THE 2003 NIKE Youth Basketball League is in full swing at Southorn Stadium in Wan Chai, and this year fans and players are loving the game more than ever before. Matches are all scheduled in the evening and the timetable stretches over three weeks instead of just two as in previous years. Many more fans are watching the games in comparison to last summer. Last year, some games were held in an empty arena during the daytime but now the earliest match is at 4pm and the action runs through until about 10pm. For round-one games last Thursday night, the stadium was half full - more than organisers had expected. 'It's because the games are later in the day, so friends and family of the players can come and watch after work,' said one young spectator surnamed Lam. The league features eight under-19 teams and six under-16 boys sides, and there are four under-19 girls teams. In boys under-19 last week, two sides tipped for the championship match on August 10 clashed in regular season play. Team Foamposite pipped Team Air Max 66-64. The majority of players in the Team Foamposite side are from Tuen Mun, and their point guard Hung Kin-leung, 18, said half had known each other since childhood. 'We have a great team spirit - we have a great chance to win the title,' said Kin-leung, a Hong Kong junior national team squad member. But Team Air Max put the defeat down to poor form. 'We can beat them next time - we know we can,' said forward So Wai-chun, 17, from Sha Tin. 'Our bench players showed poor concentration today - next time it will be different,' said So. Look out for more Nike League news this week in Young Post.