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Monday, August 3, 2015

Slam dunk success on the cards

Aiming to be better: Coaching clinic participants honing their shooting skills under the watchful eye of Tan. 
THE 10th edition of the upcoming AND1 3x3 Streetball Challenge 2015 at Penang Times Square is attracting not only Penangites but also enthusiasts from other states.

Half of the teams registered so far are from Perlis, Kedah and Perak and the organiser has limited the entries to 200 teams. Freelance basketball coach Tan Chee Wan said young cagers from Kulim, Alor Setar, Kubang Pasu, Ipoh, Krian and Kangar have confirmed their participation.

“They have chartered buses to come to Penang for the competition. Most of them are players from MVP Basketball Academy,” he said before conducting a coaching clinic at SJK (C) Yang Cheng in Teluk Kumbar, Penang, recently.

“Good players possess not only skills but show the right temperament during competitions. In this way, they grow to become better players.”

A total of 42 players took part in the coaching session which was conducted ahead of the AND1 3x3 Streetball Challenge to be held at the Penang Times Square on Aug 15.

The session began with a warm-up drill. Then, the players were given pointers on ball handling, dribbling, passing and landing on one foot following a lay-up. Tan said he tried to conduct his training in an interesting manner so the players would get hooked to the game.Two certified coaches Ooi Jun Kai and Bryan Loh helped him.

SK Sacred Heart student G.M. Vicknesh, 14, said the training session under Tan was an eye-opener. “His approach is very different. You won’t feel tired or bored because most of the running is already incorporated into part of the drills,” he said.

Organised by W.O.S. World of Sports (M) Sdn Bhd, the competition will be divided into four categories — Boys’ Under-12, Boys’ Under-15, Boys’ Under-18 and Men’s Under-21.Registration fee is at RM90 per team and each player will receive a Spalding jersey and a Spalding basketball on the event day.

Each streetball team will play at least twice in a round robin of three teams in the preliminary rounds. The top three winners in each category will walk away with World of Sports vouchers worth RM900, RM600 and RM300 respectively.

The one-day event will also feature ‘In Search of Streetballer Competition’, ‘StarMetro Slam Dunk Competition’, ‘Best Shooter Competition’ and lucky draw with limited edition products of AND1.

Penang Times Square is hosting the second leg after the first at IOI Mall, Puchong, last month.Next up will be a leg at Sutera Mall, Johor, in September and the grand final in Kuala Lumpur in November.

For the grand finals, the top three free- stylists from each leg will be invited to battle for the AND1 streetballer title which will come with a RM3,000 contract along with merchandise.

Entry forms can be obtained at Hoops Station in Penang Times Square, Sports Town in Gurney Plaza, CWA Marketing (M) Sdn Bhd in Siam Road and Studio Life Habitat in Megamal Pinang, Butterworth. The competition is sanctioned by Malaysia Basketball Association.

StarMetro is the official media partner of the tournament, Milo is the official beverage sponsor, Spalding is the official ball partner and Penang Times Square is the official venue sponsor.The closing date for registration is Aug 8.

News source: The Star Online

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