kl dragons

When I was a little kid, I was fat and short. I still am, but that’s digressing. One of the things I couldn’t do was basketball. I would watch with envy while the cool kids shoot hoops and perhaps subconsciously held on to the idea that basketball players in Malaysia are third rate at best while resentfully sitting beside the court. *sour grapes* 

cheerleaders

Basketball. Malaysia. You seldom here those two words together without condescending references. It reminds me of the Chinese phrase Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, which means “talented or dangerous people hidden from view” and that’s exactly what the local basketball scene is like. 

throw

I went to MABA stadium last weekend to catch the KL Dragons vs. Thailand Tigers. The atmosphere was charged and I could hear the chanting of the fans while walking in. It was electrifying! 

defend

Let’s go Dragons, let’s go! 

action

Defense! Defense!

free throw

There were a couple of rough and tumble incidences (as all contact sports SHOULD have) which resulted in free throws.

It’s exciting to watch the players strut their stuff on the court. It’s just one of the things which you need to see so I’m putting the video of the game here just to show you what the ambience is like. 

half time throw

The half time saw people trying their luck/skill/homage-to-whatever-deities-they-believe-in to get a shot in. It’s just like the NBA games, hell, if I know .my has such a vibrant basketball scene I would have watched one of their matches earlier! 

dragons half time

Hot sweaty guys (as I told my companion) and cheerleaders galore, you just can’t beat that. 

dunk

Dunk it! 

half time

It was getting so close in the end that I nearly tripped into the court while taking photos. 

score

Guess what? The KL Dragons won 88-69 against the Thailand Tigers. Go Dragons!

I was surprised at the ability of Malaysian’s finest to (more than) hold their own. I didn’t even know there was much of a basketball scene in Malaysia!  You can check out the KL Dragons site or be a fan on their Facebook page for their upcoming matches. It’s definitely something to be experienced! 

kl dragons cheerleaders

…and the best thing about the game? They have cheerleaders! ;)

girls basketball

I went to the Borneo Cultural Festival 2008 just now to catch the high school girl’s basketball competition. The BCF is an annual week long event held to celebrate the diversity of cultures in Sibu and I went to the opening ceremony last night (full write up tomorrow, got a pool party to go to in an hour).

girl sweatshirt

You may recognize the female in the gray sweatshirt from the previous XX Chromosome entry. I didn’t want to take photos with minors for that particular category lest I get hauled off for 10 years of jail time and 10 strokes of the rotan (caning). ;)

teacher

She looks much better in person actually, and she’s a teacher (albeit a very young one).

girls playing

The girl’s basketball competition was surprisingly entertaining (and not for the reasons you’re thinking). I meant that in the most platonic manner.

girls tussle

There was a fair bit of competition going on, being a contact sport and all that. It turned me on…to sports. You didn’t let me finish speaking. I meant I’m into basketball now after watching all that. ;)

my ball

It’s my ball. No, it’s my ball. The other girls weren’t looking at me by the way. The referee was standing beside me and they were waiting for her to make a decision.

raise hands

…and as we raise our hands in silent prayer,

ball

We beseech thee to be our guiding light in times of duress.

I took too many photos to upload, so here’s a video of the girl’s basketball competition.

mvp

This is my favorite player (in a totally non-sexually connotative way). I just like her repertoire of expressions. :)

I dropped by Catholic High School on my way back just now to catch the
basketball competition that has been going on the whole day. Managed to
watch SMB Methodist (my alma mater) lose on penalties to another team.
There was also a girl’s competition going on, and I watched a bit of that
too before heading home. Interestingly, there was a cheesy techno
soundtrack pumping from the speakers the whole match. Heh.

SMB Methodist

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Crowd shot at the stadium

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