Wednesday, May 28, 2008

35th HKSBP in SM Sultan Abdul Halim, Jitra, Kedah

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, College Heights Utara

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, College Heights Utara

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, College Heights Utara

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, College Heights Utara

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.

The Final

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 SSP 41 – 14 and Final SMS Sabah 48 -17). This is the second double champions by the Tok Bomoh!! (Mr. Liew).


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 Kokurikulum, Tn. Hj. Roslan; Cikgu Rizal and Cikgu Fatimah, MCKK staff and supporters who were involved directly or indirectly towards achieving a higher level of excellence in MCKK basketball.

· 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 Champions: STF Dynamites and MCKK Cagers

The 2008 Cagers

Standing: Mokri (Capt.), Am, Ammar, Justin (Asst. Capt.), Luqman, Khairul, Azim

Squatting: Syahmi, Iwan, Syai, Jae, Amir

Friday, May 23, 2008

Email from Cepe; Capt & MVP 05

Dear Abg Ise & Kak Ana,

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 Sydney,

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!

Best regards,



Monday, May 05, 2008

The Cameron Highland Camp

The Cagers will be going to Cameron Highland for the final camp before the HKSBP in SMSAH. We're bringing a total of 42 Cagers, including the Form 1 as well. Mr. Liew will fine tune their preparation for the HKSBP tournament. This trip will also give them the opportunity to release the tension after sitting for their respective exams.

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.