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NMI Rollers off to Guam for Thanksgiving Hoopfest

THE NMI Rollers Basketball Association sent two teams, U16 and U18, yesterday morning to test their skills off island.

They will be competing in the 2017 Thanksgiving Hoopfest which will be held in Guam.

The U18 and U16 NMI Rollers pose for group before their flight to Guam for the 2017 Thanksgiving Hoopfest.  Photo by James F. Sablan Jr.

Since Typhoon Soudelor, the NMI Rollers have not been able to compete off island until today leaving two years without participation.

“Although we haven’t been able to compete for the last two years, we did not let that go to waste as we’ve been training,” said Coach Joe Diaz.

Even with only a few veterans like Angelo Factor, Chris Arceo and playing for the U18 team, Coach Diaz is still confident that they will give a good fight in this year’s tournament.

The U18 NMI Rollers will first be facing host Tamuning Typhoons and move on from there depending if they lose or win. The U16 team will be sharing the same schedule facing the younger Tamuning Typhoons and work their way from there.

A total of six teams will be participating in both divisions including the Tinian Typhoons.

“We want to thank all our parents that stepped in and helped make this happen and also our hard working NMI Rollers Basketball Association board members for their time and efforts,” shared Coach Diaz.

The NMI Rollers would also like to thank major sponsor Pacific Amusement LLC and Hertz Rental Car.

Sponsors include Marianas Country Club, First Lady Dian Torres and Governor Ralph D.L.G. Torres, Rep. Donald Barcinas, Rep. Pete Itibus, Rep. Edmund S. Villagomez, Rep. Blas Jonathan Attao, Rep. Edwin Propst, Rep. Frank Aguon, Rep. Angel Demapan, Rep. Ivan Blanco, Rep. Larry I. Deleon Guerrero, Rep. Vinnie Sablan, Senator Justo A. Quitugua, Sen. Sixto K. Igisomar and Senate President Arnold I. Palacios.

The Rollers Club is grateful for their support.