KUALA LUMPUR, 13 June 2019:
The Malaysia Basketball Association’s (MABA) objective to constantly develop and grow the Malaysian basketball talent pool continues, with the men’s and women’s leagues taking place from this month.
The Malaysia Pro League Women (MPLW) is starting tomorrow, whereas the men’s tournament (Malaysia Pro League – MPL) began last Friday June 7.
MPL has six teams competing – KL Dragons, NS Matrix, 2017 champions Farmco Touch Up, Red Baron, JD Unicorn from Singapore, and Z-Braves from the Phillippines. The 2018 competition was postponed because of schedule conflicts.
MPLW will have defending champions and Johor’s Segamat Basketball Association (BA), Bina Puri Junior which is a team connected to the KL Basketball Association, NS Matrix, KL Dragons, Red Baron, and the newly formed Hatchers Valkyries.
Thus far, seven games have been played in MPL 2019.
Perak’s Farmco Touch Up remain undefeated with two games played. Red Baron, NS Matrix, and JD Unicorns have all played three games each. Baron and Matrix have both experienced one win and two losses, where as the Unicorns have won two games and lost one.
The KL Dragons have played two games and have recorded a win and a loss. Z-Braves have yet to secure a victory, although they have only played one game.
For both competitions, teams will be allowed to recruit two international imports. However, in the women’s tournament, if a team recruits more than five 2017 SEA Games gold medalists, then they will not be allowed to hire import players.
Many former and current national representatives will be participating in the respective competitions – including players such as Kuek Tian Yuan, Chin Zi Shin, Chee Li Wei, Choo Wei Hong, Ooi Poh Yee, Chong Yin Yin, Foot Suet Ying, Pang Hui Pin, Yap Fook Yee, and Nur Izzati Yaacob.
But keep a look out for the rising young stars of Malaysian basketball. Players such as Red Baron’s Lee Jia Jun, Segamat’s Tan Pei Jie , KL Dragons Thea Zhong Shi and Syahrul Ridzuan Rosli, and NS Matrix’s Ong Wei Yong, just to name a few.
Both tournaments will have constant game reports, up-to-date scores, and tournament news posted on MPL Instagram and Facebook digital platforms.