D.C. Jammers open visit with match against Linden
January 30th, 2002
By Joe Chapman - Guyana Chronicle, June 16, 2002
THE battle for the right to be on Guyana's male and female basketball teams to attend the CARICOM Basketball championships in the U.S. Virgin Islands begins tonight when Linden oppose the Washington D.C Jammers.
The bauxite mining town lads will be in a position to create first impression against the visitors, who are fielding players who are also eligible for spots in Guyana’s team at this year's championships to be staged from June 28 to July 8.
This game will be the second of a double-header card with the Linden and Georgetown women squaring off as they also try to impress, with hopes of being selected. The first game starts at 19:00 hrs and the second at 21:00 hrs.
An exciting encounter should be evident since all the players would be looking to draw first blood in anticipation of selection for the biennial championships.
Linden coach Abdulla Hamid is anticipating a good display by his boys who have been quite impressive in recent competitions against local rivals Georgetown and the other districts.
Coach Hamid has called up 14 players from which his final twelve will be chosen with the big-name players like centre/forward Nkossi Gurrick, small forward Alwyn Wilson, guards Bruce Davis and Steve Neils Jnr.).
Centre Terrence James's name rings a bell for his sterling performance for the mining town lads, with Mark Amsterdam in the forward slot with Neil Marks, who can shoot, making the billing one to look forward to.
Apart from the shooting abilities of Neils and Davis, there is the outside range of Nolan Clarke and Nolan Johnson that could shock the visitors.
The fact that D.C. Jammers were unbeaten the last time they were here two years ago means that some amount of pressure will be on the Lindeners to come up with a formula to win in this opening game.
The Jammers, at the same time, have a tradition to uphold as they have always been impressive whenever they play in Guyana.
One-time Caricom All-Star player Stephen Nurse returns to play the big guard position with Pierre Goddette, Willie Hodges and Wayne Bristol who have represented this country taking on back court duties.
In the front court will be players who have represented this country in the past and they include Dereck Boyd along with the big guys like Dexter Martin and Darren Ainsworth.
The women's match will bring together the likes of top players like Linden's Nichola Jacobs, Nyota Peters, Shauna Chester and Althea Byass against the girls from Georgetown, including Peggy Blair, Sharon Jerome, Philomena George and Jerri-Lee Johnson.
The Guyana Amateur Basketball Federation, in collaboration with Empire Trust Enterprise, will use this series to raise funds to assist in sending the male and female teams to this prestigious championship, which will be held for the first time in the U.S. Virgin Islands.