The Singapore national team entered into the 2015 FIBA Asia Championship without 2 of their regular starters – Russel Low and Larry Liew.
After absorbing tough losses from powerhouse teams in such as China, Korea and Jordan during the preliminary group-stage, the team had only one simple goal – to win a basketball game at the 2015 FIBA Asia Championship.
This is the tiny island-state’s second consecutive outing to the prestigious Asia tournament, after its basketball fortunes had picked up over the last 3 years.
On 28 September 2015, the Singapore national team made history once again and recorded their first ever FIBA Asia win defeating their causeway rivals Malaysia in an emphatic 92-59 victory.
On the same day, Delvin Goh, who is the national team’s most promising young star, recorded an international career-high with 20 points, 18 rebounds, 3 steals and 1 block. The 20-year old centre has been no less outstanding in this tournament, having to helm the fort without his compatriot Russel Low in the line-up.
Surprisingly, Delvin was also the most efficient player on the team, averaging 8.2 points and 10.4 rebounds for the tournament.
He was also ranked the 3rd best rebounder of the tournament as of 28 September 2015, over the likes of players like Andray Blatche (Philippines), Yi Jianlian (China) and Hamed Haddadi (Iran).
Lim Sheng Yu, an undersized big man who recently returned to the national squad, was also a standout, recording 24 points and 11 rebounds.
The win allowed Singapore to clinch the 15th position in the 2015 FIBA Championship over Malaysia.
With this tournament being the last for a few veteran national players, this win to close their international career was definitely a sweet one. Even sweeter is the fact that the future of Singapore basketball is certainly bright with the emergence and blossoming of their 20-year old star on the international stage.
Watch Lim Shengyu score a basket against Yi Jianlian here: