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Malaysia fix sights on basketball medal in Sea Games

by September 12, 2016 General

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 12 — The Malaysia Basketball Association (Maba) and Westports Malaysia Dragons have pledged to work closely to prepare the national team to secure at least a medal at the upcoming 2017 Sea Games in Kuala Lumpur.

Both parties will work together to strengthen the men’s and women’s national teams and generate sponsorship to help fund the teams’ trainings and exposure games overseas, Maba president Datuk Lua Choon Hann said.

Lua said as part of the team’s preparation, recently re-appointed national head coach Goh Cheng Huat has led an experimental team filled with national players to the Philippines to play in the Philippines Basketball Association Development (PBA-D) League.

“Overall from this tournament, Cheng Huat said the team had gained valuable experience, improving their team chemistry, gameplay and players’ skills,” Lua said in a statement today.

“Next programme for the men’s national team is the 2016 Merlion Cup in Singapore from September 21-25, followed by the FIBA Asia Champions Cup in Chenzhou-Hunan, China, from October 8-16.

“The Merlion Cup will see the team face off with bitter rivals Singapore Slingers including reputable teams from other countries such as Mighty Sports (Philippines), Kinmen Kaoling Liquor (Taiwan), Seoul Samsung Thunder (South Korea) and Shanghai Sharks (China), owned by former NBA star Yao Ming.”

It was followed by the signing of a memorandum of understanding between Lua and Dragons’ co-founder and deputy president, Ruben Emir Gnanalingam in early July this year. — Bernama