ALTHOUGH the main focus was on the national women’s and men’s cagers at the Malaysian International Basketball Championships at the MABA Stadium recently, the modest crowd were treated to several side events in between the preliminary two matches.
The side events included a demanding three-point shooting contest with selected players from the participating teams clearing the five balls each from five different stations.
AND1-sponsored freestylist Mohd Ismadi Hamidi also had the chance to share the limelight.
The SMK Pandan Jaya Form Five student came on to show off his ball -handling skills after the Malaysian men’s team went into the half time interval in their match up against Korea Chosun University.
Ismadi admitted that he had not been training regularly because he was preparing for the SPM examination in November.
“I have been travelling as part of the team for this season’s AND1 Streetball Challenge.
From the exposure, I have gained the experience to control my temperament performing in front of the spectators. As usual, I am always excited with the opportunity,” he added.
The 17-year-old pulled off a clear display and won the spectators’ approval after completing his brief routine.
In an earlier outing to create awareness for the challenge’s grand finals scheduled at the Berjaya Times Square on Oct 25, Ismadi said the sudden heavy downpour disrupted their plans to reach out to the avid streetball followers at public courts in Petaling Jaya.
“We were disappointed that we could not mingle with the players at neighbourhood courts. It would have been a great session with former Nigerian junior cager Micheal Ogheneme and another former winner of the In Search of Freestylists Anirudh Aravind in the pack,” Ismadi said.
For the upcoming In Search of Freestylists competition, a total of 12 qualifiers have booked their places for a final showdown to vie for the top three positions from the four legs held at Summit USJ (Subang Jaya), The Zon (Johor Baru), AEON Jusco Bandar Bukit Tinggi (Klang) and Esplanade (Penang).
From the leg in Klang, seasoned campaigner Hassan Marialis suffered an upsetting climax when the organisers took a firm decision to disqualify him from moving on to the grand finals as a penalty for missing in action during the prize presentation ceremony.
Ismadi hinted that the trio of Tan Jue Hang, Tan Soon Chern and Khor Jun Feng from Penang will be among the frontrunners.
“They understand the freestyle concept well. We are hoping that they will come up with exceptional performances at the grand finals. The previous winners from Penang have definitely inspired them to scale for greater heights,” said Ismadi.
AND1 STREETBALL CHALLENGE
Venue: Berjaya Times Square
Date: Oct 25 (8am-6pm)
Categories (six): Boys’ Under-14, Boys’ Under-16, Boys’ Under-18, Men’s Under-23, Girls’ Under-18 and Open (non-Chinese)
Entry Fee: RM90 per team. Each player will receive a jersey and each team will be given a ball.
Closing Date: Oct 21
Prizes: Basketball shoes and goodies for the top three teams in each category.
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