STREETBALL CHALLENGE: Association aims to promote the game and scout for talents
GEORGE TOWN: AFTER a successful five-leg 1st 3-on-3 Streetball Challenge, with PSDC as the title sponsor last year, the Penang Basketball Association (PBA) kicked-off the second three-leg series with D'nonce as the title sponsor for this year.
More than 100 teams participated in the first leg of the D'nonce-Penang Basketball Association 3-on-3 Streetball Challenge Trophy at the Municipal Council Youth Park in Jalan Air Terjun near here recently.
PBA president Ooi Khoon Yeong said the objectives of the competition were to encourage and promote the sport among youngsters and to keep teenagers away from undesirable activities and unhealthy habits.
He said it was also the association's aspiration that basketball becomes a sport every one plays irrespective of age or race.
He said the competition will also help the association scout for new talent.
Meanwhile, Sport Pro Marketing Sdn Bhd marketing director Oon Phei San said the mode of play for this year has been changed with players playing on a full court instead of the usual under-sized court.
"This format is welcomed by most of the players as it provides a better opportunity for all the players. It also provides an equal chance to the shorter players," Phei San, a former state and national player, said.
The series was jointly organised by PBA and Sports Pro Marketing Sdn Bhd with D'nonce the title sponsor and Sunrise Paper (M) Sdn Bhd as the co-organiser while OCBC Bank, Pallas, Isonic, Kaffa and B-suite Hotel are the partnership sponsors. Penang Island Municipal Council was the venue sponsor.
Meanwhile, defending champions Universiti Sains Malaysia 'A', playing in the Women's Open category, were in their element throughout the competition, as they out-classed AMFI-TKG for the second consecutive time. The Penang under graduates thrashed their opponents 7-2.
At the final leg of the five-leg tournament last year, the USM lasses defeated AMFI 10-1.
Last year, the USM girls played in the inaugural and final competitions, winning both.
The top three teams in the Men's Open category received RM600, RM450 and RM300 respectively, while the top three in all other categories received RM480, RM360 and RM240.
Other prizes included Pallas vouchers worth RM600, RM400 and RM200 for the champions, first and second runners-up respectively and goodies for the top three teams.
Other attractions at the competition included shooting and Slam Dunk competitions.
Lucky draw prizes included an Isonic 32" LCD television set, two B-Suite Room vouchers, three RM300 Nike cash vouchers, 10 Pallas shoes, three Molten GE7 basketballs and mobile phones.
The second leg of the challenge is scheduled for June at the Auto City in Juru.
RESULTS -- Boys' Under-14 3rd-4th: Kaffa 'A' 7 Noobies 3; Final: Magic Clan 5 Racing Boy 4; Under-16 -- 3rd-4th: Kaffa Youngsters 9 Ping Thye 3; Final: Yobo Youngsters 4 Chung Ling Private High School 3; Under-18 -- 3rd-4th: Lemon Tree 2 Toy World 1; Final: Bridge Just For Fun (2) 9 Just For Fun (1) 5; Men's Open -- 3rd-4th: Stallion 6 ZX 5; Final: Washinoobka 5 Sunrise Youngsters 4.
Women's Open -- 3rd-4th: AMFI-Heng Ee 3 Uinversiti Sains Malaysia 'B' 2; Final: Universiti Sains Malaysia 'A' 7 AMFI-TKG 2.
Shooting Competition Men: 1 Chow Chun (Ghost), 2 Ooi Wu Thorn (Kaffa Youngsters), 3 Ch'ng Chia Siang (Z Killer).
Women: 1 Toh Jia Shin (Heng Ee), 2 Toh Wei Fang (Sungai Ara), 3 H'ng Yin Mun (USM 'A').
Slam Dunk Competition: 1 CJ-SKH Basketball Club, 2 Lim Boon Pin (Stallion), 3 Tan Chee Keong (Stallion).