By Edison Jefford
Linden’s number one ranked club, Half Mile Bulls believes it can go all the way in the upcoming National
Basketball Championships: The Road to Mecca III, The Jubilee Edition, after its sudden ascendency in the sport locally over the last year.
The team’s captain, Kevin Easton elevated its work ethic yesterday in an interview with Kaieteur Sport. “We are going to bring our best game. The first two Mecca we got knocked out in the first round, but this time we are hoping to reach the finals,” he said.
Despite those early exits at the national level, Bulls burst on the scene as a serious contender last August when they stunned current National Champs, Pacesetters in the semis of Forbes Burnham Memorial Championships before losing to Colts in the Finals.
Bulls continued its way to the top of the Linden Amateur Basketball Association (LABA) ratings with an outstanding performance, beating a more veteran, Retrieve Raiders in the Malta Supreme Christmas Open in January.
According to Easton, Bulls will be playing tonight in a tournament in Linden. He indicated that a lot of training and practice will be done ahead of Mecca III. “We will find ways and means to get our training done because we want to win Mecca,” he said.
To accomplish its goal, the team will be relying heavily on national forward, Terron Welch and powerful swingman, Travin ‘Babylon’ Dryden. Easton will also play a role, but his belief is that team effort will matter more at the national level than individual performances.
In his view, the team needs to play more team defence. He informed that that is the reason their motto says “Together we achieve more”. He noted that the team is emphasising team basketball and that is why they have a chance to win the national title.
“We are going to get more young players involved because if you notice everyone is playing lots of up-tempo basketball. Against any offense or defence we know what we got to do,” Easton said trying to deliberately conceal the team’s game plan.
He, however, stated that the team’s problem is maintaining their “composure” in crunch situation and players sticking to their roles. Easton said that once his team put all the pieces together, they can go deep in the national tournament and avoid another first round exit.
The Road to Mecca III: Guyana’s National Basketball Championships begin on March 4 at Cliff Anderson’s Sports Hall. The competition will feature Guyana’s top sixteen basketball clubs over three weekends of exciting basketball.
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