Defending champions CCC Kwei Wah Shan College (KWS) retained their title with a 56-45 win over Chong Gene Hang College (CGH) in the final of the A-grade Inter-school Basketball Competition (Division One - Hong Kong Island) at Southorn Stadium on Saturday. KWS were crowned champions for the eighth time in a row.
KWS dominated almost the entire game, thanks to their strong defence. KWS coach Yung Kam-wah said both zonal and man-to-man defence worked well for the team.
The victory was sweet revenge for KWS' loss to CGH earlier this season, Yung added. CGH edged out KWS 37-35 in a preliminary round game on October 28 at Ap Lei Chau Sports Centre.
KWS star Michael John Uchechukwu, 18, said their motion offence - using your movement to make a breakthrough - put them in a dominant position on Saturday. "I worked well with another centre, Wong Wai-ki, in executing the game plan which mainly focused on motion offence. Our height was another advantage which helped us overpower our opponents' defence," said Michael.
Team captain Chu Ho-man, 18, said they successfully used several strategies. "Each week we have five, three-hour training sessions that focus on strategies and stamina. We've also become more determined now," Ho-man said.
Ho-man said they would train hard for the All Hong Kong Schools Jing Ying Basketball Tournament starting this month.
He expected Diocesan Boys' School to pose the toughest test to his team at the competition.
"It will be especially difficult playing against Yang Ricky and Chan Yee-fu as their pace is astonishing. Their physical strength is also a big advantage," he said.
Who is your favourite athlete?
Taiwanese basketball player Lin Chih-chieh, who is now playing for Zhejiang Lions in the Chinese Basketball Association. I like his explosive power and the way he handles challenges. He's also humble and nice to his fans.
What drink would you never give up?
Pocari Sweat. I need it when I play basketball.
Imagine you're a famous athlete. What company would you sign-on as a spokesperson for and what product would you promote?
Nike. Its sports wear and gear are tailor-made for basketball players.
What is your favourite song?
The Script's Hall of Fame. The song reminds me to train hard and stay focused.