DC Jammers basketball team out of the state of Washington in the United States of America (USA), are set to open their 2016 four game Goodwill tour of Guyana this weekend.
The series which forms part of Guyana’s Independence Jubilee celebrations is set to be played at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall, Georgetown.
The Jammers will take on four of Guyana’s top basketball clubs, with the first game on Saturday evening against Ravens. They will then oppose a feisty Linden unit; the Retrieve Raiders on May 22 before coming up against Pacesetters on May 24.
The four games tour will conclude on May 27 against reigning Road to Mecca Champions – the Colts. The main event games will be preceded by clashes between under-16 teams currently engaged in the National School Basketball Festival that are set to tip-off at 6:30 hrs on game days.
Fans will be treated to an exciting display of intense and competitive basketball action on the four days. To add depth to the local sides, each local team will be allowed three guest players in match against the Jammers.
D.C. Jammers first engagement against Guyanese opposition was in July 1988 when they took on Guyana’s national basketball team. The locals at that time led by high flyers Leon Christian and coached by Mike Brushe used the inaugural series as preparation for the 7th Caricom Championship which the land of many waters successfully hosted at the National Sports Hall. Although the Jammers lost all three matches the experience gained in 1988 would later proved invaluable.
The boys from Washington returned five years later in July 1993 and won an international triangular series against Guyana and Suriname thanks to the mastery of new recruits Willie Hodge, Steven Nurse, Heinrod David, Reggie King and Andre Lee.
Dc Jammers’ last appearance in Guyana was in 2012 when they defeated the national team 65-62 in a closely contested encounter.
Our local basketball clubs will be hoping to have a different outcome as they seek to impress against a highly skilled Jammers team.
Fly Jamaica Airways and Federal Management Systems Inc. are the main sponsors for the Jammers tour of Guyana. Admission to the games is $1000.