Pit-bulls, Nets first to advance in $1M challenge
- Rivalry continues on Burnham Court today
By Edison Jefford
Pit-bulls, a composition that was born out of the Ravens Basketball Club and Nets were the two teams that advanced out of the first Georgetown Group of the Mackeson Smooth Moves 3-on-3 Basketball Challenge that got underway Sunday night.
Throngs of curious onlookers lined the Independence Boulevard Basketball Court, Albouystown to get a glimpse of some of the best ‘ballers’ in the country take their ‘game’ to the streets to start the
march toward the $1M winner-take-all first prize up for grabs.
The Albouystown-based Above the Rim team, which was one of the favourites to advance from the group, crashed out after missing a crucial tie-breaking free-throw after they were locked with similar points with Nets and Pit-bulls after the group ended.
Above the Rim and Chronics got things off to a competitive start with Chronics’, Ryan Melville taking the game to the Albouystown unit. However, Above the Rim’s, Nicko Fraser was clearly at home, manoeuvring inside to finish a lay-up then nailing a big three-pointer, which counts for two points in 3-on-3 basketball, to put his team ahead early.
Fraser continued his fine shooting in the second half to lead Above the Rim to a 10-8 win against Chronics. The win placed the entire community behind their team; however, Nets sneaked a 10-9 win against them in their next game that affected their momentum.
Then the Nets were exposed to the savage shooting of the Pit-bulls, who has as part of its line-up, Ryan Gullen, Ryan Stephney and Akeem ‘The Dream’ Kanhai. Pit-bulls was the first, and only, team to reach the cut-off score of 21 points, beating Nets 21-8 with the combination of forwards making it rain from downtown.
Pitbulls also won against Chronics, but dropped a game against Above the Rim after Collis ‘40’ Pluck buried the tie-breaker after a 9-9 regulation end. The trajectory of the night was headed for a three-way tie, which soon became a reality.
Nets, Above the Rim and Pit-bulls all ended on three points each; Shane Blair scored for the Nets and Stephney nailed the free-throw for Pit-bulls. Fraser missed the attempt for Above the Rim. It ended their sojourn in the tournament that continues today.
The Mackeson Smooth Moves 3-on-3 Basketball tournament heads to Burnham Court today with Colts, Made Men, Slash and Teachers’ All-Stars, among other teams competing for their place in the next round of the competition.
Before the commencement of the competition, Ansa McAl’s Public Relations Officer, Darshanie Yussuf welcomed the teams to the event and wished them a successful sojourn in the tournament that started last year. She described the event as a “phenomenal” occasion.