Just over three-and-a-half months after the Kaohsiung Aquas made history by winning Taiwan’s inaugural pro T1 League championship, playmaker Jason Brickman on Wednesday visited a secondary school basketball tournament in the city to teach some skills and pass on tips to the next generation.
“It was very exciting to come out here and be with the kids, be able to share my routine, my warm-up routine,” said the Filipino-American, who was named Most Valuable Import player for his phenomenal performance in the T1 League in the recently completed season. “I just want to be in the community to see these kids play and interact with them.”
Heralded as one of the best passing point guards in Asia, Brickman led the league with an average of 10.3 assists per game during the regular season, helping his club win the inaugural championship on June 4 with a 103-100 win over the Taichung Wagor Suns in Game 3 of the finals.
Winning over the hearts of basketball fans across Taiwan for his leadership and on-court magic, Brickman is no stranger to Taiwanese fans, as he was also part of the Mighty Sports team who represented the Philippines and swept the most recent edition of the Taiwan-hosted invitational William Jones Cup in 2019.
On Wednesday, Brickman shared his warmup routine with hundreds of students at the 57-team inter-secondary school basketball tournament’s opening ceremony at the Kaohsiung Youth Sports Park’s courts.
“I just think it’s important, especially for guards, to have a good routine before a game to really get warmed up and get focused for the game,” he said. “I think that puts your mindset towards the game and the challenges of the game, so, I just wanted to share all the things that I do and why I do those things.”
After watching the students hit the courts and some of the games at the tournament, Brickman said he felt that basketball in Taiwan was growing, and that it was great to see young people enjoy the sport and have so many courts to play on.
Brickman’s visit to the tournament follows a visit to the basketball club of semiconductor assembling and test manufacturer ASE in the export processing zone in Kaohsiung’s Nanzih District in April to coach factory workers.
The programs aim to embrace the community so people in the city will love the team, his club said.
MAJOR UPSET: Many gathered in Taipei to support Messi, whose chances of winning the World Cup were dented when the second-lowest-ranked team beat Argentina 2-1 Saudi Arabia yesterday pulled off one of the greatest upsets in FIFA World Cup history, roaring back to beat Lionel Messi’s Argentina 2-1 and set the tournament in Qatar alight. Copa America champions Argentina came into the game on a 36-match unbeaten streak and appeared to be on their way to a straightforward victory after Messi stroked home an early penalty. This is likely to be the final World Cup of Messi’s glittering career and it is the one major title to elude him. Manager Lionel Scaloni’s team could have put the game beyond Saudi Arabia’s reach in the first half, but
Eight-time NBA All-Star Dwight Howard on Sunday lost his first game with the T1 League’s Taoyuan Leopards, in a 94-103 home defeat to the Taichung Suns. Howard came close to achieving another triple-double in his second game in Taiwan. After grabbing 38 points, 25 rebounds and nine assists against the New Taipei CTBC DEA on Saturday, he tallied 23 points, 10 assists and nine boards against Taichung. Howard, who turns 37 on Dec. 8, led the Leopards in minutes played, accumulating about 91 of 101 total minutes of play over two games within 26 hours. “Yes, this is the most minutes I’ve played
EMPTY SEATS: Soon after Valencia’s second goal at the half-hour mark, an exodus of fans began, and as the match wore on swathes of unfilled seats could be seen Qatar on Sunday became the first World Cup hosts to lose their opening match, going down 2-0 to Ecuador, as soccer’s showpiece got under way after 12 years of turbulent preparations. Qatar has spent US$200 billion on a remarkable construction project to host the World Cup after the tiny Gulf state shocked the soccer world by winning the right to host the tournament in 2010. A crowd of 67,372 packed into the impressive Al-Bayt Stadium, modeled on a traditional Bedouin tent, for the opening ceremony. South Korean K-pop star Jung Kook headlined the 30-minute spectacle that featured Hollywood star Morgan Freeman giving a
Manchester United’s owners on Tuesday said they were ready to sell the club, potentially bringing down the curtain on an acrimonious 17 years under the Glazer family. On a tumultuous day for the English giants, it was earlier revealed that star player Cristiano Ronaldo has left the club with “immediate effect.” Weeks of turbulence appeared to have come to an end when United announced Ronaldo’s contract had been terminated by mutual agreement to bring to an end his second spell at Old Trafford. That dramatic announcement was eclipsed just hours later by the news that the US-based Glazer family could also be on