Budding Michael Jordans have a chance to hone their skills by competing in the annual adidas Streetball Challenge organised by the Hong Kong Basketball Association and the Leisure and Cultural Services Department. The contest will be held between April 8 and 9 at MacPherson Soccer Pitch. There will be six categories in the three-on-three basketball competition: men's and ladies' open; men's and ladies' 19 and under; boys' 16 and under; and the newly introduced men's super - for division A1 teams only. Yung Man-tak and Poon Chi- ho were in last year's men's 19 and under winning team, Winling. The team also won the Asian Championship held in Taiwan last year. Have played basketball for six years, 19-year-old Man-tak said he would join the challenge again this year. 'I love the challenge and the team spirit, and I get satisfaction from the game,' he said. Man-tak played almost 10 hours per day when he first discovered the game. 'Basketball occupied all my spare time when I was in Form Two. I had just discovered the joy of the game and I wanted to improve as fast as I could. 'Now I play about three hours at a time, three times a week.' He advised beginners to spend more time on basic skills such as dribbling, shooting and defending. Man-tak's hero is Philadelphia's all-rounder Allen Iverson. His current goal is to win this year's competition and represent Hong Kong in the Streetball Asian Championship again. To achieve this, he will spend more time practising dribbling and shooting. Chi-ho, 18, who has been playing the game for six years, said the basketball court was a place to challenge oneself and make friends. 'Basketball is a form of communication,' the fifth former said. 'With the game, you can eas ily make new friends and team up with others for competitions. 'And it is a good topic to start conversations.' To prepare for the challenge, he will work out at the gym and practise middle distant shooting more. 'Energy is crucial,' he said. 'If you and your opponents have the same skills, energy will decide the game.' The team have taken on two new members this year - Tam Wai-yeung, 17, and Lai Yiu-yan, 18. Contest organisers are expecting about 450 applications. Prizes totalling $100,000 are on offer. The winning team will take part in the adidas Streetball Asian Final which will be held in the Philippines later this year. Application forms are available from the Hong Kong Basketball Association; Leisure and Cultural Services Department; and adidas City Chain, Marathon, GigaSports shops. The deadline for applications is March 18.