Unsung heroes

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 17 November, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 17 November, 2011, 12:00am


Name Derick Ho Ho-man
School PLK 1984 College
Grade Form Six
Sport Basketball


Derick, 17, is the captain and shooting guard of his school basketball team.

In this year's Inter-school Basketball Competition (Division One, Kowloon), PLK came second in Group A1 standings and gained a place in the semi-finals.

They will face La Salle College at 5.30pm tomorrow at Choi Hung Road Sports Centre. Derick is one of the top scorers in the inter-school competition.

He also plays for New Wild, which came second in the under-16 boys' team category of the 10 Hong Man Cup, organised by the Hong Kong Basketball Association and Leisure and Cultural Services Department.

He was selected to train with the Hong Kong under-16 basketball team last year but he quit because he had to spend too much time travelling.


'I lacked confidence in my teammates at the start of this year's inter-school competition,' Derick says.

'I knew they cared about the team but they were nervous when playing against stronger sides. But they did very well when I hurt my right knee and missed some matches. They have improved a lot and are now capable of playing at a high level.

'Our coach is Poon Chi-ho, who plays point guard for First Division league champions, Winling.

'He has coached us for six years and we have many great memories.

'Two years ago, we beat Diocesan Boys' School in the Grade B bronze medal match, although we lost to them in an earlier group stage game. We might not be able to beat La Salle [tomorrow], but I hope we can win at least a bronze medal this year, too.

'Whatever the result, we will go out for a meal with coach Poon to show our gratitude for his great work over the past six years.'

From his coach

'Derick has strong personal abilities and it would be nice if he could work more closely with his teammates. I am confident that he and his teammates would perform well in the upcoming matches,' says Poon.


'I want my team to get into the top three and qualify for the Jing Ying Tournament. It will be tough for us as we don't have many reserve players. In tomorrow's semi-final, we hope to keep a close eye on La Salle's top scorers Yee Hon-fai and Ma Ho-chun, and prevent them from scoring too many points,' says Derick.