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Tongan Women in US College Preview - Oct 22, 2005

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The 2005-06 US college season is about to begin and we take a look of the Tongan women that will be participating this year


Jessica Fisiikava 5’10” G Junior California Baptist (NAIA)

Fisiikava had a impressive sophomore year at Umpqua CC and she has transferred to an NAIA school.  Expected her to contribute a lot of the bench in her junior year.


Fatai Hala'api'api (186-F/C) Junior Eastern Kentucky (NCAA Division 1)

Hala’api’api had her sophomore year cut short because of a season ending injury.  A dominating player in the post with great shot blocking abilities Hala’api’api can bring a lot to EKU in the hope of getting them into the NCAA tournament


Meliame Halaufia 6’3” F Junior Azusa Pacific University (NAIA)

Halaufia has come from a year off and will have a lot to contribute into the team, giving the team’s lack of height.  Question is whether she will start or come off the bench.


Ofa Tulikihihifo (180-G/F)  Senior CSU-Northridge (NCAA Division 1)

Has had an excellent career at CSU Northridge and if she continues to excel during her senior year she should be considered a WNBA draft prospect.  If she doesn’t make it to the WNBA, Europe is a also another option. 


Salote Tupou (180-F/C) RS-Freshman CSU Fullerton (NCAA Division 1)

Tupou got redshirted last year and is ready to see some limited playing time for the CSU Fullerton as a freshman.   

B.Loewen sign Jermaine Barnes (ex Tonga NT) for the 2019 Liga Mediterranean Cup - 1 month ago
JERMAINE BARNES SG Bergishe Loewen (Germany) agreed terms with experienced 35-year old international swingman Jermaine Barnes (193-95kg-83, college: Point, GA). Barnes just played at Tonga NT in the Copa Mitchell Cup (Dominican Republic). In five games he had very impressive stats: Score-5 (19.5ppg), 7.5rpg, Assists-1 (6.5apg), 2.3spg and 1.0bpg this season. This season he played at SG Bergishe Loewen (Germany) where in 17 games he recorded also remarkable stats: 27.0ppg, 8.0rpg and 5.0...   [read more]

Keith Closs
SG Bergishe Loewen inks Keith Closs for 2019 Liga Mediterranean Cup - 1 month ago
KEITH CLOSS SG Bergishe Loewen (Liga Mediterranean) signed experienced 42-year old American ex-NBA center Keith Closs (224-77, college: CCSU). He started the season with the Tonga NT. Closs helped the Tonga National Team capture gold in the 2019 Copa Mitchell Cup (Santiago, Dominican Republic). He averaged an impressive 12.3ppg, 13.3rpg and Blocks-1 (8.0bpg). Closs was later named All-Mitchell Cup Defensive Player of the Year along with Finals MVP. The SG Bergishe Loe...   [read more]

Keith Closs
Tonga National Team tabs Keith Closs; ex NBA - 5 months ago
KEITH CLOSS Tonga NT (Mitchell Cup) inked experienced 40-year old American ex-international center Keith Closs (224-78, college: Central Connecticut State). He already started the season at GIE Maile Matrix (UBA) in the U.S. In 2007 (eleven years after he left the college) Closs was drafted by Tulsa 66ers (D-League) in fifth round (67th overall). The former Central Connecticut State standoutis in his 23rd (!!!) season in pro basketball. Among other achievements Closs' college team won...   [read more]

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