Epic basketball battle in Linden tonight
- GT’s Ravens takes on Linden’s Jets
An epic basketball battle looms in Linden tonight when Georgetown’s Ravens takes on Linden’s Jets in an ‘Exchange Basketball Classic’ at the Mackenzie Sports Club (MSC) Court in a feature game following a Kings versus Victory Valley Royals matchup.
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.
Any clash of titans from those two towns, Georgetown and Linden, has always produced intense contests.
peed of Ryan ‘Cocaine’ Stephney, Stephon ‘Penny’ Henry, Rodwell ‘Kobe’ Fortune, and Akeem ‘The Dream’ Kanhai will torment Jets in their hometown. Kanhai is familiar with playing at the MSC against Jets and should bring those experiences into the game.
Ryan Gullen and Jermaine Slater must be defended well too because of their abilities to shoot the ball or take it inside if the shot is not there; the players are among the best forwards around in the game locally and will be a handful for Jets front court defence.
Ravens know that the easiest way to get the better of Jets is to play an up-tempo, fast-paced game with its speedy guards, which Royals employed in a recent tournament and got the better of Jets.
The two teams are very similar when it comes to speed, however, with Jets’ Leonard Caleb and Kevin ‘Two Feet’ Joseph spearheading the backcourt. National forward, Shane Webster has his work cut out against his national counterparts as well.
Jets support cast includes, Ivor Blair, Javon Nelson, Allistair Webster and Joel Webster. A good contest is expected in the Mining Town with Jets having home-court advantage and Ravens there since the 2012 Brusche’s Classic.
Ravens won two titles in two weeks when they lifted the Phillip George Legacy tournament title late in December last year then returned a week later to take the Albert Bentick Championships. Ravens have 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.
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.