Guam completes sweep

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NONTHABURI (FIBA Asia Cup 2021 Eastern Region Pre-Qualifiers) – Guam was able to complete their undefeated run through the tournament while Indonesia and Singapore claimed tight wins to close out the competition, breaking the hearts of Thailand and Macau, respectively along the way.

The games wrap up the Eastern Region Pre-Qualifiers with Guam, Malaysia, Thailand, and Indonesia advancing to the FIBA Asia Cup 2021 Qualifiers.

Guam had already clinched the top spot of the tournament, but that didn’t stop them from going full steam ahead against Malaysia, claiming a 101-78 win.

Earnest Ross broke his personal scoring record with 33 points on 6-12 shooting from downtown to lead the team and finish as the tournament’s leading scorer. Not to be outdone by his teammate, Daren Hechanova recorded the first and only triple-double of the tournament with 11 points, 13 rebounds, and 11 assists.

Malaysia found themselves down 15-0 to start the game and the lead only grew up to as much as 34 points before the final quarter.

Coach Bryan Lester tried to cook up some magic for Malaysia once again and rallied his troops to cut the lead down to 10 points at 88-78 with 5:31 to go in the game. Guam didn’t allow them to come any close and broke away with a 13-0 run to close the game.

Malaysia, Guam secure tough wins to claim FIBA Asia Cup 2021 tickets

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NONTHABURI (FIBA Asia Cup 2021 Eastern Region Pre-Qualifiers) – Two of the last four tickets to the FIBA Asia Cup 2021 have been claimed, putting pressure on the remaining 4 teams in the final two days. Malaysia and Guam secured big wins against tough opponents to claim their prizes, while Thailand comes in a little closer with their victory.

Guam vs Indonesia (65-53)

Defensive effort kept Indonesia in the game, but Guam fired back with their own lockdown defense to stay undefeated with a 65-53 win.

Earnest Ross was held to a tournament-low 13 points on 5/21 shooting, but Guam as a team were able to hold Indonesia to only 31.7% shooting en route to the victory.

Indonesia applied pressure on Guam for most of the game, starting with an 11-0 run to close out the first quarter in the lead. Jamarr Johnson had a near perfect start going 5-5 to start the game and had 12 points in the first half. Even as Guam tried to break away, Indonesia clawed their way back into the game with a 10-2 run tie the game 42-42, six and a half minutes into the third quarter. It was an impressive defensive stance that saw Guam score only one basket.

Russ Wesley came off the bench to break Guam’s shooting slump and his three-point shot ignited a 7-0 run to end the third quarter. Guam continued to flex their defensive muscles, keeping Indonesia without a field goal for 10 minutes to build up a 19-point cushion.

With Guam’s shooters struggling, Tai Wesley kept the offense going with 19 points to go with 11 rebounds, and 3 assists.

Indonesia’s Johnson had a strong start but struggled towards the end to finish with 15 points, 10 rebounds, and 2 steals.

Guam secures the second ticket to the FIBA Asia Cup 2021 with their undefeated 3-0 record, leaving Indonesia at 1-2 with tough games against Singapore and Thailand in the upcoming days.


Team Guam Basketball 2-0 in FIBA Asia Cup Eastern Regional

Tuesday, November 28, 2018 – Bangkok, Thailand

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If Guam’s win over Fiji in day one was not convincing enough, their follow up of beating Singapore 107-57 certainly should be.

Five players scored in double-digits for Guam as they blasted through for a second consecutive 40+ point victory against their foes. They finally unleashed Tai Wesley who made a stat line of 14 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists, on 7/7 shooting look easy.

Sweet shooting Earnest Ross rained in another flurry of threes, finishing with 5 triples and 19 points. He now leads the entire tournament in points (38) and three-point shots made (9). Darren Hechanova recorded the most assists in a game so far in the competition with 9 in total and now also leads the tournament in assists (13).

Singapore’s Wong Zhong Han got the opportunity to start in today’s game after an impressive debut and had 11 points, 6 rebounds, and 2 three-pointers to his name.

The two undefeated teams of Group B, Thailand and Guam will face each other at 3:00 pm (GMT +7) while Fiji plays Singapore to avoid elimination at 12:30 PM (GMT +7) tomorrow.

FIVB grants Mike Rabago certification powers

Story by Jojo Santo Tomas of the Pacific Daily News Published 6:44 p.m. ChT Nov. 27, 2018.  Pacific Daily News is a proud partner of the Guam National Olympic Committee.

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Guam’s only FIVB Level 3 coach and instructor Mike Rabago has been granted the authority to certify FIVB Level 1 coaches, said the president of the Guam Volleyball Federation.

Herman Ada said he received word from the FIVB Tuesday morning.

“He’s the first from Micronesia to be able to do this, maybe the first from Oceania as well, but I’ll need to confirm that,” said Ada, who has led the federation for two years. “This was one of our plans for the GVBF – to work toward being more self sufficient and preparing resources to become a regional hub for training.”

The FIVB is the global governing body for volleyball. Coaching certification not only adds to a coach’s knowledge – certification is necessary for coaches who want to coach Guam at the national team level.

Rabago can certify coaches from anywhere

Rabago, a former national team player and now head coach for Guam’s women’s national team, called it a blessing. Not only can he certify coaches from Guam, he can certify coaches from anywhere.

“I know we have a lot of prospects and those that are willing to develop the youth, but we were lacking the proper materials to certify,” said Rabago. “Now with the blessing from FIVB I’m hoping to get everyone out.”