Celcom S.O.X. All-Stars Hoops 2011

There are really only two plays: Romeo and Juliet, and put the darn ball in the basket. — Abe Lemons. If this is you, then the S.O.X All-Stars hoops is just the right thing for you. What the hoop is going on here?

The S.O.X. ALL-STARS HOOPS is a 5-on-5 basketball tournament with teams from various schools in Malaysia competing for the title of champion. Filled with awesome skills and moves, the competition is a treat for basketball fans! And the entire event is fully sponsored by Celcom.

Last year’s All-Stars hoops event was a success. Here are some photos for the past event.

If you have missed out last year’s All-Stars Hoops tournament, you can always go to S.O.X’s official website to check out the highlights. Here’s a video of last year’s recap.

Okay, back to the present. The S.O.X All-Stars Hoops final will be held on this coming 31st July 2011, featuring 16 high school basketball teams across Malaysia for the championship. Before the final, 4 teams will be chosen from each conference.

The 4 conferences are:

Eastern Conference – held in Kuching on 3rd July 2011.
Central Conference – hled in Kuala Lumpur on 16th July 2011.
Southern Conference – held in Melaka on 17th July 2011.
Northern Conference – held in Ipoh on 23rd July 2011.

Prizes for this 5-on-5 tournament is attractive as well.

Champion: RM5000
1st runner up: RM3000
2nd runner up: RM2000
3rd runner up: RM500
MVP: RM500
Special skill challenge: Goodies bag worth RM1000
All-Stars challenge: Goodies bag worth RM300 for each player

The Eastern Conference was held on last Sunday, 3rd July 2011 at Stadium MBKS, Kuching. There are 16 participating teams from various high schools. They are:

  1. SMK Jalan Arang
  2. Thomian
  3. Black Pearl
  4. SMK Batu Kawa (2 teams from this school)
  5. All Star rock
  6. SMK St. Joseph
  7. Townian
  8. SMK Petra Jaya
  9. SMK Kuching High
  10. SMK Sungai Maong
  11. SMK Serian
  12. CHMS 1
  13. Jack 3
  14. SMK Paku
  15. SMK Sains Kuching

All participants are under 18. Just like the Celcom XPAX promo for students.

A booth was set up outside the stadium. Those who reload their XPAX telco number is eligible to participate in the mini game. Every RM5 reload, a voucher will be given.

Voucher holder can choose to play the mini game – either to shoot the ball into the hoop…

If you get one ball, a mouse pad will be given as the prize.
If you get three balls in a row, a jacket will be given as the prize.

Or to virtually shoot the ball into the ring via the XBOX console.

Results will only be released on of the day during the event. Prizes will be given out to the winner as well.

This is the event schedule. Yes, it was a whole day event full with excitement!

Okay, back in the stadium, we have 2 emcees providing live updates to the audience .

Judges were busy keeping track of the players’ scores.

Players gathered to discuss about strategy by their coaches.

Backup team sitting aside supporting their teammates.

Here are some shots with some beautiful moment throughout the game.

Isn’t it beautiful?

Run, player, run!

Every moment is breathtaking.

After the preliminary matches, there was a hip-hop dance performance before the semi-finals.

The event was recorded by the media crew, just not to miss every wonderful moment.

This is the special skill challenge game. Selected players were given the chance to perform their skills.

3-point challenge: Players were to shoot in as many balls as possible at 5 different points within 1 minute. Winner for this challenge is Ho Boon Siew from Townian, 7 balls in one minute.

Skills challenge: Players were to run through obstacles and shoot the balls in every point set. Shorter time taken will be the winner. Winner for this challenge is Tong Yee Zhun from SMK Kuching High, 21 seconds to complete all points.

All-Stars games is all about forming a “dream team”. Players from different teams were selected by 2 coaches who observed their performance throughout the entire game. And they were to form 2 different teams and work out together to finish the match. It’s kinda interesting to see them caught up with each other while playing the game. Teamwork spirit can be spotted. Each of the player from the “dream team” will be given a goodies bag that worth RM300. It’s a good opportunity to encourage those teams who were not the winners in the semi-finals.

Here is a video of the event. Have a look:

By the way, the St. John’s ambulance were there to stand by for any emergencies.

St. John’s ambulance on duty.

Final results:

The 4 winning teams who will represent Sarawak are:

SMK Serian
SMK Batu Kawa
SMK St. Joseph
SMK Paku

1st winning team – SMK Serian

2nd winning team – SMK Batu Kawa

3rd winning team – SMK St. Joseph

4th winning team – SMK Paku

Goodies bags were given to players who won in the 3-point challenge, special skills challenge and all-stars game.

Cheng Wei Jie from SMK Batu Kawa is the candidate of  the MVP title. Kuchingnites, be sure to cast your votes to him at S.O.X. All-Stars Hoops website. Voting starts on 23rd July and end at 31st July 2011.

Lastly, a photo of all participating players Well done, all 🙂

Are you a basketball lover? Time for you to rock the hoops too!  There are 3 more conferences at different location before the finals. Register your team now! And of course, to join S.O.X (School of X), you need to be under 18. Now tell me, it’s good to be young and energetic. Registration information, rules and regulation all can be found at S.O.X. All-Stars Hoops website.

Bring your friends and family to show your support to the teams!  The next coming matches are scheduled as below. Make sure you mark your calendar.

For more info about S.O.X. All-Stars Hoops, click here.  For more highlights brought to you by S.O.X., do visit www.sox.com.my.

Basketball is not just a game, but a way to reveal your true self 🙂

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post.

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