THERE will be no love lost when archrivals Ahi tribesmen NS Busu and Butibam take centre court at Eriku tomorrow for the Lae men’s Sprite basketball premiership.
Butibam are the defending champions, having won the title for the last years.
Their kinsmen from Yanga village, who have tried and lost the past two, will be hoping that they are third time lucky.
Butibam have the odds in their favour having won the 2008 championship with much of the team members still on this squad.
Captain Kila Giali will provide the base from which Russell Stafford, Peter Buhalu, Naku Geibob and Reuben Teitei will launch their attacks.
While Busu’s Ken Narakou and coach Bob Aaron will be betting that their lessons to young guns Titi David, Richard Sova, Junior Oscar and Lawrence Kiome reap rewards.
Aaron’s sons Wayne and Percy will no doubt be extra burdened by the presence of their father.
They will surely rise, having proven time and again.
In the women’s title, Theodist Unitech Bulls meet Exodus.
The big game atmosphere has been experienced by the Bulls ladies for the last three years.
Coach Albina Joumkalop said: “It’s going to be just one ordinary defence game”.
“We have to rock the new kids on the block, and the mentality of the girls will lay us the foundation,” Joumkalop added.Vivian Gawa, Jossy Som, Nelly and Philipa Joumkalop, Belinda Alingke and Rexina Zimike, will be doing the job for her, with the leading hand of captain Jenny Magatu, Evelyn Busop and Thecla Yawing.