New blood in national men’s basketball for SEABA competition

By |2009-06-06T15:38:35+08:00June 5th, 2009|basketball, Nation in Motion|51 Comments
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By Ian Chew

Singapore Basketball Centre, Tuesday, June 2, 2009 – There is a quiet revolution going on in the Singapore National Men’s basketball team.

Explained head coach Neo Beng Siang: “Of the team that has been representing Singapore for the past years, only two senior players are left (Pathman and Michael Wong).”

“In their places, we have exciting young talents in the form of Steven Khoo, Wong Wei Long, Desmond and Wei Jian, just to name a few. They are easily the most committed bunch of players I have seen so far in my years as the national coach.”

The injection of new talent into the Singapore national basketball scene certainly bodes well for its future, especially for the upcoming SEABA (South East Asian Basketball Association) tourmanent in Jakarta, Indonesia from 4-10 June.

The top two finishers in the competition will guarantee themselves a spot in the Asian Basketball Tournament later this year.

Yet there is more at stake apart from qualification for the Asian tournament and playing on a bigger stage.

“We also hope that a good performance in the competition will act as a springboard for the upcoming SEA Games in Vietnam,” he continued.

The Singapore men’s basketball team has failed to earn a place in the South-East Asian (SEA) Games for quite some time.

Pitted against regional powerhouses Philippines and Malaysia as well as hosts Indonesia calls for some realistic expectations of the local boys though, especially in the current state of renewal.

“We are taking the tournament one game at a time,” said Pathman, easily the team’s most experienced player who also features regularly in the professional Slingers team.

Schedule of matches:
6 Jun (Sat) @ 8pm: Indonesia v Singapore
7 Jun (Sun) @ 6pm: Singapore v Malaysia
8 Jun (Mon) @ 6pm: Singapore v Philippines
9 Jun (Tue) @ 6pm: Final

SEABA 2009 Men Basketball Team
4 Edwin Low – Guard
5 Wong Wei Long – Guard
6 Tan Chin Hong – Forward
7 Lim Min Jie – Forward
8 Desmond Oh – Forward
9 Lim Hong Meng – Centre
10 Hong Wei Jian – Forward
11 Wong Soon Yuh – Forward/Guard
12 Teo Chun Hoe – Centre/Forward
13 Steven Khoo – Centre
14 Lim Wai Sian- Forward/Centre
15 Pathman – Centre

See highlights of the training session – Game 1:


See highlights of the training session – Game 2:



  1. Ken August 24, 2009 at 1:42 am - Reply

    Indonesia did not take the best player from Indonesia..
    It just take a 1 basketball club called “GARUDA FLEXI”+ a 3 players from another team..
    Garuda flexi is not the best team in indonesia..
    It just in the 3rd place

  2. Baller July 6, 2009 at 12:54 am - Reply

    We should have more Div 1 match rather than current match with 10 games include finals… Coach Neo and Coach Zheng Hao is the best coach ever in singapore… Anymore coaxh who can take over Coach Neo now? i dun think so.. but he is very unlucky not to get NBL Div 1 Champion. with his experience, i think he will get it next year. and Singapore is not giving national player enough training.. Even Phi uni team.. they got to shoot 250 3 point in the morning and another 250 3 pter in evening everyday.. how to fight?

  3. Chin June 28, 2009 at 8:13 pm - Reply

    LOL..a genius at training with hardwork should get him above those with talents and athletic abilities xD

  4. cmon June 23, 2009 at 11:03 am - Reply

    to passerby:look at it this way,if he really is that good.he would be able to win the men’s open category or the u-19.but he did not.meaning?he got to train harder.who do u want me to compare him to?earl boykins?the japanese player that went to NBA and fail to make it big?at least these players try.they went there,they gave their best.they failed but they can proudly say 1 thing that no one in singapore can say.which is”i followed my heart,achieve it,i played in the biggest basketball stage in the whole world,i may fail to make a name for myself but i am proud of what i have achieved in life”thats it.i’m not saying russell is not good.oh man he is good.he can shoot from quite a distance,he can use his size.but mayb if he want to mak it in the international level he should start training his dribbling?speed?passing?and of couse shooting.cos to me,he can mae it long as he have the right long as he wanna sacrifice his time for basketball then maybe just maybe russell will be our breakthrough in basketball.
    thank you passer-by you made a valid point.:)

  5. cmon June 23, 2009 at 10:53 am - Reply

    if u look at whose fault it is that singapore absketball is still nowhere internationally….is actually everyone’s fault.the players themselves do not train by themselves.they dont train hard enough.for example if young players like russell is unstoppable in his age group(u-17),he should try to win the u-19 first instead of going for the men’s open straight away is obvious he is not there yet.he got the potential,but everyone have potential,it is wheter u realise ur potential or not.for BAS,they should organise more 5 on 5 competitions for youngsters instead of just the annual inter-school and milo cup.there should be around 4-6 competitions per year instead of 2 or 3?schools are responsible for the development of players as well,look at some schools who dont succed in the sport.they would just give cca for like twice a week?how do u improve?u need at last 4 times!cat high the champion have 4 times or 5 times yet they are not even that good.what about other schools?lets stop talking about going anywhere or training a few more years.cos if things stay the same SINGAPORE basketball will nvr improve!singapore basketball need a guy who go really far like NBA?if not they will forever think that “basketball?man there aint no future in the game”
    look at china,when yaoming went in to NBA,a horde of players start fllowing his footstep.and now chinga is the best basketball country in matter how big,how small a country is,that shoulnt be an excuse cos is about wheter the youngsters in SINGAPORE dare to dream or not.if they dont then no matter how many times or hard the coaches train them,it is useless.only they themselves can make a difference.BAS and schools are just a supporting cast,is just a platform for them.

  6. passerby June 23, 2009 at 10:38 am - Reply

    to cmon: I think you are wrong to compare russell to those nba players. Firstly, what’s the population of the US, there is a much much bigger talent pool in US as compared to here in singapore. Moreover, all the examples you have stated are the successful ones, how about all those millions of players that couldnt make it?

    Also, you mention that russell is around the same height as AI, CP3, KB24, if not taller than them. But in singapore, ruseell is one of the tallest around and he will definitely play center for all the teams that he played. But when we play against teams from the region, russell will only be considered a decent height centre. and how about the other players? in terms of height we have already lost, so we need something else in order for us to win. Skills? Passion? Speed? Determination? Defence?

  7. asiaplayer June 22, 2009 at 6:35 pm - Reply

    For what i see these player how they plau and the drill they and even the shooting is still not up up to thr standtard yet so i think they still need to train acouple if years.

  8. TUTUCHIA June 22, 2009 at 12:54 pm - Reply

    Distillers strong, Singapore National Team Stronger? must play then know….SAFSA can salted fish turn and beat HU, wat are the things not possible?

  9. cmon June 19, 2009 at 8:25 pm - Reply

    it is really dumb that there are 2 divisions for basketball when there are already so little teams….and why doesnt anyone sponsor the basketball league…there are plenty of talents in singapore….but no sponsors no support….most ballers stop taking the game seriously after they finish jc/poly because they think they cant go anywhere with basketball…imagine if just 1 guy fom singapore make it to the NBA or even the EURO league…that would have changed everything….but the fact is without support no one here can do that no matter the amount of talent…i really pray that soon enough….there will be a kind soul who will help develop the singapore basketball scene…players such as russell low have the height and is still young…he got the talent..if trained properly…man…he can really far…NBA is not a distant dream…look at allen tall is he???182cm..chris paul????180cm…and those guys are among the very best gard in nba…look at kobe bryant the best player in the WORLD.what is his height?196cm.russell???
    193cm.a mere 3 cm difference.and he is still 16.he can still grow…please singapore do something…dont talk without action…pls do something BAS.there is the upcoming YOG to display our young talents…so do NOT let that chance go begging.

    Lets stop parents from thinking that asians can neevr make it far playing soccer basketball or whatsoever.every kid have a dream.let them achieve it.there are tons of people who give up halfway.but there are those who keep on fighting till their limbs are unable to move.everyone deserve a it asian or american.we r humans.if kobe bryant an american can be the numebr 1 player.why can our very own russell low?cos kobe got support from everyone.and our golden boy russel got no support.

  10. jon June 18, 2009 at 2:50 am - Reply

    this redsports is also presenting polls for our comments about government of this la and that la , but it’s pointless .. nothing changes .. they just want more viewers ..

    • Les June 18, 2009 at 9:01 pm - Reply

      To say we only have polls so that we can get more readers is to disregard the work of the many volunteers and readers who have spent time writing the basketball stories so that folks can read about what’s going in Singapore basketball.

      To write nothing changes is to take a pessimistic view of everything. Things change but they depend on people stepping forward to DO things. Red Sports is attempting to do its part with coverage because without the oxygen of publicity, nobody outside of the league would know about any of the teams and players.

      I believe Francis makes the most relevant point – it’s the system. Without an elite league that can give you 20 to 30 games a year, Singapore basketball will not improve. There certainly is interest in basketball in Singapore, but without the talent, will and perseverance to organise it at the highest levels in Singapore, Division 1 basketball will not provide the excitement that will attract more fans.

      Once you have more fans, you will attract more sponsors. Without sponsors, there isn’t enough resources to set up a significant elite league for the best basketball talent.

      Unless you can persuade Singapore Pools to fund you like the S.League, there is little chance of a strong elite basketball league in Singapore. S.League without the funds from Singapore Pools would close.

      Perhaps Singapore is too small to have a strong elite league. That’s why the best hope for Singapore basketball is a regional basketball league like the ASEAN Basketball League.

      The current Division 1 set up seems insufficient to provide a team strong enough to go to the SEA Games.

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