SELASSIE Gardens basketballer Jermaine Jackson was taking no prisoners as he inched his way one step closer to win it all during the Red Bull King of the Rock Kingston qualifier last Saturday at the National Stadium.
Jackson outplayed his opponent Troy Campbell 6-4 in what came down to a tightly contested final round between the two.
The Red Bull King of the Rock one-on-one basketball tournament has been creating waves among streetballers in Jamaica, with a friendly rivalry building up between the east and west since early July.
The finals, set for the unlikely but iconic Train Station in downtown Kingston this Saturday promises to be quite a humdinger of an event as the best 32 finalists — six from Montego Bay and 26 from Kingston — are down to match skills for a chance to win US$1,000 and the honour of representing Jamaica at the much-anticipated global finals at the notorious Alcatraz prison in the United States this September.
Jackson, who had confidently touted his own victory as he watched others warm-up on the National Stadium's outdoor courts, backed up his words with fancy footwork and proved his dominance early in the day with a 14-2 thrashing of his first opponent during the preliminary rounds.
While Jackson certainly supplied on-lookers with a thrilling display of basketball talent, the Kingston session also showcased some fine female 'balling from young women who battled valiantly against their male counterparts in an attempt to be crowned 'queen' of the court.
Of the four, Carol Budoo and Navene Powell, were the toasts of the field when they won respective matches against the males and booked their spots for this Saturday's mega local play-offs.
Come September 22, the king or queen of Jamrock will have to play their heart out in the prison yard of the famed Alcatraz, where 64 of the world's best one-on-one basketball players will converge for a chance to win the grand prize of US$20,000, plus the glorious honour of being named the 2012 Red Bull King of the Rock.