Things learned, observed on Day 2 of Hong Kong basketball tournament

For those interested in following the Hong Kong International School Holiday Basketball Tournament, you can view live Webstreaming and real-time score updates at this site.

American School In Japan basketball fans may get similar gouge here from the 8th Great Wall Basketball Shootout, hosted by International School Bejing. ASIJ and host ISB were 2-0 in both the boys and girls pools after their opening games on Thursday and Friday.

From former Faith Academy coach Dan Beaver, visiting the tournament en route back home to Boracay from a visit to Australia:

Zachary Shaw of HKIS got himself an early Christmas present thanks to a half-court "Money Ball" shot winner at halftime of the HKIS girls game Friday morning. Three people's shots before him rimmed out before Shaw hit nothing but net for $500 Hong Kong (about $64.50 U.S.). HKIS athletics director Sharon Leung announced the pot returns to $100 Hong Kong (about $12.90 U.S.) for HKIS' next game.

Some nice additions to the HKIS' high school and middle school gyms: Each now features brand new scoreboards at each end of the courts with shot clocks over the backboards. Also, additional lighting, most likely for the Webcasts, is in place. Truthfully, the lighting was already pretty good by daylight, but this should make Webcasting night games much easier.

Featured games that will likely preview Saturday's championship contests include Heep Yunn vs. Singapore American in the girls field at 6 p.m. (7 p.m. Japan and Korea), followed by HKIS' boys against Singapore American at 7:30 (8:30 p.m. Japan and Korea).


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