BINY BOUNCES BACK TO TAKE CHAMPIONSHIP
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They say winner takes it all, loser takes a fall and after falling to A Ball 2 in Game 1 of the DL AAA-Premiere Championship, Team Biny did not want to fall again and become another one of those teams who blew it all by having a loss to give in the Finals only to lose two games to the team with one loss, thus ensuring themselves of humiliation for at least one off-season and years of torturous taunts from friends, families, and foes who would assuredly tell them every opportunity they had, “You choked!”
With a 51-40 win, Team Biny reversed their fortunes from Game 1, saved face, and sewed up what is captain/GM Rich Cheng’s first ever championship in anything he’s ever participated in. The only other time RC ever has come close to winning was a spelling bee in the 3rd grade, but he lost to a girl named Lizette Aquino who would go on to represent her county in nationals, making RC nothing but a distant runner-up.
Well, kick dirt in his face no more, Rich Cheng is a champion.
What was the difference in this game?
Well, that’s as easy as spelling M-O-Y and O-N T-I-M-E.
First, being on time. It’s a well documented fact that when and if Eden Chuang chooses to come to play, and do so on time, chances are fabulous that Biny will win. He is the scatback that makes this team go and in Game 1, he arrived around halftime, and that just wasn’t going to help anyone’s cause in terms of winning. He shot 2/9 after he entered the game, finished with 5 points, and incurred the wrath of Biny Nation who had pinned all their hopes and dreams on the Canadian Kid to carry them to their first title.
The OG 3 who have endured many losing seasons before this chip.
Check it: he was in warm-ups for this game, worked himself into a lather, and finished with 15 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists. He was most certainly the motor that made the team go and with him in there from the start, Biny had an entirely different look than they did in the last game. It’s not too far from, say Team Tiger Woods playing without Tiger Woods in the US Open. It just ain’t the same.
Two, Moy boy, who was en fuego in Game 1 – he wrote 42 points all over Biny’s foreheads - was not fuego in Game 2. He was 16/29 in Game 1 and had 8 triples, but only 7/21 in Game 2 along with a donut in the 3 department, going 0/9. There is night and day and there is Game 1 and Game 2 for Jeff Moy. He led AB2 in scoring and had the green light all night, but he wasn’t making the most of his opportunities and that’s simply how the ball bounces sometimes. Biny didn’t make any huge adjustments defensively and Moy had tons of open looks. They just weren’t going in. As a team, AB2 went 1/19 from downtown. Eghads.
Nothing was more offensive than AB2’s 1/12 3rd quarter when they netted just 2 points and watched a 26-24 halftime lead turn into a 35-28 deficit when the 4th started. Biny didn’t scorch the nets in the decisive frame (just 2/11), but they made free throws when it mattered most (11/15 in the 4th) and used a 15-4 run to close the game out after it was tied at 36 with 6:20 left.
Kudos too to Jason Chan for boarding the hell out of the ball, Chris Di for a 14, 12 double double, Jeff Fang for 11, 8, 3, and 2 despite pulling an Eden and arriving late, and to Carson Yiu for playing a heady game, pulling his guys together despite fouling out with 3 minutes left and the game still in the balance.
Congratulations - Team Biny has captured the championship, taken it all, and now Rich Cheng can finally tell Lizette Aquino to take her spelling bee ribbon and shove it.
2009 Winter/Spring AAA-Premiere Champions - Team Biny; L to R: C. Yiu, J. Chan, R. Cheng, C. Di, E. Chuang, J. Fang.