Georgetown’s Ravens take on Linden’s Jets Saturday night
– as local basketball titans clash in grudge contest
Undoubtedly Georgetown’s number one basketball club, Dyna’s Ravens will leave its nest in the City on Saturday to face Linden’s top club, Amelia’s Ward Jets in the ‘Jets Basketball Exchange Classic’ at the Mackenzie Sports Club (MSC) Hard Court.
The much-anticipated showdown between the two top clubs in the country will give enthusiasts a good impression as to who rules the roost in basketball in Guyana. Jump ball will be at 7pm with a first game fixture between Kings and Victory Valley Royals.
Essentially, the Linden/Georgetown grudge contest came to
fruition after Ravens Coach, Darcel Harris approached Jets member, Rawle Toney to organise what is definitely a clash of the titans, signaling Ravens undaunted attitude in the face of any challenge.
“We’re on a high right now and looking to just play basketball. We’re just off winning two back-to-back tournaments and the players are all eager to continue playing,” Harris, a former national point guard said, adding that Ravens take friendly contests very seriously.
“Sometimes, not everything should be about money. Sometimes teams should travel around and play each other because we have to learn to help each other out to better our clubs. So us going to Linden will help our club, it would help Jets club and its bringing back the fun in the sport and camaraderie, which is missing at this point” Harris continued.
“It’s not often Ravens go to Linden so we’re hoping to make the best of it. I must say we are all very happy to play against new competition, and we are going to have fun. I am happy and must thank Jets for hosting us, as well and to the people of Linden, I’m asking you all to come out and support the game,” the Ravens Coach concluded.
Ravens won two titles in two weeks when they lifted the Phillip George Legacy tournament title late in December then returned a week later to take the Albert Bentick Championship. While still in transition, Ravens has established itself as the team to beat in Georgetown.
For Jets, they were forced to settle for second place as the young Royals unit took home the just-concluded Banks Malta Supreme Championship. But notwithstanding that result, it was revealed that Jets topped the Linden ranking with their performance.
“I think what is heartening in this entire event is that two major clubs in Guyana are putting the same intensity and preparation into a friendly game, so we are asking everyone to come out and give them the support,” one of the organisers, Toney said yesterday.
Meanwhile, The Trophy Stall joined Ansa McAl under their Stag Beer Brand and Major Sports Centre as the main sponsors of the game. Parliamentary Secretary within the Ministry of Culture Youth and Sports, Steve Ninvalle has sponsored the Most Valuable Player (MVP) Trophy for the Ravens/Jets game.