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Thursday July 28, 2011

MABA pledge to keep the NBL going from next year

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysia Basketball Association (Maba) have expressed regret over the National Basketball League’s (NBL) organisers’ decision to pull the plug on the tournament.

Maba, however, have promised to step in next year to keep the tournament alive.

NBL commissioner Tan Kee Hian announced last Sunday, after the final match, that they would take a break from the privately-owned national league “after 10 years of struggling to keep the league afloat due to the lack of sponsors and teams”.

There were only four teams in this year’s NBL – Miri Firehorse, Perak Farmcochem, KL Dragons and Singapore Siglap. Firehorse beat Farmcochem 74-73 in the final to emerge as champions.

“It’s a shame that the organisers have decided to pull out because the NBL has been one of the best platforms for local basketball talents to develop their skills,” said Maba deputy president Datuk Tan Kang Yong.

“However, Maba will not allow the league to just end like this and we will try our best to organise the NBL next year.”

Meanwhile Kang Yong, who is also president of the Malacca BA, was present at the launch of the draw for the National Under-18 Junior Basketball Championships, which will be held in Malacca from Aug 27-Sept 3.

This year’s meet has attracted 13 boys’ teams and 11 girls’ teams, with Selangor looking to defend both titles.

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