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Guam men's basketball won't settle for silver

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The Team Guam Men's National Basketball Team will be heading to the Pacific Games with a team that has what it takes to bring home the gold medal. Team Guam has speed, shooters that can knock down the deep ball and size inside the paint that will help with rebounding and blocking shots.

Head coach EJ Calvo said, "We have an extremely well rounded team, our back court is one of the best that we have seen on Guam in awhile with Will Stinnett at point guard and JP Cruz and Joe Blas on the wings. Kyle Husslein will be coming off the bench as one of the shooting guards with James Steake. John Chaco and Reggie Rechabong are our other two standouts that have been playing on the national team for a while. Down low we have veteran big men Seve Suisico, young Mike Sakazaki coning back from playing a year at Chaminade University and we also have two big men who will anchor that low post.

Team Guam has advanced to the gold medal game for the last four Pacific Games, having to settle for the silver medal. The team is stacked with players who have played collegiate ball or have competed in previous games.

Husslein said, "I was always watching these national guys play and I remember Jin Han, Will, Joe, and all those guys were really good players back then and I really looked up to them, and I still do. So now it means a lot to me to be part of this team and the Pacific Games to be able to play along their side this time and I am learning a lot from them everyday and I really appreciate them being good leaders."

Tempo will be the key to Guam's success at the games with our players using their speed to pick up transition points. Now that we have added size to the squad, our players will now be able to play their true positions.

Blas said, "Last SPG in New Caledonia we got a silver medal and I think most of us were on that team. We know there is no pressure more than playing a New Caledonia team for the gold medal in New Caledonia. So coming into these games we know what to expect and most of us have been through that pressure and we know how to prepare and we know what we are going up against for the most part. We faced some teams in 2013 at the FIBA Oceania Games so right now we just have to keep our heads and stay injury free and train hard and be ready for those Pacific Games this year."

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