By Edison Jefford
New Amsterdam Warriors have declared that the team is ready for battle in the upcoming National Basketball
Championships: The Road to Mecca III, shrugging off any underdog tag ahead of what can be described as its biggest challenge in the sport.
Ranked 13th in the tournament, the Berbice-based team is optimistic that they will be able to move into the Super Eight after next weekend. “We are not coming to just participate. We are coming to do our utmost best,” Warriors Coach, Kirk Fraser told Kaieteur Sport.
He said that competing against the best teams in Guyana is never an easy assignment, but gave all assurance that his side will be competitive. “I have a reasonably good team. We are anticipating a good outing in Georgetown for Mecca III,” Fraser added.
He informed that he has brought back guard, Carlos Crandon to add some experience to his team. In addition, he mentioned Jarrell Alleyne, Kevin Thom and an U-19 guard that he will be pushing up to the next level. Fraser said he is working with a genuine centre, Marvin Chester to establish a real presence in the middle.
“These are the persons we are looking toward to produce for us. We have an U-19 youngster, who is a very good three-point shooter and we have a real ‘big man’ so ‘Sugar’ (Dwayne Roberts) will not be getting anything easy in the paint,” Fraser told this newspaper.
The Coach was alluding to their opening round clash against Retreive Raiders, sizing up what he rightly perceived to be their biggest threat in that game. New Amsterdam Warriors is one of two Berbice teams that will compete in the National Championships.
The first Round-of-16 in the tournament will be held on March 4, 5 and 6 while the Quarterfinals or Super Eight bounces off on March 11 and 12 before the semi-final or Final Four on March 13; the Grand Final will be held on March 19 at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall.
The top four teams will receive cash prizes: $500,000; $250,000; $150,000 and $100,000 for the teams placing first to fourth along with trophies. There will also be individual prizes for the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the tournament and finals.
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