WITH an eye on a slot in the Fiba Asia Under-16 Championship, Malaysia has set a tough program and recently held a training camp that saw its young team play top college squads and commercial clubs in the Philippines.
Head coach Yong Kian Ann is preparing the team for the Seaba Under-16 Championship, admitting that vying for the regional title would be very difficult as the tournament features top favorite Philippines. But he noted that that focus in on a place in the continental meet in November and that the Philippine training is crucial to their preparations.
“They have been training for a month and then we brought them to the Philippines because the team is new,” Yong said.
“We just want to qualify for the Fiba-Asia,” said Yong, whose squad also watched the PBA games on Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Among the teams that the Malaysian Under-16 boys basketball team faced in tuneup matches were National University and Arellano, PBA D-League squad AMA, Wangs Basketball, and D&G Fitness Team.
The training was supervised by the Pinoy Youth Dreamers, which has been also training players abroad in Guam and Vietnam. Beaujing Acot is the founder and director of the Pinoy Youth Dreamers.