Oct 18, 2020 Sports
By Calvin Chapman
Guyana’s Senior Men’s Basketball Team’s Co-Captain; Anthony Moe, in an exclusive interview with Kaieteur Sport expressed his excitement at the thought of linking back with his Caribbean Championship winning team-mates to defend the title won back in 2018, especially since he believes his game is constantly improving.
Currently, Moe is playing in the Nicaraguan Professional Basketball League (LSB) for the current second-placed UNAN Leon Team and he is not only one of the leading players in his side but also the League.
The power forward (PF), who moved from the United States to Nicaragua in August this year, described his change of scenery as, “Really beautiful here. Everyone loves basketball and they understand the game well.”
He continued that, “During the initial stages of the (COVID-19) outbreak, I maintained my fitness and I was still training at least three times a day. Over here (in Nicaragua) the level of competition is very high. The teams bring in some really experienced players. Players with Brazilian, Argentinean and even European League experience and I feel like my game has reached another level which makes me very proud that I can excel over here.”
The 30-year-old has featured in all of the 16 matches UNAN Leon has played this season in the LSB and he leads numerous individual tables including Most Field Goals (FG) made with a total of 139, a total average FG made per game of 8.7, Second Chance Points, Offensive Rebounds (56) and Two-Point Shots (123) made while ranking second on the ‘Efficiency’ table behind teammate, Christopher Blake.
Obviously, Moe’s exploits in Nicaragua has turned some attention on himself and he has confirmed that as many as five Canadian First Division Basketball Teams are interested in signing him along with a couple of Franchises in Mexico.
However, he remained tight-lipped on the names of those teams and insisted that he is focusing on UNAN Leon and making the playoffs before
making any decision pertaining to switching teams.
The professional confirmed his willingness to always make himself available to represent the Golden Arrowhead whenever he is needed and expressed ecstasy after helping Guyana win their first Caribbean title since the inception of the tournament in 1981 during his first outing with the national team.
“I can’t even explain the proudness. It’s a different feeling. I grew up in Guyana and being able to come back and win undefeated was an unbelievable moment. We had a team with a lot of youngsters and I told them to let us aim to not only win but to be undefeated and we did it”, Moe divulged.
He further noted that, “I was very nervous last time round (in the Caribbean Championships), I won’t lie. But, this time it’s going to be different. I’m way more confident, stronger and my game is better. Guyana can expect me and the team to secure the title whenever we have to defend it again.”
Prior to winning the championship in Suriname, Moe featured in his first Club Championship in Guyana just two months before where his side Ravens lost in the one-off final to Bounty Colts which copped its third straight title.
The former Albany Patrons forward confidently stated that Guyana have players with immense raw talent, skill and strength who are capable of excelling in any league in the world. However, he lobbied for more competitions including an optimistic call for a National Basketball League that will not only help elite players hone their skills and produce new talent but to create an avenue for top local players to earn from the sport.
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