for much time. Goldengate didn’t look to have the confidence they used to have. They made simple mistakes…stray passes as if they hadn’t played together much.
Score was neck and neck right until the final minute but Godengate couldn’t put up a good enough fight as the hosts bagged their second win. Probably BMK’s first win over Goldengate, certainly in the last five years. The win takes BMK to third in the KBL 2018 league table behind Army Club and Kirtipur.
Player of the Game, Sandesh Tamang Theeng, contributed 23 points, 6 assists and 7 steals. BMK centre, Bibek Shrestha, managed to get double double (13 points and 10 rebounds) while Prayush contributed 13 points and 8 rebounds.
For the visitors, Bikram Dangol contributed 21 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 block. While Anish Shahi scored 8 points and collected 18 rebounds on his return. Manoj Rajopadhyaya hit 7 points and 9 rebounds.
Goldengate head coach, Bipeen Kapali, along with his players were visibly upset with the loss. Kapali said after the match that it was difficult for some of his players to make time for the game due to responsibilities outside basketball.
Regarding their chances for the title shot, he said, “It will be difficult to get into the top four now. We’ll need to work harder.”
Meanwhile, BMK head coach Abhisekh KC said, “We played well both on the inside and outside. They were under pressure and we used that well.”
“Although we still have some problem with our composer, if we play with confidence we can give anybody a good game”, he added.