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Guam fire past Macau to remain unbeaten in FIBA Asia Cup Pre-Qualifiers - Dec 1, 2018


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Earnest Ross
At 5-0, with another opponent/victory waiting in the wings, the Guam Men's National Basketball Team has already made history. The team entered the FIBA Asia Cup 2021 Eastern Region Pre-Qualifier as an unranked, unknown team from a global perspective. It buried Macau 97-64 on Friday. If they complete the tournament sweep and go 6-0 with a victory over Malaysia late Saturday, they will be the talk of the Asia Cup. Guam already owns one of the four slots that were available to advance to the next round of competition, with convincing wins against the other three countries that earned invites. Guam, Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand are half of the best Division B teams to enter the tournament. They will play against some of the best A Division teams. The field will be further culled into the best teams from each of six pools, and each pool will battle over the next two years to see who makes it to the top four, and finally, the 2021 Asia Cup itself. Guam is winning with a diverse team of professional ballers and Guam-grown talent. Earnest Ross (196-G-91, college: Missouri, agency: Haylett Sports), Guam's top scorer, was born on Guam in 1991 and turned pro in 2014. The Wesley brothers - Mekeli, Tai and Russ - lived on Guam for several years during their middle and elementary school days and the eldest, Mekeli, was classmates with former Guam National Team players such as Mike Lee. Curtis Washington spent his teen years on Guam and played for the Guam High School Panthers as a self-proclaimed string bean at 6-foot-5, 170 pounds. He's now a 6-foot-10, 230 pound monster in the paint. Daren Hechanova spent years in the states, but he is as CHamoru as can be. Watch any of them play. Listen to them among the rest of the team; listen to how they talk when they are on Guam. They are all down for Guam, as if they were born and raised here. With Guam grown talent such as Willie Stinnett, JP Cruz, Earvin Jose, Chris Conner, AJ Carlos and Billy Belger, this team has proven itself unstoppable in Oceania's East Region. A team this good may never be assembled by the island again. But given coach E.J. Calvo's efforts to unite this squad - a far-reaching effort spanning several years - don't rule anything out. "Even without some key players that are already known - yes, I would say that this is the best team to put on a Guam jersey," said Calvo. When the tournament is over, it's unlikely this squad will be seen on the same court, or even on the same continent. Tai Wesley (201-F-86, college: Utah St.) is in the middle of his professional season playing for New Zealand. Russ Wesley goes back to school to become an NBA referee in Utah. And Washington heads home to Atlanta to decide where he'll ply his talents next. At the final practice before leaving to Thailand, Washington shared: "It's awesome to get to come back to your island, represent your country, travel and play other countries ... it's really a blessing," said Washington. "I've played against Tai and Earnest in other professional leagues, and we all know what we can do. I feel like we are gonna be unstoppable. The pieces have come together and the defenses are going to have to pick their poisons." Calvo, now the president of the Guam Basketball Confederation, will eventually hand the coaching reins to someone else. He'll see out the same opportunities for Guam's women and youth. If there's a 6-foot-6 CHamoru female guard out there, Calvo will find her and recruit her. For now, he and his coaching staff of Jine Han and Danny Payumo can bask in the success of a team that has truly been years in the making. This squad earned its spot in Guam's basketball archives and already has changed the course of Guam basketball forever. As for Calvo? He's already making recruiting calls. Go figure.
Courtesy of: guampdn.com   



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