Defending Champs, Pacesetters ‘A’ play in East tonight
Defending Mackeson Smooth Moves Champions, Pacesetters ‘A’ Team, will be back in action at California Square Basketball Court, East Ruimveldt, tonight in their second group contest of the 2012 nationwide Championship after sweeping their first group.
Pacesetters ‘A’ Team, a combination that includes Royston Siland playing centre/forward, Travis Burnett at guard, Steffon Gillis (shooting guard), and Naylon Loncke coming off the bench in the guard/forward position, was unmatched last week and looks set to defend the $1M winner-take-all first prize.
The four players all have national exposure at varying levels and have been playing together at the club and ‘street-ball’ level for quite some time. Siland might be a little slow on the offensive end, but there is no one better than him on the offensive and defensive boards.
What he lacks on the offensive end, Burnett makes up for playing guard. Burnett is the principle scorer on the team. ‘Blurr’, as Burnett is nicknamed, is a natural finisher and plays both offense and defence; he plays hard with immense energy and is quick.
Then there is the shooting guard, Gillis, who is perhaps the best we have to offer from downtown and who has been a national guard for the first decade of the New Millennium. Gillis is primarily an offensive player, who does not hesitate to loose his missiles from downtown.
The point is the ‘Big Three’ of the Mackeson Smooth Moves 3-on-3 Championships so far have been Pacesetters ‘A’ Team and tonight will be a good test of real character since they will battle South All Stars, Flash and Nets, who are all preliminary group winners.
Siland will be coming up against the huge Yannick Wade from South All Stars in the paint while Wade has Devon Bacchus and Michael Richards to support him. The South All Stars replacement guard, Dominique Vincente will also have an interesting battle against Burnett.
The two underdog qualifiers in the group have to be Nets and Slash. Nets scraped out of the first group at the expense of Albouystown’s best team, Above the Rim. The combination of Drumson McCullay, Pelham Doris, Fabian Johnson and Shane Blair must have grown in confidence and will be no pushovers, just as Slash.
Two teams will advance further in the tournament. The Mackeson Smooth Moves competition definitely intensifies in East tonight where two teams will take one step closer to the mammoth $1M first place prize.
Meanwhile, the Linden Zone Finals will be held tomorrow night at the Mackenzie Sports Club Court to decide who gets the nod to represent the Mining Town in the final round. (Edison Jefford)