| James Kon |
IN PREPARATION for the upcoming Borneo City Cup 2014, the Brunei national men basketball team played its first tune-up match against an all-Filipinos team and cruised to an easy 118-75 win yesterday.
From the match, newly-appointed national basketball coach Nomar Angeles Isla managed to look at the team’s performance to further improve the team and highlighted the team’s advantage is that everyone can contribute in scoring.
After the match, Nomar said: “From the tune-up game, we can see that every player can contribute in the offence. Each member of the team managed to score at least five points and was able to run a number of fast break thanks to full court press strategy.”
On defence, he said: “The team played satisfactorily and we will look to improve on the defence in training and upcoming matches.”
“The game is not a real assessment of what to expect of the team for the Borneo City Cup. We will need more tune-up games to look at the weaknesses,” Nomar added.
Speaking on the team, he said: “They possess good attitude and young talent. They will be ready for the Borneo City Cup as long as they work hard together and cooperate. We don’t want a one-star player team, we want to build a balanced team where everyone can contribute.”
“We are currently on the right track. The players are working hard and I am happy with their high level of commitment. This is thanks to the collective support of not only the players but also the parents of the players and the Brunei Basketball Association as well as the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports,” Nomar stressed.
In the Borneo Cup, he said we will play our best for the pride of the nation.
The upcoming Borneo City Cup 2014 to be hosted by Brunei Darussalam from Oct 24-26 will see teams from Kota Kinabalu, Miri and Labuan participating in the competition.