| James Kon |
TO further promote basketball among students in the Sultanate, Jerudong International School (JIS) will tip off the JIS Basketball League for U15 and U19 from Feb 24 to March 1 at the basketball courts of the school.
In its seventh year, this year’s JIS basketball league comes under the coordination of Ali Temmar, the JIS basketball coach assisted by Philip May, both are hoping to help build local basketball talents through the tournament.
For U19 Group A, there are SMSS U19, Maktab Duli team, JIS U19 and St Andrew’s U19 while in Group B are JIS ‘A’ U19, St George’s U19, ISB U19 and Maktab Sains U19.
The U15 Group A comprised of JIS ‘A’ U15, Maktab Sains U15, St George’s U15 and SMSS U15 while in Group B are ISB U15, JIS ‘B’ U19, SMJA and St Andrew’s U15.
Temmar said although Brunei has a small population, the country has lots of potential to become a great nation in basketball.
“There are many Bruneians who are interested in basketball. We have a very good opportunity to build great players by training at a young age to get
good fundamental skills into the players.”
One of the top players to look out for is Marcus Quirk. The 14-year-old JIS player is 6’2 and is currently training with the U21 national team.
On Feb 24, the opening ceremony will commence at 3.30pm and the matches will tip off at 4pm in three basketball courts simultaneously.
The U15 matches will see JIS ‘A’ versus Maktab Sains while ISB will face JIS ‘B’ and St George’s will take on SMSS at 4pm. At 5.15pm, the U19 matches will begin with SMSS playing against Matab Duli and JIS ‘A’ versus St George’s and JIS ‘B’ take on St Andrew’s.