Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Basketball Tournament

From 23/6-28/6 I was at UTP. I was invited by a friend of mine to join their basketball team to play in a basketball tournament called the Spritzer Cup which is held from 26/6-28/6. I was so excited since it has been ages since I played in a basketball tournament.

So on the 24/6, my father's friend sent me to UTP. However, during the journey I was restless about one thing which is whether or not I can get into UTP. UTP is very strict in enforcing it rules and one of them is that only UTP students and staff are allowed in. In my mind I was thinking of the best way to get into UTP. Finally I decided to act like I am a student. If the guard asked me about my matric card, I would just say that I left it at home : P Luckily, the guard just let us in without any question. I was so relieved.

The next morning, our training started. It was intensive since we only have 2 days to prepare. We trained 3 times a day! Morning, evening and night. I was exhausted. This is the 1st time I've experieced such training. By night I slept like a log.
On Friday our game started with our first opponent being SERATAS Sr. At first we were not playing at our best probably because of the lack of teamwork. The slippery floor also made it worst since we are not used to it. So we had to play carefully in order to avoid injury. However during the 2nd quarter we played better and we thrashed them. I can't remember the score but I know the margin was very big. Hehehe

The next day we were up against TLDM and STAR. The match against TLDM was a close one but we won easily against STAR. We managed to limit STAR to only 7 points while we scored 34 points. Hehehe So we were the champion of the group and we were qualified to go to the 2nd round. In the 2nd round, the teams which qualifies were divided into 2 groups and only the champion of each group will be able to go to the final. The teams which obtained 2nd place in their group will be able to fight for the 3rd and 4th placing. UTP was placed with Python and Manjong. Both teams are very skilled and we knew that we have to work hard to win.

On Sunday, we had to face Python, a team comprising of ex-MCKK players. It was a very intense game. During the 1st quarter, the score was Python 8 UTP 0. We were playing badly. However, we improved during the 2nd quarter and we got even better in the 3rd quarter which they did not even managed to score. However, we failed to continue our form in the 4th quarter and hence we lost.

Our next match was against Manjong. I did not play in this match because I had to leave for KL to attend the YTN Reorientation Programme. Huhuhu UTP managed to win the game and was able to play against MCKK to fight for the 3rd place. Sadly, we lost to MCKK by a narrow margin.
So UTP obtained 4th place in the Spritzer Cup.
Eventhough we lost, I was happy because I obtained many new things in basketball which I hope I can use to improve my skill. Thx to all my friends in UTP for inviting me to join this tournament. Hope to see u and play with you again one day.