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Oceania Youth: INTERVIEW with Andrew Borja - Oct 19, 2006

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Andrew Borja is the leader of a talented Guam team in the FIBA Oceania Youth Tournament in Auckland, New Zealand. He talked with the reporters there about his feelings on this tournament, about his homeland and about the games of his team in the Pools. Borja was a member of the Guam NT during the Microgames earlier this year and hopes to be a part of the team for the upcoming South-Pacific Games in Samoa in 2007.
Source: Basketball NZ

Tell me something about Guam...
Well, first and foremost, it is a beautiful place... very mellow and relaxing, not so busy and fast paced like other places.

You must be really enjoying this Auckland weather?
It is a lot different. We only have one season in Guam and that's summer, compared to here where it's cold. We're not used to dressing with extra clothing like this every day. They did warn us not to get sick.

Where is Guam?
We are somewhat near Hawaii... it is about a 3-hour flight to Japan. According to the other teams, we traveled the furthest to get there, almost a day.

You were well beaten by Australia, but the wins over American Samoa and Tahiti must make you feel better.
We feel a lot better. I think we have regrouped after the win over Am Samoa.

Both the Guam teams seem much shorter than their opposition ... are you conscious of this?
Yes, but we still believe we can win ... it's all in our minds and our hearts. We train twice as hard because we lack the height. Conditioning is one of our biggest factors and we rely on our speed.  

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