– Over $600,000 in Prize money up for grabsBEVERAGE giant Ansa McAl has once again thrown its weight behind the youths and sports in Guyana; this time through the sponsorship of the 592 Lager Beer brand which will power the inaugural ‘592 Street Kings’ street football tournament.The tournament, which was officially launched yesterday at the recently opened Jamrock Café (Jamaican Cuisine) on Church Street, will see 16 of Georgetown’s best street-ball teams vie for some $675,000 in cash.Team representatives pose for a photo opportunity at the launch of the ‘592 Street Kings’ Tournament.At the launch, 592 Brand Manager, Seweon McGarrell, pointed out that his collaboration with the organiser of the tournament is all about providing a platform for the youth of the various communities in and around Georgetown to showcase their talent and earn while doing so.The tournament will pit some of Guyana’s top street ball teams against up and coming outfits in a mixture of experience versus youth.Although in its inaugural stage, an overwhelming response from the various communities of Georgetown has been received; however, plans are in the pipeline for the tournament to be taken countrywide with the next zone more than likely slated for Essequibo.The tournament will be played across three nights (September 7, 14, 21) and fans will witness 19 high-octane matches.The opening night (September 7) will be staged at the Berlin Tarmac (Drysdale and High Streets) while the second night (September 14) will be played at the Burnham Court on Carmichael and Middle Streets. The final venue will be announced following the first two match days.It will be a straight knockout competition with eight games on night one. The eight winners will advance to the quarter-finals on night two. The winners of the quarter-finals will then advance to the semi-finals which will be played on the same night while the losers will be eligible for the Plate section.On the final night, fans will see the semi-finals and final of the ‘Plate Section’ along with the third-place playoff and final.Among the teams that will be aiming for the 592 crown are Sparta Boss, Gold is Money, Tiger Bay-A, Tiger Bay-B, Albouystown, Alexander Village, Back-Circle, Broad Street, LA Ballers, Future Stars, John Street, Melanie, Diamond Upsetters, Stabroek Ballers and Leopold Street.At the tournament, patrons will have a chance to win prizes and 592 merchandise.The ‘592 Street Kings’ of 2019 will pocket $300,000 while the runners-up will collect $150,000. The third-place finishers will grab $100,000 while fourth-placers will receive $75,000 and the winners of the ‘Plate’ section will collect $50,000.
Murray State star Ja Morant didn’t just capture the attention of casual bracket watchers Thursday in a first-round win over Marquette. His triple-double effort caught the attention of two prominent Warriors — Stephen Curry and Draymond Green.Morant’s 17 points, 16 assists and 11 rebounds led No. 12 Murray State to an 83-64 upset victory over the fifth-seeded Marquette. It was the first time a player recorded a triple-double in the NCAA Tournament since Green did it for Michigan State in 2012. So, how does he do that?”Just be yourself,” Curry said. “You don’t have to do anything special. Whatever you’ve been doing, continue. The spotlight is just a little brighter. Don’t change it up, which obviously he’s off to a good start in that respect. But it’s the best time of your life. Playing for your school, trying to do special things, knowing most likely it’s your last run playing in college. It’s one of the best moments. Even when I see that red [Davidson] jersey pop up with me in it, it always brings me back to how cool it was. So, embrace it and enjoy it because it goes by quick.”Morant and the 12th-seeded Racers play No. 4 Florida State at 6:10 p.m. ET on Saturday in the Round of 32. “Welcome to the elite club, brotha,” Green told Yahoo on Friday. “That’s all I’ve got to say. That was my first time watching him play and he’s for real.”Ja Morant finishes off a performance to remember in style. pic.twitter.com/QsJkeZ71b3— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) March 21, 2019Morant’s stardom could follow a similar path to Curry, who was a mid-major sensation in 2008 leading Davidson to the Elite Eight. Related News March Madness 2019: 3 takeaways from Ja Morant vs. Markus Howard March Madness 2019: Murray State star Ja Morant discusses NCAA Tournament triple-double Curry, who took that March magic into his pro career, said the tournament is unlike anything else in the sport, especially for a 19-year-old.“I’m sure the tournament is the first time most people get to see Ja. There’s no preparation for it because in the tournament, everybody wants to play in it, but it hits you in the face with the attention and the adrenaline rush,” Curry told Yahoo. “It’s a small window where everybody’s eyeballs are all on you and you can surprise a lot of people. But the biggest thing for me is I had the confidence going in and it sets you up to be ready for that moment.”Morant is expected to be a top-three pick in the upcoming NBA Draft if he declares. But before he worries about his pro career, Morant will try to lead his Racers team down a similar path as that 2008 Davidson team.