The Easyway squad posing for a
photo during a recent training
session. Easyway are looking to
three-peat when the Sultan's Cup
tips off on Saturday.Picture: BT/
Yee Chun leong
Easyway are looking for the three-peat when the Sultan's Cup tips off on Saturday.
They made it a double after they defeated the Wisdom Jade Daycare Wildcats 104-92 in the final at the Brunei Basketball Association court in Batu Bersurat last year, but the question is have they got what it takes to lift the trophy again this year?
National basketball coach Kevin Reece certainly thinks they are capable.
Having become the first national side to win the annual tournament back-to-back, there is added pressure for them to be beaten this year.
However, things are different this edition as they have added four Filipinos Don Mordeno, Marjomar Aying, Rhajnee Sinco and Mark Del Mundo to the roster.
National captain Ben Sim, Muhd Zainul Ashyraf Hj Hussin, Soon Kian Leong and Jamri Ramlee are the only ones left from last year's group, with Lim Liang Wei, Cavan Kong, Ching Wei Ming and Ahmad Termizi Nordeen completing the squad.
Reece is handling the team and the American feels they just need to stick to the 'defence wins championships' motto for their campaign.
"We still have the core players who have been with us from the past four years," said Reece in an interview with The Brunei Times when met at a training session at the Multipurpose Hall of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex in Berakas on Monday.
"We have added some new faces and this is no longer the national team but a club team.
"We couldn't play as the national team as a lot of players failed to report in for training.
"If we do what is needed on defence then it is hard for us to be beaten. If not, it just allows other teams to beat us
"There is no way we can play the juniors at a higher level. It doesn't do them any good if they get blown out at games," noted Reece.
Asked about the inclusion of the Filpinos into the team, Reece replied: "They bring numerous things to the team."
"They are some of the best that are playing in the Sultanate and they have given us a lot of help, especially during practice.
"Looking at the roster now I don't even know where the points are going to come from (because) everybody has the ability to put up good numbers.
"All the egos are thrown out the door and we will work collectively as a team so that we can achieve our goals," he said.
He added that the inclusion of imports will help them prepare for future competitions that allow imports.