Teen star Lavin Raj provides spark off bench as Singapore smothers Myanmar for first Seaba win
Lavin Raj, who turns 17 next month, had 19 points off the bench to give Singapore its first win in Seaba. Jerome Ascano

SINGAPORE unleashed a new weapon – looking like it came from its Under-16 team – as it overwhelmed Myanmar, 85-32, to barge into the win column of the 2017 Southeast Asian Basketball Association (Seaba) Championship on Tuesday.

Lavin Raj, who won’t turn 17 until next month, played his first game of the tournament, providing a huge spark off the bench as he finished 19 points, six boards, and three blocks in 20 minutes to lead the Singaporeans to their first win in four games.

Lyon Chia, Leon Kwek, and Wen Cheok also scored in twin digits for Singapore, which kept the Burmese winless after four outings.

But it was the Singapore bench that carried the offensive load, outscoring their Burmese counterparts, 56-12.

Singapore had the luxury to give their bench plenty of exposure, especially, Raj, the young 6-foot-7 big man whose last point gave his team its biggest lead at 85-31.


The scores:

SINGAPORE 85 – Raj 19, Chia 12, Cheok 11, Kwek 11, Tan 8, Y. Lim 6, Wong 5, J. Lim 4, H. Ng 4, J. Ng 3, Liew 2

MYANMAR 32 – Wana 11, Thein H 11, Sei 3, Zaya 2, Tin 2, Kaung 2, Aung MP 1, Aung PW 0, Wai 0, Sai 0, Thein TO 0, Thant 0

Quarterscores: 22-5, 44-9, 63-26, 85-32

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