Youth basketball tournament tips off

Fadhil Yunus

The much-anticipated Brunei Youth Cup 2020 officially tipped off with an opening ceremony at the Brunei Basketball Association Court in Batu Bersurat last night.

Six teams will vie for honours in the men’s aged 21 and below tournament namely Wolves, JCYS, Higherbeingbn, Setia Warriors, TSK and Kurapak. TSK and Wolves both set the pace in the tournament following opening-day victories over JCYS and Higherbeingbn.

TSK made a statement with a 116-57 victory while Wolves were equally dominant with a 112-60 win.

Louis Ting was a huge factor in the win after recording 18 points while team captain John Earl also contributed with 17 points.

Wolves captain Chong Kah Hou was in irresistible form after he registered 17 of his team’s 33 points in the first quarter en route to a game high of 41 points.

The participating teams in a group photo. PHOTO: FADHIL YUNUS

Meanwhile, Co-Chairman of the organising committee Darren Yap said Brunei Basketball Association’s (BBA) hopes to create a platform for the youth to encourage youth development in basketball in the country.

He said, “BBA will continue to work harder to create more platforms for the youth to compete and I hope that all the youth players will take full opportunity to play their best and also inspire others to play the sport that we love.”

The event also witnessed the reading of the player’s oath by Jeremy Lim of Setia Warriors.

The inaugural Brunei Youth Cup, organised by the BBA, allows young players to play in a competitive environment under the guidance of experienced players and coaches.

The competition continues today with Wolves – in the hunt for back-to-back wins – taking on JCYS, while Higherbeing and Setia Warriors lock horns in a later tipoff.

The men’s aged 21 and below tournament will conclude with a closing ceremony on Saturday.