Lucrative challenge bounces off Sept. 15
By Edison Jefford
The much-anticipated nationwide Mackeson Smooth Moves 3-on-3 Basketball Challenge will bounce off on September 15, following a brief break for the Coordinators to refine planning for the most lucrative basketball contest in Guyana.
The Ansa McAl Limited coordinated competition will host teams from across Guyana for the biggest purse in local basketball; a whopping $1M winner-take-all top prize will be up for grabs in the competition that was first
held last year.
Large crowds were drawn to the tournament that had preliminary games as far as in Bartica and New Amsterdam last year. There is absolutely no doubt that this year’s event will be even bigger with Mackeson Brand Manager, Jamaal Douglas exuding optimism.
“We are getting great responses from the communities we have contacted; we are hoping that all Guyanese come out and support this tournament since it will be one of the best tournaments for the year,” Douglas said in a brief comment yesterday.
He said the tournament must surpass the expectations of last year. For that reason, he said that all systems are being erected to ensure that both player and patron benefit in substantial ways from a challenge that is also geared toward advancing community development.
The word in the street is that defending champions, Pacesetters ‘A’ that comprises Steffan Gillis, Travis Burnett, Naylon Loncke and Royston Siland, has been busy refining their chemistry for an expected intense challenge that bounces off in just about two weeks.
The locations for registration will be published in the newspapers. With six Mackeson caps and the registration form being the entry criteria, teams comprising four players will have a chance to cash in on the ‘milli’. The games will be played for 15 minutes–7½ minutes per half–with a 30-second timeout in each half.
A team must consist of four players, with none being under 18 years. The rules of the tournament will be reinforced. If any of the competing teams are found guilty of breaching the rules penalties that amount to a disqualification from the tournament could be the result.
The 3-on-3 format is an established International Basketball Federation (FIBA) format. The rules for the format include the fact that each basket from beyond the arc (three-point line) will usually count as two points while other buckets count as one point. The first team to reach 21 points will before the 15-minutes time expires will be declared the winner.