Archive | March, 2013

Ambaphil enter final of 3-on-3 basketball

31 Mar
Her Royal Highness Princess Fadzilah Lubabul Bulqiah (C) in action during the KFC Fitness Zone 3-on-3 Streetball Challenge last night.Picture: BT/Yee Chun Leong

Her Royal Highness Princess Fadzilah Lubabul Bulqiah (C) in action during the KFC Fitness Zone 3-on-3 Streetball Challenge last night.Picture: BT/Yee Chun Leong

AMBAPHIL are through to the final of the Open category of the KFC Fitness Zone 3-on-3 Streetball Challenge after defeating Davis Lighting 21-19 in the semi-final last night at the Airport Mall in Berakas.

Geve Leones was the go-to-man as he notched 12 points in the triumph.

Ambaphil had the height and size advantage with Elvin Requintin, Ernesto Espique and Roldan Binas completing the team as they kept attacking the painted area.

Davis Lighting kept themselves in the match and made it close with their three-point shooting with Ting Heng Lee hitting five treys. The team had a total of eight treys in the game.

Ambaphil will next face KFC Double Down, who beat Uni Decor Coating 21-14 in the other semi-final thanks Hj Md Rahmat Hj Suhaili who made 12 points.

Requintin feels that it can go either way despite having the favourites tag attached to them.

“We are not that confident because they are a very strong team. We need to play better defence and we must focus on keeping all of them at bay,” said Requintin, who together with Espique were part of the Wisdom Jade winning side for the final leg of last year.

Meanwhile, Spartans entered the Student category final after defeating Shark C in the semi-finals. They will face Shark B, who edged Shark A 22-21.

In the Ladies category group stage, Ivy Ballers A, who Her Royal Highness Princess Fadzilah Lubabul Bulqiah laced up for, played in all three matches where they took a 1-2 win-loss record.

The group stage continues today at 10am with the Ivy Ballers A hoping to win their last two matches to reach the semi-finals. The finals will be from 8pm onwards.

Source: The Brunei Times

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Ex-PBA star extends helping hand

30 Mar
Vince Hizon (R) showing some of the players in attendance on the correct way of shooting the ball during yesterday's basketball clinic at the Airport Mall in Berakas. Picture: BT/Yee Chun Leong

Vince Hizon (R) showing some of the players in attendance on the correct way of shooting the ball during yesterday’s basketball clinic at the Airport Mall in Berakas. Picture: BT/Yee Chun Leong

VINCE Hizon is in town and he is looking to promote the game of basketball.

The former Filipino national cager is in the Sultanate for the KFC Fitness Zone 3-on-3 Streetball Challenge at the Airport Mall in Berakas.

The retired Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) player conducted a clinic as part of the ‘Hopes in the Hoop’ programme together with national basketball coach Kevin Reece, and his fellow compatriot, Erwin Velez yesterday.

Hizon has travelled to several countries to promote the sport that he loves and he highlighted the importance of the grassroots programme.

“I’m happy to be here. The most important thing is that they (the kids) enjoy what they do no matter what it is,” said Hizon in an interview with The Brunei Times yesterday.

“All (the countries) have been very good because we get to teach the kids the game of basketball. It is the same in all sports where we require the basics such as passing or dribbling.

“We have to teach them from the grassroots first before working their way up. A lot (of players) like to get a jumpstart and try to be the next Michael Jordan or Kobe Bryant but there is a lot of work to be done first,” he said.

“We are also looking for talent everywhere we go. It was awesome in Auckland (New Zealand) because there was this half Filipino who was really good. We noticed him and in the end he was recruited to play for De La Salle College back in the Philippines,” continued Hizon.

At one time the 42-year-old was the most popular player in the PBA as well as the most popular sports figure in the Philippines according to the AC Nielsen Asian Rim Survey in 1998.

He had a pro career of 11 years (1993 – 2004), mostly with Ginebra in the PBA, and was the first Filipino to play professionally in the United States in 2004 for Pennsylvania Valleydawgs, where they won the USBL (United States Basketball League) championship in the same year.

He had a stellar career with one PBL (Philippine Basketball League) title, four PBA titles and one Southeast Asian (SEA) Games gold medal under his belt.

Asked about the difference about playing in the US and back home, the shooting guard replied: “The game is the same everywhere. The regulations are the same and the rim is at 10 feet.

“Asians are quicker… I would say the game is more horizontal while for the Americans, it is vertical with all the high leapers. Both are rugged and can be physical,” he said.

“Others are catching up by sending their coaches overseas to the US for clinics for development,” added Hizon.

The 6ft 2in Filipino also urged those with with interest to pursue the sport.

“Just bug your mother or father to put up a rim. There is no need for a full court. Even a little space is enough to just for a shoot around,” said Hizon.

“If you enjoy it then you can always attend the camps here and they can just learn the basics,” he said.

Hizon will play in an exhibition game with the winners of both the student and open categories.

A meet and greet session will be also held today at Imperial Sports at Citis Square in Berakas at 8pm.

Source: The Brunei Times

KFC- Fitness Zone 3-on-3 Streetball Challenge

28 Mar

THE opening ceremony of the KFC- Fitness Zone 3-on-3 Streetball Challenge was held on Sunday night at the Airport Mall.

The return of the indoor basketball competition featured eight teams including co- hosts KFC and Fitness Zone completing two matches in the first round of action.

PC Category winners

PC Category winners

PS3 Category winners. – KFC PHOTOS

PS3 Category winners. – KFC PHOTOS

Present to officiate the start of the competition was Mr Khoo Eng Cheong, the Vice Chairman of Brunei Basketball Association.

Also making a brief appearance was Brunei’s renowned star Wu Chun of Fitness Zone.

This tournament provides a new twist for players who are able to use their free time by taking part in other activities while waiting for their next matches.

Meanwhile, the winners of the KFC- Fitness Zone Ultimate Gaming Competition were also announced. Crimsom Coup won the League of Legends competition in the PC category and walked away with prizes worth $850 including a Steel Series Siberia V2 Headset.

Mohd Elmi Shahri Hj Osman emerged victorious in the FIFA 13 competition in PS3.

He earned a $350 cash prize including a $250 cash voucher from Mobile One.

Present to award the prizes were Yong of Mobile One for the PS3 category and Jonathan Bong of KFC for the PC category.

 

 

Streetball Challenge partners appreciated

24 Mar

KFC and Fitness Zone held a partner appreciation event for their partners and sponsors of the first season of the KFC Fitness Zone 3 On 3 Streetball Challenge 2013.

“KFC and Fitness Zone may have taken the first step in promoting 3 On 3 Street basketball on a large scale, but it is our sponsors’ and partners’ support that help us to go this far, and we want to thank them each personally” remarked Wu Chun, the Managing Director of Fitness Zone.

Wu Chun with partners and sponsors of KFC Fitness Zone 2 Streetball Challenge. – JAKE TEN

Wu Chun with partners and sponsors of KFC Fitness Zone 2 Streetball Challenge. – JAKE TEN

KFC Senior Marketing Manager Jonathan Bong has been a leading figure in the Hopes In The Hoop initiative, and was equally gratuitous to the help they have received from their sponsors and partners.

“In gratitude of their support, we always think of ways how to help our sponsors and partners to promote their business and/or organisations” said Jonathan.

“Currently, our partners like our tray liner the most because with 14 outlets throughout Brunei, our partner’s advertisement can quickly reach out to a lot of people” he added.

With the creation of the Hopes In the Hoop initiative as part of the KFC Fitness Zone 3 on 3 Streetball Challenge, KFC and Fitness Zone are continuing to strive to raise funds for a good cause, which will be decided at the end of the year as part of their CSR initiative.

“KFC Fitness Zone and their event organisers Good Game and Trinity would like to take this opportunity to give big thanks to the following partners and sponsors: Imperial Sports, Brunei Times, Kristal FM, Palm Garden Hotel, Hui Huang Enterprise, Hemaviton, Mobile One, Handsome Enterprise, Tutti Frutti Citis Square, PHLS Sdn Bhd, YGK Jewellery Sdn Bhd, Honey Carsmart Sdn Bhd, Revive, Intracorp Sdn Bhd, Brunei Basketball.com, Integ Technology System and Boxnation.”

KFC and Fitness Zone thank 3 on 3 Streetball sponsors

24 Mar
A group photo of Wu Chun (5th L) and Jonathan Bong (6th L) with the sponsors during yesterday's partner appreciation event at Airport Mall, Berakas. Picture: BT/Ikhwan Salleh

A group photo of Wu Chun (5th L) and Jonathan Bong (6th L) with the sponsors during yesterday’s partner appreciation event at Airport Mall, Berakas. Picture: BT/Ikhwan Salleh

A PARTNER appreciation event was held by KFC and Fitness Zone yesterday for the sponsors and partners that have helped them organise the first season of KFC Fitness Zone 3 On 3 Streetball Challenge 2013.

Held at the Airport Mall, Fitness Zone Managing Director Wu Chun and KFC Senior Marketing Manager Jonathan Bong handed out certificates of appreciation to Imperial Sports, The Brunei Times, Kristal FM, Palm Garden Hotel, Hui Huang Enterprise, Mobile One, Handsome Enterprise, Tutti Frutti Citis Square, PHLS Sdn Bhd, YGK Jewellery, Honey Carsmart, Revive, Intracorp, BruneiBasketball.com, Integ Technology System and Boxnation.

In his welcoming speech, Bong thanked the sponsors and spoke about the efforts put in to promote their businesses and organisations.

According to Bong, sponsors were publicised on billboards, lamp post banners, t-shirts, and with the help of event organisers Trinity and Good Game, were also promoted through marketing channels such as cinema advertisements, social media, and even creating fun challenges the popular Youc1000 Obstacle Challenge being one of them.

“Currently, our partners like advertising on our serving tray liners the most, because with 14 different outlets throughout the Sultanate, their message reaches out quickly to a mass crowd.”

Bong also spoke to The Brunei Times about how challenging it was to organise the event. “People may think that it’s contradictory for KFC, a fast food restaurant, to collaborate with Fitness Zone and organise this Streetball Challenge. But we are also in the fight against obesity and other diseases, and we believe exercise is a crucial part of that.”

He also highlighted the Hopes in the Hoop initiative between KFC and Fitness Zone, which promotes basketball in schools and teaches the youth about leading a balanced lifestyle.

Wu Chun said that they have also been conducting basketball clinics in their bid to promote the sport. “I admit, I am a sports fanatic. I understand how the young ones who do sports hunger for competition. Therefore we are here to not only promote a healthy lifestyle, but to also keep them interested by hosting competitions.

Source: The Brunei Times

Fitness Zone 10th Anniversary!

20 Mar
Fitness Zone Open House

Fitness Zone Open House

Join us at the Grand Opening on 14 April and check out on our new facilities and equipment!

*Note: Both clubs will be close on 13 April in preparations for this event.

Over $50,000 in prizes to be won at B-ball Challenge

14 Mar
3-on-3 Street Challenge

KFC Fitness Zone 3 on 3 Streetball Challenge

Thursday, March 14, 2013

ABOUT $50,000 worth of prizes can be won from the 10-day KFC Fitness Zone 3 on 3 Streetball Challenge which will be held around the Airport Mall area in Berakas.

With the various activities happening during the KFC Fitness Zone 3 On 3 tournament, participants in each of the organised events will get a chance to win attractive prizes.

This year’s Streetball Challenge is more than just a basketball tournament. It has something for everyone to participate in and enjoy.

The first event on the agenda is the KFC Fitness Zone Ultimate Gaming Competition. From March 22-24, gamers can challenge each other with League of Legends and FIFA soccer games which will be held at Jap’s Hub Cyber Cafe located on the first floor of BT Hj Uthman Complex.

Registration fee cost $35 per team of five for League of Legends game and $15 per gamer for the FIFA soccer game. To register, simply make your way to Jap’s Hub Cyber Cafe from March 11-19 from 10am to 12am. As it is a first come first serve basis, there are no booking of slots allowed.

If you’re more of an eco-warrior, join Fitness Zone’s ‘Drum Alive’ on March 23. This special exercise activity, in conjunction with Earth Hour, makes use of drumsticks and stability balls. Interested? Drum away from 8.30pm to 9.30pm while you make a sign of your commitment to protect the Earth.

On March 24, catch the opening ceremony of the KFC Fitness Zone 3 on 3 Streetball Challenge. Aside from the team line up, there will also be some interesting opening matches. However, if you and your team are still interested to join the tournament, registration is still open but a late charge of $50 is imposed.

Looking for adventure beyond the basketball court? A mini race inspired by the Amazing Race will be held from March 25 to 28. The Mobile One Amazing Quest will bring out the competitor in you as you fight off competition to complete the tasks given. The winner will claim the coveted Apple iPad Mini.

Registration fee for the quest is $3 per person and all participants need to be present by 9.30am on March 25 for registration and briefing.

Also happening on March 25 to 28 is a Basketball Clinic which will be led by Brunei’s National Coach, Kevin Reece along with a retired Philippines Basketball Association (PBA) player, Erwin Velez.

Anyone interested in this clinic will need to be present at 2pm on March 25 for registration ($5) and training details.

While all these are happening, don’t forget to catch the preliminary rounds for the Streetball Challenge. From March 25 to 28 as well, watch teams from three categories: Ladies, Students and Open battle it out for the next round on the 3 on 3 basketball court.

Basketball fans, take note of March 29. Get a chance to see and talk to a pro in the court Vince Hizon, a retired Philippines Basketball Association (PBA) player who was also the first ever Filipino basketball player to play for the United States Basketball League. He will be holding a press conference as well as a short basketball clinic.

Learned some skills from the pro? Why not test that skill?

Test your skills in shooting a ball from the free throw line during the Time Attack event which will be held the next day, March 30.

To win in this competition, you will need to shoot and score as many points within one minute.

The end of March will mark the end of the KFC Fitness Zone 3 On 3 Streetball Challenge with semi-finals and finals slated to be held.

But fret not activity seekers as there are still activities instore for you on the day itself.

What you can expect during the day apart from the final games, which starts from 10am to 10pm, is a variety of activities such as one-on-one challenges, skills challenge, slam dunk competition and three-point shootouts.

Another game to witness will be the Vince Hizon Exhibition Game which will then be followed by the event’s closing ceremony.

So mark your calendar and get ready for some action packed days during the 10-day KFC Fitness Zone 3 On 3 Streetball Challenge which will be held at the Airport Mall in Berakas.

Source: The Brunei Times