Tri-series finals tied at one game each

Pepsi ‘A’ league title goes down to the wire on March 25

A-League: Jaguar’s dream of winning the Pepsi “A” league took a huge blow when Jachungs stole the second match of the three-series games 81-77, taking the finals into a third and deciding match at the swimming complex yesterday.

After a comfortable win (87-74) in the first game on Saturday against the number four seed Jachungs, Jaguars seemed to be on top of their game.  Knocking out the number one seed Phojas in the semis, Jaguars were the favourites to lift the trophy this year.

Sonam Tshering, the lead scorer of team Jaguar, said that there was a lack of teamwork between the players. “Our defense was weak today, and we paid the price for that,” he said. “We’ll try our best to win the deciding game on Wednesday.”

In the first three quarters, it was the Jaguars who took the lead, making it seem like another comfortable  Jaguar victory.

But Jachungs took the lead in the last quarter of the game with three huge three-pointers from Nima, and then held on to their lead.

Jaguars fought hard, trying to bring down the deficit of three points in the final minutes of the game.  With six seconds on the clock, Jaguars were dribbling up the floor to try and tie, but Jachung’s Lhendup stole the ball away and passed it to Kinley Dhendup, who, for the last basket, beating the buzzer, which sealed the victory for the fourth seeds.

With one win each, team Jachung and Jaguars will play for the title in the deciding match on Wednesday March 25 at the swimming pool complex.

By Younten Tshedup

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