Ravens, Jets to clash in third place game
David versus Goliath is arguably one of the most famous stories in the Old Testament. Apart from it being about faith and trust in God, it also tells about courage and the will to overthrow those who seem superior and invincible.
This is most applicable to the matchup between Linden’s Victory Valley Royals, who in this case is ‘David’ and Georgetown’s Pacesetters taking the form of ‘Goliath’ in the finals of the Brusche Basketball Classic which is on tonight at the Mackenzie Sports Club Hard Court.
The Brusche’s Classic seems to belong to Pacesetters since they won the inaugural event and was edged in the finals of the second edition by Wismar Pistons and is now playing in their third consecutive final. They made it in the most dramatic fashion to the 2011 final by defeating their nemesis and Georgetown champions, Dyna’s Ravens in the semi-finals.
But for the Royals, the story is different. The side hailing from the Wismar shore was once one of Linden’s most feared teams, having been equipped with several of the town/country’s premier players and then without notice, like the adage says: “after one time comes another”.
The likes of Mark Richards, Alwyn ‘Shaq’ Wilson, Julius Carter, Troy Jeffery, Dwight Cooper, Anson Durant and Dwayne ‘Brown Sugar’ Roberts among many others, have either transferred to other clubs or simply stepped away from the game to fulfill personal and family commitments.
However, the club which has a strong youth-base due to hosting an annual school’s basketball championship, refused to fall by the wayside.
Chris Williams and Marlon Pollydore, two of the clubs best young prospects teamed-up with Orlan Glasgow, Harold Adams and Alwyn Rodney to form what is now call the ‘Fab-5’ (fabulous five) to lead the resurgence of the basketball club.
The young Royals seem like wine; getting better with every game as they crushed pre-tournament favorites, Amelia’s Ward Jets by 31 points enroute to tonight’s final. But while Linden is rallying behind the Royals, they are being humbled about the fact that Pacesetters wouldn’t be an easy task for the team who are riding on pure individual skills.
National players Stephan Gillis and Royston Siland along with Naylon Loncke and former junior national point guard, Travis Burnett are the players who have been doing the work for National Coach, Robert ‘Bobby’ Cadogan.
Their win over Ravens last weekend has certainly boosted their confidence and as one of their players said: “anytime you hear Brusche’s Classic, just hand Pacesetters the trophies in advance”.
In their win over Ravens whom they haven’t defeated since 2009, Burnett displayed a ruthless form in getting to the paint where his scoring percentage is very high. He scored 27 points in that game and it would be interesting to see how Pollydore would match up against him knowing also that he (Burnett) is strong on the defensive end of the floor as well. Jets and Ravens will start the proceedings with the third place game at 18:30hrs.
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