Photo by Cheah Cheng Poh
Singapore, July 11, 2016 — The first official day of sporting action at the 18th ASEAN University Games saw the basketball and volleyball competition begin while football continued into its second day.
Thailand, defending champions for football and both men’s and women’s volleyball, recorded successful outings. At Nanyang Technological University, the Thais had to dig deep to beat dark horses Timor Leste 3-1, having to come from a one-goal deficit at half time to secure victory. Anusak Laosangthai (#13) scored another brace, adding to his double in the 7-1 win over Laos, to lead the impressive comeback.
Over in Group B, Singapore were edged 0-1 by Malaysia. A first-half goal was enough to put the host to the sword. Despite creating plenty of chances in the second half, Singapore were unable to restore parity and now await their fate as Cambodia, the other team in the group, play Malaysia on Wednesday. Should Malaysia fail to beat Cambodia by two goals or more, the host would head for an early exit.
“My players played their hearts out and left it all on the field,” said team manager Samuel Tan. “We were excited for this match and it was just an unlucky set-piece that ended up being the winner. Now, we pray to the football gods for a favour from our neightbours to beat Cambodia.”
At the National University of Singapore, the Thais also recorded victory in the volleyball competitions. They beat Singapore and Laos in comfortable 3-0 win in both the women’s and men’s category respectively.
Monday also saw Indonesia beat Malaysia in the in both the men’s and women’s categories. The Indonesian women beat Malaysia 51-44 while their male counterparts overcame a strong challenge from Malaysia 72-54.
Host Singapore hit triple digits in their 103-46 victory over Laos to make it an impressive start for the cagers at these Games. The size disparity was evident as the visitors were unable to overcome the bigger Singaporeans. Russel Low (#5) top-scored with 20 points while Richard Neo (#7) added 18 in the big win.
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