| James Kon |
THE Brunei Basketball Association (BBA) in collaboration with the Belait District Basketball Association and Tutong Basketball will host the first-ever National Basketball League, starting on April 6, to enhance basketball development among youth in Brunei Darussalam.
The new national league, which will replace the Inter-District Basketball Tournament, will feature Men and Women categories. Six teams will compete in the Men’s category – Brunei-Muara ‘A’, Brunei-Muara ‘B’, Temburong, Tutong, Belait and Seria, while four teams will compete in the Women’s category – Brunei-Muara, Temburong, Tutong and Belait.
According to BBA, the national league will feature the ‘home and away’ format, which will see teams play against each other twice. This format has never been used in the Inter-District Basketball Tournament before. Games will be played in Brunei-Muara, Belait and Tutong districts.
“The main purpose of introducing the ‘home and away’ feature into the national league is to provide basketball fans in other districts the opportunity to support their home district team,” said Organising Chairman of National Basketball League Lim Fung.
“The ‘home and away’ format will also provide better collaboration between basketball associations and their officials,” he added.
The National Basketball League will focus on providing exposure to young basketball players. Team Brunei-Muara ‘B’ will be mainly represented by players aged below 20.
A tryout session for Brunei-Muara ‘A’ and ‘B’ teams will be held at the BBA Basketball Court in Batu Bersurat on March 9 at 7pm. Citizens and permanent residents are invited to attend.