The Game, which consisted of players predominantly from the southern part of the CNMI, dominated the open division of the inaugural Battle of the NORF 3-on-3 basketball tournament that concluded last Sunday at the As Matuis basketball court.
The Game, which included Richard McWilliams, Clint Albert, Dean Blake, Mac Mintac, and Elbin Kim, outplayed Jungle Roos with a 7-5 victory, taking the event’s inaugural 3-on-3, single-elimination basketball tournament last Sunday evening.
According to McWilliams, a Seventh Day Adventist teacher from San Diego, they came out to represent the south and they successfully did just that.
“We’re from the southside for sure. Coach just brought this up like, “let’s bring the southside up and let’s see what we can do” and we were able to come out with the win tonight,” he said.
When asked about the competition, he said the competition was tough but they were able to prevail.
“By the Grace of God, we were able to get this win, it wasn’t easy, it was definitely tough. The competition wasn’t bad, it was good, looking forward to the next one. I hope more basketball players come out and give a good challenge and they’re going to have to go through us because we’re the champs and we’ll bring it next time too,” he said.
The teacher said he credits the win to his great teammates.
“I feel great, I got great teammates. Basketball is a team sport and you can’t do it without your teammates, it’s not an individual sport. In order to win, you have to be able to work together and that’s what we were able to accomplish tonight and it was fun,” he said.
McWilliams said that although it was his first time to play with his team on the first night of the competition, they came together as a team and were able to come out victorious.
“I’m not going to lie, we never practiced together. The first time we played together was last night and that’s what it means to be a team, to sit down and talk to each other,” McWilliams added.
A total of 20 teams took part in the inaugural Battle of the NORF. Aside from the open division, the tournament also had a 17-and-under division.