Presbyterian High School grabbed the B division boys gold at the 2016 ActiveSG-BAS (Basketball Association of Singapore) Development League after dominating East Spring Secondary 40-31 in the final on Thursday.
A student from Presbyterian High School in action during the ActiveSG-BAS Development League at the Pasir Ris Sports Centre. Photo: Sport Singapore
Swiss Cottage took the top spot for C division boys while Jurong Secondary School emerged as champions of the C division girls tournament.
The ActiveSG-BAS Development League offers teams not eligible for national championships a chance to play competitively and gain valuable experience in the sport.
Director of ActiveSG Abdul Rahman Hassan said: “We hope that it will sustain their interest in the sport because if they are not in the main school team, then that's the end of it. So we want to sustain their interest and hopefully it will even bring them to longer playing life well into their adulthood.”
Participants in action during the ActiveSG-BAS Development League. Photo: Sport Singapore
Evon Wong, teacher-in-charge of girls' basketball at C division girls champions Jurong Secondary School, said this development league helps inexperienced students develop in more ways than one.
“These are all secondary one students so they don't really have a lot of experience in terms of gameplay in the secondary school level,” she said.
“It is very good for game routines, so they know what to do during games, during a time out what are they expected to do. And definitely, the skills as well and the concept of the games.”
“Every time they play, they will build their confidence because they are more willing to try, more willing to make mistakes and learn from them as well.”
This development league is, however, not solely for schools' B-teams to play competitively. Teacher-in-charge of girls' basketball at Presbyterian High School Shiva Sub, whose charges came in third in the C division tournament, feels this tournament was especially useful for teams that exit the national tournaments early.
Participants and organisers pose for a group photo. Photo: Sport Singapore
“I think it's actually very beneficial because they train so hard – more than a year - and then when they play in the zonal competition, they come out of the stages quite early, so they don't get many chances to play matches,” she reaffirmed.
“For my players, I can see throughout the matches, they grow and they learn to strategise. So it gives them another avenue to grow.”