By B. Faamausili firstname.lastname@example.org Louisville University Mens Basketball created a tremendous beginning with a 11-2 start of their 2010-2011 NCAA basketball season, and the starting 58 180 pound Samoan and Creole point guard Peyton Siva (180-G-90). had a lot to contribute during this years early push.
U of L is currently ranked No. 23 in the top 25 NCAA ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll for the Mens Basketball rankings, after being ranked No. 22 previously before falling to the No. 11 ranked University of Kentucky last Saturday, New Years Day.
Peyton Siva was honored by the Big East Conference and named the Big East player of the week, last week. The Cardinals will face their conference rival Seton Hall University at home, later on today.
Samoa News had the opportunity to speak to Peyton Siva Sr. on Monday afternoon, January 3, 2010. Peyton Siva Sr, who is the father of the young star, spoke to Samoa News over the phone while he was visiting family in New Jersey for a couple of days.
He said at that time, my goal is to be with my son so that he doesnt have to worry about anything.
The proud father added, Peyton is very blessed and I thank God for playing through my son. As he grew into an athlete, he played football, baseball, cricket, and basketball. But playing football was his first love. He was an active running back and wide receiver in the football little leagues all the way until he got injured his sophomore year at Franklin High School in Seattle.
Thats when he told me that he wanted to try and focus on basketball. I just want to thank all of his supporters, family and the people of American Samoa for noticing my son and Im glad my son can be a role model for some of the young Samoan youth.
Peyton Jr.s grandfather is from the island of Manua , and his grandmother is from the village of Vaitogi, Peyton Sr. said
I have it in my heart that my son and I can maybe sometime visit our homeland this year, so that my son will get to experience the lifestyle of our people and where we came from.
As a facilitator, Peyton Jr. leads the Cardinals in assists, with 63 assists in only 13 games, which is more assists than he recorded last year when he had 56 for the whole season. The upcoming star also has a total of 30 steals, 140 points, and averages 10.9 points per game so far in the 2010-2011 season. This young talented Samoan handed out at least three assists on 11 occasions as a freshman, but an early season wrist injury disrupted his early development.
When he recovered from his injury, Peyton returned to the hardwood floor and produced eight points, three steals and matched a career high with five assists in 17 minutes at Connecticut. He has numerous achievements, as he stamped a career-high of 14 points at West Virginia, adding two steals and a career-best matching four rebounds, and made four of five three point field goals.
He totaled six points and a career-best matching five assists at St. Johns, and played an efficient 12 minutes against Cincinnati, totaling 10 points, three assists and three steals while hitting 3-of-4 field goals.
With just the second game in six weeks, Peyton conducted 12 points against Villanova University without his wrist being heavily taped. This player produced three points, and a season-high matching four rebounds against Louisiana Lafayette.
He sprained his wrist again after the second meeting against UNLV, and missed two games. When he returned to action, he produced five points, four assists and four steals versus Western Carolina. He totalled eight points and three assists against Oral Roberts.
Peyton also played on a Reach USA team in China to represent America, where he scored 15 points, 14 rebounds and four assists, and also scored the game-winning shot to carry the USA reach team to a 70-69 victory over the Russia Peak All-Stars in the final.
According to www.sportsreach.org, Peyton Jr. countered his way through two defenders with 3.4 seconds left in the game against the Russia Peak All-Stars. He then came across a 74 Russian and jumped up with his bottom to shield the Russian, and kissed it off the glass for the winner.
His high school basketball achievements are numerous, and include two Class 3A Washington State championships. He attended Franklin High School.
He was named Mr. Basketball in the state of Washington, and the Washington state high school Player of the Year by the Associated Press and the Seattle Times.
He was a three-year captain for Franklin High School and was ranked No. 25 nationally in the ESPN 100, and 38th by Scout.com, and No. 51 nationally by USA Today. Peyton Jr. started as a freshman averaging 13.2 points per game and played his part in helping Franklin win the state 4A championship.
His parents are Yvette Gaston and Peyton Siva. He has an older brother, Michael and a sister, Leilanna Barrientes.
Peyton received offers from Washington, Arizona, Kentucky, Miami, but committed to Louisville University after high school, saying its the best school in the world.
2015 Moso'oi Basketball Tournament is in full swing - 2 Years ago
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The American Samoa basketball association has kicked off it's 2015 Moso'oi basketball tournament on September 19th at the St. John Paul II gym in Malaeloa. In this year's tournament ASBA has been truly fortunate to have GHC Reid and company Vaimalu & Powerade and the American Samoa Visitor's Bureau as the major sponsor for this year's tournament. 'We're very blessed that GHC Reid & Company and American Samoa Visitor's Bureau answered our request with open arms. These companies are very we... [read more]
The American Samoa basketball association has kicked off it's 2015 Moso'oi basketball tournament on September 19th at the St. John Paul II gym in Malaeloa. In this year's tournament ASBA has been truly fortunate to have GHC Reid and company Vaimalu & Powerade and the American Samoa Visitor's Bureau as the major sponsor for this year's tournament. 'We're very blessed that GHC Reid & Company and American Samoa Visitor's Bureau answered our request with open arms. These companies are very well known in the community for supporting local functions and for being such great role models in our community' commented by ASBA President, Milton Taufa'asau. GHC Reid and company & American Samoa Visitor's Bureau were present at the opening of the tournament and were visible to the large crowd in attendance. Theresa Siataga from GHC Reid was there with her team in providing Vaimalu purified water and powerade during the competitions and also Deputy director Vaito'a Hans Langkilde was also in attendance representing the American samoa visitor's bureau. ASBA President was beaming with pride to see these companies making a huge impact in our tournament and allowing the association have this tournament. The tournament is made of two junior teams, 14 men's team and 5 women's team. The men's team are separated in two pools for their competition while the women's division will be a round robin format. After the soft opening which was led by prayer offered by ASBA Secretary-Treasurer & tournament coordinator, Paulo Pua'auli, and welcoming remarks by ASBA Vice president, Diehl Langkilde, the tournament quickly got underway with the introduction of the Junior division that had two competitions leading with Aua Rainmakers I versus the Tafuna Thunders. The junior division consists of players age range of 12 - 15 year olds. The Tafuna Thunders won both matchups against the tough Aua Rainmakers. The women division was up next that saw a friendly matchup between Aua versus Faga'alu Starz that was an intense game, but had the Starz come out in the last minute for the win. In the next women's game was a friendly matchup between the Aua team against Pago girls, led by coach Zero Iaulualo. It was a good game for the two teams, but saw too much of an advantage by the Aua team as they capitalized on turnovers and fast breaks led by Kadrenna Velega, a silver medalist from the women's national team that competed in Papua new guinea. The biggest surprise saw a young lady who is a 6th grader at 11 years old playing for the Aua women's team, Chamera Pereira. She showed great poise and played exceptionally well against the more seasoned ladies in the tournament. We'll be seeing a lot more of Chamera as the tournament progresses. In the men's division saw the return of the Aua men's basketball team led by Fagaloa basketball president, Michael Pereira. 'It's an exciting time for ASBA to have a Fagaloa return into competition and turnout of athletes from Aua is tremendous to see. We're very supportive of the Fagaloa basketball development group and hope to see more teams come out from that area' said Vice President of ASBA Diehl Langkilde. Air Ballers and Aua I were the first team on the ticket to start off the men's competition. It was a back and forth battle between the two teams, however fouls, costly turnovers by the Aua team and Raynor Whitcombe 20 point performance was a key factor for the Air Ballers win. In the second men's game had the young Aua II team going up against a new team from Iliili, Samurai. It was an exciting game that saw a young, but raw talent of both teams go up against each other. All four quarters was a trade of baskets going in each direction. However, the zealous Aua II team made a final push to grab the win against Samurai. In the final game of the day had two new teams join the tournament, Fatuoaiga Saints & Dawn Breakers. Led by a seasonal veteran coach who comes from a tradition of championships in the Fagaloa basketball league and ASHSAA high school basketball during his tenure at Samoana high school, Dave Lemisio. His style of coaching and philosophy was put into effect with this core of players of Fatuoaiga to go up against an untested Dawn Breakers team. It was a good test for both teams as they try to build chemistry and executing their offense, however saw a Fatuoaiga team that overpowered a young Dawn Breakers led by forward Charlie Kava. The Dawn Breakers were in high spirits regardless of the loss as they head back to the drawing boards to prepare for their next matchup. The American Samoa Basketball Association is very fortunate to have been able to use the Tafuna high school gym under the supervision of Principal Beauty Tuiasosopo, who is a huge supporter of youth development in sports and of ASBA. Principal Tish Peau of South Pacific Academy for allowing ASBA it's basketball clinics on the weekend and Father Vaiula Iulio with usage of the St. John Paull II gym in Malaeloa. 'It's with these great individuals that we're able to work with to use the facilities to promote our sport and conduct competitions that we are truly appreciative for generosity and kindness. Words can't express our gratitude. We also can't say enough for our major sponsors of GHC Reid and company of Vaimalu & Powerade and President, Mrs. Olivia Reid-Gillet and also the American Samoa Visitor's Bureau and their director, Mr. David Vaeafe for their great & tremendous support for the 2015 Moso'oi basketball tournament. You're generosity is great appreciated by ASBA and all of our basketball families' commented by Taufa'asau. Courtesy of: AmericanSamoaBasketballAssociation
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