LAVIN Raj proved he’s capable of playing for Singapore’s seniors’ team as he gave his squad a huge lift in its first victory in the Southeast Asian Basketball Association (Seaba) Championship - an 85-32 decision over Myanmar on Tuesday.
A year over the age limit for the Seaba Under-16 tournament, the Singaporean-Malaysian big man, who turns 17 on June 27, finally saw action after riding the bench the last three games, putting up 19 points, six rebounds, and three blocks in just 20 minutes.
“It feels good,” Raj said. “I've been training hard for this. At first, I was disappointed that I didn't play, but now, after playing, I feel more confident.”
But had he been eligible to play for the U-16 team, Raj could’ve gotten plenty of playing time and given the squad a boost as it has yet to a get win in two games.
Now the youngest player in the seniors’ tournament, the burly 6-foot-7 slotman showed he can mix it up with his older counterparts.
“(It feels) definitely a lot better because the older guys are much quicker, much stronger, and jump higher. But I've been trying to adapt.”
“I'm hoping to play the same way I did today,” the soft-spoken big man added.