Boys' Jing Ying champions Ying Wa College, Tuen Mun champs CCC Tam Lee Lai Fun Memorial Secondary School (TLLF), Kowloon's top side Newman College, and Shatin's Immaculate Heart of Mary College have been seeded for the Basketball Marathon which begins later this month. This means they will avoid each other until the semi-finals. The competition, which starts at the Harbour Road Sports Centre in Wanchai on June 30, will be staged on a knockout basis. There will be four groups, with the winner of each group advancing to the playoffs (semi-finals). The champions will be decided in the final on July 9. The eight-day tournament will see the best girls' and boys' teams from Hong Kong, Kowloon and the six New Territories districts battle it out for the coveted honour of overall champions. In the girls' category, Jing Ying champions TLLF are surprisingly not seeded. The seeded teams are Ying Wa Girls' School, Jockey Club Ti-I College, Ju Ching Chu Secondary School (Kwai Chung) and Heep Yunn School. Ti-I College and TLLF clashed in the girls' final of the 2004/05 Jing Ying tournament last December. Ying Wa Girls' School were semi-finalists. Among the boys, Newman will be hoping to improve on their performance at the Jing Ying event, where they lost to TLLF in the semi-finals. Newman's 15-member squad includes three Hong Kong junior team members. In the Kowloon inter-school league, matches against arch rivals Ying Wa College and Diocesan Boys' School (DBS) provided the real test for Newman. Newman won both games, but Ying Wa were the Jing Ying champions. Ying Wa's star player, Cheng Kam-hing, clinched the victory with a dramatic, last-second jump-shot. In last year's Basketball Marathon, TLLF stunned the defending champions, Newman, in the semi-finals and then beat a strong Ying Wa College in the final. DBS will look to ace three-point shooter, Law Yi-ting, 17, for inspiration. He has been included in the Hong Kong squad for the upcoming Kung Shueng Cup. Nearly 1,000 students watched the Jing Ying competition and the Marathon should be an equally great spectacle.