Shaolin anxious to topple George Town

George Town Sports Club will have quite a test when they battle Shaolin tonight.

The teams will face off at the Digicel Court on Eastern Avenue. Six’o’clock will see the start of the championship series.

The two teams won their Big Four playoff series last Thursday. Both squads dispatched their opponents in two straight games during the week.

On Thursday George Town took down last year’s runner-up DHL Wolves 75-72. Jonathan Mitchell led the charge for GT with 28 points and nine rebounds.

Meanwhile Shaolin emerged victorious 82-68 over Esso Blazers. Big man Jerome Narcisse was unstoppable posting 27 points and five rebounds.

Coming into tonight both teams will look to execute their own game plans. George Town thrives on defense and would feel at home in a slow-paced half-court game. Against Wolves they allowed 72 points in each contest.

Meanwhile Shaolin will look to pick up the tempo, cause turnovers and get easy baskets in transition. Shaolin had more than 80 points in each game against Blazers.

George Town may be defending champs but they have good reason to fear Shaolin. During the season the squads went head-head twice with Shaolin winning both games.

In the first game earlier in the season Shaolin won 87-73. In that match-up four Shaolin players were in double figures though GT’s Jonathan Mitchell exploded for 30 points to lead all scorers.

Not much changed for the second game as Shaolin won 81-69. Big performances from Colin Anglin (32 points) and Narcisse (19 points and seven rebounds) sealed the game though GT had four players in double figures.

Nevertheless Shaolin captain Colin Anglin says the team knows it has to match GT on the defensive end and be the squad that excels on the glass.

Anglin also said his confident his team can deal with GT’s game plan. In the matches against Blazers they made noticeable adjustments for their second game. Among them was getting out on the perimeter to rattle jump shooters.

In their first game Blazers guard Morgan Bodden had four three pointers. In game two Bodden struggled to get half of that.

Anglin also says the team will look to improve their post play. Blazers Center Kevin Maxwell was a thorn in Shaolin’s side averaging 18 points and 11 rebounds in the series.

One of the players Shaolin will have to stop is Centre Antonio Thompson. Thompson averaged 13.5 points and 6.5 rebounds.

Ultimately Anglin says once the game goes according to plan that Shaolin should be a hard challenge for George Town.

‘If we play solid defense, minimize turnovers and win rebounds then we will be tough to beat.’

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