Double delight for Hong Kong

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 22 April, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 22 April, 2008, 12:00am

Local boys' and girls' teams clinch basketball titles at schools interport competition in Macau

Hong Kong's boys and girls were crowned champions at the Interport Secondary Schools Basketball Championships held in Macau from March 28 to 31.

Hong Kong boys drew first blood, beating Guangdong easily, 72-54, on the first day. The match against Fujian the following day was much tougher.

'Fujian had an advantage as they have three boys over two metres tall. We have one, Lau Tung-leung,' said boys' coach Chan Hui-leung.

'We were leading by just one point in the first quarter and Fujian fought back in the second. The teams were level in the third quarter but we finally managed to win 59-57.

'Both Cheung Wai-hong and Choi Chi-hung performed well. Cheung was a good captain and our leading scorer. I have seen improvements in his game during this competition.'

Cheung added: 'This is the first time I have represented Hong Kong in a regional competition. I'm happy that we have managed to bring glory to Hong Kong.

'I felt the pressure in the match against Macau. Every time we took a shot at the basket, we could hear boos from the crowd.'

Despite the intimidating atmosphere, Hong Kong defeated Macau 69-62 to win the championship. 'We are all very excited with the good result,' said coach Chan.

The route to the championship was easier for Hong Kong's girls. They comfortably beat the hosts Macau 70-31 in their opening game. This was followed by another easy game against Guangdong who were thrashed 78-22.

'The opponents were weaker than we expected,' said girls' coach, Yum Ming-man. 'Although some of the strongest and experienced players couldn't play, the girls performed steadily to win the crown.

'Most of our players are new and inexperienced. I'm very pleased with their performance.

'There's still room for improvement, however. They were not aggressive enough and they didn't do very well in defence.

'The overall performance was good, however. Wong Ki-ki did well. She has worked hard in both training and competition ever since she was appointed captain.

Lam Ka-ying has improved a lot, too.'

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