ActiveSG and the Basketball Association of Singapore (BAS) held the ActiveSG-BAS National Masters Basketball Tournament for the third year on Saturday night, where veterans and former national players battled it out for top honours.
Singapore Xin Hua Sports Club (red jersey) emerged champions as they defeated Freeman 64-57 in an intense and physical final match at the Singapore Basketball Centre. Photo: Sport Singapore
Despite the significant age gap between the two teams, Freeman fought hard and the close scoreline was an indication of how tight the match actually was.
“We actually organise this because we wanted more seniors to continue playing sports, to lead an active lifestyle and also to get their kids to continue playing sport,” said Koh Pei Zhen, Executive of ActiveSG Basketball Academy.
“It’s good for us to come back and play just to keep ourselves active,” said 42-year-old Muzaffal, who was a former national basketball player.
For many of the participants in this tournament, this competition also serves as a precious opportunity to catch up with old friends.
Besides the competitive element, the tournament also allowed old friends to catch up with one another. Photo: Sport Singapore
“We do take part in other competitions, but this is different because it is specific to our age group… so it’s with people of the same age,” said the Physical Education teacher at Anderson Primary School.
“Because we get to see our old friends, some of whom we have not seen for a long time. For a couple of them, they have stopped playing. To see them coming back and play again, that’s a good thing.”