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Sunday, September 30, 2001

Basketball - Petronas to take on Sabah in final

KUALA LUMPUR: As expected, the Petronas basketball team swept into their third consecutive final of the national non-Chinese tournament, the Petronas Cup, when they brushed aside Johor 85-59 in the semi-final the MABA-DBKL Stadium yesterday.

The score actually flattered the southern state as the well-oiled Petronas side opened up a 53-20 lead at half-time and then threw in their second-stringers into the fray after the national team’s five of K.Satyaseelan, Andrew Mulhearn, Oliver Segas Tingin, Abdul Karim Yusoff and Fadlysham Ismail had done the damage.

Playing four 10-minute quarters, Petronas raced to a commanding 28-10 lead at the end of the first quarter and dictated the pace of the game with their disciplined attack and defence that left the Johor side stumped.

Petronas continued to outscore Johor in each following quarters except for the last when they stepped off the gas after realising that the result was beyond doubt while leading 75-41 at the end of the third quarter.

Ramesh Chandra top scored for Petronas with 17 points, hitting three three-pointers while Andrew Mul-hearn chipped in with 16.

The corporate team, however, suffered a setback when international Satyaseelan limped out halfway through the second quarter with a sprained ankle. He will miss today’s final.

That, however, did not bother assistant team manager Mohd Zamry Zainuddin too much. He felt the team had enough depth to take on anyone in the final although he preferred to meet Sarawak, a team they had beaten in the group-stage.

"We will not take any team for granted in the final but I believe we have what it takes to win the title for the third straight year."

"We have actually reached our goal by making the final and I will tell the boys to just play their game and we should be fine," said Zamry.

Zamry, however, will not get his wish in the final today.

Petronas will face Sabah, not Sarawak.

The Sabahans, making their return to the competition after a one-year absence, whipped their Borneo neighbours Sarawak 97-64 in the other semi-final.

Semi-finals: Petronas 85 Johor 59, Sabah 97 Sarawak 64

Ninth placing playoff: Perak 76 Tereng-ganu 54

Seventh placing playoff: Negri Sembilan 85 Armed Forces 77.

Fifth placing playoff: Kuala Lumpur vs Selangor (3pm).

Third placing playoff: Johor vs Sarawak (4.45pm).

Final: Petronas vs Sabah (6.45pm).

Source: The Star

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