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Microgames: Chuuk recap - Jul 7, 2006

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Four micronesian states played in the Microgames Basketball Tournament in the Northern Marianas Islands. Let's make a recap of the games of the Chuuk team there. Chuuk was drawn in a very tough group and took the 6th place in the classification games. The best chuukeses players were Ravin Narruhn, Keitani Graham, Rudolph Daichy and Jon Akapito.

Pool phase:
Chuuk - CNMI: 72-106
In the opening game, Chuuk was unable to stop an high-flying CNMI offense. Thanks to the home-crowd, the Northern Marianas reached half-time on a 56-33 lead. Chuuk managed to cut down this lead to 16 points but CNMI won the last quarter 30-12 to seal its win. Rudolph Daichy was Chuuk's leading scorer with 21pts 8/16FG and 10rbs, Jon Akapito scored 18pts 7/22FG and Ravin Narruhn added 17pts 7/12FG.

Chuuk - Palau: 57-73
Chuuk made a better defensive game but they were awful on the offensive end, the team shot only 25.9% from the field and was dominated on the rebounds (41 to 66). Rudolph Daichy was again the leading scorer with 14pts 6/16FG 9rbs, Keitani Graham posted 13pts 4/14FG 8rbs while Ravin Narruhn added 7pts 2/10FG 7rbs. Jon Akapito had a nightmare offensive game with only 2pts and 1/16FG!

Chuuk - Kosrae: 59-84
Already eliminated from the playoffs, Chuuk wanted to end the pool phase with a win against their micronesian brothers Kosrae. But Kosrae made a great game on the offensive end shooting for 54.8% from the field, they only took shots close to the basket (only 4 three-point shots attempts) and Chuuk was unable to stop them in the paint. Keitani Graham lead his team with 16pts 6/11FG 7rbs, Ravin Narruhn netted 11pts, Jon Akapito added 9pts 4/12FG while Rudolph Daichy only scored 6pts 3/19FG!

Classification games:
Chuuk - Pohnpei: 87-79
That was a close game between these two micronesian states but the chuukeses managed to make the break in the last quarter. Chuuk shot for 38.1%FG and was again dominated on the board (38 to 48). Ravin Narruhn was playing better and better in this tournament, he recorded 31pts 11/22FG 16rbs in this game. He received a great help from Keitani Graham who scored 25pts 9/23FG. Jon Akapito netted 11pts while Arsan Kakku and Pk Inaiso both scored 7pts.

Chuuk - CNMI: 75-86
Chuuk has to face again the host nation in the 5th place game and again CNMI came out of the game as winner. They shot better (51.% to 28.7%FG) and took more rebounds (61-52) but the chuukeses played together and managed to keep this game pretty close. Ravin Narruhn scored 23pts 9/17FG 10rbs, Keitani Graham 22pts and Jon Akapito 12pts.

Players recap:

Chuuk had some good players on its roster, unfortunatly they were not at their best at the same time. Ravin Narruhn averaged 11.7ppg in the pool phase and 27.0ppg in the classification game while Rudolph Daichy made the opposite: 13.7ppg in the pool and 2.0ppg after! Narruhn was the best player of the squad in this tournament. He had to play also as center due to the lack of height of this team. On the wings, Rudolph Daichy started well but was unable to contribute in the last games maybe because of the lack of physical preparation. Keitani Graham was a more reliable option on the wings, he liked to attack the basket and also participate in the rebounding effort. The PG Jonathon Akapito made some interesting games, he run the squad and managed to score in double-figures but his shooting skills must be improved. The last member of the starting five Arsan Kakku was more a team-player, he was the last option offensively but he provided some good minutes. The bench was the weak to compete for the medals, only 3 bench players played all games and only Pk Inaisao was a valuable help. The back-up center showed a lot of  

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