Malaysia Hoops Challenge 2018 / 大马国际篮球挑战赛下周三开打！
Negeri Sembilan Basketball Association (NSBA) will be organizing the inaugural Malaysia Hoops Challenge tournament to be held at MABA Stadium, Kuala Lumpur from the 12th to 16th of September 2018.
The tournament will feature three Malaysian teams with three invited international teams.
The participating teams will be:-
- NS Matrix (Malaysia)
- KL Dragons (Malaysia)
- Red Baron (Malaysia)
- CLS Knights (Indonesia)
- Adroit Sports Association (Singapore)
- Western Australia SBL All Stars (Australia)
The tournament will be contested in a round robin format.
The schedule of games will be as follows :-
NS Matrix will feature a majority of the players that are in line to play for the National Team that are currently in preparations for the upcoming second round of 2021 FIBA Asia Cup Pre Qualifiers scheduled for November 2018.
According to Dato Tiger Lee, president of NSBA, the team will feature guest import players, Anthony Walker (U.S.A) and Jeff Viernes (Philippines) . National team captain, Kuek Tian Yuan will not be playing due to injury. The tournament will serve as part of the preparations for the pre qualifiers and the team will try their best to keep minimal dependence on the import players for the tournament
The KL Dragons will be using the tournament as part of pre season preparations for ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) and will feature import players Chris Eversley (U.S.A) and Michael Karena (New Zealand). The tournament will also be their new head coach, Jamie Pearlman’s first coaching assignment
Red Baron, fresh from winning an International Invitational Tournament in Xiamen, China, will feature a line up of young local players together with resident import, Daniel Eves (Canada) as well as guest imports, Freddie Goldstein (Thailand/USA) and Sammy Monroe (USA)
CLS Knights Indonesia will feature an all local line up in their preparations for the upcoming ABL season.
Singapore Adroit will feature Singapore National Team players, Wong Wei Long, Leon Kwek and Toh Qin Huang together with import players, Jalen Robinson and Drelan Tripplett, both from U.S.A.
The Prestige Honda Melville WA SBL Select Team will comprise of the best players from the State Basketball League, a semi professional basketball league based in Western Australia.
MABA extends our invitation to all basketball fans to come down to MABA Stadium to enjoy the games and support your favorite teams and players.
Tickets will be on sale at MABA Stadium for RM10.00 per day with free admission for 12 years old and below.