SDC Himalayan Hounds suffered their third home defeat at the Kwik’s Basketball League (KBL) 2018 after losing to Goldengate International College today.
Hounds, who has a good record on the road is yet to win at home. They won on their travel to Goldengate two weeks ago but at home today, they simply didn’t have the same fight in them. In addition, Goldengate had just found their form.
Hounds went man to man from the start and did excellent in the first minute or so but once Bikram knocked in a 3-pointer anyway, their performance started to look subdued.
Hounds scored their fair share of 18 points in the first quarter but they couldn’t do as well to handle the visitors in defense which allowed Goldengate to go 9 points a head at the end of first quarter.
Nine points of gap wouldn’t have been insurmountable for a team with three senior national team players in their squad, but their offensive game nose dived in the following quarters….losing possession far too easily as well as not getting the shots in.
Saurav Shrestha, who was at the top of the scoring charts averaging 23 points per game when the match started, couldn’t do his thing what so ever. He went on to score just 4 points in the game.
And with rest of the squad putting in a mediocre show, Hounds just managed 8 and 6 points in the second and third quarter respectively. Hounds did win their usual number of rebounds but they couldn’t do much with it. On the other hand, the visitors converted many of their second chances.
Goldengate went strength to strength widening the gap to over 30 points by the end of third quarter. Fourth quarter was merely a formality.
Final score: Hounds 50-94 Goldengate (Box score)
Manish KC did try to fill the void a little for the hosts but it was too little too late. He got the double double (18 points and 11 rebounds) but a lot of his score came towards the end when the game was pretty much lost.
For the visitors, Rajiv Joshi, Anish Shahi Thakuri and Manish Raj Rajopadhyaya got the double double. Rajiv Joshi was awarded the Player of the Game prize for his contribution of 26 points, 7 steals, 5 assists and 4 rebounds.
Hounds head coach, Raju Acharya, said that their poor form was due to the pressure of playing at home.
Meanwhile, Goldengate head coach, Bipeen Kapali, mostly attributed their win to the set plays and their outside shooting form.
“We came prepared with a number of set plays”, he said. “We also used our good shooting form to our advantage.”
In addition, “Saurav (Hounds forward) couldn’t move well today”, he added.
In the late fixture, meeting of the two unbeaten teams, Tribhuvan Army Club and ANK Kirtipur Basketball Team turned into a annihilation of latter by the Army Club.
Army Club scored the highest points (111 points) by any team in a single match at the KBL 2018 so far as they continued their unbeaten run. In return, Kirtipur managed just 64 points. (Box score)