Basketball team conducts coaching programme

The KL Dragons kept their promise and organised a three-day coaching programme at the MABA Stadium in Kuala Lumpur recently.

The KL Dragons, after their impressive fourth finishing in the inaugural Asean Basketball League (ABL) last year, wanted to do their part in the promotion and development of basketball at grassroots.

The three-day clinic, headed by Filipino Paul Daniel Advincula and KL Dragon head coach Goh Cheng Huat, was a follow-up to a series of coaching programme conducted in the Klang Valley.

Malaysian Basketball Association (MABA) coaches committee chairman Wee Cheong Phor said nine schools in the Klang Valley were involved in the programme.

“Our coaches and players went to the schools to conduct the coaching clinic. About 30 juniors were invited for the three day programme,’’ said Cheong Phor.

Paul, who is in charge of a basketball academy in Klang, said the participants, all in the Under-18 age group, were given an insight on the basics involved in basketball.

“Almost all of them are actively playing for their school in age group competitions. So, it was not difficult for us to communicate with them.

“The participants showed a lot enthusiasm and we are convinced that they had benefited from this stint,’’ said Paul.

The focus was on footwork, dribbling, passing, shooting, handling of the ball and jumping . The participants were also briefed on the importance of nutrition and strength.

Besides classroom sessions, the participants were also given the opportunity to display their skills during the drills.

“There was a lot of target practice as basketball is about scoring points. If you don’t score then you cannot win,’’ added Paul.

Cheong Phor advised the participants to continue training as KL Dragons would be conducting follow up programmes.

“We would like to see the participants making progress and represent their schools as well as districts,’’ said Cheong Phor.

KL Dragons will start preparations for the new ABL season next month.

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