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Preseason ’15/16: practice and Uniform presentation at Sembawang PSA

With clear skies returning to Singapore this week, Entourage Bball Inc. players gathered at a rather exclusive location to continue preparation for Jammers Weekend League Season 12.
Tony, american center and Armed Forces serviceman, offered the team access to the sports facilities at PSA Sembawang this Saturday and we gladly accepted. The top-notch facilities, soon to be featured on the “Where We Play” page of the site, stoked the competitive fires in the Entourage crew. Practice was intense, fun and went on longer than planned.

DSC_7400Sembawang Gym; limited access, great court

Adding icing to the cake was the unveiling (or rather, the frantic unpacking) of the new team Uniforms post-practice.
DSC_7413“You got my number? No? You?…..”

The most productive pre-season session so far was a good step in the right direction. Jammers League’s new season has been delayed 2 months and counting, but the core of the team is still motivated, and most importantly, hungry for more Basketball.

This was emphatically demonstrated by Power Forward Tolga shanking a dunk off the back of the rim at the end of an exhausting 3 on 2 full-court drill, drawing praise from his teammates for the surprising attempt.

Basketball in Singapore: Where We Play #1

The city state of Singapore populated by 5.2 million people and boasting tight living conditions has a highly diverse Basketball infrastructure in place.
In this ongoing segment called “Where We Play”, the 2015/2016 players of Entourage BBall Inc. introduce their favourite courts and facilities around the Island. Enjoy.

Daniel, Center.
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Teban Gardens Rd, Block 44.

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Why play here? Daniel explains.
“I play here the most because i live nearby. The court has sligthly lower rims with plexi glass backboards and night lighting. I also made new friends here when i moved into the neighbourhood.”

Pros:

  • Decent competition level
  • Full court games nearly always available
  • Convenience stores nearby.
  • Post-game hunger? Zi Char (Chinese cuisine) stores nearby, open till 11 pm (Ever the local foodie, Dani recommends the XO fish head meat Bee Hoon at Blk 39 🙂

Cons:

  • Court surface gets dirty at times; sandy surroundings
  • Occasional lull in activity


More “Where We Play” entries to follow. Stay tuned.
29/10/15

Pre-season opens with a loss to Team Kelekonas

Entourage Basketball Inc. was invited by Jammers league to participate in a pre-season friendly last weekend. It was a welcome opportunity to get some needed playing time amidst the ongoing haze saga in S’pore. The league still has not set a start date for Season 12, scheduling problems have been steadily increasing in scope the last few seasons, the friendly was a good compromise to get things rolling.

Unable to field a full roster, 7 players were available at such short notice, Entourage faced Team Kelekonas, a japanese expat team known for excellent shooting and feisty man-to-man defense.

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Team Kelekonas: never contend yet never an easy opponent

Though pysically imposing compared to their opponents, Entourage Bbball’s players showed heavy signs of rust, missing easy layups and turning the ball over multiple times.
Kelekonas moved the ball well, and made shots at their usual high percentage clip.

One bright spot for the the green & orange was the play of “T-Rex” Terrence who shot 3-4 from beyond the arc and had multiple successful drives to the basket. Other players on the team seemed sluggish and also had to contend with a very slippery floor at the Queensway SC venue.

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T-Rex going hard to the hoop

The 12 point loss was a good indicator of the team’s current preseason form: a work in progress.

D.O.

Entourage players among huge turnout at Supras Basketball, Pro-Am SBL tryouts

Basketball season is ramping up in Singapore as the haze continues to be a serious hindrance to all outdoor activities in the Country. Due to league planning issues, Entourage Bball Inc. has not yet been able to compete, but the new season is slated to begin in October.

Meanwhile Singapore’s newest (and toughest) league, the Pro-AM SBL starts early December and teams are already preparing. The Singapore Supras, quarterfinalists last season, held open tryouts at the OCBC Arena this week and the turnout was… stupendous. Over 40 local and expat players showed up, hoping to impress new Supras (and former Entourage) coach Sergei.

S'pore Supras tryout Sep 23rdBasketball booming in S’pore? Here’s some proof. (from Singapore Supras FB-page)

SBL will only feature 11 teams this year, down two from the 2014/2015 season, so players from now defunct teams like Fastbreak, Exclusive Fitness and IFS were at OCBC fighting for roster spots. They were joined by Supras Veterans such as Kyle, Jamond, Jemell, Dave, Alex and Brandon: Alex and Dave also having the distinction of being on Entourage Bball Inc’s roster for this year’s Jammers league season.

An unenviable task awaits Supras manager Ben and his coach, the team can only have 20 players on it’s roster, and the videos below demonstrate clearly how much cutting will need to be done.


(Clips from Timotius Lamar’s Youtube channel)

Haze, haze, go away.

Entourage Basketball Inc. has had to interrupt pre-season preparations due to, well, capitalism.
In a return to 2013 form, widespread burning / razing of farmland on Sumatra and winds blowing the resulting smoke north-west, have Singapore and large areas of Malaysia literally choking. Outdoor sport is out of the question, at least for the sane.

The official indicator for air pollution in Singapore, which is updated hourly, has been recording air quality PSI-levels in the “very unhealthy” range since September 6th.
Today was the first day with acceptable PSI-levels in the city, here’s hoping this is a lasting trend.

Given that the Singapore Grand Prix starts this weekend, i’m sure the organisers of the country’s largest recurring sporting Event would prefer to have full Grandstands when Hamilton, Rosberg and co. race around the Marina Bay Circuit.

Meanwhile Basketball fans can soothe their nerves by watching the Eurobasket semifinals and Final beginning tomorrow morning live on Starhub channel 201. Spain meeting their modern day nemesis, France and the seemingly unstoppable Serbia, taking on (the Fans of) Lithuania; that is quite the Final Four.