Largest ‘street-ball’ tournament returns
- $1M up for grabs, winner-takes-all
By Edison Jefford
In an impressive show of support and endorsement for Guyana’s largest ‘street ball’ tournament, Marketing Director of Ansa McAl Limited, Troy Cadogan and his marketing team yesterday announce the second coming of the Mackeson Smooth Moves 3-on-3 Basketball Championships.
Cadogan was quick to point out that the 2012 competition follows a successful track record from the inaugural event last year.
He said that he felt it was necessary to continue the tournament this year owed to the resounding response from the communities last year.
“We are pleased to launch the Mackeson Smooth Moves competition this year given that it was a highly successful competition last year,” Cadogan said at the media conference, reiterating that it is important to note that the tournament develops the communities as well.
According to him, additional venues will be identified and refurbished in Berbice and on the East Coast of Demerara to host games this year apart from those in Linden, Albouystown, Bartica and Burnham Court, which hosted games in the inaugural competition.
The Ansa McAl Marketing Director believes that the tournament is the right fillip for the general development of the sport since it targets the grassroots level. In light of that fundamental rational behind hosting the competition, he expects the support to grow this year.
He observed that not much “organised basketball” was played since the Mackeson tournament in 2011 and as such, the event comes at an opportune time. The 2012 nation-wide competition jump off in just about three weeks’ time following the registration process of teams.
“We expect much more teams to register now that people know that this is not a joke. I expect all the teams to give Pacesetters a run for their money,” Cadogan said. According to him, the contest has a long term vision and Ansa McAl will continue to develop the event.
The tournament saw close to 200 teams competing last year with Pacesetters ‘A’ team taking the $1M winner-take-all cash prize. The same amount will be up for grabs this year, and the contests promise to be keener now that the event has spread like influenza.
President of the Guyana Amateur Basketball Federation (GABF), David Patterson congratulated Ansa McAl for its proliferation efforts in the sport at the grassroots and corporate levels. He said that such investments are needed for the holistic development of basketball.
He endorsed the outdoor, shorter version of the sport, stating that it is becoming more popular in Guyana. The 3-on-3 format is an established International Basketball Federation (FIBA) format with established rules. It has also been regenerated in other countries.
To enter the competition, teams must use entry forms that will be placed in newspapers, posters, flyers, and place those forms in the entry boxes that will be located in bars and supermarkets that will be announced. To enter on game day, each team must provide six Mackeson crowns in order to be considered for entry.