Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Thursday, December 25, 2008
The December camp is important to the 2009 Cagers. We are building a brand new team, a different team from our previous teams. The game plan will take advantage of their main strengths, speed and stamina. They have to outrun their opponents. The Cagers 2009 have the personnel to do it.
will be reporting, hopefully daily, during the camp.
Tuesday, October 07, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
Cagers 2004 proved they had the ability, big hearts and will power to become the Champion again, in which they did albeit luckily by 3 points. It was tough for them, initially, to adjust to the tough physical training done by the coach. It was well worth it when they outran and outlasted all their opponents and laid down the standards for the future Cagers to follow.
One worrying trend from all the successes of the Cagers in PHT. Other schools were getting exasperated by being overwhelmed by the Cagers thus they resorted to more physical and rough plays to intimidate and disturb the Cagers. The future Cagers has to be trained to control their emotions on the court and concentrate on their games. Other schools began to follow Quest-4-Glory. The respective alumni associations began getting involved in preparing their school teams to challenge the Cagers' supremacy. The future challenge will be tougher for the Cagers to maintain their position.
With the 5-in-a-row championships, Quest-4-Glory has come to the end. It has been a wonderful journey, eventhough it was rough in the early years. The support from the oldboys, especially the old cagers, has been tremendous. The back up and support from MCOBA came at the right moment helping us diffused the tense situations faced with College in the early years. Thank you YM Pak Engku, YBhg. TS Mac and JakLi for your continuous support The PIBG supported our programs for the juniors. We would like to take this opportunity to thank EVERYBODY who has given their supports; financially, morally etc. You all make the journey bearable and the experience priceless. THANK YOU
Quest - 4 - Glory team
Riza Beg v 76 - President
Mr. Liew Yong Choon 74 - 93; 03 - current - Coach
Jimmy v 91 - team manager
ise v 80 - Coordinator
Monday, August 04, 2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008
It was a good outing for the Cagers to gain some playing experience eventhough they managed to play only 2 games.
Friday, July 04, 2008
Going around the cones
The Cagers 09 will also participate in the Spritzer Cup. We are planning to send two teams for exposure. The first team will comprise the Form 4s and Form 2s, while the second team will comprise of Form 3s and Form 2s.
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Syukur, Alhamdulillah, the Cagers have retained the Piala Hamdan Tahir for the 5th consecutive times and 13th overall in the recently concluded Hari Kecemerlangan Sekolah Berasrama Penuh (HKSBP) in Jitra, Kedah.
Overall, The Cagers’ performance was not as good as Cagers 06 & Cagers 07. However, despite playing at about 50% of their true abilities, the Cagers managed to win all their games by more than 20 points difference. The Cagers were still heads and shoulders compared to other SBPs inspite of being off form. The Cagers 08 struggled to cope with the injuries suffered by 3 main players. They managed to recover just in time for HSKBP but their layoff affected their playing temperment and team synergy.
The others schools knew they couldn’t match the Cagers in basketball skills, fundamentals, teamwork and stamina. They resorted to play aggressive and rough games by fouling the Cagers hard, especially SDAR team. The coach asked his players to foul the Cagers at all costs, to prevent the smooth plays by the Cagers. This tactic was adopted by other teams as well. This is a worrying and unhealthy trend used by our opponents. The referees didn’t help by missing a lot of calls and still using old rules and regulations. The table officers compounded the problems by poor keeping of the match statistics and record. Despite all that, the Cagers managed to hold their heads high and win with comfortable margins.
Ishak Ariffin ‘77 was there to see and he commented in his email: It was alarming to see that the others schools adopted a very 'unsporting' approach when playing MCKK Cagers. They think they cannot beat the Cagers so the players were instructed to go out and bash up our players instead of playing basketball. Shame on the coaches and teachers! And we wonder how our kids became hooligans... some of them were possibly taught to be one!
MC Cagers vs. SDAR
23rd of May 2008, 9.30 am Court A,
The Cagers started cautiously against the bigger SDAR players. They played excellent defense in the first quarter by limiting SDAR to only 8 point and scoring 19 point themselves. They continued to play excellent defense in the second quarter to take 34 – 15 lead at the half.
SDAR resorted to aggressive and rough game in the second half. This tactic rattled the Cagers; however, they managed to keep the lead 45 – 36 at the end of third quarter. Three SDAR starters fouled out of the game early in the 4th quarter and the Cagers managed to overcome the initial shock and played to their game plan. They outscored SDAR by 14 points in the fourth quarter to win 69 – 46.
The Cagers played below their own standard in this opening game and showed apparent signs of nervousness. They struggled against the bigger and aggressive opponents. Justin led the scoring with 18 points.
MC Cagers vs. SMS Kuching
23rd of May 2008, 5.00 pm, Court A,
The Cagers started well by scoring 21 points in the first quarter, while holding SMS Kuching to only 15 points. The scoring prowess continued in the second quarter with the Cagers 41 – 27 at the half. The Cagers struggled to score in the third quarter but they managed to play excellent defense to keep the lead 49 – 33. They recovered offensively in the fourth quarter by scoring 13 points to win the game 62 – 40.
The Cagers continued to struggle against an aggressive opponent. Justin led the score with 17 points and Am added 16 points.
MC Cagers vs. SESMA
24th of May 2008, 5.00 pm Court A,
The Cagers had a training camp with the SESMA team in 2006 in Kuala Terengganu. The team was ‘friendly’ to the Cagers. The Cagers started off slowly. They looked relieved to play SESMA team knowing there would be no aggressive and rough plays. They took a 26 – 18 lead at the half. The Cagers struggled in the third quarter and SESMA took advantage by narrowing the score 30 – 25 by the third quarter. The Cagers woke up from the evening slumber and tightened up defensively in the fourth quarter. They outscored SESMA 20 – 8 in the fourth to win 50 – 33.
The Cagers wasn’t playing all out with the ‘friendly’ opponent. SESMA was the only team that managed to get closest (3 points) to the Cagers. Justin and Ammar led the scoring with 12 points each.
MC Cagers vs. SBPI Gombak (SBPI Gom)
25th of May 2008, 11.00 am Court A,
This was the last game of the pre-round for the Cagers. SBPIGom was also unbeaten by upsetting SDAR in their earlier game (52 – 41). SBPIGom had to play SMS Kuching later in the evening. The Cagers started off well, offensively, to take the lead 19 – 7 in the first quarter. SBPIGom adopted SDAR tactics by trying to intimidate the Cagers in the second quarter. The Cagers continued to play excellent defense and led 31 – 14 at the half. The Cagers continued the pressure in the third quarter by scoring 18 points and held SBPIGom to only 6. The second team took over in the fourth quarter and held the tiring SBPIGom to only 2 points. Cagers won 61 – 22, the Cagers’ biggest winning margin in the tournament.
The tired SBPIGom were eliminated by SMS Kuching later in the evening. SBPIGom paid a heavy price by playing all out trying to match the Cagers. Syahmi managed to score three 3-pointers, Cagers’ first in the tournament. Am led the scoring with 16 points and Syahmi helped with 14 points.
MC Cagers vs. SMS Hulu Selangor (SEMASHUR)
26th of May 2008, 8.00 am Court C, SMSAH
SMS Hulu Selangor qualified for the semifinal through point count back after 3 teams; MOZAC, SMESH and SEMASHUR each lost a game to each other.
The Cagers started aggressively against SEMASHUR. They held SEMASHUR to only 7 points while scoring 23 in the first quarter. The Cagers struggled to play in the second quarter after an excellent start in the first quarter. They managed to hold on the lead 36 – 19 at the half. The Cagers recovered their rhythm in the third to lead 53 – 24. The second team took over in the fourth. They couldn’t keep the intensity by the first team but managed to hold on to win 65 – 49.
Justin led the balance scoring with 19 points, the Cagers hit three 3 pointers with Amir contributing 2 and Syahmi 1.
MC Cagers vs. SMS Muzaffar Shah (MOZAC)
26th of May 2008, 5.00 pm Court C, SMSAH
MOZAC qualified for the final by beating SMS Kuching 75 – 62 in the other semifinal.
MOZAC startled the Cagers by scoring the first 4 points. The Cagers tightened up their defense by limiting MOZAC to only another 4 for the quarter. The Cagers showed their prowess by scoring 20 points to lead 20 – 8 at the end of first quarter.
The Cagers struggled offensively in the second quarter, however they played excellent defense by limiting MOZAC to only 5 points to take the lead 26 – 13 at the half. The second half continued with the Cagers playing superb defense, allowing MOZAC to only 6 points to lead 37 – 19 at the end of third quarter. The second five took over in the fourth and led all the way to a comfortable margin of 52 – 30.
The Captain and the tournament MVP, Mokri led the scoring with 15 points with a single 3-pointer. Syahmi contributed 13 points with two 3-pointers.
Our ‘sister’ team, STF Dynamites, has successfully defended their championship in style by thrashing their opponents all the way (beating SEMASHUR 60 – 10, SMSKuching 59 – 30, SAINA 66 – 04, SMSTMFPutra 66 – 14, semifinal
On behalf of the Q-4-G team, I would like to express our deepest appreciations to the following:
· Mr. Liew for his undying commitment in driving The Cagers (& the Dynamites) to excellence. His reputation for bringing the MC Cagers to a class of its own is still intact!
· The MCKK HM, Mr. Rauhi; PK 1 Mr. Shamsudin Mustapha; PK HEM Mr. Fairuz; PK
· The continuous support from MCOBA, especially Mr. President DS Mac and JakLi ’76.
· YABhg. Tun Haniff for the sponsorship in rebuilding the New Hostel court.
· The MCOBA Northern Chapter, especially Sdr Fauzi ‘75 & Tn Hj. Ariffin ‘66 for the grand welcoming lunch and all oldboys who were there supporting the Cagers during the games.
· Old Cagers; especially Izuan Amir ’87, Riza Beg '76, A.Halim Hussien ’77, Annuar Marzuki ’87, Chaei ’92, Azran ’96, Faisal Shahbuddin ’87, Dr. Aidi ’89, Farizal ’87, Rizal ’85, Jimmy ’91, Kamarul Azrin, M.Ikram Badar, Nik Kamil and Tan Sri Megat Zaharuddin, thank you for your invaluable contributions and endless moral support towards the project. Once a Cager, always a Cager!
· Zainal Abidin Abas ‘80, Azman Mohd. Hussien ’80, Azman Ibrahim ’80, Kamarul ‘Asri ‘80 and Uniqorn 76 – 80 for the timely financial contributions.
· Serpents ’78 for the sponsorships (jersey and shoes).
· The STF HM, Pn Hajah Junaidi & Ex-HM, Pn Halimah Shaaban, PKs, Teachers for hosting the Dec intensive camp in STF. STF Drivers (En Sharom & En Salleh) for helping to ferry our players from SMJ to the courts throughout the tournament while MCKK’s driver had to attend to other matters in Kuala Kangsar.
The 2008 Cagers
Standing: Mokri (Capt.), Am, Ammar, Justin (Asst. Capt.), Luqman, Khairul, Azim
Squatting: Syahmi, Iwan, Syai, Jae, Amir
Friday, May 23, 2008
I hope still sempat lagi before you guys bertolak ke Jitra. I planned to write this down since the last couple of weeks lagi but just couldn't find the right time to do so. Malam ni try jugak, & Alhamdulillah I managed to finish it. I already did something similar to this last year, so I just felt a sense of obligation to do it again this time around. I just hope that this will help the boy in one way or another. Please send my regards to Mr. Liew, Cikgu Jimmy, the boys & everyone nanti. Thanks a lot & all the best. I'll wait for the good news, InsyaAllah.
Salam from ,
So the defining moment is here yet again. I am pretty sure that it is a moment that you guys have long been waiting for, and you just cannot wait to get off and show the world your true quality. You guys will be gunning for a fifth consecutive title, and all I can say is what a massive achievement that will be.
In reality, by now you guys can already consider yourself as a winner, given the amount of hard works you have put in to get to this very point. Not many are willing to choose the way of life that you guys have chosen, and this fact alone makes you stand out from the rest and leads me to suggest that you are worthy winners. Nonetheless, in the world where winning is deemed as actually standing on the podium and receiving your medal, my own definition of winning is insufficient and just does not seem quite right. You guys still have to go out there and actually win it. I am optimistic that you will, and come Sunday I will wait patiently for that good news to reach me.
My only advice here is to not only win, but to win with humility. This quality often gets overlooked by many, especially in a moment of joy and victory. When the final whistle has been blown, do not just walk off the court with your prideful swagger, but instead go and shake hands with your rivals. Everyone knows that you have won, but that does not grant you any right to be disrespectful to those rivals you have just defeated. Most importantly, you should never leave the court without thanking those who support you, those who guide you to where you are now. In short, you may stand on top of the world but you should always remain humble, and never forget those who made it all possible. You see, gracious winners get all the respect and plaudits, while snobby ones will only go down in history book and not in people's memory. I am pretty sure that you get my point. I hope this quality will be perched in your mind and heart not just during the moment you are crowned as a champion, but forever in your life.
I wish you all the best in your pursuit of glory. Bring home the fifth consecutive PHT!
Monday, May 05, 2008
The Cagers will be playing several friendly games against the local teams. This will give valuable game experience for the juniors as well. Will post the updates and hopefully pics after the trip.
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Friday 23 May
9:30 am, Court A College Heights.
The Cagers vs SDAR
5:00 pm, court A.
The Cagers vs SMSKuching
Saturday 24 May
5:00 pm Court A, College Heights
The Cagers vs SESMA (K. Terengganu)
Sunday 25 May,
11:00 Am, court A. College Heights
The Cagers vs SBPI Gopeng
The semifinal will be on Monday morning either 8:00 am if the Cagers win all their games or 9:30 am as group A Runners up. The Final would be at 5:00 pm, the same day.
The Court A is at College HEIGHTS, Jitra. Meanwhile, the Cagers are fine tuning their game plan, making adjustment for two injured main players who might not be able to play in the Finals. They will be going for their 13th and 5th consecutive championships, insyaallah
The semifinal will be on Monday morning either 8:00 am if Cagers win all their games or 9:30 am as group A Runners up. The Final would be at 5:00 pm, the same day.
The boys and girls final will be played simultaneously. We're trying to get the organizer to change the schedule so the Cagers and the Dynamites can support each other, if both teams make it to the final.
Monday, April 14, 2008
The Cagers won their 6th consecutive PHT Northern Zone Championships in SMS Sultan Azlan Shah (SERATAS) Taiping convincingly. This year Quest-4-Glory (Q4G) decided to field a team with 8 juniors in preparation for the next year’s tournament. They did well despite the games were played with a 7 minutes non stop every quarter (a total of 28 minutes per game). So it was really a short game, not more than 5 minutes of actual playing time.
The Cagers left Kuala Kangsar at with 12 players (4 Form 5s, 4 Form 4s, 3 Form 3s and 1 Form 2) accompanied by Cikgu Rizal and Cikgu Fatimah led by Cikgu Roslan PK KoKo plus the Debaters. They arrived safely in SERATAS at . After unloading and settling down in the respective dorms, the Cagers were not able to train due to rain.
Friday 11 April
vs. SMS Pokok Sena
The Cagers’ first game was against SAINA. The SAINA team came over to KK during the mid-term break to train together with the Cagers. It was a game between two friendly parties. Mr. Liew also spent several weekends in SAINA to follow up on the team. The Cagers started well. The starters (Mokri, Ammar, Justin, Am & Starmy) established a big lead 19 – 2 at the end of 1st quarter. The junior took over and maintain the dominance by leading 32 – 7 at the half. The third team struggled to maintain the intensity in the third quarter. The second team took over in the last quarter and managed to stretch the lead. The final score 46 – 13. The Cagers only managed to hit only 1 3-pointer.
vs SMS Sultan Md. Jiwa
The Cagers started well. The starters again established a big lead 16 – 0 at the end of 1st quarter. However, the second team struggled when they took over in the 2nd quarter. Nothing was falling in; luckily they managed to put up a strong defense. They recovered in the second half by scoring 15 points to lead 32 – 3 by the 3rd quarter. They kept the intensity by scoring another 20 points in the 4th quarter to win by the score of 52 – 8.
Saturday 12 April
vs. SMS Tuanku Syed Putra
Syed Putra lost their game against SAINA yesterday. It was an upset because they had beaten SAINA by 22 points in a friendly game before this tournament. However, with Mr. Liew around to coach, SAINA exacted a sweet revenge by beating Syed Putra 19 points. This left Syed Putra a difficult task, beating the Cagers to move on.
Cagers’ starters played well to lead 12 – 7 after the 1st quarter. They tightened up their defense and capitalized the opponent’s eagerness to score by launching fast breaks after fast breaks. Cagers led 24 – 8 at the half. The second team took over in the second half. They continued the excellent defense by the starters and kept scoring easy baskets from the fast breaks. Cagers won 46 - 19
vs. SM Sultan Abdul Halim
Cagers’ starters were rested for this last group game. Cagers are already in the semifinal. The second five started the game and continued to play well to lead 19 - 6 after the 1st quarter. They tightened up their defense and continued scoring to lead 25 – 6 at the half. The third team took over in the second half and continued to play well to lead 33 – 7 at the 3rd quarter. Cagers’ third team began to coast and allowed the opponent to out score them 8 – 10 in the fourth quarter. Cagers won 41 – 17.
SMSTSSS made it to the semifinal through count back after 3 teams in their group lost a game each. SMSTSSS were playing the 1-2-2 full court press tactics in the previous games. Cagers’ were ready to play against the full court press. Cagers broke the press at will and resulted in easy baskets. Cagers led 17 – 2 by the 1st quarter. SMSTSSS continued using the same tactics, the second team also broke the press easily and led 37 – 10 at the half. The second team continued the excellent play by leading 51 – 17 in the 3rd quarter. The third team stretched the lead in the last quarter. Cagers won 62 – 19.
Final vs. SMS Pokok Sena
SAINA made it to the final after beating SMST. Intan in double OT in the other semifinal. It was a very close game all the way. Mr. Liew was coaching SAINA. SMSTI players were better with the individual skills but were plagued with foul troubles. 4 main players fouled out of the game and one was suffering from cramps. SAINA players took advantage in the 2nd OT by crashing the board and it paid handsomely when they made it to the final
The final game was played in a friendly atmosphere. The SAINA players were tired after their titanic battle in the semifinal while the Cagers cruised in theirs. The Cagers played in a relaxed manner while keeping the opponent at bay by playing excellent defense. Cagers led 17 – 5 in the 1st quarter. The second team took over from the 2nd quarter. They struggled to defend against the bigger opponents but managed to keep the lead 23 – 16 at the half. In the second half, the second team used their superior fitness to outrun their tiring opponents and extended the lead 33 – 20 after the 3rd quarter. They slowed down in the last quarter but still managed to extend the lead. Cagers won 42 – 28.
Overall, the Cagers played well in the tournament. Skill and stamina wise, they were on a different league compared to other teams. The juniors showed their potential by playing well in the tournament.
We would like to thank
- MCKK admin for allowing us to bring the junior supporters to see the games,
- Dr. Sallehin and family for hosting 10 junior supporters in his house and bringing them to court to see the games,
- The oldboys who came and supported the Cagers. Sorry for the ‘low-key final’,
- Azran 96 for the 100 plus drinks for the Cagers.
Standing: Azim, Mokri, Justin, 'Ammar, Starmy, VIP, HM SERATAS, HM Koleq, Am, Syafiq Ihsan
Squatting: Ammar Faid, Shai, Md. Nor, Amir, Rohaizad
Sunday, April 06, 2008
Thursday, April 03, 2008
Saturday, March 29, 2008
Friday 11 April 2008
8:00 am vs SMS Pokok Sena
3:50 pm vs SMS Sultan Md. Jiwa
Saturday 12 April 2008
11:00 am vs SM Sultan Abdul Halim
4:00 pm vs SMS Tuanku Syed Putra
Sunday 13 April 2008
8:00 am Semifinal
All games will be played at SERATAS.
We'll be sending 5 Form 5s, 3 Form 4s 3 Form 3s and 1 Form 2 players. The juniors will be given more playing time to give them valuable game exposure. The National finals will be in SM Sultan Abdul Halim, Jitra Kedah during the Mid Year School Break.
Friday, March 21, 2008
The Dynamites went through a tight zone defensive drills to tighten up their defense, while having their own option of fast break. The SMS Pokok Sena just went through the normal training program while playing a lot of sparring games with the junior cagers.
The Dynamites watching & listening intently.
Several Cagers 07 came back for their SPM results during the Camp. Rahmat, Capt. 07, did well by scoring 10 1As. The third Cagers to score 10 1As since Q4G started. Miki did suprisingly well by scoring 10 As as well.