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NMI ready for 3x3 Basketball Pacific Mini Games

TEAM NMI is ready to ready to put up a good fight in the 3x3 basketball event of the Pacific Mini Games.

Coach Elias Rangamar is confident that their team will put up a fight against the competition as they make their flight to Port Vila, Vanuatu yesterday for the 2017 Pacific Mini Games.

From Dec. 11 to 14 NMI’s men’s and women’s team will be facing other countries for the gold medal.

Rangamar and the team members left the island at 4 p.m. yesterday.

The men’s team, consisting of four players, Dan Barcinas, Douglas Schmidt, Preston Basa and Jack Lizama, will have a tough start as their first three games will be against the top teams such as Fiji.

From left to right are Reps. Donald Barcinas, Blas Jonathan Attao “BJ”, (Mariana Islands Basketball Federation, Dan Barcinas, Douglas Schmidt, Jack Lizama, Preston Basa, & Coach Eli Rangamar Reps. Lorenzo DLGuerrero, Frank Aguon, and Gregorio Sablan Jr. The Mariana Islands Basketball Federation will be leaving island today at 4 p.m. for Vanuatu to represent the CNMI in the Pacific Mini Games Competition.  Contributed photo

America Samoa, Cook Islands, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tahiti, Nauru and Vanuatu are the other eight other teams they will be facing.

NMI will be going up against unknown talent as it will be their first time joining the 3x3 Basketball.

“We did not have a chance to scout the teams but all we need to do is play,” Rangamar said.

“We just have to keep shooting. As long as we shoot more than them, we have more chances of scoring,” he added.

NMI expects the competition to be much bigger but as long as they keep up their shooting, height will not be a factor.

Despite facing the top teams first, Rangamar looks at it as an advantage if coming out victorious for it will give them the upper hand against the weaker teams.

This will be the first time the 3x3 variant will be contested at a Pacific Mini Games.