Basketball: Saudi Stars to play Filipino Legends in Jeddah

The Saudi Stars will be going up against the Filipino Legends on Saturday

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Filipino Basketball legends and stars from the oldest professional basketball league in Asia will clash with Saudi Legends in an exhibition game at the Presidency and Youth Sports Complex in Jeddah Saturday (April 18).

The games are aimed at strengthening ties between the Philippines and the Kingdom. Different local teams will fight it out with the visiting team in games scheduled in three cities.

Organizer Mohammed Khamis, former Saudi national player and director general of Saudi Basketball Academy, said the exhibition match will be one for the record books.

“We would like to give a very exciting game to all basketball fans in Jeddah,” he said. The exhibition match featuring some of the former best players from the Saudi Basketball League and PBA (Philippine Basketball Association) and there will also be a three-point shoot-out and a slam dunk competition before the main event.

“We expect a good game, a fun but competitive game,” Khamis said. He also said: “Filipinos appreciate basketball and their level of play has gone better along with the level of play around the world and on the other hand, I’m sure they (Saudi Legends) haven’t lost their competitiveness, but it’s gonna be fun. They are geared up for this game.”

The PBA players who will compete against the Saudi Legends are: Alvin Patrimonio, Nelson Asaytono, Ferdinand Pumaren, Marlou B. Aquino, Kenneth Duremdes, Crisanto Bolado, Renren Ritualo, Noli Locsin, Vince Hizon and E.J. Feihland.

Besides enjoying the thrill of slam dunk and free throws contests, fans will have a chance of winning one of many great prizes including the grand prize which is a round trip ticket to Dubai.

The program is being managed by Coordination Est. for Events Planning and Organization in cooperation with Saudi Basketball Academy. Tickets are available at Injaz branches (Al-Bilad Bank) contact number 0532681747.

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