Kwakwani take on Central Mackenzie in Linden tonight
Kwakwani will have to prove that the adage that suggests ‘small axe cut down big tree’ is true in the quarterfinal game against Central Mackenzie in the National Community Basketball League (NCBL) tonight at the Mackenzie Sports Club Court in Linden.
The easy prediction will be to choose Central Mackenzie because of the depth of what can easily be called the community’s ‘Dream Team’. Central Mackenzie has an abundance of players with the requisite quality and will be eyeing a semi-final place.
Kwakwani has toppled respectable teams in the NCBL to reach the quarterfinal stage after they’d finished second in their group. Their performance against previous big teams cannot be diluted in any analysis and that is what makes them too obvious to underestimate.
Central Mackenzie has more to prove in the contest. They will want to concretise their place as a definite force in local basketball whether or not they are in the best shape. The team is on a move to prove a point and that motivation could be dangerous for Kwakwani.
However, Kwakwani’s usual fundamentals could create difficulties for the fairly rusty Central Mackenzie that has Akeem ‘The Dream’ Kanhai with Steve Neils Jr., Kevin ‘Two Feet’ Joseph and Orin Rose rotating between point and shooting guard.
Neils is a former national shooting guard, who captained Guyana at the last Caribbean Basketball Confederation (CBC) Championships in the Bahamas. Kanhai is an ex-national junior guard with Joseph having a bit of senior national exposure in the position as well. Orin Rose is as lethal as a marksman from downtown locally.
In the forward positions, Marvin Hartman and Shane Webster are also forces to reckon with the 6’9″ centre, Jason Alonzo as the inside tower. Central Mackenzie is basically a team of ex-senior and junior national players that may still be in contention for national selection.
Because of that, the underdog status must apply to Kwakwani, who is now developing a senior force with most of its players still in transition from the schools’ and junior levels. Nevertheless, Shelroy Thomas, Dave Plass and Dominic Douglas will come out to play ball.
Kwakwani, judging from their run in the tournament that has been a true representation of talent in communities across Guyana thus far, has shown no fear of opposition. It will be a good game. Kwakwani cannot be underestimated.