The National, Thursday 6th June 2013
THE PNG Men’s Basketball League 2012/13 cellar dwellers Propest Chariots should be too much for a young West Jokers side in tonight’s premier tip-off at the Sir John Guise Indoor Complex.
Franchise owner John Vere, coaches Morris Asiba and Albert Moide, three former Jokers greats, will have some mixed emotions taking on their old club.
Chariots have the advantage of being together as a plying group much longer than the Jokers and this should show on the court.
Although they finished behind Tamaraws, Saints and Exodus last season they should still prove to be a level above Jokers.
For the newcomers, who have been in training for the past two months, a nothing-to-lose mentality will serve them well and they are capable of causing an upset provided they all play to their potential.
Chariots’ Pekaea brothers Charlie and Ivan, Morris Vele, Vele Rupa, veteran and rookie Jonathan Ruie have the advantage in all departments against a relatively young opposition except former Tamaraws key players in Elavo brothers Harold, Joe and Soi Beni.
Jokers youngsters Tom Mare, Garry Suve Holmes, Jason Mohu, Ali Aila Polo, Alu Pundu and Daniel Aila Kone will appreciate the presence of the Elavos.
Assistant coach Fred Elavo and his two nephews Harold and Joe have committed time and effort to build up the squad and a win would be just reward.
Franchise owner Konio Aila Polo, based in Cairns, Australia will want a win before leaving on Sunday.
Aila Polo appealed to all the Jokers fans to support and enjoy the return of their side.
The draws for next Tuesday will be confirmed by the PMBL board and commissioner Larry Miro Junior.
Meanwhile, the PMBL board and club executive meeting is at 5.30 pm at the Sir John Guise Indoor today.