Kuala Lumpur competition a family affair

Cameron NewboldAlbany Advertiser

Margie Jones and her daughters Jasmyne and Taimania Jones will represent the Great Southern next week in basketball when they head to the Cyberjaya International Youth Tournament in Kuala Lumpur.

Taimania and Jasmyne will play in the Binar Sports girls’ under-18 team, which will be coached by their mother as they face a vast range of teams from Singapore, Australia, the Philippines, Thailand and Malaysia.

The team flies out on Tuesday and starts the five-day tournament on Wednesday under the Binar Sports banner.

Taimania, 18, and Jasmyne, 16, were part of the same team that competed in China last year and said they were eager to showcase their skills at a different level.

“I went to China last year and that was fun,” Jasmyne said. “I’m looking forward to versing girls my age. I’ll feel more comfortable over there with my mum and sister.”

Margie will have a big role to play as coach of the girls’ side, given the traditional basketball rules are altered for the tournament.

“There is different rules over there, so I’ll have to use plenty of strategy and switch my team around,” she said.

“I taught Jasmyne and Taimania from the beginning.

“The girls should have a good shot at this year.

“They have some very strong players who will gel well.”

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