PETALING JAYA: The men’s and women’s national basketball teams will compete against some of the best professional and university teams in China, Taiwan, Japan and Australia to prepare for the SEA Games in the Philippines in November.
The women’s team, who will be defending their SEA Games gold, will have a particularly tough time taking on China Fujian and Fo Guang University at the Malaysian International Basketball Invitational from Oct 22-27 at the Maba Stadium.
China Fujian are a professional team in the Women’s Chinese Basketball Association (WCBA) and Fo Guang University are reigning Chinese University Basketball Association (CUBA) champions.
Taiwanese professional team Chunghwa Telecom and Tohoku Gakuin University of Japan will make up the four-team line-up in the women’s invitational.
The men’s team will be up against Xiamen University from China and two teams from Australia – Wah Chin Kings and ACBA Dragons.
Taiwanese professional team Formosa Dreamers and local team Westports Malaysia Dragons will complete the six-team competition in the men’s invitational.
Malaysian Basketball Association (Maba) International Basketball Invitational tournament chief coordinator Sim Leong Kun said the teams invited to the league were chosen because they will provide stiff competition for the national cagers.
“The invitational is for our teams to make sure they are ready to play a high level of basketball so that when they go to Manila, they will be prepared,” said Leong Kun.
“It’s not going to be easy for the teams to win any of those matches, so they have to be at their best in order for them to get a result.”