Guam basketball teams return to Singapore after 3-year absence | Guam Sports

A small contingent of athletes from Guam are in Singapore this week for the 9th Asia-Pacific Cup Singapore 2022.

With 14 countries and over 1,500 athletes, YImpact basketball players led by coach Jimmy Yi will compete in the U15 and U18 divisions against some of the region’s best in 3×3 competition.

According to the organization’s website, the ninth Asia-Pacific Cup kicked off on Thursday and will continue until Sunday in Singapore after a two-year hiatus imposed by COVID-19. This year, for the first time, the 3X3 Asia-Pacific Cup is fully endorsed by FIBA ​​and Yi is thrilled to have his teams compete against the best teenage basketball players in the region.

“It’s an opportunity for kids to show off their skills, to go to another country,” Yi said, adding that a big goal is always “to learn, grow and have fun.”

YImpact was invited to the FIBA-sanctioned tournament, and Yi said he felt that was something he couldn’t pass up.

“We are taking a small group this time as it is our first trip,” Yi said.

The trip is an extension of the life lessons his basketball training group is focusing on, he said.

“We teach life lessons that they can follow throughout their careers on and off the court – stay positive, don’t give up and always believe,” he said, adding that basketball is n This is just another way to build character and instill positive values ​​in young athletes.

The Guam contingent will consist of athletes from Father Duenas Memorial School and Our Lady of Guam Academy. Yi is the head coach of both schools.

The men’s U18 team will feature senior FDs Yoshi Sayama and Blaise Ada along with second-year players Noah Cruz and Noah Hernandez. The U15 women’s team will showcase the talents of sophomore Maria Paulino and freshman sensations Mylie Butters and Madeleine Ada. The U18 women’s team will have a strong junior core consisting of Ally Ungacta, Mekeila Cruz, Victoria Rapadas and Pia Hart.

Yi wanted to make sure he thanked all of his sponsors for helping to make this trip a reality.

He also thanked parents and supporters for the time and energy they put into helping their favorite athlete compete at the next level.

For those interested, the website should have live stats available. A recorded show may become available at a later date.