The 2023 national basketball championship takes place at Khanh Hoa Provincial Sports Arena (33 Phan Chu Trinh Street, Nha Trang City) on November 2-9, joined by most of the strong male and female basketball teams in Vietnam.
The men’s event includes 9 teams namely Soc Trang, Air Defense-Air Force, Thai Son Nam-Binh Duong, Poseidon-Ninh Thuan, Jambay Khanh Hoa (Group A), Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Dong Nai and Binh Thuan (Group B).
|Poseidon-Ninh Thuan playing Jambay Khanh Hoa|
Before the tournament, Soc Trang had been rated highest in the men’s event. They are the defending champions and have many members of the national basketball team and VBA players in their line-up. Besides Soc Trang, Air Defense-Air Force, Ho Chi Minh City, and Hanoi are also strong teams in this year’s championship. The 2023 edition also sees the participation of teams developing from basketball movement such as Jambay Khanh Hoa, Poseidon-Ninh Thuan and Dong Nai.
After the group stage, Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi secured the first and second place in Group A. In Group B, Soc Trang placed first in Group B with 4 wins; Air Defense-Air Force took the second place. These 4 teams qualified for the semi-finals, which takes place on November 8.
The hosts Jambay Khanh Hoa ended the journey in their first nation-level playground after losing to Poseidon-Ninh Thuan 52-56 in the last match of the group stage. Although not getting good results as expected, Jambay Khanh Hoa appreciated this tournament as an opportunity to compete with and learn from strong teams. Coach Dam Bao Hung of Jambay Khanh Hoa hopes that through such opportunities, the young players of Jambay Khanh Hoa can gain experience and improve their skills to make the team competent at national tournaments in the future.
After the end of the 5x5 basketball championship, the national 3x3 basketball championship is going to take place from November 10 to 13.
Translated by H.N