Brothers Chris & Josh ‘J-Chill’ Childress

Pictured are Josh ‘J-Chill’ Childress and his younger brother Chris. Josh is back for his 2nd year at the Sydney Kings whilst brother Chris is the head coach at Bellflower High in Los Angeles, CA.

Josh and Chris got a chance to catch up at the recent tournament at Knox Grammar.

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Bellflower High School Attended and Played at the 2015 Shootout

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Grand Final game at Sydney Entertainment Centre

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Sydney Schools Shootout-Grand Final @ Sydney Entertainment Centre- October 19. 6.10pm

Two strong basketball schools in Sydney, Scots College and Knox Grammar will battle it out this Friday night at the Sydney Entertainment Centre for the Sydney Kings School Shootout title. The Ken Cole Trophy (currently held by Newington College) will be up for grabs in the 5th year of the Sydney Kings Schools Tournament.

Scots College are the current GPS premiers and boast three junior Australian representatives, Gerard Martin, Obi Mbakwe and Isaac Humphries. Kai Healy played in the Australian U16- 3 on 3 team, whilst Brock Dries from Coffs Harbour and Luke Anderson from Dubbo led the NSW Country U18 team earlier this year.

Knox led by Sukhman Bhinder (NSW u18) is from the CAS competition and have an impressive program with a number of championships under their belt in recent years. Easily the underdogs for this clash, Knox will have nothing to lose against a powerful Scots line up with considerably more stars.

Scots and Knox fought their way through 6 preliminary games in four venues across Sydney in the recent school holidays. Forty teams entered the tournament with The Sydney Kings providing valuable support to the tournament, hosting the premier final and visiting all preliminary games

Steve Carfino said that the Sydney Kings Schools Shootout Tournament is one of the highlights of the club’s social engagement program.

“Every one of the current Sydney Kings roster would have played in a tournament such as this when they were younger,” said Carfino, as he watched many of the preliminary games.

“It is at this grass-roots level where players develop their love of the sport and decide that they want a career in basketball. The boys who participate in the Sydney Kings Schools  Tournament will also improve their basketball skills and make some excellent friends. It is a very positive outcome all round and one the Sydney Kings is very pleased to support,” Steve Carfino said.

 

Tournament Director, Phil Webster, said “It was very pleasing to see such legends as Steve Carfino, Bruce Bolden, Matt Weston and Ken Cole at the tournament.  Our players still recognise Mr Magic and were thrilled to meet with him as he presented the Sydney Kings trophy to Patrician Brothers Fairfield in the development division final of the tournament”

The Premier Final Tip-off is 6.10pm and the game is a curtain raiser to the Sydney Kings v Cairns Taipans clash at 7.30.

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Sydney Kings supports grass-roots basketball

The Sydney Kings is continuing to provided a solid foundation for junior basketball in Sydney, through their commitment to community engagement and, in particular, their ongoing involvement in the largest high school basketball tournament in Sydney – The Sydney Kings Schools Shootout.

The tournament involves 40 teams from as far north as Central Coast Grammar at Erina to Trinity Grammar in Summerhill, an inner west suburb of Sydney. Games will be played at four different locations across the city.

With two divisions playing over two days on October 7 and 8, 2011, the school holidays will ensure two full days of basketball. The final two teams in the premier division of the Sydney Kings Schools Shootout will have the opportunity to play at the Sydney Entertainment Centre on Thursday November 17, 2011.

Tournament Director, Phil Webster, applauded the Sydney Kings for their continuous support of school basketball and believes the tournament may provide future players to the Sydney Kings. Indeed, two current Sydney Kings players, Graeme Dann (Waverley) and Julian Khazzouh (Oakhill), both attended schools that participated in this Sydney Kings Schools Shootout Tournament.

The High School tournament is open to all boys’ high school teams, and all school systems are invited to participate.

Each team will play four games on Friday October 7 at a venue nearest their school. The top two teams will advance to the quarterfinals at the Kings School in Parramatta on Saturday October 8. The Sydney Kings will present a perpetual trophy to the Development Division winner, whilst NBL Hall of Famer, Ken Cole, has donated a perpetual trophy to the winning Premier Division side. Current holders of both titles, Sydney High will host games at Cleveland Street.

Sydney Kings Head Coach, Ian ‘Moose’ Robilliard, said that the Sydney Kings Schools Shootout Tournament is one of the highlights of the club’s social engagement program.

“Every one of the current Sydney Kings roster would have played in a tournament such as this when they were younger,” Robilliard said.

“It is at this grass-roots level where players develop their love of the support and decide that they want a career in basketball.

“These tournaments also promote basketball to the wider community and in doing so promote the fun and value of team sports and, of course healthy life styles. The boys who participate in the Sydney Kings Schools Shootout Tournament will also improve their basketball skills and make some excellent friends. It is a very positive outcome all round and one the Sydney Kings is very pleased to support,” Ian Robilliard said.

For more details about the tournament, please contact Phil Webster on 0400 461 483 or phil2.webster@hotmail.com, or Nicola Parkinson at the Sydney Kings office on 02 9850 1952 or nicola.parkinson@sydneykings.com.

Mark D Wells
Media & Public Relations Manager
Sydney Kings

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2011 development winners-St Augustines

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2010 Premier winners-Sydney High

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Sydney Boys High

Winners of the 2010 Sydney Kings Schools Shootout development division

STUDENTS from Sydney Boys High and Newington College will have the thrill of being the first to play on the Kingdome’s brand new $1 million high-tech court when they contest the premier division final of the 2010 Sydney Kings Schools Shootout this Saturday night.

The Kings return to the Sydney Entertainment Centre for their 2010/11 iiNet National Basketball League (NBL) round one match-up against the New Zealand Breakers with Sydney High and Newington College tipping-off the action from 6pm.

Both schools dominated the annual high school tournament run over two days at Newington College last week.

Sydney High defeated Newington 47-41 in the final of the development division with High’s Blake McGlentchy taking home the MVP award.

With the resurrected Sydney Kings heavily focused on their community engagement program, general manager Bob Turner was delighted to align support to the annual tournament, which is now known as the Sydney Kings Schools Shootout and offers a unique opportunity for the final of the premier division to be played as a curtain raiser to a Kings home game at the Entertainment Centre.

Both schools are bursting with talent including two Australian under-20 representatives in Daniel Hill of Newington College and Andre Dukanoviv of Sydney High.

“This game will showcase some of our city’s best junior talent and promises to provide a nail biting warm up to the return of our cardiac Kings,” said tournament director Phil Webster.

Webster applauded the Kings for their strong support of school basketball and believes the tournament may provide future NBL quality players for the purple and gold.

“Current Kings Graeme Dann and Julian Khazzouh both attended schools that participate in this Sydney wide event and we’re looking forward to future Kings rising through the ranks of the tournament,” said Webster.

The Sydney Kings open their season in Melbourne against the Tigers this Friday night before returning home to take on the Breakers at the Kingdome on Saturday night. Tip-off is at 8pm for both games.

Tickets for Saturday night’s game in Sydney are selling fast, but you can still purchase yours through the Ticketmaster website at www.ticketmaster.com.au.

You can catch all the action of Friday night’s game live in your lounge room on One HD from 8pm.

Saturday 16 October 2010
The Kingdome – Sydney Entertainment Centre

6pm – Curtain Raiser
Sydney High v Newington College in the premier division final of the 2010 Sydney Kings Schools Shootout

Pre-Game Entertainment

2010 Australia’s Got Talent winners Justice Crew

8pm – Main Game
Sydney Kings v NZ Breakers in round one of the 2010/11 iiNet NBL Championship

Half-Time Entertainment
Scarlette Belle

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