Brunei Pegasus will start the All-Star Gear Up games against Team Miller of the United States at the Brunei Basketball Association (BBA) Court in Batu Bersurat tonight and tomorrow at 8pm.
“This is the time for us to build chemistry between our local players and imports. This is part of the preparation for the team. We will learn from each other and be competitive,” Brunei Pegasus head coach Jade Padrigao told a press conference yesterday.
Brunei Pegasus players include Darren Yap, Ahmad Termizi Haji Noordeen, Masduqi Haji Hussin, Lim Liang Wei, Gideon Fong, Kel Hung, William Ching and Marcus Lim. Other players are Ralph Borja Jr and Takumi Shioga.
Team captain Darren Yap said, “It has always been a dream of many basketball players including myself to compete in a high level. For me, it’s the love for basketball that I want to be much a part of it as possible.”
Team Miller will feature Willie Miller, Raymond Miller, Sameen Swint and Michael Clark Jr. They will play alongside players from sponsors’ teams against Brunei Pegasus, who are boosted by the arrivals of foreign players – Roider Cabrera and ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) champion Patrick Cabahug, who are from the Philippines as well as Pavle Cevtinovic from Serbia.
Leo Avenido, the ABL’s Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, has not arrived in Brunei and will not play in the exhibition games.
Willie Miller said, “This will be a practice game for Brunei Pegasus. It will be a serious game for us. We hope that we will win.
“The Brunei Pegasus look forward to this two-day all-star event and our preparation for the Thailand Basketball League next week. The team as a whole will learn as much as we can from these experiences and hope to elevate the sport of basketball in Brunei.”
Meanwhile, in honour of the late great basketball star Kobe Bryant, players in tonight’s All-Star Gear Up games will start the game with a 24-second shot clock violation that matches Kobe’s jersey number while he was at Los Angeles Lakers.