A young player being taught ball handling skills during the training session at SJK (C) Wen Khai in Batu Maung.
GOOD technique will help cagers make a difference in any closely contested 3-on-3 basketball match.
Penang Basketball Association coach Tan Chee Wan said that while teamwork was key in conventional 5-on-5 basketball matches, individual brilliance was vital when it came to 3-on-3 basketball, commonly known as streetball.
“The pace is fast and furious and we see a lot of man-marking.
“A lapse of concentration can prove fatal.
“But with a few tricks up their sleeves, players who are skilful can break down a tight defence or even take a shot from afar.
“This is why mastering the basics is so important.
“With good ball handling techniques coupled with exposure to competitive matches, one can go far in this sport,” he said when contacted.
Tan had just conducted two coaching clinics at Tenby International School in Tanjung Bungah and SJK (C) Wen Khai in Batu Maung.
More than 60 players at the clinics were put through the warm-up drill.
Soon after that, the players were given pointers on ball handling, dribbling, passing and landing on one foot following a lay-up.
The sessions were held ahead of the Penang leg of the second Spalding 3X3 Basketball Challenge at Straits Quay this Saturday.
The tournament is expected to feature 200 teams from Penang, Kedah, Perlis and Perak.
Organised by W.O.S. World of Sports (M) Sdn Bhd, the competition will feature the Boys’ Under-12, 14, 16 and 18 categories.
The top four teams in each category will walk away with medals and Hoops Station cash vouchers worth RM900, RM600, RM300 and RM150.
Besides the tournament proper, side events during the break will include four-tier skill, shooting and slam dunk competitions.
Budding cagers, who are confident enough to show off their skills, can challenge each other for Nestle Milo hampers and the StarMetro Slam Dunk trophy.
Malaysia Basketball Association sanctioned the grassroots tournament while The Star is the official media.
Nestle Milo is the official beverage while the venue sponsor is Straits Quay. Prizes are sponsored by Hoops Station.
After Puchong and Penang, the challenge will continue in Johor in September before concludingin November with the Grand Final in Kuala Lumpur where the champions of the categories from earlier legs will fight it out.
For more details, visit Spalding Malaysia on Facebook.
Alternatively, call Thomas (016-3081005) or Tan (019-4486190).